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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:45:53 PM »
Hi all,

I am planning to have holidays but I don't want to travel heavy with my 5D3 and the FF lenses. I want to buy a light body and I am between the SL1 and the T5i that could be also light for my kids to use. Obviusly I will have to buy one or two lenses compatible with the APS-C sensor but, I am also thinking about a do-it-all ultrazoom and carry my 35mmf2IS for low light situations.
Any experience or suggestion on those bodies and ultrazoom lens?

I have a T4i coupled with an EF-S 15-85mm for inconspicuous travel (when my M+22 just won't do), and find it to be a very capable combination. It's not quite a "super zoom", but it has fantastic optics, very effective IS, and would go very nicely with your EF 35 IS.

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It will certainly have a new generation sensor with DPAF. Canon wouldn't dare release their newest "semi-pro" body with a rehashed version of the driven-into-the-ground 18MP hanger on. The question, of coarse, is what improvements will the new design bring to the table. Killer frame rate and AF system is a given...

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 19, 2014, 04:21:58 PM »
When will there be reviews to read? First or second week of June?

I pre-ordered one from Canon Direct (for a discounted promotional price of $1074 that I hope they'll honor) and the estimated shipping date is 6-27-14. So I would imagine there won't be any retail purchased lens reviews until the first week of July.

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Apparently Canon fixed the "pricing error" promotion. All is back to normal. My order is still listed as "pending shipment". CanonPriceWatch thinks they'll honor the promotion and I believe they will. Time will tell...

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This is most likely a mistake. Somewhere in their fine print I'm sure Canon reserves the right to not honor pricing errors, as do almost all online vendors.  They've got plenty of time to correct this one, and quite possibly orders placed will simply be canceled, losing place in the pre-order queue.

Possibly. Possibly not 8)

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Refurbished EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 for $395 @ Canon Direct. Or you can do what I did and pick up a brand spanking new EF16-35mm f/4L IS FROM CANON for the promo price of $1074 w/free shipping. It sucks that I have to pay sales tax, but my cost is still $1138 delivered. I assume Canon will allocate themselves enough to not make me wait longer than B&H, etc.

Edit: You have to add the lens to your cart to see the promotion. Estimated shipping date is 6-27-14.

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/lenses-flashes/ultra-wide-zoom-lenses/ef-16-35mm-f-4l-is-usm?WT.mc_id=C126149

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-digital-slr-camera-lenses-specials/lenses-flashes/refurbished-lenses/ef-s-10-22mm-f-35-45-usm-refurbished

Edit #2: Canon also included a "100 Million EF Lens Gift Set" (T-shirt) for free.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Next on the shopping list: filters
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:55:22 PM »
The MRC coating also reduces reflections, thereby increasing light transmission.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:32:23 PM »
I also use the BR system and have never had an issue with anything ever coming loose. Having said that, it does apparently happen on occasion to some folks. Therefore, I again shared some of my wealth with Black Rapid by purchasing a couple of Lockstars. It's a plastic collar that encapsulates the Connect-R at the gate of the carabiner, securing it until unsnapped and swung out of the locked position. I don't really feel they are necessary, but for $6 a pop it's cheap insurance.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I0WGGIK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and why is my reply sidelined?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:40:44 AM »
Thanks for your feedback, jrista. I did a quick search on the Kimwipes and they seem to have quite a mixed reputation with some swearing by them while others swear at them!

While I was searching for them, I came across Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes which have got some excellent reviews and are reasonably priced.

I wonder if anyone here has used those?

To be very honest I had never given much thought to the whole microfiber issue. I am concerned that these wipes may not work well when I am working in the rain and the lens gets covered with water droplets - amazing how that happens, but you just need a big storm and rain at an angle I guess, and it must bounce off the inside bottom of the hood and up onto the lens. Last time that happened both I and the guy next to me were totally amazed at just how much rain had got to the lens, and a 400 /2.8 ii does not have a small hood!

I have several Zeiss lens cleaning wipes in all of my bags for stubborn oil-based smears, but 98% of the time a lens pen will do just fine. Never leave home without it. Nice tip about the red light and smudges jrista. I'll have to try that.

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Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:34:17 PM »
My heaviest lens is a 70-300L, so the 'moderate' duty heads should be the right balance.

(...), having an off-center load increases the chances of vibration.  (...)

Sorry for being pedantic but I read this very often. Actually, having a very balanced setup *increases* the risk of vibrations as the system can move more easily around its support and is thus more prone to pick up any high frequency vibrations. The greater the mass or the more off-centred the mass is placed, the more difficult it is to move the system out of its (in-) balanced pivot point. It is best shown by the fact that a well-balanced gimbal supported system (like a heavy telephoto lens) can be moved easily by a push of a single finger whereas an off-balanced system requires more effort and force. That's why it is good to rest your hand firmly on the camera (body) while shooting from a tripod or by even placing a bean bag on the camera. This not only increases the mass of the system which then adopts a lower resonant frequency but it also helps to imbalance the sytem and stabilises it further.

Easy enough to put your theory to the test. Set up a heavy lens with a collar balanced on your ballhead and switch your camera to top magnification in Live View and strike the pod/lens/camera with a force that you can accurately reproduce. Notice the degree and longevity of the vibration. Then repeat the test using your camera plate as the attachment point. I think you'll find that the second method will incur a far greater degree of vibration as well as duration.

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Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:21:45 PM »
Their geared heads are very nice, though.  Ball heads less so, with the exception of the 468MG (ideally with a Wimberley, RRS or Kirk clamp mounted on it).
If I had to do it over again, I would have kept the 468MG and put a RRS lever release clamp on it.  The RRS BH-55 ballhead is nice, but in many ways I regret selling it as the Manfrotto holds just as well if not better and doesn't have the unwelcome quirks like the dual slots in (for me) a really poor spot.  The RRS head isn't as smooth as the Manfrotto, either.  I guess I was expecting more given the price, but it's really not any better than the Manfrotto and I feel that the RRS head is quite overpriced for what you get.  You pay an awful lot for the pretty CNC machining.  On the other hand, I don't miss getting the hook-shaped-handle snagged on everything about 20x during each shoot.

I couldn't agree more about the RRS heads. I would suggest you give a Markins Q10 or Q20 a test drive. They are rock solid and buttery smooth. The only downside is a relatively weak panning lock. It only bothers me for macro shooting, which is why I have a RRS BH-40 on my macro rig.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 3 Legged Thing Tripod - Opinions?
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:55:42 PM »
Hi all,

I've been looking into getting a Carbon Fibre Tripod.

My budget is around $550 AUD and I was looking at 3 Legged Thing Tripods at a camera store today.
Has anyone got an opinion on this brand? In particular I was looking into the Eddie version over the Brian.
I like the Eddie as its only a 4 section tripod over the Brian's 5 section. What does everyone think?

My other option was the Manfrotto new 190 carbon series (MT190CXPRO3) . Although it much heavier and pricier with a cheapish ball head.

Thanks all!!

If the $550 is for the legs only, I would recommend the Sirui M3204X over anything that 3 Legged Thing or Manfrotto makes. If that figure is for the legs and the head, I would still recommend the Sirui. Then pick up a Sirui or Benro ballhead for around a $100 until finances allow for an upgrade. Like speakers in a stereo system, the legs are more important than the ballhead.

I have two Benro Ball heads, the ones I have are crap.  Do you like yours?  Mine can be had cheaply, but be warned, they need a wrench to lock them tight enough to keep from slipping with any moderately large lens like a 70-200mm f/4.
 
 
I also bought two $400 sets of Benro carbon fiber legs, and recently found when I called the US distributor that Benro does not support them and never has.  No parts are available anywhere, not even in China!
 
 
I find that the head is more important than the legs, you can get sturdy legs for $400, but I've been bitten by junk heads, even a Manfrotto ball head for $300 is junk.
 
I've never owned a Sirui, but not all photographers have liked them
 
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1135620
 
The issue with Chinese tripods are:
 
1. Parts availability.  When the US distributor can't get parts, pass it by.
 
2. Quality Control.  They may have copied a good design from someone else, but poor manufacturing tolerances and process control can mean quality is hit and miss.
 
3.  Materials.  I've seen cheap materials in products I import from China, they are always cutting corners, and poor quality material can fail prematurely even if the manufacturing tolerances are perfect.
 
Chinese products are getting better each year, but ... Its still hit and miss, which is why parts availability is critical.

I have a Benro B-2 that, after the initial cheap-head sag effect, locks up very solid. I also have a diminutive B-0 II head from my first travel rig that is quite stout for its size. They aren't the sexiest heads on the block, but I've never had a problem with them. The parts availability may or may not be an issue. I don't know as I've never had a part break on any pod I've owned that cost more than $65. I have bought a great deal of equipment from China and have found the over all quality to be at least adequate and frequently very good.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 3 Legged Thing Tripod - Opinions?
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:36:15 AM »
Hi all,

I've been looking into getting a Carbon Fibre Tripod.

My budget is around $550 AUD and I was looking at 3 Legged Thing Tripods at a camera store today.
Has anyone got an opinion on this brand? In particular I was looking into the Eddie version over the Brian.
I like the Eddie as its only a 4 section tripod over the Brian's 5 section. What does everyone think?

My other option was the Manfrotto new 190 carbon series (MT190CXPRO3) . Although it much heavier and pricier with a cheapish ball head.

Thanks all!!

If the $550 is for the legs only, I would recommend the Sirui M3204X over anything that 3 Legged Thing or Manfrotto makes. If that figure is for the legs and the head, I would still recommend the Sirui. Then pick up a Sirui or Benro ballhead for around a $100 until finances allow for an upgrade. Like speakers in a stereo system, the legs are more important than the ballhead.

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Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:29:49 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to take my photography hobby to the next level, so to speak  :D, so I'm thinking of buying me a tripod and a tripod head. I've done some research online, but I think I'm more confused now, than when I started thinking about tripods and heads.  ;D (I guess, that happens a lot). From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands, so I'm looking to get the above mentioned gear from either of these two. I'm more inclined, however, towards Induro products.

In so many words, what do you guys make of this?

A newer tripod manufacturer is Sirui, a chinese company which seems to make good stuff at moderate prices.

Now I use
  - a 25 year old Manfrotto 190 with screw locking for the legs (very time consuming!) but with some patina :)
  - a MG468RC4 ball head (great stability, locking the ball doesn't move the camera - never had that before)

I am interested in the Sirui M-320?X series (carbon fiber legs) - the ? stands for 3, 4 or 5 and means the number of leg sections. I prefer the 4-section version due to its good balance with transportation size and "medium converion time" from transport to usage.

Has anyone experience with one of these Sirui tripods from the Master series (M-320?X)? How does it compare to Gitzo and RRS?

Thanks in advance - Michael

I have the Sirui M3204X and it is the finest "general purpose" tripod for under $950 that I know of. I also have a very big Gitzo (GT3542XLS), a specialty medium sized Gitzo (GT2541EX) and a little Gitzo (GT1542T). The Sirui gets used the most due to it's ratio of stability/height/collapsed size. Of course it is not nearly as refined or well built as the Gitzos, but it is plenty good enough and costs less than $500. I'm 6'-2" and finding a tripod that is tall enough, without the center column being raised, so that I don't have to bend over while shooting is no easy task. I highly recommend this pod.

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Well, the days of Canon/Nikon taking their own sweet time to update lenses is likely drawing to a close. They could get away with that before, since there was no real competition. Sigma and Tamron have not been taken too seriously by most enthusiasts/professionals for their inconsistencies in build quality, autofocus or whatever. This information would filter down to the average consumer, causing them to stick with OEM products unless budget restraints were critical. If this current rise in quality is sustained and not just a momentary aberration, this too will become well known and no company will be able to rest on their laurels. This is of coarse good for all consumers. The fact that Sigma is not just meeting, but improving over the OEM brands for significantly less money is amazing. For now, it is just in their high end models. I wonder if Sigma will be able to compete in the lower end of the market as well. That will really make Nikon and Canon take notice.

To steal a line from a previously mentioned "restaurant", I'm lovin' it!

I think you fundamentally don't get Canon's position. They are a multi billion dollar international corporation and are not overly interested in selling tens of thousands of lenses, they are into selling millions of cameras. Now the P&S cash cow is drying up they are repositioning into the C line, which is probably the only thing keeping any R&D going for us high end body stills shooters, and surveillance cameras hence the ultra low light sensor video R&D etc. They don't see Sigma or Tamron as competition because they aren't, they are comparatively small companies that sell limited quantities of niche products that you need a Canon (or Nikon) product to use, just like ThinkTank, or Adobe.

I think, fundamentally, that Canon's position is to turn a profit. The fact that Canon Inc is a more diversified company that doesn't derive all it's income from cameras and lenses is irrelevant. While I will certainly agree that it's unlikely that the board of directors are sweating bullets and pulling all-nighters over the rise of Sigma and Tamron, I can assure you that they, or at least their subordinates, look at market share in all divisions with great interest. My point was that if Tamron and Sigma, which most certainly are competitors to Canon, continue to develop high quality lenses at much more reasonable prices, then their market share will certainly increase as word gets out. So far, Sigma is only seriously competing at the higher end of the market and so it could be argued that they are in more direct competition with Zeiss (doesn't that sound funny?) than with Canon. But as Sigma's reputation improves, then its products will become more than just niche lenses and lower cost alternatives for the financially impaired.
Next week we shall discuss sensor development (and profits there from) vis a vie Canon vs Sony :)

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