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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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Lenses / Re: Good/Better/Best Macro for T3i
« on: March 16, 2012, 05:21:04 AM »
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I would also recommend you get an extension tube set

I never thought of that -  Which one *do* you recommend then?
I have a set of Kenko 300DG's - they support AF and work great. Well priced at roughly $160ish at B+H.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark 3 Queue @ B&H
« on: March 15, 2012, 10:08:11 PM »

Jamesy, B&H only charges GST unless you are lucky enough :P to live in a province with the HST (BC & ON), then you fine folks get to pay the HST.

Suddenly I feel very special ;)

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How did the Queen talk the Canadians into that one :)? I demand Naomi Watts or Sienna Miller (preferably both) in exchange for this service, and nothing less!
I don't think she needs to talk anyone into it, she is our Queen too as Canada is a member of the Commonwealth.

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Here's one of Will and Kate I took last summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day - and yes we too have the Queen on our Money. Taken with my 40D and 70-200 F4 at F4. Heavly cropped.

I could have used one of the Briansquibb specials in the second shot I posted  ;D

Kate Middleton is next in line to the throne after Camilla.

Just a minor point - Prince William is second in line after his father, Prince Charles. Kate will become Queen but wont rule
Right - that is why Queen Elizabeth took the throne when her father George passed away as opposed to the Queen Mum ruling, right?

Brian, was that one of your white whales in the press gallery? LOL

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Here's one of Will and Kate I took last summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day - and yes we too have the Queen on our Money. Taken with my 40D and 70-200 F4 at F4. Heavly cropped.

I could have used one of the Briansquibb specials in the second shot I posted  ;D

Kate Middleton is next in line to the throne after Camilla.

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