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I wont lie... i am intrigued by the movie utility... what exactly does it do?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:33:09 PM »
Video.  I have the fluid head but I haven't used it yet.  I'm fond of it... but I WANTED to love it... I think longer feet without the ball would make me happy, but I did use the ball to get the shaft perpendicular to the ground, so I'm complaining for very little reason.

I picked up a manfrotto with the feet... the 5d mkiii plus a lens unstable if the monopod is extended... but if I keep the neck strap around my neck... I minimize the risk of it falling due to being unbalanced. 

I tightened the ball and it isn't bad, but I feel as though I am lubing it up on the ball to keep it firm, but smooth.

It is heavy... but nothing a trip  or two to three gym can't solve.


Do you have the one i have, or the video version with the semi pivoting feet?  Mines pretty stable as long as it's in controlled environments...  and that's with my 5d3 and 24-105...  When using the 70-200, i have the collar so it's more balanced

Gotcha... i think my feet extend about 12-15 inches in each direction.  I've got 2 ball heads i use for it... one's a pistol grip, and ones a reg manfrotto ball head (photo head, not video)...  have no complaints...  i have had issues when i tried using it outdoors once (and forgot to pack my tripod), but really i woulda been shocked if it worked properly also...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:16:21 PM »
I picked up a manfrotto with the feet... the 5d mkiii plus a lens unstable if the monopod is extended... but if I keep the neck strap around my neck... I minimize the risk of it falling due to being unbalanced. 

I tightened the ball and it isn't bad, but I feel as though I am lubing it up on the ball to keep it firm, but smooth.

It is heavy... but nothing a trip  or two to three gym can't solve.

Do you have the one i have, or the video version with the semi pivoting feet?  Mines pretty stable as long as it's in controlled environments...  and that's with my 5d3 and 24-105...  When using the 70-200, i have the collar so it's more balanced

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:21:36 PM »
Oh my that looks scary unstable standing alone like that!!!!  :o

Anyways you seemed to have been away for a while, glad to see you back posting your DIY specials! always a fun read  :)

Regards

While I do not have this monopod, i've got a http://www.adorama.com/BG682B.html...  Similar concept with removable feet or legs... I've had this monopod parked in the middle of a wedding ceremony on the center isle (after the precession during all the talking)... let it sit there with camera attached recording video of everything...  not one waiver or vibration...  now outside with any wind, heck no... but otherwise as long as it's balanced, it's pretty stable. 

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:27:44 PM »
Kinda funny... most my clients complain the 5d 3 images i make have TOO MUCH detail hence most my battle is softening their skin and pores, etc... if the D810 has more detail, that would give me even more work...  naw... i'm good... okay, carry on with your arguments, let me go heat up the popcorn. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:35:01 AM »
Since i shoot in studio a good chunk of the time, GPS means little to me... wifi, if implemented successfully, would cut my time transferring photos, hopefully... 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma at Photokina 2014
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:46:51 AM »
To me and my past experiences with lens, the zoomed extending part is a deal breaker...  Too many issues in the past with lenses that extend when zooming...  I loved the 70-300L, but even with that, the extending part is a deal breaker. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:34:17 PM »
That's great and all, but how will people REALLY get to know the full possibilities of this camera without photos with their lens caps on?  I mean seriously!

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:09:29 PM »
... the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past.

I found the 'new' Peli latches to be only a bit less knucklebusting than the older version.  Storm latches are easy on the fingers.  Also, when traveling and getting up early to go out shooting, my sleeping wife prefers the silent action of the Storm latches to the *SNAP* of the Peli latches.

To me, the snap is more reassuring that everything is in place, secured, ready to go... I'm sure in a few years once arthritis catches up with me (runs in the family) i'll be thinking differently =)

 :)

The Storm latches open silently, but they click closed (unless press the release while closing them – you have the option of silent closing if you prefer).

 8)  Once upon a time I used to have a storm case... before they got bought out by pelican and kinda became one in the same...  Didn't love it, didn't hate it... it served it's purpose and served it well.  I remember when i got it, reading the instructions it had about the O-ring and this and that (after having a huge pelican case for my 4x5 camera) and thinking 'dear lord this is a high maintenance case'.  It didn't really end out to be that at all and was a good case...  Now the pelicans have something similar, but different...  so nothing against the cases...  cant go wrong with either one of them, unless you have arthritis issues =) 

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:27:36 PM »
... the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past.

I found the 'new' Peli latches to be only a bit less knucklebusting than the older version.  Storm latches are easy on the fingers.  Also, when traveling and getting up early to go out shooting, my sleeping wife prefers the silent action of the Storm latches to the *SNAP* of the Peli latches.

To me, the snap is more reassuring that everything is in place, secured, ready to go... I'm sure in a few years once arthritis catches up with me (runs in the family) i'll be thinking differently =)

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:09:37 AM »
My 2 cents... i got the pelican 1510... got a handle and wheels when traveling indoors, around airports, and other smooth areas...  small enough to be carried (and used as a carryon)...  I would definately opt for the padded dividers... not sure why, but when i had the foam, i just couldn't configure it to get the most gear in there, but once i switched to dividers, i was able to get more lenses and accessories in there.  Plus it doubles as a stool/seat during photo shoots and the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Focus problem with 100mm
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:03:10 PM »
In these shots, i think AFMA is the issue, esp for the top 2 image... the 3rd, focus is (depending on how big they are, how far away you were) very close for arguements sake as far as the plane of focus side to side.  The exact mouse part doesn't seem like there may have been enough detail for the camera to determine absolute perfect focus, but all things in consideration, without being there, it's hard to say one way or the other.  Like other said, for food shots, especially if done for a client, live view and manual focus is king.  Manual focus is a good rule of thumb for most macro shots regardless, although the AF is usually good in most situations, it's just better to have absolute control over the shot.  And to answer your question, AFMA is auto focus macro adjust... in your custom settings you can use this feature to fine tune your AF performance if you find it consistently front or rear focusing...  I'd use caution with macro stuff as to how it would preform on non-macro subjects, but it is something to consider if you do a lot of these style shots.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: This news is exciting!
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:43:53 PM »
you guys really comparing a 5 year old camera that was aimed to compete against nikons D300 and debuted at $1699 to a 1d3 or a 1d4, which both debuted over $4k, competing against a better camera, and physically has a bigger sensor?  And expecting them to beat the law of physics by producing a newer camera that does better than a camera system with a bigger sensor...  mmkay...  I guess you guys are what makes these forums fun to read...

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Oh Dear Lord, it's time to put all of my gear on ebay or better yet the canon rumors selling thingy and start stocking up on Sony gear...  because we know all their lenses are top notch, and their quality control, ergonomics and functionality is all completely top notch!  Also let me quickly sell my new imac and get that nuclear warhead (new mac pro) plus a couple thousand of dollars in back up hard drive space just to handle this sexy new sony camera...  All this because I KNOW that all my portrait clients are clamoring to come to me because i have this camera and my competition doesn't and they all have space and a narcissistic desire to have a 30x45 or larger wall shot of their big fat mug on their walls.  Go big or go home I always say!...

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Lighting / Re: Your experience of Metz flashes.
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:23:53 PM »
I used to love working with Metz flashes...  i started in the early 00's using the Metz 70 series hammerhead style flashes... it was remarkable... It still to this day, power wise, matches Canons top flashes pop per pop.  Once i moved from film cameras to digital, that flash become obsolete because the adapter and commander would not work on the digital cameras at that time, the canon 10D.  I sold that flash and moved to the metz 54 shoe mount.  It sucked losing that extra power and rechargeable battery that was freaking awesome, but it was, at that time, the first metz flash that worked successfully with the digital cameras.  Now, they have 70 series flashes that work flawlessly with canon digitals but their prices have gone up to the point where i can pick up studio strobes cheaper than that... 

They are a little bit more plasticy and lighter than the canon counterparts.  The 70 series are excellent flashes, built like a tank, but are spendy and few people have the need for that much power.  I eventually sold my 54 for 2 430's when i got the 7d just so i can use them with the 7d commander mode.  Every so often i get the temptation to move back to the metz system, especially since i'm not using the 7d as much and using the 5d3 more and more...  maybe one day...

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