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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid & Kirk clamp hook-up
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:26:51 PM »
Finally back online...  CarrySpeed plate, with FastenR in place of pin, so Arca plate + BlackRapid FastenR.

There are 2 screws, one on each side of the pivot point. 

Lenses / Re: Looking for new lens for vacation
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:58:04 PM »
Go wider or faster?  The 16-35 2.8, the 14mm 2.8 or the 24 1.4 would all be good fun.

Purchase or rent?

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm used or new, 2.8 IS or 4 IS
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:48:44 PM »
70-200 2.8 non-IS - It's a parafocal lens - which means if you set your focus, and zoom, you stay in focus. 


Lighting / Re: Starter off-camera flash gear
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:33:31 PM »
Start with a Strobist.com kit.  It's more about getting a better understanding as to what light does without technology, then bring technology into it.  eTTL is great, but when you want a specific look, you'd be going manual anyways.  Studio strobes like the Alien Bees or other units are great if you're looking for studio only, but taking stuff outside is part of the fun.  Nissan makes good strobes if you don't want the Canon price or the Yongnuos variances.

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid & Kirk clamp hook-up
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:51:06 PM »
Best option is actually the F-1 plate from CarrySpeed.com since it has the Arca plate, and the 1/4"-20 screw hole for the BR FastnR.

Will post a photo shortly.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your Best Hi-ISO/Low Light 5DIII Shots!
« on: February 16, 2013, 02:14:19 PM »
12,800 Kit 24-105f4 @f4 - bartender Erik in low colored light.  Hand held (after 2 drinks), no flash.

With the multiple camera rigs setup for the full 360 viewing of stars, I wouldn't be surprised that someone didn't have an extremely well setup rig that had multiple bodies all on one wired release, then stitched.

Then again a Hasselblad 60mp MF setup would be justified.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Practices for using a Monopod
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:52:05 PM »
I did the Manfrotto QR4 for a bit, and moved to Arca as well.  If part of the issue is the monopod moving around that much due to height (I have the same issue) add some weight to the bottom.  Think of it like this, all the weight and control is up high, a pound or two at the base would allow for better top-to-bottom balance.  Does your monopod have a spike foot option?  Does that help your shots when out and about?

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8II + 2xIII on 7D vs 300 f4 + 2xIII on 5D3
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:36:33 PM »
Canon SX50?  There comes a time when you either have to pony up to the bigger toys, or make trade-offs.  SX50 should have all the reach you want (24-1200mm equivalent).

EOS-M isn't the answer - same crop factor.  Nikon's N/J mirrorless may be an answer, but different glass involved.  F8 manual focus lens with adapter?

Technical Support / Re: Connect DSLR to PC/Projector wireless
« on: February 12, 2013, 05:10:31 PM »
One time thing - rent!

As much as I love LensRentals, they don't carry it.

http://www.borrowlenses.com/product/Canon_WFT-E4A is an option

Lenses / Re: Which pair of lenses to get?
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:56:08 PM »
Stop reinventing the wheel.  The 5d mk2 is a known quantity, and a used body is cheaper than a 6d.

Read these:

3 things:

- if you want to return the 7d, get a used 5d mk2 - lots of them out there, at good prices (~$1300)
- get setup with a follow focus rig, I didn't see it in your list of gear - and there are some slick usb versions that work with the 5d2's but not the 5d3's - save some money
- bypass the RAID 0 on the MBP - get a SSD

Site Information / Recommendation sub-forum?
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:49:58 PM »
There is a lot of 'what do you think I should buy' topics, and grouping them together would be really nice.  Toss on top of that doing a sticky FAQ on what needs to be a part of these recommendation requests.  Things that are constantly asked - what do you have, what do you shoot, what's your budget - those tidbits.  Lens discussions shouldn't be mixed into rumors.


Lenses / Re: African Safari Lens Help
« on: February 07, 2013, 01:13:39 AM »
You'll want to do the G15 as your wide.  The 17-55 and 35 are both unlikely to be used. 

You should get a better idea from your tour guide - how close do they end up getting to the animals and how safe folks with big white lenses are.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM (I)
« on: February 07, 2013, 12:53:52 AM »
300 on either works.  Just understand that you're shooting everything on your half of the pitch.  Reaching over the halfway like means you're getting big groups or cropping.  Keep a 1.4x for the 5d3 handy if you're not able to move about the pitch freely.

I'm saving my pennies for a 300/2.8 IS mk1.

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