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Software & Accessories / Re: What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 05:33:20 PM »

Oh, I see. Thanks for that link. Back to googling.
I like the look of the BH-40, but after exchange rate changes and shipping I'm not sure it's in my price range. It's obviously better and lighter but I guess that's why it's exactly twice the price of the manfrotto.


A copy stand will serve you far better than a tripod with the camera pointed downwards, for photographing documents. Much cheaper, more accurate leveling, and fine adjustments of focal length possible. You can even build yourself one if you are inclined towards DIY.
For your secondary use, the 055CX is very good, but it is heavier than the Gitzos or RRSs with similar load bearing capacity.
I wouldn't buy a non-Arca Swiss head- it is future proof. Markins, Arca Swiss (without the quick release plate), RRS, Acratech all make excellent heads. Can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for your reply. I should have said that it's in a library and I've seen other people using tripods but I doubt if a copy stand would be permitted. They have some tricky rules...
(The Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6 is arca compatible)

I wouldn't consider something compatible if it only works with proprietary equipment. To the best of my knowledge Manfrotto Q6 doesn't work with RRS, Wimberley, Kirk, etc. Please see link below for explanation:
http://www.scvphotoideas.com/2013/08/manfrotto-q6-top-lock-qr-adaptor.html?m=1


I wouldn't use a BH-40 with the 400/5.6. RRS is more expensive, you might want to try Kirk, Markins, Acratech, buying used, etc.

Which models should I be looking at? (It will mostly not be with the 400, but it would be good for that to be a possibility.)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 04:12:41 PM »
Oh, I see. Thanks for that link. Back to googling.
I like the look of the BH-40, but after exchange rate changes and shipping I'm not sure it's in my price range. It's obviously better and lighter but I guess that's why it's exactly twice the price of the manfrotto.


A copy stand will serve you far better than a tripod with the camera pointed downwards, for photographing documents. Much cheaper, more accurate leveling, and fine adjustments of focal length possible. You can even build yourself one if you are inclined towards DIY.
For your secondary use, the 055CX is very good, but it is heavier than the Gitzos or RRSs with similar load bearing capacity.
I wouldn't buy a non-Arca Swiss head- it is future proof. Markins, Arca Swiss (without the quick release plate), RRS, Acratech all make excellent heads. Can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for your reply. I should have said that it's in a library and I've seen other people using tripods but I doubt if a copy stand would be permitted. They have some tricky rules...
(The Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6 is arca compatible)

I wouldn't consider something compatible if it only works with proprietary equipment. To the best of my knowledge Manfrotto Q6 doesn't work with RRS, Wimberley, Kirk, etc. Please see link below for explanation:
http://www.scvphotoideas.com/2013/08/manfrotto-q6-top-lock-qr-adaptor.html?m=1

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Software & Accessories / Re: What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:14:03 AM »
A copy stand will serve you far better than a tripod with the camera pointed downwards, for photographing documents. Much cheaper, more accurate leveling, and fine adjustments of focal length possible. You can even build yourself one if you are inclined towards DIY.
For your secondary use, the 055CX is very good, but it is heavier than the Gitzos or RRSs with similar load bearing capacity.
I wouldn't buy a non-Arca Swiss head- it is future proof. Markins, Arca Swiss (without the quick release plate), RRS, Acratech all make excellent heads. Can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for your reply. I should have said that it's in a library and I've seen other people using tripods but I doubt if a copy stand would be permitted. They have some tricky rules...
(The Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6 is arca compatible)

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Software & Accessories / What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:40:49 AM »
Hello All,

I'm new to tripods and need some advice. The primary use of the tripod will be photographing documents, and so the horizontal column possibility of the Manfrotto 055CX looks good. I played with one yesterday and it seemed nice. (I can get it for about AUD$600.)

The camera I'll be using is my 7dii, probably with a Sigma 35 1.4 (it may be that I need to go wider, but that's for another thread!).

What head should I buy? I was looking at the Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6. Would that be too heavy on the horizontal column of the tripod? That's about 3kg on the end of the column. I'd have to put some weight on the back end to balance. (Cost is about $300.)

The secondary use would be out and about, mostly with the same camera/lens, but sometimes with my 400 5.6. This would always be with the column in the vertical arrangement. (I don't want a gimbal as I'd be hand-holding for birds of flight etc.)

The weight of the MH055 seems a bit high compared to Markins, say, but it's also cheaper ($300 (and I can get it from a local shop) vs the Q10 at $450 (on ebay)). I'm in Sydney, Australia, so I'm mindful of shipping costs… and trying to keep this all under $1000, unless there is a really compelling reason to spend more.

The other options is to get a ballhead for out and about, and an quick release clamp that goes right on the legs (since when I'm photographing documents the camera will be pointed straight down anyway).

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Thanks for reading. Here's a kestrel for your troubles :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 08, 2014, 03:24:08 AM »
Pair of Northern Shovelers at Heinz NWR this afternoon with the 7D2/400 5.6L. f5.6 @ 1/2500th. Shooting duck BIFs always gives me a sore neck. Those Shovelers can really pull some G's. These two are cruising at about 60 mph.
Nice shot! Especially with them both in focus at 5.6  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7d Mark ii not responding F00
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:38:22 AM »
Hello All,
In the last couple of days I have had the 7d Mark ii I have twice had it freeze on me and the display said F00. Both times with the 400 5.6 attached. Anyone else having problems? I've never had a problem with the lens before.
(I'm also finding a lot of shots look soft and a little bit like motion blur, even for static objects at 1/1600. I'm hoping it's an AFMA issue. But it's not a problem I ever had with my 600d with the same lens, which were always crystal clear.)
Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:00:30 PM »
I just e-mailed 3 stores here in Australia asking if they had prices and a delivery date yet, they have all got back to this morning me saying they have no information about this lens yet.
Cue the crickets and rolling tumble weed.
Yep. I made the mistake of preordering a 7dii from an Australian store. ETA now late November  :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:22:21 PM »
WTF !

NO REAL USER MANUAL!

Paper manual = recycle material.
PDF manual = useful, searchable, and takes no space.

Impossible to read with just your eyes, thus not a user manual!  Only a computer file.

Exactly. The problem with the 7d Mark ii is that without a paper manual it's impossible to figure out where the film goes.  ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:02:48 AM »
Can anyone recommend a strap that would work well both for carrying around a 400 5.6 or a 35mm 1.4? I tend to use one or the other for a day's photos, and I'm looking for a convenient strap (attaching to the tripod ring on the 400 and the camera for the 35mm)


+1 on the Black Rapid strap. Maybe the 15-85 also.

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OK! How long do lightroom updates usually take to come out?


Hi,
What is the state of raw and this camera? I have one on order :) How am I going to be able to work with raw files? (In lightroom?)
    Use the latest version of DPP. If you are on Lightroom 5, wait for the update.

   Have a nice day.

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What is the state of raw and this camera? I have one on order :) How am I going to be able to work with raw files? (In lightroom?)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade?
« on: October 17, 2014, 04:22:55 PM »
Thanks to you all for your thought.
The lensrental link was new to me. It's always more complicated than one thinks!
Michael

I take it you've found this:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/08/autofocus-reality-part-3b-canon-cameras

As far as usability is concerned, my ancient 30D allows me pretty good control over everything.  What I know I'm lacking is user-programmed setups as per the 5DII and later (on my shopping list).  Any XXD will give you more of this control, but I think you need to get a 70D/7D to get a good AF upgrade...  and even then it may not be any more accurate than a more basic camera, just that it has more chance of being able to find something to focus on, so less wildly out, but if you want 100% focus, and 99% won't do then your keeper rate MAY not be that much better.

If you want really accurate AF, it looks like you need a 5DIII + fairly new lenses.

If the 7DII has the new improved AF system accuracy of the 5DIII and 1Dx then that would be favourite.

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EOS Bodies / Upgrade?
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:53:45 AM »
Hello All,
I need some advice. I've been using my 600d for a while now, and I don't know whether it's time for me to upgrade, or whether I ought to be practising my skills and stop thinking about gear.
You can see my photographs here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelhooper/
What do you think? Would a 7d ii be a good idea? Or should I think about improving some other area of my photography?

Things that bug me about the 600d:
• I can't select the iso as exactly as I'd like. With the 400 5.6 I often want to shoot between 400 and 800 and I can't.
• I can keep the centre-dot on the birds ok, but they still often come out a bit out of focus. I'd say I'd get 1 in 20 in focus with a bird in flight. Maybe 1 in 5 are pretty good, but not good enough. 1 in 100 is tack sharp. I have no idea why it's such a lottery, and I've come to the conclusion that it's not me!
• At 800 iso I have very little dynamic range to play with, so if the bird is black and white I'm in trouble if the exposure isn't perfect.
• I only shoot in manual, and having a bit more customizability might be good. Certainly having a couple of definable presets would be very useful.

I'm also worried that having taken a lot of photos with it over the past three years (easily 100000+), that it's going to die on me anyway. It already works better with some gaffer tape. :) (It's surprisingly think plastic, and even sliding down a rock with it didn't get through the body, though it scraped quite a few millimetres from the corner. And the screen has little bits of white stuff in it, and has done for 2 1/2 years now. And the hot-shoe is a bit bent from said slide down a rock.)

I have the sigma 35 1.4 and the canon 400 5.6, and the 18-55 it came with, of course, though I almost never use it. I sometimes wonder if something in the middle would be useful! 100 2.8L? But I can't have everything and I'd rather stick to one or two lenses and get better at what they can do.

Thoughts? & Thanks!
Michael

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Excuse my ignorance, but I've read about people returning lenses and I wonder how this works. How does one even go about finding a retailer that would accept multiple returns? The place where I bought my sigma lens from has a once only return policy, and it wasn't like they had multiple copies in stock anyway... (Not that I want to return my lens!)

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I'd like to upgrade my 600d+400 5.6, and I'd say that 50% of my photographs are of stationary subjects where the 600d's af is absolutely fine. And about 50% of the time I photograph birds in flight and if I have the camera on f5.6 I'm lucky to get 20% of the frames in focus. With the lens at f8 I don't miss much.
How big a difference is the af now?

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