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Software & Accessories / Re: Wrist or Neck strap
« on: April 15, 2013, 01:33:13 PM »
I use a shoulder strap (Blackrapid) and a hand strap (Canon E1).

Lenses / Re: Long zooms
« on: April 15, 2013, 09:14:20 AM »
You'll want the Canon 100-400L, partly for the better IQ but mostly for the much faster AF.

Legs:  Gitzo or Really Right Stuff.  The latter is more expensive, but the quality can't be beat.  I have their travel tripod setup (TQC-14 and BH-30 LR), leg diameters and support rating are equivalent to the Gitzo 25xx, and even though it's rated for 25 lbs, I can (and have) personally suspended myself (180 lbs) holding two of the legs and swinging under the tripod.  The RRS TVC Series 2 is similar to the Gitzo 3-series.  IMO, the build quality of RRS is slightly higher than Gitzo (anodized vs. painted aluminum parts and easier-to-hold legs locks, for example). But really, you can't go wrong with either Gitzo or RRS.

Head: RRS, Kirk, or Markins.  I'd avoid both Gitzo and Manfrotto.  The Gitzo heads have a generally bad reputation for a reason - they're kludgy and relatively heavy, and use a non-standard plate.  There's a guy on my local Craigslist that's been trying to offload a Gitzo head for over two years now - no takers.  Whether you get the Gitzo 25xx or an RRS Series 2 set of legs, I'd get the RRS BH-40 head.

I used a Manfrotto 468MG ballhead for a few years - the poster who commented it's a joy to use is correct.  The head is a joy to use.  The RC2 plate/clamp system is not a joy, IMO - it's the weak point in an otherwise quite decent system.  While it locks down securely (thanks to the secondary pin, there's no risk of it slipping out), even with it 'locked down' there's still play - and that means vibration, and also makes it difficult to precisely position the load.  Fortunately, the clamp can be switched. I removed the Manfrotto clamp and replaced it with a Wimberley C-12, an Arca-Swiss type clamp. 

I highly recommend going with the AS system - the clamps are secure and it's as close to a standard as you'll find (used by RRS, Kirk, Markins, Acratech, Arca Swiss, and others).  You can get excellent Kirk or RRS L-brackets, specific or generic lens plates, a variety of pano systems, etc. 

When you add the cost of the 468MG (you can get just the head without a clamp) to the cost of the Wimberley C-12 ($80), you might as well just get the RRS BH-40...

If you like your geared head, maybe keep it and use the Kirk adapter to concert the RC4 to an AS-type clamp.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bogus Canon Rebate Prices at B&H
« on: April 14, 2013, 03:37:42 PM »
Instead of blaming B&H, you will need to blame Canon's minimum advertised price policy that went into effect a couple of years ago.

However, if you give it a few days, the price may drop...  But you would need to add the item to your cart to see the lower price.

$499 for the 600 flash

Indeed. I bought one a couple weeks ago for $550 (my second one), might have to pick up another...

Software & Accessories / Re: iPhoto or Aperture´╝č
« on: April 14, 2013, 09:52:34 AM »
iPhoto doesn't really handle RAW images, Aperture does, and allows multiple libraries including storage on external drives.

That 6D kit (with the 70-300f4-5.6 IS USM), wow, it's like they're throwing one of their best lenses at you for free.

While the L version of that lens ranks among their top lenses, the non-L version included in the kit could hardly be considered "one of their best".  At 300mm, it's about as sharp as a bowl of pudding.  :P

I'll look at harnesses and holsters again but I have found that when I am in crowd situations, (I can think of multiple news and sports events where I had to thread through crowds of people to get to the front or out of harms way) and if I don't have hip pack/think tank gear pushed behind me...towards my back, then I am whacking every person in the crowd with my gear (ie hip holster type things) and it tends to piss them off...

I had a similar concern.  I use the Spider Holster, but not on their belt. Instead, I have it on a Lowepro belt - their Light Utility Belt has 'sections' that slide on the belt, so you can slide a rig around toward your back.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D800 Value Dropping?
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:08:47 PM »
Something that has engaged my attention is the user feedback on Amazon for both the 5D3 and the d800. Both have around 250 reviews however, negative reviews for the 5D is almost non existent while its considerable for the d800. Leads me to believe there are issues with the d800 that left many buyers disappointed. I hope it comes down even more it might drive me to get one.

If you look at Amazon's Top 100 Rated dSLRs (rating, not sales), the 5DIII is at #4/5, and the top 8 are all Canon, with Sony rounding out the top 10. The D800 isn't even in the Top 100 (although the D800E is on the an impressive #83).

So does anyone know if dealers honor the actual rebates or is this only from Canon direct? The 6D + 24-105 lens package has a $200 rebate bringing it down to $2399. But it's already $2399 from B+H and Amazon. Will they still give the $200 off? Just not super clear how it works. And this is the camera that I have been thinking of upgrading to.


No, you won't get the rebate on top of the current discount prices.  They'll raise the price then apply the rebate, maybe prices will be $50 less than current on higher end items, maybe no change after the rebate.

The ISO button on top cannot be locked out.  So, if you want to change the current situation your choices are to put in a feature request to Canon and hope they add it to a future firmware update, or find a new way to carry your cameras. Honestly, I think the latter is your best bet - holding your breath waiting for Canon to add a feature is bad for your health.

I've used Blackrapid straps for years, recently picked up a Spider Holster - it's great, and there's a double-holster version.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:34:28 AM »
canon lacks some glass Nikon has, and vice versa. In this day and age, both systems are so well stocked, you're really just buying your camera choice

If you're shooting weddings or 'generalist' stuff, maybe.  But those gaps in the lineup are significant, and I think Canon has the lead there. The MP-E 65mm for macro shooters and the TS-E 17mm for architecture/interiors are unmatched.  For landscape shooters, the Nikon 14-24mm is nice, but Canon has a 14mm prime and a zoom starting at 16mm.  For wildlife, Nikon's real and purchasable 200-400/4 is nice, but I'll take my handholdable 600/4 over that any day.


After my experience with even Canon Grips flexing with a 70-200mm f/2.8, I've just lept away from them.  Having your camera mounted to a heavy tripod with a expensive head and then have a spring between them was very frustrating.  I'd be interested in hearing how stable it is and if it droops with the new Canon Grip.  I'm also wondering if they inproved the attach mechanism where many users have had stripped threads.

The Canon grip doesn't flex all that much - though it is felt when attaching a heavy lens. But then whenever  I use heavy lenses and the grip together, I mounting the setup using the tripod collar on the lens instead of the camera so flex really isn't an issue (for me at least).

I always mount a lens with a collar via that collar.  However, there was still flex with the grip, on both the 7D and 5DII - even with 'small' lenses. There's a reason FoCal recommends removing the grip before testing - there is flex there, and that flex can introduce vibration. 

No flex for me now, with the integrated grip.  :)

As for an L-bracket, really the only two viable options are RRS and Kirk, and for the 5DIII there's not a significant difference from what I can tell (although the RRS L-bracket for the 1D X is awesome - converts from L to just base plate, hex key stored right in the plate).

EOS Bodies / Re: What does SnapSort know about the 7D Mark II?
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:32:21 PM »

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