I have come to the point that I want to upgrade from my current tripod. I have a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 with an 054 head converted to A/S that is getting pretty beat up. I use it primarily for landscape and night photography. Heaviest rig is a 5D3 and 100-400. I am a 5' 4" older lady, and don't need a bunch of height or weight.
So I need advice from the RRS gurus out there. What height of legs should I consider? I like the travel-friendly TVC-24, but am afraid that it would be too short even for me on uneven ground. Would it?
What RRS [or other] ballhead? I used to have a BH-40 but it seemed to have a lot of creep. Maybe I was too afraid of over-tightening. A screw-knob clamp might be better than a lever for me, since I have plates and L-brackets from everybody.
I have used the Op/Techs and Storm Jacket during some pretty heavy rain w/o harm to my 5D3. I stuff the little Op/Techs in all my bags; great insurance for unexpected rain or dust. I have the Kata, too, but it's so bulky I've never brought it anywhere.
I am seriously considering trading in my 16-35II f/2.8 on the new f/4 IS, simply because the f/4 reportedly plays very nicely with IR [unlike the miserably awful 2.8 in IR]. I don't expect to miss that stop, and will get a dual-purpose UWA.
Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro is awesome. Totally agree with the previous posters on the need for subtlety in processing HDRs. Ideally, viewers should not be able to easily tell that the image was bracketed.
Sounds very cool! I have a lot of fun with my converted 40D. It would be interesting to see how well the M-series lenses play with IR; that could make M a tempting item to buy strictly as an IR camera.
Well, I have the 24-70 f/4 IS and the 70-200 f/4 IS, both pretty modern lenses, and they play very nicely with my IR converted 40D. So there is some hope that the new 16-35 f/4 will be better than the 2.8 in that regard. Would be hard to be worse, actually.
I buy camera bags obsessively. I am the Imelda Marcos of camera bags. Each new one will absolutely, for sure, solve all the issues I had with the previous one. I have to hide the old ones from my husband in bins the basement.
I buy bundles of big "terry-cloth" style microfiber cleaning cloths from the box stores and cut them into small squares. When your lens or filter gets grubby, just blow/brush all grit from the surface, breathe on the glass, and wipe it down with the microfiber scrap. They are cheap enough to treat as single-use cloths.
Now, for extra stubborn greasy smears I use a LensPen.