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Some nice info already. I like the Peak Design's Slide and Clutch. I really like the fact you can still mount your camera on the tripod with that strap attached (which can be taken off with ease as well). Is there something similar in configuration for BR straps? Custom SLR has M-Plate, and Luma Labs too, for the same purpose.

Anyone of you had any issues (shoulder pain, or back pain) with any of these straps with a load like the 70-200 IS II + Body? What about the strength of these straps, overtime does it wear out? I am worried about those plastic snap-ons that are used to disengage the Camera from the straps.

I bought Peak Design when they first did their KickStarter program. The Anchors looked like the weakest point to me, so I bought spare ones https://peakdesign.com/store/anchors but they're still sitting unused after a few years hard labor. The Anchors may look a bit light but they're fine. They get regular checks and as soon as see ANY fraying I'll replace them. The actual socket-like Anchor Links which you can buy separately https://peakdesign.com/store/anchor-links are also stronger than they first appear. It's compact, very well engineered and strong.

-pw

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I am looking to get me a BlackRapid strap or something in that line which I can use with my 5D3. In most scenarios I use my the 5D3 on my tripod for landscape shots, but at times I like to detach it from the tripod and shoot handheld. When handheld, I like the camera to have some form of secured strap which I can use to wrap around my wrist or leave it hanging on the side of my shoulder.

I am looking for something that is reliable, secured, and I can attach/detach the strap with ease depending on my shooting scenarios. The heaviest load it will need to withstand is 5D3 + 70-200 IS II. Any advice or recommendations? Oh also anyone used a wrist strap, any recommendations on that? Thanks.
Peak Design has exactly what you are looking for:
https://peakdesign.com/store/?c=straps&gclid=COyPhsjenMMCFU5vvAod01UATQ
Nothing touches them especially if you're moving from sling to tripod as their design doesn't use the tripod screw by default. Have a look.

Whenever these threads come up which is pretty often, I just have to wave the Peak Design flag. Certain equipment choices seem to bring out the Obsessive Compulsive in me. Over time I have tried just about every pro strap system on the planet including the well marketed, alluringly named Black Rapid. BR is fine and has a legion of fans, but in my demanding shooting schedule, Peak Design is the only one that doesn't have any obvious annoyances or irritating limitations.

As a bonus the perfectly secure quick release system allows for almost instant strap removal. Straps can be annoying when shooting video or when using long lenses on a tripod, especially in windy conditions using a slow shutter speed. A strap flapping in the wind on a tripod mounted long lens may introduce camera shake.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review
« on: January 17, 2015, 11:46:15 PM »
Quote
he sharpness at f/4 is phenomenal. The sharpness falls off with increasing f number, and rapidly above f/11.
Hm. I am thinking about a reason why the lens is sharpest at f/4 and falls off right after this.
Wide open is precisely where I would expect the 400 f/4 DO II to be at it's sharpest.
My big whites very rarely get moved from f/2.8 and I doubt if they've ever been past f/4.

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: What monitor????
« on: January 17, 2015, 11:35:51 PM »
I wonder about the Dell UP 2414Q also.  I looked it up on B&H after someone above recommended it.  There was one weird comment/review from someone that said it makes the text appear so tiny that they only use the monitor for photo editing.

Why would that be, and is it nonsense?  Supposedly if you set the text size super large to compensate it then messes up on website layouts.

Tiny text? Try Ctrl+ on the PC or Cmd+ on the Mac.
I also routinely install https://addons.mozilla.org/En-us/firefox/addon/nosquint/
NoSquint allows you to adjust the text-only and full-page (both text and images) zoom levels as well as color settings both globally (for all sites) and per site. Most up-to-date sites will scale properly, as well as detecting and optimising for IOS.

FWIW I also have had great experience with calibrated Dell UltraSharp panels. In the studio we have a few 24 inch, two 27 inch and two 30 inch Dells. We do color critical work and they're all perfectly fine. The recent buys have all been the U-class Dell panels.

-pw

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I was also in a similar situation to you and did more research than may be healthy. But it means I got the perfect bag. They're not the ONLY well sorted bag on the block that will suit your needs, but do check out the ThinkTank Streetwalker backpacks. They are such neatly evolved and perfectly resolved, imaginative designs.
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/camera-backpacks/streetwalker-backpacks.aspx
The StreetWalker Pro was my final choice. The bag itself is surprisingly light. ThinkTank do little things like making the dividers much thinner, therefore allowing a little more gear/mass to be packed in the same space.

Like Dr Neuro, I like to have my core kit and one change of clothes in my carry-on, and the rest gets checked.

-pw

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There's just one flaw in the theory - the find my phone services use cellular communication or WiFi to send the GPS coordinates to Apple/Google's servers. 
Now there's an opening for a third card slot in Canon bodies...for a sim card!

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: how to backup photos in the field?
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:25:35 PM »
As far as backup drives go, Hyerdrive http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive/ and Nexto http://www.nextodi.com/ would appear to be the go-to solutions.

In the past I have used a variety of backup drives but ultimately found them to be more of an anxiety generator than they were worth. They'll work perfectly for months, then inexplicably fail or stall at the most inconvenient time. I've sweated blood over these devices. It's unlikely I'll ever go there again.

All my bodies now have twin card slots. If I want multiple copies in the field and don't have the laptop, I'll just write to two cards. Extra CF or SD cards are the simplest, safest, most compact, probably lowest cost solution.

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: New version of DPP
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:09:08 PM »
The new DPP looks like a useful update. 99% of my RAW files are processed through LR, but from time to time especially when difficulties come up with skin tones, DPP can be a lifesaver.

This may be a bit OT, but having been burned in the past with non-compatibility of a new EOS Utility release and a new OSX release, I'm cautious about updating to Yosemite and EOS Utility 3.1.0b for Mac OS X.

Has anyone had issues with these updates or is it a smooth, bug-free process?

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:15:55 AM »
Unrelated rant: I'd like ISO 25 and 1/500 flash sync even better.
For sure...I'd take the 1/500 sync speed any day.

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I use it to impress women.  They really get it!!
Hah!  ;D

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:20:24 PM »
Do I use 1/8000? Yes, probably a few dozen times a year in varied situations. It's just one of those tools you have in the bag that you may not use that often, but nice to have for those odd occasions. It doesn't weigh anything and doesn't take up any space. What's not to like?

Most often I'll use 1/8000 when using HSS in bright sunlight and needing a wide aperture. It's very rarely used to stop action in my work, though others will value it for this.

I regard the existence of 1/8000 as giving the freedom to use wide apertures in bright sunlight.

-pw

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Like just about everyone, I've been burgled on more than one occasion. Like HDD crashes, for most people it's not a matter of if, but when. Face it...that's reality.

If you're going to make a custom cabinet for your camera gear, why not have a very secure one? The heavy grade aluminium toolboxes that tradesmen have fitted on the back of their pickups gave me a clue. I went to a fabricator and he said he would make anything I liked. So I ordered a very secure custom cabinet that you could only get into with patience and a very loud angle-grinder. Short of a bank vault, nothing is 100% burglar proof.

The secure cabinet not only allows me to sleep better, but I also get a small discount from my insurance company. The next, very expensive step could be to get a cabinet that is also fire rated.

-pw


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 04, 2015, 11:51:20 PM »
I love what must be Google translation in the main article.
Who could go past an f/2 lens with "virtual background,which makes photography with more fun"?

All that aside, if these inexpensive lenses are half decent, then what a boon for those on limited budgets.

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:19:22 PM »
My philosophy on firmware for anything - computers, cameras, et al - is don't upgrade unless you have a specific reason to. 

Firmware updates for any electronic device can often come with undetected bugs and induce undesired behaviors.  So if your device is operating as intended for you - you're not experiencing any faulty behaviors and you don't need the features included in a firmware update - leave it alone.

+1
Over time I've regretted doing updates as soon as they are released. I've taken big productivity hits with non-compatible EOS Utilty updates, all sorts of iOS updates and software updates. Firmware updates are generally trouble free. The exception here would be chronically badly implemented Wacom updates. Jeepers they've issued some shockers!

-pw

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Technical Support / Re: Question for 4k monitor users?
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:13:13 PM »
You'll be bowled over if you go to your local Apple Store and eyeball the iMac Retina. This will give you a very real sense of what's coming up in the rest of the world. It's like comparing your last century 720p CRT display with 2560x1440. On the other hand, you'll need to be prepared to feel disappointed with your current setup after having a glimpse of the future. Or buy yourself a Retina iMac for Christmas!

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: CC on multiple devices?
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:08:21 PM »
Is anyone using Adobe CC on multiple machines?  Care to share your experience?
I'm platform agnostic running both PC's and Macs. I can run any CC program wherever I like on whatever platform I like provided only two are authorised at a time. It's a simple matter. Current settings and preferences are remembered via cloud. It works for me.

 Like a premium phone plan or an ever growing utilities monthly bill, you soon forget about the CC monthly $$ and simply appreciate the flexibility, power & convenience of CC. My subscription is for the full CC suite. The PS & LR bundle looks like a bargain if you don't need the rest of what CC has on offer.

I also find the iPad version of LR a fairly useless irritation. It's unlikely I'll be going back to that anytime soon, though I appreciate it probably works for some users.

-pw

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