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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon patent: Changeable sensor
« on: October 14, 2013, 06:10:42 PM »
They tried this in the Audio world..... the thing is, as modular as you make the product, you cannot predict what path technology takes..... seems like a great idea on paper...

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Lenses / Re: EF 135 USM L or EF 100 Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:30:12 AM »
even better the Sigma 150,which is actually sharper than both the 100L and the 135mmL.
Very funny! Is this sharper (especially at full aperture as OP asked)?
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=674&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=807&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Based on those charts, the Sigma is not as sharp... the 100L seems to beat out even the 135 F2 wide open. At F2.8 both are very close. Up to F4, the 100L is better but F5.6 and beyond, the 135mm is sharper especially at the corners..

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Lenses / Anyone use Swarovski spotters for Bird shots?
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:20:11 AM »

A Guy I work with is into Bird Photography. Since we are all challenged by distances, he mentioned that if I was willing to go manual, that this might be an option:

http://www.swarovskioptik.com/nature/equipment-c210703

It might be a bit pricey, but if it can do decent 1700mm equivalent shots, might be worth the price.

Anyone used this sort of non-standard set-up? What are the results like.

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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L II Horror Stories
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:15:29 AM »
This lens is the reason I am with canon....

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Lenses / Re: Would you sell a 500mm f/4 IS for a 300mm 2.8?
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:47:07 AM »
I have not used the 500mm, BUT I also have a 70-200ii with the 2x iii, which I like. I tested a 300 f2.8ii at BH with a 2x iii, and was blown away by how sharp the lens was at 600mm f5.6 (with the TC). It was sharper than the 70-200 with TC.

The weight threw me off and since I do not make money off this hobby, I decided to delay gratification for now...

hope this helps.

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Love your work, KUDOS!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:41:01 PM »
Thanks guys. Since I was visiting, Manhattan, I had one of the BHPhoto guys talk me into a Sirui T2205x with Benro V0 200598 Ballhead. Seems to fit the bill...

What I like about the 2205 is that it sits already pretty low with the extra low riding accessory center column, but then I can reverse the center column and hang the camera upside down for more options. Also has rubber feet with sliding spikes that move in and out smoothly.

Anyone used these before?



Uh, I guess you missed my above post. They are very well built for the money. My small one is slicker than S___ and very transportable. The larger one I have is also excellent, though if I had to find fault, it would be that the center column slides a little rough, particularly at the joint between the main/4" parts. Not a problem for me since I picked that model so I wouldn't have to raise the column. You might want to consider this ball head instead of the Benro. It's quite good and you can keep it in the family.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sirui-KX-Series-Ballhead-K-20X-With-Max-Load-of-25kgs-for-DSLR-Camera-Tripod-/261265749326?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd4a6f54e



Thanks Brad. Is there a specific reason you'd recommend the Sirui ballhead over the Benro? The Beron ball seems very smooth to me...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:20:13 AM »
Thanks guys. Since I was visiting, Manhattan, I had one of the BHPhoto guys talk me into a Sirui T2205x with Benro V0 200598 Ballhead. Seems to fit the bill...

What I like about the 2205 is that it sits already pretty low with the extra low riding accessory center column, but then I can reverse the center column and hang the camera upside down for more options. Also has rubber feet with sliding spikes that move in and out smoothly.

Anyone used these before?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:35:49 PM »
Brian Three Legged Thing.

X1.1 Brian Evolution 2 Carbon Fiber version looks good.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:30:43 PM »
I've been happy with a Redged Carbon Fiber tripod.  It is light and strong and has nice locks.  Someday, I'll look for a better head, but for now it is fine and easy to carry.

+1 thanks!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:50:33 PM »
It's still a bit heavy and folded is still large...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:35:34 PM »
I had a Manfrotto 055PROB which I loved except for it's weight... it was too heavy to strap to a back pack and hike around. Now I am

I would like something between 2-3lbs
Can collapse to 6 " from ground for macro (no 12" center columns)
Can support 10lbs (My biggest lens is the 70-200 mk.II)

Some nice to haves would be small folded footprint (prefer 12-15")
Ability to convert into a monopod, but not at the expense of 2 requirements above.

Price range : up to $400

What would you guys get?

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Seriously.... why doesn't Canon Hire Alex and his team....  Way back when I was done with a 350d and kit lens, I was not system dependant... I could have gone Nikon or Canon... ML brought me to the Canon camp. How many 5D2 users have stayed with Canon due to ML... it's amazing how ML has helped Canon.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70d + 70-200 II vs. 5d III
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:15:23 PM »
I have a 6D, and I'm very pleased with the AF system. I use the center point AF anyway, since at wide open, I need to make sure I nail the focus point. 

As a back up wedding photographer, you really want to make sure that you are focusing on the Bride's eyes.  No amount of fancy AF system can dictate that for you.  You have to do it yourself.  With the center point AF, focus is instant fast.  I just focus, recompose, and shoot.  Simple as pie :).

The 6d certainly does look appealing. Potentially what I'll do is buy that kit B&H is currently selling and simply sell the printer and lens for a net of ~$800, giving me a $1200 6d.

+1                 No brainer.   :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70d + 70-200 II vs. 5d III
« on: July 14, 2013, 06:53:08 PM »
6D + 70-200 mk.ii gets you what you want. AF may be less compared to 5d3, but for what you do it might even be better in low light... it has better high ISO, wifi, about 1800 cheaper... I'd get the 6D.

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