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Software & Accessories / Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:57:08 PM »
Hi all. Looking for a little advice and knowledge here.

I recently picked up a couple new toys, partially for an upcoming trip to Yosemite and partially because I am planning on upgrading to full frame in the near future, hopefully before the trip in November.

I bought a 200mm f/2.8L II to give me something on the telephoto end since both of my zooms are EF-S lenses that won't work when I upgrade my camera, and I wanted to get a taste of L glass at a decent price. I also picked up a 2x Extender III, both items at very fair prices on EBay.

When I have just the 200 on my camera (currently an older XSi, but hopefully soon a 6D) it seems borderline whether I would need to use a tripod collar. When I have both the lens and the extender attached, the balance is completely different.

For those with experience with this lens and especially with the lens and an extender, do you use a tripod collar? Is it placed on the lens or the extender (that may be a stupid question)?

Thanks in advance.

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Software & Accessories / Joby Ultra Plate with Blackrapid strap?
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:22:15 PM »
Joby has released a shoulder strap and an Arca Swiss compatible plate with a place to mount the strap. Any thoughts on using this plate with a Blackrapid strap? I had been thinking of going Neuro's route with a Kirk clamp on the end of the strap, but this looks interesting:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/981773-REG/joby_jb01278_cww_ultra_plate_black.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Advice for Vacation to Belize
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:49:40 PM »
My wife and I are joining some friends for our first trip to Belize this summer. Some of the time will be spent around jungle ruins, some on the beachfront of a small island off the coast. There will likely be some SCUBA involved and it will be our first big dose of that also.

Right now I have a Rebel XSi, the original 18-55 and 55-250 kit lenses that I will most likely leave at home, an 18-200, 20mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0, 60mm macro, and an 85mm 1.8. I also have a Panasonic TS3 that I bought originally for snorkeling, and would need a housing for anything deeper. I shoot mostly with my primes, though I have used the 18-200 as a walk-around.

So here's my question: I was thinking of using the trip as an excuse/reason to upgrade to a new camera. Either go full-frame with a 6D and 24-105, or go lower budget and stalk eBay for a 5D2 (though to be honest I keep watching marginal looking bodies going for upwards of $1200). While I'd love to blow a bunch of money on a 5D3, I really can't justify it with my current finances. As it is, I'd be waiting for a deal on the 6D.

Here is my concern: I've never been to Belize, but I have read some reports of crime there. Nothing that would make me fear for my personal safety necessarily, but there definitely seems to be a lot of reports of theft. Is this something that concerns those on the board when travelling with their gear? Part of me thinks that I'd have better peace of mind taking my old rig and not worrying about it getting stolen as much, or accidentally destroying it in the rain-forest. I would hate to take a brand new camera on a trip and either have it stolen or broken. I know that probably sounds paranoid.

I've also thought about getting a dive housing either for the XSi or new DSLR, but it seems like another giant item to cart around and a substantial added expense. I'm thinking now that I will either look for a small housing for the Panasonic, or rent something while we are there.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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