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Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Ultra Plate with Blackrapid strap?
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:22:07 PM »
The plate you linked to is meant for a hand strap, not a Black Rapid sling. If the sling is intended to be supporting your gear by the camera, then you should buy a camera plate that is custom fitted to your camera. Kirk, RRS, Promediagear are good places to look. If your gear is going to be supported by the lens tripod collar, then you'll want a lens plate that has anti-rotational "feet" on it. Either way, there is no plate that will save you the expense of purchasing a clamp for your sling (assuming you're going the arca-compatible route).

Yeah, there's a place for a hand strap, but there is also a place to screw in Joby's version of the shoulder strap, at least that's what the pictures look like to me. It's in the "More Photos" section of the link.

Here's the description on the Joby site:

They also reference it on their sling strap page.

Unless I'm missing something it's meant for a shoulder strap too.

Software & Accessories / Joby Ultra Plate with Blackrapid strap?
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:22:15 PM »
Joby has released a shoulder strap and an Arca Swiss compatible plate with a place to mount the strap. Any thoughts on using this plate with a Blackrapid strap? I had been thinking of going Neuro's route with a Kirk clamp on the end of the strap, but this looks interesting:


Lenses / Re: Does IS make bokeh busier/less smooth?
« on: July 09, 2013, 03:09:36 PM »
True bokeh is the result of things being out of focus and is affected by lens design, aperture blade design, etc.

IS addresses blur caused by motion of the camera. It doesn't have anything to do with focus directly.

Not saying you're not seeing what you're seeing, just that it might be a case of the blur rather than the bokeh.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Body upgrade - Florida trip
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:39:08 PM »
One thing you might consider, if finances allow it, is to get the 6D with the 24-105 kit lens. That way you are covered for a normal walk around, and at a much better price than if you were to buy the lens later.

EOS Bodies / Re: Early EOS 70D Images Surface
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:08:51 PM »
Got the image in text translated to,

Hulgot squeeze ※ ^ \ image processing yield

° malgya
° White Balance
° Peokchyeo style
° East Lighting Optimizer
° Mayhem
° Sensitivity at 50
° hwaleong

° 1 kkeumteun 6 records
° Color Space
° Full-length Under illumination hearing
° Songs calibration times
° chromatic aberration certificate.

I think I've found my new camera, since Mayhem is the one feature I've been waiting for.

EOS Bodies / Re: From NL: Big Product launch invitations
« on: June 26, 2013, 06:57:16 PM »
Something else?

A printer and a new calculator mouse.  Nothing to get worked up about.   ::)

Calculator mouse? The Mark II? Now I am excited.

EOS-M / Re: How many people actually like the EOS-M?
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:32:50 PM »
There's a good price on a couple different configurations in the latest Fry's ad. $349 with the 22, $399 with the zoom, in store only I believe:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d VS 5DIII
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:18:56 PM »
As part of structuring your business plan, ask your self this question:

"why would anyone hire ME as their photographer, instead of the hundred (hundreds) of other experienced professional photographers?"

If you, as the business owner can't objectively answer that, how can your potential customers answer it?

I totally agree.

And as a hint, the answer to AP's question will have little, if anything to do with the camera body you choose.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body - your thoughts?
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:05:28 PM »
I can't weigh in on any of those bodies specifically, since I don't own one yet, but I can tell you that Canon online has the 5DIII in stock refurbished for $2799.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:18:57 PM »
It's a flagship

Not necessarily. The 1D series will continue to be the flagship, I don't know how the big MP camera will be numbered, but most probably it won't be 1, IMO.

I'm not sure what you are basing that on. This could very well be the 1D Xs.

Lenses / Re: Aperture Sweet Spot
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:15:07 PM »
My experience has been that it varies from lens to lens. I'm not sure you can make a blanket statement like that and have it pan out.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Bag for 60D - what should I buy?
« on: June 04, 2013, 02:11:42 PM »
Someone also mentioned the Lowepro bag finder. It may work in some cases, but when I entered what I wanted to put in the bag, it provided choices that would not work and omitted many that would. I found the Pro Runner 350 AW by looking through their site the old-fashioned way.
Even that's a challenge, sometimes.  Camera bags are one area where going into a brick-and-mortar shop is a great idea.  Bring your gear, put it in the bags, see what fits and what doesn't.  Try the loaded bag on for comfort. 

Online descriptions can be misleading. . . .

Excellent points.

I'll just add, for example, that the shorter length of the Lowepro bag fit me much better and was therefore more comfortable on than the larger Think Tank bag. If I were taller, I might have gotten the Think Tank bag. I also forgot to mention in my earlier post that while I found this bag on the Lowepro site, I actually bought it at my local Calumet store after loading it up and trying it on.

Great points from VC and Neuro.

I bought a Dakine photo backpack online. It looked perfect for what I needed. When it arrived, it was much bigger than I had anticipated, much heavier, and rigid in a way that meant it was always big, even when empty. It had some great features and I wanted to like it, but it was kind of a beast, at least for me.

I ended up picking up a Lowepro bag at REI where I could try it on, see how much room I had after putting my camera in it (since I only had my body and a lens with me), and try out a few non-photo things in it like water bottles, etc. I'm really happy with it (Photo Hatchback 16AW) and I have sent the other bag back.

As much as I like the convenience of ordering online, trying the bag on in store was key for me.

Lenses / Re: Are there custom lens hoods for canon L lenses??
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:24:53 PM »
Am I the only one who is reminded of this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13257.0

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:20:53 PM »
So, I had to think of this 2 ways:

From my current kit, and still on crop: 85 1.8 (current favorite lens), 35 2.0 (old version), 20 .28 (not the best lens but the widest prime I have right now.

Planning on upgrading to the 6D in the near future when the piggy bank is full, so the realistic 3 after that would be: 24-105 4.0L, 85 1.8, and a tossup between the 35 and the 20, though if I can swing the 200 2.8L for the long end, I'd love to go with that.

I can't even think of what the 3 would be if there were no restrictions.

Canon General / Re: What else should I have in my armour?
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:21:30 PM »
trsaining (i don't mean that as any slight, we all need better skills not kit)

I would echo this. It's great you've signed up for a model course. I would look around for courses that cover your other interests.

You are likely to figure out much of what you need by getting some hands on experience in a good class.

I would also say that at least on the video side of things, don't brush off the idea of renting gear. That could be true for everything from the start, until you find the things that you really need to have in your kit for the majority of your work.

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