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Software & Accessories / What is the best gimbal head everyone is using?
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:16:44 PM »
I'm starting another season shooting sports and last year I used a Manfrotto gimbal but it was a bit clunky and not that smooth. Considering what I paid for it, it fit the bill at that time.

This year I'd like to find another gimbal head that will hold a 1DX + 400mm f5.6 or 70-200 f2.8L II w/TC2.0 III.  The weight between both lenses is about the same.

What gimbal type head is everyone using?   I've seen prices ranging from $85 (Yikes!) to $600.  I use RRS plates and a Benro monopod for soccer games.

Your experience would be very much appreciated.

Cordially,
Markoe
Danville, CA. USA

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:52:53 PM »
I'm still a sucker for god-given beautiful sunsets which in this case are sunrises since I'm on the west coast.

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Question for the OP

Was this quoted as a rider to your home owners / renter policy or as a stand alone policy?  Not sure how much but that will have a pretty good impact on rates

The quote I received was from another insurance company and not my home insurance carrier.  I didn't want to tie these two together as Neuro had mentioned.

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I've seen several topics here previously about insuring your gear against theft or damage and I'm sorry I can't find that thread for reference.

I went to a State Farm agent and requested a quote to cover my inventory that totals about $45K. They sent a proposal for $850/annually which is much more than I recall hearing from other shooters here.

Who are others using for insurance?

Thanks again for your help. This is better than Dear Abby.... ::)

This was for personal use only; not professional.

Was this coverage for personal or business use?

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I've seen several topics here previously about insuring your gear against theft or damage and I'm sorry I can't find that thread for reference.

I went to a State Farm agent and requested a quote to cover my inventory that totals about $45K. They sent a proposal for $850/annually which is much more than I recall hearing from other shooters here.

Who are others using for insurance?

Thanks again for your help. This is better than Dear Abby.... ::)

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From our parade today in Danville CA. Shot with Fuji XT1 and 55-200 lens.

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Lenses / New Canon 16-35 f4 IS not listed in CPS directory
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:03:52 PM »
Hi Guys,

I'm loving the new 16-35 F4.0L IS and went to register it in my CPS inventory but don't find the lens listed there yet?  Assume others are finding the same thing?

Gee, how long does it take Canon to catch up?

Thanks,

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:28:35 PM »
 :o Ouch!  I just bought a 1DX last week!  I love it like all the others but do see room for improvement.  It is much better than I thought it might be so I'm going to sell my trusty 1D4 and 6D. (Keeping the 5D3 until a replacement is announced that).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: April 24, 2014, 10:42:59 AM »
You missed the biggest problem - the camera didn't come with a lens.

Get one of these:



It's got 16 MP, so it's really almost as good as the 1D X, but much simpler to operate.  Good luck!


My lip is bleeding from biting it so hard.  I'm trying to read this with all sincerity and am not having much luck.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 17, 2014, 06:28:11 PM »
That's all fine and dandy... but neither will approach the airspeed is of a swallow carrying a coconut

African or European swallow?

I, I, I don't know that...

Or did he mean African or European coconut?  They are  different you know.  I really prefer the Western Integrated Polynesian USA adapted coconut. Its the best. Faster than the 7DIII.

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I think its obvious to all of us (most of us) that in this small sampling of images, the Sigma has definite potential. And yes, it is sharp!   It may have been noted previously but there is more to a lens besides just sharpness and performance. 

For me personally, I look for how it renders bokeh for those out of focus areas in relation to the sharp areas and edges.  I use the Art 35mm f1.4 and 85mm 1.4 and like them both. The 35mm is great in all regards however I find the bokeh in the Sigma 85mm not as pleasing as the same, shot with my Canon 85mm f1.2L II.  Performance wise, the Sigma smokes the Canon 85 but that is not the subject here. 

For comparison, I also have Zeiss 35 f2.0, Zeiss 50 f2.0 and 100 f2.0.  The color rendering and bokeh from these are wonderful IMHO.  I had the Zeiss 85mm but it was not as 'great' as I thought it should be and sold it. I'm more than happy with the Sigma and Canon 85L.

Would I buy the new Sigma Art 50 when announced?  Oh hell yes, and probably sell my Zeiss 50. I like the bigger filter size on the Sigma and the AF is a given. 

Curious to see how the Sigma handles color compared to the Zeiss 55....

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:35:25 PM »
I guess if the purchaser is happy paying 4 mil for this, so be it.  To each his own.

Yea, looks like my bid of $12 was out bid.  How disappointing.  Not to say its not worth a few $ more but I don't have enough room for it anyway. 

Surprising so, I would imagine most of us have had art projects look like good...er bad, before we discarded them. Now, I'm feverishly looking back through my archives to see if HE copied ME ! ;D

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:25:51 PM »
booty call  ;D   Taken during camping trip to Pinecrest CA. 

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Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:24:09 PM »
Not sure about widlife shooting but in my experience with the 1D4 shooting fast action outdoor sports, the 70-200 2.8L II + 2X TC outperformed the 100-400 in IQ and speed.  Additionally, zooming in/out with the 70-200 + 2X TC was much easier than a push/pull zoom that added unwanted movement to the camera even with a Gimbal head.

I'm about ready to sell my 100-400 since it seldom gets used.

Hope this helps.

A post Merry Christmas to all the CR mod's and forum participants. Wishing you all the very best of the new year!

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Site Information / Re: What in the heck is happening to the CR web site
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:00:47 PM »
Same here with my office desktop using Windows XP and IE for the browser.

However, my home desktop doesn't have that problem running Windows 7 and Chrome for the browser.

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