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Messages - kirkcha

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I think I am about to pick up a 24-70 2.8 II and looking at Lee filter rings. I see the regular and the wide angle rings and the price is the same for both, is there any reason to not buy the WA ring for this lens over the regular ring? For the 77mm the regular is less than half the price but apparently not for the 82mm.

Also, has anyone tried the VU 10 stop ND, I have searched and haven't found much info on it.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:38:45 PM »
Morro Bay

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Lenses / Re: 17-40 ---> 16-35 f4
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:28:42 PM »
Very happy with it, my 14 and 24-105 hardly come out of my bag now. Never owned the 17-40 but rented one and decided to wait and glad I did because the 16-35 f4 is exactly what I needed.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D HDR problem
« on: January 04, 2015, 12:27:36 PM »
I don't think it's ever been possible to shoot RAW in HDR mode on the 6D, atleast I have never been able to do it with mine. HDR is greyed out if you have RAW selected and RAW is greyed out if you have JPEG selected and HDR activated.

I would have to agree. I am using the original firmware (1.1.2) that was on the camera when I purchased in January 2013. I just checked and HDR is unavailable with any RAW selection.

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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:51:02 PM »
Bought this lens for my wife's SL1 but I end up borrowing it a lot of the time.

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:04:53 PM »
CA Central Coast

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:51:33 PM »
Moonstone Beach

I especially like the first shot. Beautiful light.

Thank you Click, definitely the golden hour, had to cool the WB a little it was so much. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:31:08 PM »
Moonstone Beach

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:31:33 PM »
Thank you for all the great recommendations. The Uniqball is a new one to me and looks interesting.

I have the 2540F, with the RRS BH-40 head. Which works well. I have a BH-55 also, but I use that on a larger RRS TVC-34. I don´t really see the point of having a lighter tripod, just to weight it down with a heavy head.

Yes, this makes sense. The reason I was thinking about the BH-55 is the price difference is really not that much different than the BH-40 and I would not have to upgrade in the future (other than legs) if I did go bigger. Along with everyone seems to love this head. But if it might be unstable it defeats the purpose. I did buy the 2 series to save some weight for hiking but I do have a lighter weight ballhead (Sirui K30) currently I could swap out. Just trying to avoid buying twice and get the best quality I can. Down the line I can see the value of having two different setups and might buy a 3 series too. All the advice is great and thanks again (currently using RRS L Bracket)
If you are considering a future upgrade of your tripod to something bigger, like a Gitzo 3-series or RRS 3-series, the  BH-55 may well make sense and be a good choice. I have been very happy with that head. But I can use my 2540F, which is quite close to your 2542L, and the BH-40 with a 1DX/70-200 f2.8L IS II combo, with absolutely no problem. By weighing down the tripod, using the built in hook, I am sure I could also go further, but then I would normally prefer gimbal heads.

Thanks Eldar, I think I have decided on RRS and good to know the BH-40 is more than enough for my current needs. Just need to decided about future upgrades. Since I am only a couple hours away from RRS seems like a good excuse for a road trip to get my hands on them. Really appreciate everyones input, so many great choices.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:03:24 PM »
Thank you for all the great recommendations. The Uniqball is a new one to me and looks interesting.

I have the 2540F, with the RRS BH-40 head. Which works well. I have a BH-55 also, but I use that on a larger RRS TVC-34. I don´t really see the point of having a lighter tripod, just to weight it down with a heavy head.

Yes, this makes sense. The reason I was thinking about the BH-55 is the price difference is really not that much different than the BH-40 and I would not have to upgrade in the future (other than legs) if I did go bigger. Along with everyone seems to love this head. But if it might be unstable it defeats the purpose. I did buy the 2 series to save some weight for hiking but I do have a lighter weight ballhead (Sirui K30) currently I could swap out. Just trying to avoid buying twice and get the best quality I can. Down the line I can see the value of having two different setups and might buy a 3 series too. All the advice is great and thanks again (currently using RRS L Bracket)

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Software & Accessories / Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 05:04:12 PM »
Going to replace ballhead and would like to get RRS BH-55 but thinking the size/weight might make a 2 series top heavy. Any thoughts if this is too big of head for these legs?

If 55 is too big, any other recommendations between BH-40, Kirk, Markins Q20, Acratech that would fit these legs better? Right now biggest lens is 70-300L and not sure if I would go much bigger (maybe 400 5.6) and if I did I would probably have to go to gitzo 3 series anyway.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: October 22, 2014, 03:58:33 PM »
Bodie

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:42:10 PM »
Bodie Classroom with a reflection of the town in window

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:13:47 PM »
Bishop Creek

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need help putting together a ND Filter Kit
« on: October 05, 2014, 12:46:58 PM »

For sunsets over the ocean, get a Singh-Ray reverse ND grad.

I have been looking for the same and probably only want to invest in one reverse, at least to start. Also new to grad ND so would you go with 2 or 3 stops if you only bought one, mostly used for sunsets over water. (will probably also buy 2 stop hard/soft).

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