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Photography Technique / Re: Help me on using tripod
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:44:18 PM »
Lens over leg, especially when leg spread is reduced.
This is kind of a corollary to Jamesey's post regarding one leg down slope, as best you can, keep the lens over that down slope leg.
I have never heard the "lens over leg" idea and it makes such perfect sense.  I believe I have been doing that instinctively but never thought about it until you mentioned it.  Excellent suggestion.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:55:08 PM »
I propose a poll to see who among the CR members neuroanatomist, dilbert, or Aglet has provided the most helpful/useful/beneficial information to the other members of the forum. 
I don't know who would win this poll but I have to say that neuroanatomist has given me excellent advice.  I am no novice to photography, or even digital photography, but I do ask some simple minded questions from time to time. (I am planning ABC, my lens choices are probably DEF, what do y'all think?).  Neuranatomist has always given good advice (sometimes I even followed it) and treated an old man with respect.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:53:21 PM »
In the old days, when those grips originated, cameras were rectangular boxes with lenses attached. If you wanted to advance film to the next frame you had to flip a lever, .......
Or turn a knob....I am sure getting old.  :)

I'm loaded with live bunnies, we have two does and a buck, June is coming, and  bunnies are popping out all over.  I'm eating one as I surf CR right now.
As I recall from my childhood, two does and one buck kept a family of four eating rabbit at least once a week for most of the year (we may have froze some for the winter).  And I haven't ate rabbit since those days.

Reports from owners of this lens really got my GAS going.  But I will be leaving for vacation two weeks from today and I might consider overnight delivery if they become available in the next week (or one of the two decent stores within thirty miles get them in stock...though I'd rather save sales tax money dealing with B&H), otherwise I may just pass this by since it wouldn't get much use until next spring.

Lenses / Re: EF 400L f/5.6 vs. Tamron 150-600
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:50:58 AM »
Thanks for the input and excellent sample pictures, I'm sold on the Tammy.  I plan to order one in the next few days so I have time to get familiar with it and perform AFMA before my trip north.

I placed an order for it on 4/1 from BH so I'd have plenty of time before a July trip - haven't heard anything yet.   Status is still "On Order".  I wonder what the current lead time is.

there is a quite a backlog for them as they are super popular

I ordered last night from B&H, but am nervous about delivery now.  We leave for AK in 6 weeks.
I would love to have the Tamron for an upcoming trip but since I leave a touch over three weeks for a twenty-four day road trip (Texas to California to Yellowstone to Texas) I doubt if any will be available.  I haven't pre-ordered because it isn't a necessary lens for any other trips I have planned this year so it might be wiser to leave the money in the photography account until next year.

Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.


I noticed your title said "possibly Bryce" and the only good advice I can give you is drop the "possibly."  Of the two, I find Bryce Canyon to be more photogenic (if a location can be photogenic).  I have only been to Bryce once and I found it more beautiful than the Grand Canyon, overall, and totally different. 

I've used both flip and twist locks, and I far prefer the twist.
Well, I've used both twist and flip locks, and I far prefer the flip!

Definitely an individual preference.  With flip locks, you can tell visual when they're locked, which can be reassuring.  I find twist locks faster, as the whole stack can be gripped so you loosen them all at once.  The RRS locks open with 1/4-turn, very easy to operate.
That is a talent I have never developed.....and at my age I probably won't.  For many years my main tripod was a Bogen I bought for my Bronica 66 and 645 cameras.  It has a type of flip-lock I guess (recently had to replace one or two of the locking levers and they were still available after about 30 years).  Got an Induro CF about a year ago and it has twist locks and I like everything about it but I just can't do the "loosen them all at once" thing.

I appreciate your testing of all this less expensive equipment (and your DIY projects also).  This would be perfect for a gift for my son-in-law who is getting started in photography and doesn't own a flash yet.

Software & Accessories / Re: Unidentified Object on big lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:48:33 AM »
Looks just like the reflex sight on my AR. Never thought of using one that way.

Lenses / Re: Value Lens for birding
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:06:13 PM »
Look into that new Tamron 150-600.  Dylan's links go to thread discussions and by all accounts its a tremendous lens for entry level wildlife photography.  I started out with a 400 f5.6 on a crop (40D and 7D) and its great but if the Tammy had been around when I was first getting into birding I would have gone for that in a heartbeat.  I mean seriously, IQ that matches or beats Canon's 100-400, an extra 200mm on the long end and IS for just over 1000USD.  What's not to love (other than the slow aperture at 600 but, eh, tradeoffs)?

I read both threads on the Tamron 150-600 and developed a real interest in buying it but can't locate one in stock anywhere.  Thought about buying one from Adorama or B&H but I would get the most use out of it while on vacation and my spring/summer trip may arrive before the lens would.   :)  Fall trip I probably won't need it so it may be another year before I get one. 

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:18:27 PM »
From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands...

I'm afraid that your understanding is incorrect.   ;)

Generally speaking, the best tripod legs are made Gitzo and Really Right Stuff.  The best ballheads are made by Really Right Stuff, Kirk, Markins, Acratech, and Arca Swiss (but not Gitzo - if you get Gitzo legs, get someone else's head).

Manfrotto and Induro offer good value (performance for a given cost).  Manfrotto's legs are good, I'd avoid most of their ballheads (with the exception of the 468MG), and if you do go that road, make sure you get one that can be converted to use an Arca Swiss-type clamp, since that offers compatibilty with good L-brackets, macro rails, etc.

I trust your expertise in the matter, Neuro.  :) I'll look at the brands you (and the previous guy, too) mentioned.  :)

As the owner of an Induro CF tripod allow me to say that Neuroanatomist hits the nail right on the head.  I love my Induro but it is not the same level as Gitzo or RRS and that is what I would have if my financial situation allowed.  And arcaswiss compatible head is the only way to go.  I have used other systems in the past and they can't compare.  Buy the best now so you don't have to spend more in the future.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:33:29 AM »
Shows up in black on Internet Explorer. Doesn't show up in Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari.

Now I am getting more puzzled.  I only use Firefox and I see it.  I have IE and Chrome installed so I'll have to use them to see what happens.  Got my curiosity really going now.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:19:59 PM »
This is odd.  I saw the message "Please note: Although this item is temporarily out of stock, you can order it now and it will ship as soon as it arrives. Your card will only be charged once item is shipped."  Unlike what Ms. Oster wrote, on my computer it was black print instead of red (which would be a good idea since it would grab a person's attention).  Wonder why it only appears in some cases. 

I haven't made a living by photography in a very long time (I find more joy in being a hobby shooter) but it seems to me that you were present at the wedding as a guest of the contracted photographer for a learning experience.  I sense an ethical dilemma in "poaching" sales even though the bride preferred your shots.  In fact, I would have turned down her request to view them.  If you had been a guest of the bride or groom at the wedding then I wouldn't see the same problem.

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