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Software & Accessories / Re: Starting out: Flickr? Picasa? PBase? Other?
« on: January 13, 2012, 12:35:31 PM »
Thanks everyone!  This is great info prior to diving in.  I have Lightroom, so that will play a factor.  I appreciate the help.  More +1's for y'all...

Software & Accessories / Re: Starting out: Flickr? Picasa? PBase? Other?
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:41:28 PM »
Thanks for the insights into the options and their value! 
+1 everybody...

Any more thoughts?

Software & Accessories / Starting out: Flickr? Picasa? PBase? Other?
« on: January 12, 2012, 08:20:59 PM »
Contributors on this forum are very thoughtful, so I'd like to solicit your advice again.

Flickr seems pretty popular for photosharing, but how does one decide?  What would you recommend?  Starting out I'm just interested in a good basic free photo sharing site, but may eventually want more.  I don't currently have my own webpage or blog up and running but I do own a domain. 

What are the critical things to consider when building an online portfolio?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 & Obama
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:30:47 PM »
the whitehouse also has an official flickr account obama's photographer shoots with the 5d mk2 heres a link to that official account where it tells you you are free to download images but not manipulate them great stream enjoy :D
Didn't know about this.  Thanks!  ...and +1!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 & Obama
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:41:47 PM »
Yes, Pete Souza was the official photographer for both Obama and Reagan.  He has also work for National Geographic and the Chicago Tribune.

The President's Photographer is a great documentary.  Highly recommend it.

Congrats on the super tele!  Nice find.  I'm pretty sure Ed said he'd have dandelion chips for the remaining adapters in the next couple days.  Keep an eye out -- it won't be long.

Ed, that beautiful 0.5mm adapter arrived just a couple minutes ago!  Pretty fast delivery!

Site Information / Re: Karma
« on: January 11, 2012, 02:02:31 PM »
+1 to all!  ...even D_Rochat.

Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:31:39 PM »
Dying with laughter!  If only this had been here six months ago it could have saved me a bunch of time! 

...and answer #9: so awesome.

Anyone know if the adapter will work with one of these? (This)

Wow!  That thing is crazy!  Never came across one before...

I tried to buy a FD 800mm f/5.6 from a Craigsliist seller today, he had it listed for $950, but it sold before I could get it.   So, I'll keep looking for some reason to buy that adapter.

Try it the other way around : buy the adapter to give you a reason to keep looking for FD super-teles!

EOS Bodies / Re: Ebay or Adorama Used?
« on: January 09, 2012, 07:23:20 PM »
Really great info from unfocused. 

I bought my 7D from Canon as a refurb.  It's been amazing and the price is very hard to argue with when you know that the camera has been thoroughly looked over by a trained person.

Also got to give you credit for making your adaptor a reasonable price  :D
Agreed.  It's the perfect price point.  And each is such a well thought out design.  You've been very thorough in terms of functionality and making them as undamaging/reversible as possible.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 09, 2012, 05:54:22 PM »
I ordered this from Korea over the summer and it has been fantastic.  Herringbone is the manufacturer.  Padded, great materials, not hard to install, optional aluminum quick release plate (Manfrotto/Arca-Swiss compatible).  Very secure.

Several colors available, but I opted for the black with red stitching.  Looks great when I've got a L lens on the camera.  Seems big enough to work with battery pack or larger body but I don't currently have a battery pack on my 7D.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« on: January 09, 2012, 04:23:43 PM »
yes I have the CF Benro travel angel and I love it it really is a great tripod, the aluminium one isn't a whole lot heavier either. its very solid, even when I use it with a gigapan epic pro, 1D and heavy lens, I think my novoflex head weight more than the actual tripod though :)

I got mine from here

Got my tripod from China today.  I ordered it on New Year, so shipping to the States was pretty quick.  It appears to be the real deal direct from Benro!  Tags, warranty card, allen wrenches.  Everything was packaged like it came straight from the factory.  So thanks, wickidwombat, for scoring the best deal on a carbon fiber tripod!  (+1)

I haven't tried it out yet -- only took it out of the packaging to inspect it -- but it's super stable, the joints are stiff and smooth.  Large diameter legs.  Loading my 300mm f/2.8 will not be a problem at all for this thing.

The tripod itself (w/o ballhead) is just over four-and-a-half feet tall (1400mm) without the column extended.  It folds to under 18" (450mm) and since the legs fold up around the ballhead, the ballhead doesn't add to the packed length. 

Speaking of the ballhead, it is much better than I would have expected.  Nice extras included like a weight hook under the center column, closed cell foam padding on the leg that turns into a monopod, spikes for the feet, bubble level on ballhead, alfa-swiss QR plate, etc.  Surprisingly, the carrying case is quite nice, too.  I may actually use it. 

Not bad for under $350.  Thanks for the help everyone!  I'll let you know how it works out. 

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