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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:31:07 PM »
Henry's offer an additional 3yr warranty on the 24-105 kit for $469 - does anyone have any experience with this? Is it worth it (besides the obvious, "if you don't ever need it - it was a waste of money")?

Good copies of 24-105 can be had for 850-900 on the used market so I don't think almost a $500 premium for insurance would be worth it unless you are planning to give it a real beating for the next three years. Also consider that you may want to resell within the three years and you may not be able to recoup that money having to compete with other ones priced below $900.

If the warranty is for the whole kit, it may be different a bit. This is a really expensive camera after all so an extended warranty may be justified if you are planning to make money with it.
The lens tend to add $800 to the kit price plus tax. I just checked and I was wrong about the extended warranty pricing. It is $469 for the body only and $599 for the body/lens. Yikes, that is a lot of ca$h extra.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk III: ISO 25600...Stunning!!!!!
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:56:28 PM »

Disclaimer: I have not tried CS5,  Topaz & NIK NR on the RAW's yet... Just LR4
Does LR4 already support the 5D3 files? I just checked my copy of LR3 and there is no update for the 5D3 yet and I have heard there will not be one forthcoming.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:51:18 PM »
I was on the Vistek webpage yesterday for any updates on the availability and the price on both the body only and kit were reduced by $100.00; today, its back up to its regular price of $3799 and $4649 respectively.

Did anyone else notice this?

I noticed this yesterday too. Today only Henry's is has them at $100 off. I called the downtown Toronto store and asked if they thought they would have any demos I could get my hands on and he was unsure. He did however put my name on a 'no obligation' list and he mentioned he may have it for me as soon as tomorrow.

Henry's offer an additional 3yr warranty on the 24-105 kit for $469 - does anyone have any experience with this? Is it worth it (besides the obvious, "if you don't ever need it - it was a waste of money")?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Weird Banding on shots....
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:16:27 AM »
I am by no means an expert in this area but I wonder of the latest LR4 version with its selective White Balance  tool would help with a picture like this?

I think this is a great discussion as I am not a sports shooter and have never encountered this phenomena before.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:56:40 AM »
The 6kg are under ideal conditions and should be taken with a grain of salt. My Gitzo 2-series carbon fiber 2531EX and Markins M10 ball-head are rated to go up to 200mm and that kit is way more sturdy than my Benro C1681 and B0. I checked out the 0-series but thought it would be a tad light for a 5Dx/70-200 combo - I am glad it works for you.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 21, 2012, 06:59:56 AM »
I'd recommend Benro A0961TB00 - here's the one on eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRE-SELL-BENRO-A0691TB00-Travel-Angel-Series-Aluminium-Tripod-set-Ball-Head-/230703323654?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item35b6fd5a06

It is much more sturdy than it is described, and I find it very good.

How much weight/gear are you putting on the 0-series and B00 ball-head?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 20, 2012, 09:59:48 PM »
Another vote for benro
I have this one
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Benro-C-2691TB1-Carbon-Fiber-Travel-Angel-Tripod-B-1-/330538387722?pt=AU_TripodsMonopods&hash=item4cf59f890a


Is this just a travel tripod for you or do you use it all the time? The reason I ask is I have been considering selling my Gitzo in favour of a 2-series Benro. Nothing longer than a 70-200/2.8 c/w a 5D3. That is what my current Gitzo/Markins/RRS is rated for - so I would want something similar in terms of build.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 20, 2012, 09:56:36 PM »
I forgot to mention that the Benro's come with a really nice lightly padded bag with shoulder strap.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 20, 2012, 04:29:14 PM »
I am tempted to order from Adorama with their "bundle" and then cancel when one ships.

As of now, I don't see that bundle anymore. Good thing I ordered it when it was still up.
It looks like Craig took it down off of the main page too.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:18:31 PM »
It also depends on how long an exposure you intend to get with the travel setup. Under sub 1 second, a smaller, lighter setup may suffice but if you are looking for a rock solid setup then look for the fewest legs and ratings able to hold the weight.

When I was shopping for the Benro, I went to a local bricks and mortar and tried the four and five section 1-series and found the torsional rotation to be too great on the five leg setup. If you can swing the additional weight, you may very well benefit from the 2-series Benro as it is nice and solid.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:06:24 PM »

but these new better copies just came out and i got a couple

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251008021232?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

and boy the quality is EXACTLY the same as genuine BR


My buddy picked up this one for $14 - I thought it was $18:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330695204775

Holy crap, it looks and feels identical as the BR RS-4. It is hard to tell if it is as resilient but at $14 verses 69.99 Canadian, it will be hard to justify the real version.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:50:41 PM »
I have the Benro Carbon Fiber C1681TB0 Travel Angel Tripod Kit C1681 +B0. It is only 3Lbs and very small and has an Arca Swiss type ball-head with is fantastic. Highly recommended. You can also look at the 1691 which has five legs instead of four. This line of tripods is called Transfunctional, meaning one of the legs detaches and becomes a monopod, which is sweet!

You can also look at their zero and two series, although I would not recommend the zero for your gear list.

You can buy these local from B+H but can save a few bucks going to eBay if you can wait. I shot mine with my 40D and 17/55.2.8/IS or 70-200/4.0/IS with no issues. I also have a Gitzo 2531EX, Markins M10 and RRS clamp - although far more stable than the Benro, it is much longer and weighs a couple of pounds more.

Here is mine on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Benro-C1681TB0-Travel-Angel-Tripod-Kit-C1681-B0-T027-/300559215496?pt=US_Tripods&hash=item45fab9ab88

Here is the whole series (minus mine for some reason) on Benro's site:
http://www.benrousa.com/products_catalog_TransfunctionalTravelAngel-CF-TwistLocks.html

Here is the same series in aluminum:
http://www.benrousa.com/products_catalog_TransfunctionalTravelAngel-AL-TwistLock.html

You could always get the Cadillac and go with the Gitzo 1541T and Markins Q3T or RRS BH-25, it all depends on how much you are willing to $pend!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:31:10 PM »
Thanks guys

I could not wait for lunch... I went and got it now!!

 It's a beaut! I upgraded from a 5dc, so this is so much better. Sorry can't post pics till I get home and put a lens on it...  ;D ;D ;D

This AM I was ready to drive 4 hours to St. Louis to get it from a local shop there, but before I called them, Roberts called me. I hope all you guys get yours BEFORE you expect it.
NICE!!! Enjoy :-)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 20, 2012, 10:44:24 AM »

Woohoo!!!  Just got a call from my local shop; Robertscamera in Indy, they Got it and are holding one for me!!! I cannot wait till my lunch break to go pick it up !!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Cancelling BH now...
Picking up today (March 20th) at lunch???

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Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid Straps...
« on: March 19, 2012, 03:15:50 PM »




Looks like a good idea - a Ty-Rap would work in this application too. The only issue would be it could restrict mobility of the camera but at the same time that could be a good thing to prevent it spinning around.

BTW, a buddy at work just bought an $18 eBay knock-off of the RS-4 and he is going to being it into work to show me. I will report back the build quality to all of you.

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