Arrived a couple of days ago. Its lighter than I thought (with the head attached). Feels scary heavy with the 600 on it and I am worried I'll let go forgetting that its not my usual wimberly+gitzo tripod....
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1Dx 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/3.2 1/160th ISO1250Amazing composition and color. Cheered me up for the day !
I'm still amazed at the ISO levels you can push this Camera too and still return usable Images.
Very nice capture vkiran! I had just seen the new movie "Life of Pi" several days before I saw your post...great special effects.
Was the tiger in an enclosure or did you use a long telephoto lens to keep safe? He looks awfully close
Tiger @Kabini National Park, India - Late eveing shot at 8000 ISO
Vkiran, Congrats on the new lens!Thanks to You and neuroanatomist's inputs , I have fixed on GT3532LS. I can see the leveling base is greatly useful but will have to make do, as it is unavailable in this part of the world. Will have to get shipped it from the US.
One more point to add about the center column is that it also adds some additional weight when hiking and it also doesn't fold down as short, unlesss you remove it, but then it also takes longer to setup, ok so that was two points.
I can also definitely confirm that a leveling base would be nice with the super-telephoto. It's a PITA to adjust either one or two legs when on uneven ground (which is most of the time) with the heavy lens on the tripod, and even then (pun intended) it's still hard to get the tripod level. I don't have one yet but I do plan on purchasing one from RRS.
vkiran, congrats on getting the 600 - I am jealous - well not really - well maybe just a bit.Thanks, just lucky to get one fast...
It's more unstable when extend the centre column especially with those big super telephoto lens, but most importantly the centre column prevent you to go low which is important when you want to get a eye level shot of the birds or wild life. That's why most bird/wild life photographer use tripod without centre column.
Have a nice day.
neuroanatomist, thanks for the info on the RRS gear. I did settle on the Gitzo GT3532LS and the gimbal from Custom Brackets. I received very good feedback on it and the one thing that I did like about it was its capability to break down into 4 components for packing in my carryon luggage. I guess it ultimately comes down to what works for you and I think this will work for me.
I checked on my lens yesterday and my dealer has no word on it at all. The last ones brought into Canada were brought in last January, yup, that's what he said - I just hope I don't have to wait until January 2013 for mine to show up.