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anyone pre-ordered yet to fill an anticipated need?  B&H has no availability info /  Amazon says first availability june 30th.  tempted.
Yes, I pre-ordered this morning - B&H wasn't available to pre-order last night and Adorama & Amazon were, but Adorama wanted $10 to ship (vs. B&H free) and stupid Amazon started charging sales tax here in Florida last week  >:( :'(.

This lens is going to be perfect for me - I rarely bring my 16-35 II along because of the size and ridiculous hood and have almost never used f/2.8.  I don't really need IS, but I think that might be nice once I start using it.  The MTF curves and samples from the Canon Japan link showing sharp corners with no CA look amazing so I'm sold.  If I shoot in low light, I usually use my 24 f/1.4 II, so I can live without the single stop.  B&H tends to get the first shipment, so I guess it will be coming sometime in late June, and I can't wait.

I just bit the bullet.  pre-ordered from both Amazon and B&H.  Amazon may get a larger allocation and they said they would notify me via email when they have a ship date.  I figure this way I'll get which ever ships first and cancel the other.


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anyone pre-ordered yet to fill an anticipated need?  B&H has no availability info /  Amazon says first availability june 30th.  tempted.

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Ok, I take back what I said about both the Custom Bracket brackets. While they allow a camera with AS plates to be mounted quickly, they don't have the AS dovetails, so cannot be used on a tripod.
Do people who use this never use tripods? Why this glaring omission? I understand one can always stick an AS plate at the bottom of the bracket, but that is unnecessarily adding bulk.
The RRS of course mounts on to the lens plate (or nodal plate) so it maintains the AS dovetail. But it is a bit too pricey and bulky.

yea there's no free lunch.  I didn't see this (about the custom brackets)  either as I've never used one of these.  At least the Newton allows full tripod compatibility -- you just need to use their plate.  if that is ok for you then really the Newton is still a viable alternative; compact, foldable etc.

and it isn't all about the catch light. Its about control of shadows too. .  if you're in a situation where you don't have an assistant, you need to use ceiling bounce and/or the bounce card and you just need to rotate the camera 90 degrees and shoot, you don't always have time to fiddle.  You want shadows to be diffuse, behind and slightly below the subject especially  when there is a  wall behind the subject.  Some situations may require all of the following:   (1) flash height above the lens axis (2) control of ceiling bounce (3) use of the bounce card (4) quick, as in sub 1 second, switch between portrait and landscape, and (5) quick lens changes. 


If one requires tripod use (without removing some proprietary flash plate) then its fair to assume you already have a plate on the camera and you what any new apparatus to use it.  Either that, or you (like the Newton) accept that the new apparatus will supply its own AS dovetail plate accommodating both itself and the tripod. 

But if you have all of the above requirements AND you have an existing plate, such as an RRS or Kirk or Wimberly L plate, then options are few.  there will be expense and bulk because there has to be some sort of adapter or mechanism to attach the flash apparatus to the existing plate. 

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You may want to consider the RF-PRO AS (Rapid Fire) from Custom Brackets. It's the least bulky of all the options I've seen, keeps the flash closest to the lens-axis (to reduce shadows when used for fill), and won't interfere with your regular shooting-style. Custom Brackets is known for their high-quality products, and I've seen good reviews for this model. As much as I love all my RRS-stuff, after a lot of research, I believe that the RF-PRO AS is the flash bracket I'm going with...

http://www.custombrackets.com/products/camera-flash-brackets/rf-pro-as.html

this does look to be a viable alternative to the RRS, and addresses the concerns I expressed in the previous post ,namely that the bracket should clamp onto an existing plate and not require its own plate.  An advantage to the Custom Brackets that comes to mind is the stability piece, where you can set the whole assembly down, but this comes at the expense of bulk.  I do like the collapsible feature a lot, which means that it is one piece. 

Another point to bear in mind is that flash head height height above the lens is important, so that even without bounce, the shadow behind the subject appears slightly lower.  So whatever solution you choose, imho it needs to locate the flash higher than the camera's hot shoe. 

Its hard to evaluate these without using them -- So I can only point out what I like a out the Newton and what I think needs improvement.  the things I don't like about the Newton are:

1.  stability.  the fully loaded solution will flop around if you're not careful
2.  the bracket requires its own plate and does not clamp to a std L plate for example

These elements may have improved over the years;  my Newton is about 5 years old.

Both the Custom Brackets and RRS solutions solve the above two problems.  one thing I do like about the RRS solution, which would have been particularly nice in my shoot, is that the bracket clamps directly to the lens plate for collared lenses.  for heavy lenses this is an advantage and relieves the camera from having to support anything additional.   That's something to consider if you expect to shoot primarily with collared lenses.

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Which Newton Bracket do you use? This one?
http://www.newtoncamerabrackets.com/default-old4.htm

-pw

yea that's the one.  the collapsible Fr model.  What I would prefer is a bracket that clamps on to an existing plate -- instead of replacing the plate

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A while back I shot a corporate event, featuring the main speaker, without an assistant.  the 5D3 with 70-200 f/2.8 IS ii and shoe mounted 580ex ii was my friend, to be sure.  I have two other flash units and radio triggers but the venue was not amenable to placing them in strategic locations.  I used the bounce card and took advantage of the white ceilings. 
 
I used a Newton flash bracket, which is collapsible and fits inside my lowepro slingshot.  The most important benefit of the bracket is that you loose the hard side-shadows in portrait  mode which I personally find objectionable.  The camera can rotate between landscape and portrait orientations, while the flash stays where it is.    Locating the flash at the center of the lens, and a bit higher than the camera's hot shoe allows you to bounce off the ceiling, using the bounce card for the catch light,  and the shadow becomes soft and located just behind and below the subject.   even in portrait  mode. 

My Newton bracket has AS compatible dovetails machined into it, so I can use a tripod and switch between the bracket and no bracket.   bottom line is that the Newton bracket works well, is collapsible and portable, if you are content with a std sized generic plate.


I'm putting it up for sale because I now have a gripped 5D3 with RRS L bracket and I really like the protection offered by the L bracket, which is code for 'no way I'm removing this'.  :-).   Other market solutions (beyond the Newton)  are complex and unwieldy contraptions, imho, except for the RRS solution, which may be expensive but to me is the only other solution I would consider.  this will be my next solution when I am able to sell the Newton. 

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+1 on that.  I haven't used the lever flavor,  so I wouldn't have known that!  The RRS knob is large and very effective.  I'm really glad I got my MH-02 Pro head before they disappeared. 

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 If it were me I'd snap up that 02 pro head if your system is built around dissimilar brands andor  you just  like the screw knob.   I have it and love it.... It's quiet in church lol.   Asfor  the monopod I chose gitzo because of a height requirement

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Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:22:54 PM »
State Farm seem a bit random with pricing, 15k cover for $187 vs 17k for $176

Clearly, because I'm paying $7.60 per $1K coverage, a much lower rate than either of the above.

yea this is fantastic.   state farm locally will schedule equipment for about $9/1000 per year with full replacement. And that includes mysterious disappearance.  I'm paying about the same as you are through "auto owners" but they are ticking me off with their pro-rated (not full replacement) policy.  They cover 75% of the current replacement value, which means you are always chasing a moving target in terms of how much insurance to buy. 

   For business purpose the local state farm dude would write a standalone policy for $35/1000 per year, which includes $1M liability. 

for those of us who are semi-pro, and use equipment for both personal and business purposes, the only gotcha for the homeowners schedule route might depend on the policy -- if the loss occurred while conducting business there would be no coverage, to be sure, and  some policies may not even allow mixed usage. 

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:56:56 PM »
A weather-sealed 16-50mm f/4 IS sounds wonderful.  As does the 14-24mm f/2.8 - but what'll she cost? $3K?
As a 16-35mm f/2.8 L III ...

with 77mm filter threads and IS please...

+1  to me a "16-50ish"  F/4 IS with 77mm threads and IS would be very attractive, and would fit nicely into the current lineup without tromping on the 16-35 f/2.8 II which appears is here to stay.  Sure f/2.8 would be nice but thats the job for a 16-35 III, imho.    If such a lens really materializes with that long of a maximum FL, IS will be important even for candids, not to mention narrow aperture landscapes in a pinch where you don't have a tripod.  I've even obtained some resonable results with handheld HDR -- with 6fps and a fast enough minimum shutter speed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:59:40 PM »
My concern is the slow AF at 600mm as he was comparing to the 100-400mm.

+1 they can have market-disruptive IQ/price ratio but if the AF is sub standard it just really lets the air out of that baloon.
This may give you an idea
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I could live with that! lol

As for the edge sharpness question. We will know the details soon enough,  but my guess is that the FF users  who can't shell out 10x the price for a big white will be content with  some amoung of edge softness that is greater than the big white primes.  that just goes without saying.   

and I agree with Don; I'd avoid that shop. or that salesperson, as  the recomnmendation seems to have been based on an ideology, not results. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:51:22 AM »

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Site Information / ad choices embedded in the forums
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:07:13 PM »
What controls the ads that appear in the forums? Im seeing some I would rather not see

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:02:59 PM »
What is the widest you can get without going bulbous end? Is it 16mm? I imagine a 12-24 or 14-24 would be quite expensive anyway and wouldn't take filters.

exactly. imho  this is why the 82mm 16-35 f/2.8 II isn't going away, and why a  77mm 16-something f/4 IS would go over well.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:01:07 PM »
Im just waiting for Canon to come out with a 16-35mm f4 IS. I dont need to shoot at f2.8, but would love to have the IS.

I don't see that happening, but what do I know... If they produce an UWA F4 IS, I would say it would be the rumored EF 16-50 f/4 IS, which I agree would be wonderful for landscapes, especially if it is an L.   

 

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