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I find the Sirui N-2004 to be very useful. It is a tripod, but you can detach one of the legs which then becomes a monopod.

The monopod is strong enough to hold a 1D X and 400 f/2.8 ii all day without any problem. The tripod can also easily hold a Manfrotto MVH502AH along with a 1D X and 70-200 f/2.8 ii which shows you how strong this little monster is.

Another thing that is really great about this monopod is how compact it is when retracted. It is so small it fits inside my carry on luggage.

It is so good that I rarely use my Giotto dedicated monopod.

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Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:46:21 PM »
I love Krabi, but depending on what you are looking for I would also suggest Koh Lanta (which you get to from Krabi airport - 3 hours and two ferries away). On Koh Lanta my favourite beach is Kantiang Bay, which is the home of one amazing 5-star resort (Pimalai) and some really cool smaller hotels and a bar. What is great about this beach is how few people there are, plus you can head out diving (depending on the month) from there too.

When will you be there?

Anyway, back to photography!

Of the lenses you mention, I would suggest you take these three:

Canon 17-40L F4
Canon 50mm F1.8 II
Canon 70-300L

Have a safe and enjoyable trip, krub!




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The link does not work for me for some reason. Are you blocking any countries?

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The stars and the moon are still out there, even in the day time. I think Erik was trying to add a little atmosphere to his journey of heading straight up into the sky!

No need to pile on me, I already clarified my point, but you didn't read it.

Not "piling" it on you. I think it is pretty obvious that I did not see your post, otherwise I would not have written what I did.

I did not see it as I opened the page and then left it to read later. When I had time I read it, logged in and posted.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:16:50 AM »
no need for a Phase one   ;D

I saw my first ever Phase One at a sporting event just recently. Took a pic of the guy shooting with it as we seem to cover many of the same events, but do not know each other. He only shot with it briefly then returned to his Nikon gear, but I was still surprised to see it.

FWIW, the guy was shooting the crowd with it not the sport on the pitch.

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Erik,

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us all about that experience. Wow, people pay tens of thousands of dollars to go up in fighter jets but you get to experience it on a different level.

As you are not on an official fun ride, how do you manage to keep the viewfinder to your eye and not smash the lens against the canopy or worse still, have it smash against your nose?

Thanks, for sharing!!

And your little foray into storytelling isn't too bad, but the part about climbing into the stars and moon, when it's daytime, doesn't quite make sense.

The stars and the moon are still out there, even in the day time. I think Erik was trying to add a little atmosphere to his journey of heading straight up into the sky!

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I second the OP TECH rain sleeves for when it is sorted out, I always have a pack (2) in my bag, I buy the size to cope with my biggest lens, that does mean you have to bunch it up if used on a shorter lens, I guess you could get 2 sizes and carry one of each!

I would recommend Canon's own rain lens coats over the Op Tech ones (depending on what lenses you use, they have three sizes). They are very affordable, well made and much easier to use than the Op Tech ones. Plus they do not tear as easily, so you do not need to carry two or three etc. Just recently I was shooting in a thunder storm with torrential rain, lightning - the works, and while I got soaked, the camera etc survived in tact. Much better than my feet, which looked horrible after a whole day in wet shoes!  :o

Anyway, hope the OP gets it all sorted out.

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Ah, I see. I removed the 61 pt auto select and zone AF when I bought the camera. I switched it on and see what you mean. What a out if you set your AE lock button for the 61 pt and AF ON for your other often used AF operation?

I do that with two separate AF cases.

Thanks. My AE lock switches to One Shot and I like it that way. No problem, hopefully someone from Canon may see this thread and address the issue - even if it is a minor one.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon EOS Smart 1 Phone - April Fools Joke? :)
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:18:41 PM »
Speaking of April Fools, I don't think this is a joke:

http://nikoneyes.com

I saw this on TV yesterday. I mean, seriously? People buy these things?
This is NOT a joke. Nikon makes some of the best lenses for eyeglasses. I have been buying Nikon eyeglass lenses for at least 20 years.

I agree. These have been in Asia for years, and whenever you go into an optician they always have quite an elaborate demonstration box of why Nikon lenses are so good. There are also Hoya, Canon (I think, but not sure) and quite a few other very well known brands that many on CR would recognise.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 31, 2014, 03:11:44 PM »
Winter is over and I need to start practicing with the long lenses again. This is The Local Lion assessing his territory on a late March afternoon. I never get tired of looking at how animal eyes and fur is replicated in an image.
If you expand this to 200% and look at his left eye (right from your perspective). How much more resolution do you need?
1DX, 600/4 IS II, 1/640s, f5,0 ISO100

Nice shot and I agree with you about the eyes. Very cool.

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I would like that the camera displays which AF setting you are switching to more clearly. This only really applies to certain weather conditions and lighting, but I sometimes find it difficult to see the outer ring when I am switching quickly while looking through the view finder - even when I am looking for it. This happened to me a lot today and it was very annoying. I think they could make the outer ring thicker or larger so it is more easy to see.

Like I said, this is only a problem when you are at a game and in a rush and with very poor weather etc.

Can I ask which ring you are referring to?

Sorry I was very tired yesterday. The term I was looking for was the 61 point automatic selection AF, and it is not a ring but four brackets which surround the AF points in the view finder. To be honest I had not come across this problem before but at a certain set piece in a game I was using AF point expansion (8 points) and then had to switch rapidly back to the 61 point thing. I found that doing this in the poor weather, and at speed, it was often difficult for me to see when I had the right setting. I tried adding and deleting things to the AF choices I am given but that did not help.

It is not a big deal, but I wish those brackets were more obvious (which they are most of the time).

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PowerShot / Re: Busted: Canon EOS Smart 1 Phone
« on: March 31, 2014, 02:56:15 PM »
Aren't there unofficial rules to April Fools? First is it should be on April 1st, which considering it is now 01:54 where I am in the far east right now, means that for most it is still March 31.

Then the other rule is that it finishes at midday. Or is that only an English thing?

 :o 8) ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back button AF problem
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:24:09 AM »
Note that if you have the option for separate orientation-linked AF point selection, you can register an AF point in each camera orientation.

This is a very valuable feature.

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I would like that the camera displays which AF setting you are switching to more clearly. This only really applies to certain weather conditions and lighting, but I sometimes find it difficult to see the outer ring when I am switching quickly while looking through the view finder - even when I am looking for it. This happened to me a lot today and it was very annoying. I think they could make the outer ring thicker or larger so it is more easy to see.

Like I said, this is only a problem when you are at a game and in a rush and with very poor weather etc.

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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:15:36 AM »
Congratulations on your new purchase.

Just on the note of lens coats, I would not bother. I shoot quite a lot of international sports events and everyone on the pitch has their camera and lens but no lens coats. None. Everyone in the stands (who are not media and where they allow them) who are using long lenses has one with a lens coat on. It always baffles me why. Just be careful with your lens, and you do not need a coat.

You do though need a very good lens rain cover. I suggest Canon's own, as they fit perfectly and are not that pricey.

Enjoy.

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