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Thanks for the information. BTW, the Clutch looks awesome. I am getting it when it's out.
There still may be time to get the discounted price as it's in the last couple of days of the Kickstarter process.
If you miss that, 1KindPhoto has a discount code for Peak Design.
coupon code: 1kindphoto


Another vote for Peak Design's Capture Clip.
Errm, I don't think it's another vote for the PD Capture Clip...other posts have cast doubt on their usability.
Yours is the only vote.  The positive comments have largely been for the PD straps.

But still, if you've worked out a viable custom setup that works perfectly for you, then that's the main thing.
The Peak Design products are great this way, they lend themselves to adaption and unique custom setups.


edit:   FTb-n I actually just had a proper look at your Capture Clip setup that you linked to:
That's very clever and would overcome my primary criticism of the Capture Plate as I used it with the Pro Pad, and that is the excessive rigidity. Your system would allow for just a little bit of swing and movement. Nice!

Both the Cinch 2 and the Peak design straps are great, i.e., they prevent the swing problem of the tripod-mounted straps, but they don't provide a solution to mounting directly to the lens satisfactorily when I use my 70-200.
I wonder, how safe is it to carry the 70-200 2.8 mounted to your camera with the camera connected to the strap as the ads show? I mean, the lens is at least twice the weight of the camera!
My solution for that is to attach a Peak Design Anchor to the QR plate on the lens shoe. This not only distributes the weight of the heavy 70-200, but creates a nice balance when it's at your side. I put anchors everywhere, on the two original neckstrap points, the point on the bottom plate and with heavy lenses like the 70-200, on the QR plate. The Anchor does not get in the way when mounting onto a monopod or tripod.

Anyone buying Peak Design straps, I'd suggest ticking the box for a couple of extra packs of Anchors... they're less than $10 per pack.


That's great a few people have gone with the Peak Design straps. Hope they work for you. You can blame me if they don't! (doubtful...)

Can I add something to the Peak Design Capture Pro Clip conversation.

I bought into the Capture Pro Clip system with two Capture Pro Clips and two ProPads attached to a Utility Belt

This system would probably work a treat with very small, light pocket cameras but are an epic-fail with pro bodies and heavy L glass. Having used the Spider Holster system for a number of years I was in a good position to offer a real-world comparison.

For a clip based, belt mount system the Spider Pro Holster system is the very clear winner. Like drmikeinpdx says, it's fiddly and annoying getting the camera onto the clip with the Peak Design Capture Pro system . The Spider Holster system just "snicks" in. Once camera is in the belt mounted clip, the Peak Design Capture Pro is completely rigid. You might think this is good, but the rigidity is a darn nuisance if you want to sit, or squat down to take a shot with your other body, particularly if the lens/body on the belt includes a 70-200 f/2.8. By comparison, the Spider Pro Holster pin attachment allows for a little bit of "swing" which transforms the usability. They don't swing too much though. I can RUN with two bodies/lenses on the Spider Pro belt while carrying a 1D4 with 300 f/2.8is on a monopod eg at a track & field meet.

So my clear vote for straps is very much with Peak Design, but for a belt/clip system it's still Spider Pro Holster all the way.


EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:32:41 PM »
...Maybe the thing to do is think of the 7DII as the "upgrade" or "replacement" for the 1D4 (non-FF sensor in a pro body.)
The 7DII will be different things to different people, but if the specs stack up, it could well be the trigger for me to retire my over-worked 1D4.

WiFi? Yes it's nice, but not a deal breaker for me. Touch screen? Now that would be an unfortunate omission. The beautifully evolved touch screen on my little travel camera, the 100D/SL1 woke me up to the power and practicality of a good touch screen. My go-to video camera, the 100% awesome Panasonic GH4 uses a touch screen that has forever changed the way I work (with video).

Speaking of video, unless the 7DII ships with 4K, focus peaking, zebras and so on, demand for the truly ground-breaking Panasonic GH4 will continue exceed supply.


Lenses / Re: lifespan of IS motor?
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:08:48 AM »
people worry about the wierdest stuff....  :P

Leave IS on and get out there and shoot stuff...wait, you might wear out your shoes...


The search for the perfect camera strap system is a bit like the search for the Holy Grail. I've made my way through a number of strap systems and several hundred dollars in the process

1. Original Canon. Let's face it, neck straps are body busters when you're working with two bodies at long events.

2. Spider Pro. I used this for a couple of years with the dual holster belt. It's good, and I still quite like it, but moving all that weight onto my hips was actually giving me sore hips. I could hardly walk back to the car after an all-day track & field meet. Something had to change.

3. CarrySpeed. I loved this at first...but probably because a ton of research had taken me to CarrySpeed & I'd made a big dollar commitment to the entire system, so I had to like it. But sheesh! It really didn't work as advertised. It was bulky, heavy and very fiddly to set up before each job. The double strap was a functional disaster. Don't ever get a double strap whoever sells it. Now they're gone, litigated off the face of the Earth by an aggressively litigious Black Rapid.

4. I had been resisting Black Rapid all the way along. But hell, I gave it a try. Just the one... but I soon went back to the Spider Pro and sore hips. eBay was doing pretty well from my camera strap sales at this point.

5. Go directly to Peak Design. OMG this stuff is good. It's inexpensive. It's simple, light, customizable with flexibility limited only by your imagination. In the context of the OP's question, I use two Peak Design Leash straps slung one each side. Just make sure the heavier of the two (in my case a 1D4 with 70-200 f/2.8isII) on top. Leave the straps a little looser than instinct would tell you. I'm 15 months in now with Peak Design. I thought the narrow straps would cut, but they don't. In any case, they're releasing a wide strap within weeks, the culmination of a Kickstarter project. The quick release Anchors are the heart and soul of this system. They're pure gold especially if you also use your DSLR for video where straps are always in the way. Snap snap and you're strapless.

I've really worked the field on this subject. Peak Design. Check them out. Don't buy a double strap. Ever.


Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 10, 2014, 08:32:09 AM »
...just out of interest are your odins the mk2 version? or the mk1
MkI but with the firmware update. The MkI original firmware doesn't have ODS.
The primary reason for the firmware update is the ODS functionality.


Lighting / HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:51:24 AM »
Everything I'd read about Einsteins and HSS suggested that it was a dead-end, you'll never achieve it. I've tested with a few different triggers and got nothing but black frames above the max sync speed.

But while I was fine tuning the Phottix Odin trigger with the ODS adjustments to optimize it for the Godox 360, just out of curiosity I thought I'd see one more time how I went with the Einsteins. You guessed it, with a bit of fine tuning through the Odin's ODS settings, I'm getting viable HSS with the Einsteins provided they're on full power (longest flash duration). Results with the 5D3 with it's native 1/200 sec max were kind of OK, but with the 1D MkIV and it's 1/300 sec max and smaller sensor, it's GOOD right up to 1/8000 sec.  I expect it would be even smoother on an APS-C body. It'll be nice if the 7DII ships with a 1/300 sec sync speed.

OMG the Phottix Odins are an extraordinary bit of hardware. I expect if I dug into the menus a little deeper I'll discover it will make nice espresso coffee too.


I have the same issue with my pair of Yongnuo YN 622C. I bought them for specifically for their focus assist credentials. Provided you understand the light pattern they throw, they're extremely useful, particularly with the 1D MkIV which almost forgets how to AF when the light gets low. Seeing as I generally have the 70-200 f/2.8isII on the MkIV in low light events situations, the AF assist pattern seems to work fine at the longer focal lengths. The 5DIII has superior low light AF credentials, and really doesn't need help from the Yongnuo YN 622C.

Nice thing about the YN 622C's is the hotshoe "pass-through".

BTW Clement, I know what you mean by "lasers"'re referring to the AF assist beam. Not actually lasers in the strict sense, but it gets your point across.


Software & Accessories / Re: Zoombrowser v. Imagebrowser
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:32:50 PM »
It sounds like the company may offer a DB as an add-on product soon, so this may be a product worth watching, provided the cost doesn't go too high.
They've been working on that for a long time, but the nice thing is that Windows loves all of the PM embedded metadata so you can search your indexed drives with it in the meantime.  I'm curious to see how the asset management tool ends up as that's a weaker point of my workflow right now.
I've been getting a bit impatient waiting for the CameraBits (PhotoMechanic) DAM (Digital Asset Management) package that has been months away for a few years now. It's been a longer wait than for the 24-70 f/2.8II and the 7DII.

But kudos to Kirk and the team at CameraBits for not releasing a product that they didn't have 100% confidence in. History is littered with ruined companies that rushed underdeveloped products onto market only to leave a previously good reputation in tatters. It takes years to grow such a strong reputation for rock-solid product and support that CameraBits has. But you can lose all that in a heartbeat with a mis-timed release.

Still, this is no reason not to commit to PhotoMechanic. It's the best there is. In fact, it's a certainty that holders of PhotoMechanic licences will get a loyalty ticket "nice-price" offer from CameraBits when the DAM package eventually ships.


Software & Accessories / Re: Any NAS Experts? quick question
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:17:57 PM »
Forget all about wifi connected NAS as part of your photographic workflow. Right now. Cable connections rule. The low connection speed of even a strong wifi connection will drive you insane for most file/folders that photographers and videographers deal with on a daily basis.

I have a 5 bay Synology DiskStation 1511+ NAS stacked with RAIDed 4Tb HDD's. It's nice and fast on the network, but even cabled up it's not fast enough to work directly from. Until Lightning or eSATA connected NAS hardware is an everyday reality, importing a folder from your NAS, doing your work and sending it back is a simple matter. If you're seriously cashed-up take a look at a new, fully optioned MacPro with Lightning connected external storage. This is gold-standard for video editing.

Anyone looking for NAS hardware should take a long hard look at the update to my Synology 1511+, the Synology 1513+ The simplicity and flexibility and mac-like quality of the GUI make it a hot contender. Search for reviews and read nothing but praise.


Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
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Software & Accessories / Re: Zoombrowser v. Imagebrowser
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:46:14 PM »
I wouldn't use either in a fit. Canon are close to unrivaled when it comes to cameras & lenses, but as software developers they really need to go back to school or out-source the whole area. At least it's free with your camera.

Some of the Canon software has an initially attractive looking GUI, but when it comes to deep functionality from a workflow perspective, most busy photographers will run a mile....usually in the direction of Photo Mechanic or the PC-only Breezebrowser Pro. Both of these offer generous test-drive periods, blinding speeds and modest cost of entry. Even Bridge CC feels slow and cumbersome by comparison.

It should've come as any surprise that Photo Mechanic is far and away the preferred browser software for busy photographers anywhere on the planet. Not quite as full-featured but very light on your system plus dazzlingly fast, Breezebrowser Pro is a great buy. I use both.


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