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Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:19:06 PM »
I wet-clean my sensors whenever they need it, but something like tree sap might prove to be difficult to remove completely. The methanol you dampen the swabs with should dissolve the sap, but could leave a smeary mess. As others have said, take it to a lab and let them use a pile of their $wabs to clean it up.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS by Dustin Abbott
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:45:53 PM »
Terrific review, Dustin. Thanx so much for putting forth the time and effort to produce a review that can really be trusted.
Another plus for this lens is that it plays very nicely with infrared, unlike the 2.8, which is horrible. I traded off my 2.8 for it primarily for that reason, but the f/4 is so good I've been using on my unconverted body all the time.

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Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 27, 2014, 10:18:49 PM »
The B+W 77mm Slim MRC Filter XS-Pro works for me.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:58:48 PM »
I have discovered that just tucking a leg of my TVC-24L into my Think Tank belt works fine. If you keep it behind your hip it doesn't hit your legs, and is easily accessible. Would get uncomfortable with something a lot heavier, tho.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Apple Watch....
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:34:02 PM »
Well, I don't miss wifi on my 5D3 but I really want that watch.......

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:14:02 AM »
Wow! Such great shots, everyone. This also plays well with infrared, which is why I dumped my 2.8 for it. EOS-M converted to 590 nm with 16-35 f/4.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just got my 1dx back from Canon with a dirty sensor?
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:00:22 PM »
If your lenses look clean and the dirt pattern is roughly the same with different ones, then it's on the sensor. :-\

You can check directly by following the manual sensor cleaning procedure with a full battery and looking at the sensor with a lighted loupe or flashlight + magnifier. Dust is visible but usually pretty tiny. If it's not sticky, like drops of lube, you might be able to carefully blast it away with a rocket blower. Good luck.

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Hmmmm. The 23 is starting to like a Goldilocks height for me......

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Thanks so much for all the insightful replies; still somewhat undecided. It is tough to buy something like this sight unseen.

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I have come to the point that I want to upgrade from my current tripod. I have a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 with an 054 head converted to A/S that is getting pretty beat up. I use it primarily for landscape and night photography. Heaviest rig is a 5D3 and 100-400. I am a 5' 4" older lady, and don't need a bunch of height or weight.

So I need advice from the RRS gurus out there. What height of legs should I consider? I like the travel-friendly TVC-24, but am afraid that it would be too short even for me on uneven ground. Would it?

What RRS [or other] ballhead? I used to have a BH-40 but it seemed to have a lot of creep. Maybe I was too afraid of over-tightening. A screw-knob clamp might be better than a lever for me, since I have plates and L-brackets from everybody.

Thanx in advance for your help!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 05:44:25 PM »
I have used the Op/Techs and Storm Jacket during some pretty heavy rain w/o harm to my 5D3. I stuff the little Op/Techs in all my bags; great insurance for unexpected rain or dust. I have the Kata, too, but it's so bulky I've never brought it anywhere.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 06, 2014, 03:12:37 PM »
I am seriously considering trading in my 16-35II f/2.8 on the new f/4 IS, simply because the f/4 reportedly plays very nicely with IR [unlike the miserably awful 2.8 in IR]. I don't expect to miss that stop, and will get a dual-purpose UWA.

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Photography Technique / Re: Taking HDR shots
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:10:39 PM »
Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro is awesome.
Totally agree with the previous posters on the need for subtlety in processing HDRs. Ideally, viewers should not be able to easily tell that the image was bracketed.

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EOS-M / Re: M+22mm for Travel/Street?
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:11:55 PM »
The combo works for me.
I missed the viewfinder, too, so bought an old Leica Imarect VIOOH, which looks kinda crazy but functions quite well.

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