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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.

Lenses / Tilt-Shift Lenses
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:34:10 AM »
Short of test driving all of them, is there a guideline regarding choice of focal lengths for TS lenses.  What are the typical needs met by 17mm, 24mm, 45mm, and 90mm TS lenses?  Does it differ is a FF, APS-H, or APS-C body is used?  I just shot the 17mm and it seems to be better suited for large subjects and shooting from lower elevations.  I will shoot the 24mm next.

These are approximately the same price now.  Would one be preferable over the other?  Yes, I know the TS-E 24mm Mark II is better than both.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / iPhone5 or 1Dx
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:46:52 PM »
I've been saving my $ for a 1Dx and my phone is dying.  I'm getting a new iPhone5 which will set my 1Dx fund back a little but that little gadget allows me to take decent images when I am not carrying my 1D3 or 5D2.  I can carry the iPhone5 everywhere, anywhere, and anyytime.  Now, what can I use to mate my L glass to my new iPhone5?

I've been on the lookout for an excellent deal for a used 1D Mark IV and found a few with ridiculously low shutter counts, some at less than 5,000 and many under 10,000.  It just occured to me that thousands of hours of video may have been shot by those camera bodies.  Does anyone know if that affects the shutter counts and if not, does video hours affect the useful life of the camera.

Pricewatch Deals / 1Dx for $6489
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:28:50 AM »
PMI Digital on eBay

EOS Bodies / Hands On with the 6D at Photoplus CPS Lounge
« on: October 27, 2012, 09:08:31 PM »
I checked out the 6D with a 24-70 II, 70-200 II, and 200 f/2.  It actually had a grip attached. Silent shutter is very nice and the camera/lens combination felt okay.  They did have the shells of both the 5D3 and 6D and no comparison. The 5D3 and presumably 5D2 are tanks compared to the 6D.  It seemed that the fps was noticably slower than my 5D2.  I definitely think new 5D2's are better than the 6D unless you can't live without the GPS and wifi.

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