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The Manfrotto 055XPROB is a superlative tripod, especially for low-angle / macro work on the ground, and it's pretty inexpensive. It's not as light as the carbon fiber tripods, but it's not all that heavy.

Put a Really Right Stuff BH-40 on that, and you're good to go.

If weight is an object and money isn't, RSS is making some great carbon fiber tripods.

Cheers,

b&

 +1 055XPROB Very good for Macro work. it is solid and hefty. If you are weight sensitive, the Carbon fibre version is available for $$$ more. The best part is you can shoot grass while being at eye level with this.
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I can back that up have one for myself. Sturdy tripod and excellent  for macro. And for your low angle shots, you can reverse the main tube and get your Camera down touching the ground if you don't mind using it upside down ;) At first it is distracting  but you get used to it fast, a BG or 1D style Camera is easier to handle upside down by adding an "lefthanded" shutter button and controls for upside down!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Needing a primer on batteries
« on: October 08, 2012, 04:15:12 PM »
I use original Canon LP-E6 and  two GPI  ones. The Canon ones are much more consistent and can relay give something on the % the show.
On the other hand the self discharge on the GPI is much worse and the tend to jump in % what the canons never do.  But the just costed half the price.

With the 7D and 2.xx the % some times just doesn't work.
 

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Sports / Re: Post Your Panning Shots!
« on: October 06, 2012, 07:32:36 AM »
just  taken for fun with the old 350D and 50mm 1.4

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can someone help me with low light settings
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:15:08 AM »
I also shoot nightclubs with the 16-35II and 580EXII on FF.
And for me M with a fixed ISO between 500 and 1600 depending on club-background-brightness works best.
I use the flash in ETTL at around +1 FEC with big difusor.
For the Exposure I use the upper dial for aperture but most of the time it is at 2,8 because sharpness is good enough and DOF is OK, a bit tricky, and for the drunken I korrekt for their movement manual by going back or forward or refocus if necessary.
The back dial is used for shutterspeed. So I first frame the subject then looking for the exposure meter and bring it to something around -1 to -3 depending on strobes, moving heads and scanners. The I get  a exposure time between 1/60 and 1 second.
And then taking the picture the moment I now that there is no direct MH etc. light on the subject for my exposure time. If that is impossible reducing Exposure time.
 And then I have some time after the flash has done his job to get my creativity out to play with the focus and zoom ring ;)

just what I figured out to work fine an give a nice amount of backgroundblur.

If you like I a can also give you a link to  the pictures I take with this technic.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon TS-E 24 f/3.5L II
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:54:26 PM »

Also, this lens has an amazingly short minimum focus distance. You can almost focus on the lens cap -- and you probably can with an extension tube. That means that this lens lets you do wide-angle high-magnifcation near-macro shots like none other.

Ever tried a 12mm extension tube on an 16-35 ? at 16mm you can get that dust on your filter in focus ;)

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Canon General / Re: Project 1709
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:12:27 AM »
I will give it a try.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shutter count request to Canon.
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:27:00 PM »
What have you done with that 5DII ? How long have you used it that it has such a low count?

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I think it will take the place and price of the now a bit old 1Ds3

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Working with film
« on: September 28, 2012, 06:54:57 AM »
I have 2 canon EOS 600 bought them  for 60€ each and they work excellent. You will  have just 1 AF point put I don´t think that will harm you. I think they limit you to film for reason of simpleness and for getting a feeling for Photography. It is a decent working camera with a nice bright VF. It works with all Canon lenses and Speedlights.  For the price it is a no brainer to have one at least to backup you probable EOS 3 ;)

I use them  mostly to shoot BW-Film, when I feel the need to go  to my darkroom and have some Photography in my Hands ;)

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Technical Support / Re: Memory card compatibility
« on: September 26, 2012, 05:02:43 PM »
Yes CF is much better in that way because of its memorycontroller and addressing hardware built directly into the card. To the camera they all look the same,  they same like the old IDE harddrives in computers some jears ago, it is the same protocol. It is easily doable to get a CF card  working on a pc motherboard with a passiv adapter or an IDE Harddrive with external power source on your cameras CF-pins ;)
On old PCs it was the case that a too big HD would just be driven by the controller maximum addressable Memory and the rest was just ignored.
Can someone confirm that for cameras and CF cards ?

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Technical Support / Re: Memory card compatibility
« on: September 26, 2012, 04:33:54 PM »
yeah I also use my old 350D for that, don´t want and need to put that shuttercounts on the newer bodys most of the time. Base ISO is still good, and for TL I cant find any quality difference to the 7D at ISO 100.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Big Megapixel Talk [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 06:02:05 PM »

I thought we had all gone over this many time before that a square sensor cannot exist due to mirror clearance issues (unless of course it is 24mm x 24mm, which would be pointless)?

in case you did not notice we just put a rover on mars.  ;)
the easiest way is to make the camera mirrorless.

and hey im not saying canon will do that im just saying it is rumored.   ;)

We do not only  put it on mars :-D  we put a freaking rocket powered flying crane on mars and lowered it from that ;)  After letting it fly 563,000,000 km trough Space! Just 2,4 km away from the spot we wanted :D  That is just like hitting a hair  280 Km away ;)

So let canon-engineers do there job and bring us something new! 
square-sensor ?  problem with moving mirror ? let it stay and make its reflectivity electronic controllable ;)
you are skeptical about that? look at you automatic dimming rear mirror in you car ... its exactly that ;)
 
 just  the tip off the iceberg off  what is physically possible ;)

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Technical Support / Re: canon 5D Mark iii with 430 EX ii flash question
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:28:21 AM »
I normally apply FEC around 1 Stop to get a nice bright exposure when I want to light the face of people.

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Portrait / Re: Speedlight for perfect night portraits
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:56:27 AM »
Not  that type of portrait you might want to take, but basically it works the same way.
I have a link to some Pictures for you... I hope it is not  to complicated for you too view.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.344218652339492.81001.167918769969482&type=3#!/media/set/?set=a.344218652339492.81001.167918769969482&type=3

In Manual  ISO 500  F2,8 ettl-Flash FEC +1  with on Camera Flash with round Diffuser and off camera Flash with the same type
on the next picture you can see one ( at that time intentionally not triggered )
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=344224405672250&set=a.344218652339492.81001.167918769969482&type=3&theater#!/photo.php?fbid=344224405672250&set=a.344218652339492.81001.167918769969482&type=1&theater

Feel free to look into some other nights and ask what ever come onto you mind ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: With what features would you consider the 6d?
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:56:00 AM »
forgot the pc sync port for external radio triggering

+1

even the 7D (50D, 40D ... ) has one :/

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