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Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:47:46 AM »
How tall are you?

Good point. The Sirui T-1205X is very short, even with the centre column extended.

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:30:38 AM »
I have had the T-1005X aluminium version for a couple of years, and use it frequently. I find I take a tripod with me a lot more than I used to, because even the aluminium version is light enough and the case is pretty decent too.

For me, the CF version wasn't substantially lighter to justify the extra cost. 1.0kg vs 0.8kg according to Sirui.

I paired it with a Manfrotto 494RC2 ballhead, just because I already have RC2 plates for my other tripod.

Works fine with a 5D3 and Sigma 35mm 1.4, which weigh more than your 6D and 24-105.
I have used it with the 5D3 and 70-200 IS II, and although that's probably not recommended, it's better than nothing if you need it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:06:37 AM »
I would personally get some new glass rather than a new body. I don't see much point in getting the EF-S 15-85mm since you already have the 18-55 and 55-250. For the same price as a 70D body on Amazon, you could get:

Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 85mm f/1.8
Samyang 14mm, Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 100mm non-L macro
Samyang 14mm, Canon 40mm pancake and Canon 85mm f/1.8, with a little left for a spare battery/memory card

All the above lenses are faster than the 2 zooms you have, and generally get good reviews. If you are considering moving to full frame in the future, the Tokina is the only one of these lenses not designed for full frame. It did kind of work as a 16mm prime on my 5D, but the corner quality was poor so I swapped it for the Samyang.

EOS Bodies / Re: Whats up with the....
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:41:55 AM »
My guess would be the weather sealing. Probably a rubber o-ring or gasket creating a slightly spongy feeling.

Lenses / Re: canon 16-35ii or sigma 12-24 ii
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:31:17 AM »
There's quite a big difference between 12mm and 16mm.
I found this image on Google that demonstrates how big the difference is.

Are you specifically after a zoom? The Samyang/Rokinon 14mm prime might be worth looking at if you fancy a cheaper option.

Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:06:30 AM »
If you don't want the hassle of using a pano head and stitching, you could always use something like this:
The image quality won't be anywhere near as good as stitching, but it may be adequate depending on your final output.

Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:44:36 AM »
The Cadillac of the stitching programs is Photoshop if your budget can afford it. 

I personally wouldn't even bother with Photoshop for 360° panoramas. It's ok for stitching a handful of photos, but for panoramic tours you'll be better served by Pano Tools. You can get a trial version at http://www.ptgui.com and try before you buy.

You'll also need some sort of VR head. I think one of the cheapest options is the Panosaurus, which you can order from http://gregwired.com/pano/Pano.htm. I have the first version of that head and got great results using a Tokina 11-16mm.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:35:28 AM »
Many of us, in contrast to moocowe, have found that we have to take several shots when doing bird photography with the 7D to get tack sharp focus whereas the 5D III is spot on every time.

Sorry, I should have stated I don't do any bird photography. Closest thing I've shot was an airshow, where I thought the AF performed really well. That was just after I'd stepped up from a 450D, and long before the 5D3 existed, however!

No doubt the 5D3 AF is superior, but the 7D AF should also be quite an improvement for someone coming from an 1100D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 02:05:02 AM »
I think ISO 3200 is as high as I would go with the 7D. I do fond it quite a noisy sensor, so to get the best image quality you will want to shoot in raw. Keep the exposure as far to the right of the histogram as possible without significant highlight clipping, and then bring the exposure down in Lightroom.

If you're only posting relatively low res photos online, you might get away with ISO 12800 images in good light or converted to black & white.

I never found the AF to be lacking on mine. Any shots I missed were usually due to a problem behind the viewfinder.

I've never used the 300mm f/4, but it looks good according to the review on The Digital Picture.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:51:06 AM »
Night Hawk,

You didn't say what lenses you own. No offense meant, but as a 1100D user, I can't imagine you have much fast glass. If you only own f/4 zooms or slower, then I would get the 7D and possibly 70-200 IS II.
My 7D hasn't had a battery in it since I got the 5D3, but all my lenses were already full frame compatible f/1.4 or f/2.8 before I upgraded the body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Coin Cell reminder!
« on: August 09, 2013, 12:37:20 PM »
The same thing happened to my 7D on holiday last year.

First day in New York, top of the Empire State Building, take 2 photos... camera turns off!
15 minutes later it let me take another couple of photos before it turned off again and I had to wait another 15 minutes.
I replaced the button cell the next day, but the camera continued to do this throughout the entire trip.

I think the problem with mine was that I had just updated the firmware to 2.0.1 or 2.0.2, which I believe a few people had problems with.
 I haven't had any problems since updating to 2.0.3.

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:27:29 AM »
for 14-24mm f/2.8
I would buy, if this lens accept regular (100mm) filters, I already have a filter collections, that's already very expensive. I wouldn't buy larger filters (>150mm) cuz they're insanely expensive.

I think it's very unlikely the 14-24mm will be able to use 100mm filters.
When I designed a filter holder for my Samyang 14mm, I found that anything narrower than 125mm would show up at the sides of the frame.
The LEE holder for Nikon's 14-24mm is for 150mm filters.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L version 2
« on: May 18, 2013, 09:59:05 PM »
Judging by the lenses you're referring to, it doesn't seem like you're considering macro or architecture, but I don't consider myself a know-it-all, so I could be wrong.
In your words, the 70-300L is excellent, so I don't think you're finding it lacking as far as convenience is concerned. Therefore, I would suggest going for the 85L and 135L. Those 3 lenses will give you a nice combination of fast/"artistic" telephotos and an "excellent" telephoto zoom.
The 70-200 II is a fantastic lens, but it's a compromise between the 3 mentioned above. Not as fast as the 85 or 135 (though the IS is very nice for static subjects) and not as convenient as the 70-300.

I'm wondering why you're considering 16-35 on D600 if you already have 17-40 on 5D3?

If you sold thd 17-40, then the 16-35mm VR and Samyang 14mm (on the 5D3) sounds like a great combination. The distortion on the Samyang isn't as bad as it's made out to be, and it's easily corrected anyway (Mount 'stache-more might be a different story). The Samyang looks like one of the best wide angle options for astrophotography due to having less coma than the big boys. I just got mine and was going to try it tonight, unfortunately the clouds didn't agree.

Just be aware that the focus scale on the Samyang might be way off like mine was, but is easy to correct with some jeweller's screwdrivers.

I find the ability to use a smartphone for tethered shooting (eg. star timelapse from inside my tent & awkward anglesi) , video monitor (albeit a small one, eg. the "missing" articulating LCD on my 5D) and so on.

I think DSLR Controller could be the perfect app for this. Still runs perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S2, so I have no desire to upgrade or change operating system. Partially helped by the fact that Photographer's Ephemeris and Artemis Director's Viewfinder are also in the Android market.

On a related note, there's an "ML Controller" app available for Android which may offer more video specific features via the same tethered connection, but I haven't tried it.

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