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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good TripodHead
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:27:17 PM »
...but a lever release is a non-starter -- a disaster waiting to happen, really

What, you think having thousands of dollars in gear swinging from a clamp with a lever release sticking out, just waiting to catch on clothing or a tree branch and send that gear crashing to the ground is a bad idea?!?   :P  I wouldn't use a lever-release clamp for a BR+Arca solution even if it were given to me for free...

Exactly why the F-1 plate is so nice.  The lever-release Arca is a double jointed setup each with their own failing, just isn't what one would want.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good TripodHead
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:39:16 AM »
Kirk QRC-1 is what you're thinking of...I have a couple.  The RRS clamp with the flat bottom is pretty new - the older one has metal 'nubs' on the bottom so the BR lug doesn't sit flush. I called RRS about it, since the nubby clamp was pictured in their website with a BR strap attached. Their advice is usually reliable and helpful, but in this case their suggestions were to either 'mash the rubber washer down onto the nubs' or 'just file them off'.  :o  I bought the Kirk clamp instead.

I'm just waiting for somebody -- RSS, Kirk, hell, even BlackRapid themselves -- to get smart and start selling a clamp that's just got a loop suitable for attachment to one of these mini carabiner clamps on the back. No screw hole, no nothing, just clamp on one side and loop on the other, minimum metal otherwise.


You mean one of these?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Need help to determine this deal !!
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:35:07 AM »
$3600 from a number of known sellers.  So what in this specific kit will you really use, and compare that to the hassle that may be encountered.  To each their own, and if you want to walk in and do business, it would be much easier.  But to deal with them remotely may not be worth the possible issues.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good TripodHead
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:53:26 PM »
I'm loving the Sirui k30x with the CarrySpeed Arca plate.  It's rated for a very heavy 66lbs, so stepping down a level may work.  Can't fight the price though - $141

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.

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