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EOS Bodies - For Stills / How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:53:45 AM »
My new camera fund has reached $3000, barely enough for a used 1D4 or a new 5D3.  Looking around, I can also get a Sony A7R with 36MP, ISO 25600 and a 24-70 f/4 FF lens.  Or do I keep going and hope to get a lower priced or refurb 1DX for another $5000.  I would like a camera for low light stage events.

What would you recommend and why?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Rockwood Music Hall
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:59:23 PM »
Has anyone shot there and can give me some tips/suggestions?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shooting a dance performance and rehearsals
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:42:32 PM »
I was planning to shoot with a 100mm f/2.8 IS on a 5D2 and 24-70 f/2.8 on a 7D or 1D3.  It's not my usual cup of tea but I agreed to take publicity shots for a college dance company.  I won't be shooting with flash during dances so any tips ahead of time would be welcome.

This is a 1Gen prototype for checking mechanical fit and function.  I will be testing a 2Gen prototype with a Lee Big Stopper ND filter.  The 2G prototype will be black.  The production model will be optimized for bulk and shortened as much as possible to avoid vignetting

Software & Accessories / Need Monopod Recs, twist not lever lock
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:31:03 AM »
My gear has gotten to be too heavy for my original Slik monopod and I am looking for recs for a sturdier, not necessarily light but not too cumbersome, twist lock monopod in the $100-200 range.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 1D Mark IV with low actuations?
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:40:39 AM »
I have been on the lookout for a great deal on a used Canon 1D Mark IV with low actuations.  My idea of low is less than 100K out of the 300k estimated life.  I am seeing ads and auctions for bodies with less than 10K and some below 2500!!!!  Is it believeable that someone would spend upwards of $6000 and shoot only 2000 images?  I can squeeze that many off in one game.   I suppose they may have been videographers but would video use entail the same wear and tear as tens of thousands of shutter actuations?

Now that the 1Dx is on the refurb list for mid $5000, I may abandon my search for a $3000 1D4 and get a 1 year warranty.

Lenses / Canon 16-35 II f/2.8L AND/OR Canon 14mm II f/2.8
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:57:45 AM »
I had both of these lenses on my glass upgrade list and now that I got a deal on a Canon refurb 16-35, is there any greatly added utility to having a 14 along with my newly acquired 16-35?  Would I use both?

That said, I am now selling my 17-40mm f/4L

Software & Accessories / Ioptron Skytracker Camera Mount
« on: August 26, 2013, 10:16:52 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with this device?

Software & Accessories / Lee Big Stopper Discontinued by B&H?
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:48:35 AM »
Got this e-mail from B&H:

"Thank you for your interest in the following item:

LEE Filters 4 x 4" Big Stopper Filter
(B&H # LEBS44)

You are receiving this message because you asked to be notified when this item becomes available. We regret to inform you that this item has unfortunately been discontinued. Please check back on our website for similar or possible replacement items.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding."

What are other option? Formatt? Cokin? Others?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Flash for 5D2 and 1D3
« on: June 07, 2013, 01:16:17 PM »
What recommendations do the forum members have for someone with a 5D2 and 1D3 for everyday carry-along flash?  580EX 600EX or 3rd party?

Software & Accessories / Induro Gear
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:28:52 AM »
I found what looked like a great Amazon Warehouse deal on an Induro CT-114 Tripod and an Induro PHQ1 5 way head for under $500 for both.  Did I do alright?  $678 is the normal on-line price.  Induro seems to be a rather good manufacturer.

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