Too cloudy this weekend here in VA to take pictures. Hope to get some with my 300 and 600. Will likely shoot a number of short exposures and stack them. Always seems to produce better results than longer exposures at high ISO.
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Just wanted to chime in regarding buying RRS in Europe. I live in Denmark and have bought various stuff including the LCF-53 replacement foot for my Canon 200-400 which I am really satisfied with btw. I went with a German based dealer which has pretty much all the accessories you can think of getting for wildlife and nature photograhy. They are not cheap, but I recommend them highly for fast delivery and restocking of soldout items. Check them out for yourself: http://www.augenblicke-eingefangen.de/catalog/index.php
Big thank you for the link. I´ve been looking around on most of the biggest camera gear stores here in Sweden but at least on their websites they don´t have as much gear as this one. From this site I can buy all except the lens itself instead of looking all over Sweden stores to find them. Here I have leveling base, leg warmers and more stuff that I have been looking around a lot to find.
The tripods from RRS are very expensive and I guess I will go with a Gitzo anyway because there are limits on how much I want to spend. Most of all because I want more lenses and so on in the future as well and what I spare on a Gitzo instead of a RRS I can spend on other gear instead.
I´m getting more and more clear what to look after. A whole RRS setup might be the best but very expensive.
So with other words:
Gitzo Systematic series 3 the XLS because of the flexibility.
Wimberley gimbal head. Might go with the side mount (not the sidekick).
Leveling base. Might be the RRS leveling base.
RRS lens replacement foot.
Quick release plate. Not sure which one to buy. Suggestions?
Teleconverter 1,4 mkiii
Drop in polarizing filter.
As mentioned earlier this is really new to me so I´m not to sure about all the stuff yet. One question.. The quick release clamps you can buy is that something that needs to be added or is the clamp on the gimbal head good enough?
Also been thinking a while of a better beamer but not sure yet. Not that much of a investment so I can look at that one later. It will also take a couple of month more for me to save some more money before I start pressing buy-buttons. The lens itself I think I actually will look for the best price in the local stores and go and get myself instead of order on the web. Like carrying your baby home for the first time. Haha.
Thank you all.
Here's what I use with my 600 II:
- Backpack: I have the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II, works great, holds the 600 with body and 2x TC mounted. It's too long for airline carryon, the Lowepro Flipside 500 AW would work for that (bare lens), but I'd rather pack the hood in checked luggage and carry the lens on in my Storm im2500 hard case.
Hello, long time lurker and first-time poster!
I have a question regarding the 1DX. Currently I own a 5d2 and a 5d3, both gripped and nearly a dozen L-lenses and I use these bodies almost always together on an assignment. Through the CPS-program I was glad using a 1DX for a month and it blew my mind for how accurate this thing really is in low light (80% of my work environment) across the whole AF area and the output of the images are simply outstanding! Man what a magical camera this is! I'm back using the 5d3 now, even though the images and the controls are very similar but it is a lot harder to get the keepers I want (and slower/tracking to focus). I never knew the difference would be this big for me and I find myself missing the 1DX tremendously.
Now to my question and the need vs want dilemma. Even though I could afford the 1DX now, but it will hurt my pockets deeply and I would rather use those funds for traveling and taking more pictures! The price is a little too high for me and seeing the camera is out for quite some time, do you think there would be pricedrop in the near future? I considered to buy it second hand and I see quite some good deals but my insurance cannot guarantee full service so that is a problem. For me the near future is in and around Q1 2014 where I have a shitload of assignments piled up until the summer and a camera this capable could be really useful in those situations.
I used to use the venerable 100-400 for wildlife and bird shots. After I bought the 70-200 f2.8 II I started to use that, coupled with the 2x III extender, for the same purposes. I had read mostly negative reviews about extenders, but, to my amazement, the images I get out of this combo are nothing short of astonishing. IQ is equal, or even superior, to the one produced by the 100-400. Autofocus speed, however, takes a hit, which is visible. Still, that to me seems to be a bit faster than the autofocus speed on the 100-400. I'm tempted to use the combo, instead of the 100-400, now, but its weight discourages me to do that, if I'm shooting without a tripod. What do you guys think?
Funny..I was just reading and researching on this subject.
Is there not an official Canon screen replacement...vs this 3rd party one the OP was talking about?