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Software & Accessories / Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 29, 2013, 03:10:58 AM »
I have a Bilora 1157 Professional.
It is very usefull for taking videos and cheap.
I can recommend that one.

yablonsky, thanks, but they don't sell that in the USA and I don't feel comfortable purchasing it in foreign currency.

I'm also using this one and it is great for that price. I can recommend it, too.

Gosh, that grip looks a lot like the other ones I listed.  So maybe I'll just have to take this one on myself.
I appreciate the feedback / advice. 

Last year I bought a second hand Manfrotto #3265 (it also says #222 on the grip, and "Made in Italy").
Mine is a bit like the 322RC2, but the camera sits on top of the grip handle (rather than on the side of it).

I got it for a great price, and I used it a bit in person before I bought it (from Gumtree, the Australia free online selling / buying community).  So I was happy with that, as it works well and the price was much less than new. It sits on my tripod which I bought about 1.5 years before.

The main reason I wanted to get a ball-head was for macros and 'the quick release possibility'. It complements my existing 3-way Manfrotto head very well.

Hope you'll get a good outcome with your decision and purchase.



Thanks, that is what I'm looking for as well, versatility and quick release as a byproduct.  However, I have a heavy set-up, batery pack, mic, brackets, lens, etc. etc. I think it's be too much for that type.

I'll keep researching, and post what I get with a review.

Peace!  8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Here comes the Sun!
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:33:12 AM »

Most excellent pictures, I'd like to see more.  Thanks for share.

I too got both the eclipse and the
Transit of Venus, they were very very
crappy pictures taken with a crappy Canon
SX20, so I won't post the embarrassing pics...,
but it was so cool to try.

Here is a CRAPPY shot of the moon a few nights ago...
I know it's blurry, it very hard to focus the telescope
with the camera attached and I was running out of time,
when I get my equipment back from the factory repair
center, I'll have more time and my own equipment, this
one was taken on a borrowed mount and tripod, so I
had to make it quick.   :o

Here is Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons.  Again, VERY CRAPPY, but it was a real fast shot.

Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:31:22 AM »
Thanks!  Used a 5d iii with at 24-105.  Each was a made with 7 shots from -3 to +3 EV shot in RAW and compiled in Photomatix.  I got really lucky with the weather.  15 minutes before both shots, the sun was hidden behind clouds and the reflection off the lake wasn't nearly as impressive.

Drooling... a 5D Mark III and a 24-105...  ;D 8) ::) and 7 bracket shots.   :)  WOW!

Looking forward to more pictures.

Peace! 8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:53:55 AM »
Really?  Not a single reply?

Awe crap  :P :-\

peace.  :-[

Software & Accessories / Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 27, 2013, 04:37:18 AM »
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I search CR for "Pistol Grip Ball Head:
and only a handful of threads came up.  :-\

My questions are:

1) Do you own a Pistol Grip Ball Head; If so what
brand & Model / any experience, good bad, etc using one?

2) From the links below, any advice / alternatives? 

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head with Quick Release (Black)

Slik AF2100 Pistol Grip Head with Quick Release

Sunpak 620-PISTOLGRPQR Tripod, Ball Head

Thanks in advance !   :D

Peace!  8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:52:54 AM »


Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:49:34 AM »
Anyone want to show pitty on me and send me an L lens?  LOL!  :P

*yes, it's that orange, they use those lights that are like street lights that are orange in color.  Saves energy in Japan.  ::)

Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:46:56 AM »
Another one of my crappy shots..  :-[

*sigh* I need to take a class or something, my pictures look like poo poo    ::)

Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:44:53 AM »
Great shots eml58 !

I think I need to put on a jacket, I think I'm there.  ;)


Peace! 8)

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:42:36 AM »

I wish I could get an L lens, but for now I'll have to use the kit, 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS lens  :-\

Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:04:24 AM »

Welcome to the forums, and amazing pictures, what did you use, what lens, what settings, etc.

again, great shots!

Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Sepia Tone or Black and White HDR's
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:18:22 AM »
Thanks wickidwombat,

I'm busy right now, but when I get time, I'll give all those a try.

Thanks again !

Peace! 8)

Abstract / Re: Sweet Isabelle...
« on: January 23, 2013, 03:20:06 AM »
 :-X What the?

My eyes just exploded.

Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Sepia Tone or Black and White HDR's
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:27:45 PM »
DPP is free it comes with your canon camera its digital photo proffesional its on the disc that came with your camera.

ok i'm guessing you might be shooting wide open on your lens all the time which is why your shots always look especially soft this lens is soft wide open but respectable when stopped down

stopping down means changing your F stop so instead of shooting at f3.5 or f 5.6 try change your aperture to f8 or f11 in aperture priority mode (AV)

this will also give you more depth of field (more stuff in fiocus and sharp) for your landscape shots
the trade off here is either the shutter speed needs to slow down or iso increase so if you use a tripod and set iso 100 in AV and use Auto exposure bracketing with the timer the camera will automatically take 3 shots and it will calculate the shutter speeds and do that automatically since your camera probably only does 3 shot AEB set your range to 2 stops so it will take 0EV -2EV and +2 EV

hope that helps

Thank you very much! 

Here are some more questions / more info:

1)  After I shoot in RAW 16 BIT, I process in Photomatrix Pro (64bit),
then use ACDSee Pro to crop, rotate, adjust tones, etc. but....

2) WHEN I use ACDSee, it warns me that the image is 16 Bit RAW
and IF I use ACDSee, the image will be converted to JPEG and 8 BIT.     

I say okay, and BAM, there goes the sharpness I once had  :(  :-\ 

2)  I MUST learn how to do that whole f stop thing.  I've never shot
anything other than P mode (Three bracketed shots) and Auto mode. 
Got Youtube video for that / what one of these?...

Canon 60D tutorial videos

a)  Will Digital Photo Professional, crop, rotate, etc. RAW images?

*EDIT*  Answered: Canon Digital Photo Professional Tutorial - What is DPP (1/19)

b)  Should I dump ACDSee Pro because it won't process RAW images and learn DPP?

*EDIT* Looks like I'm going to be learning a new program, LOL! :)

c)  If DPP does not crop or rotate or allow me to adjust tones, etc., what FREE program do you recommend?

*EDIT* None needed, DPP will do that and more: Canon Digital Photo Professional Tutorial - What is DPP (1/19)

Peace! 8)


HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Canon 5D mark 3 in-camera HDR shots
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:11:20 PM »
Kudos to all the people who posted their 5D MK III in-camera HDR photos here, not only is it inspiring to look at other peoples work, I think it also, in a small way, helps people to make an informed decision about getting a camera like the 5D MK III.   

^^^^ Agree 100%

also very nice picture Rienzphotoz, that only took 15 seconds?  WOW!

Peace! 8)

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