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Maybe I'm a newb. How does this bracket help you take pictures?  It seems like a tripod head can hold the camera sideways just fine.

Most tripod heads do allow for a vertical position, but this usually moves the camera way off its position over the center of the tripod, and lowers it as much as 6 inches.  So the camera camera & tripod combination is no longer as stable as it could be, or as steady, or at the height of the photographer's eye.   And, composition can change substantially.  Swapping from horizontal to vertical with an L bracket avoids all that.  And of course the heavier & larger the camera/lens the more pronounced the effect. Add a vertical grip, and the problem grows.

Can you live without it?  Of course. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 1.4/24L or Carl Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35
« on: April 23, 2012, 02:27:45 PM »
If you search around time lapse forums you can find various ways to power your camera via 12V battery or A/C power.

Lenses / Re: 400 DO f/4 vs 300 f/2.8is with x1.4 vs 400 f/2.8
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:36:54 AM »
Get a 1/4X extender no matter what.  I have a 400 2.8 and love having the 1.4X and 2.0X extenders when I need the extra reach.

Lenses / Re: 300/2.8 L (IS MK1) or 400/2.8 L (non-IS)
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:34:26 AM »
For my 400mm 2.8, I originally I used the hard case that it came in.  I want all the protection I can get.  Then I added an acrca-swiss plate and it would not fit.  Now I use a wheeled pelican case.  Also heavy but hey, it protects my investment, and I can sit stand on it.  My monopod is long enough that I can stand on the pelican, getting me over the heads of others.

I keep a small bike lock in the pelican so if I'm going to leave the empty case someplace while I move on the sidelines of a game, it's not going to walk away.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: April 22, 2012, 12:06:06 AM »

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

As mentioned.  Examples will give you a way better answer.  Post them to flikr or something.

I use a lens hood as much as I can.  The protection to the lens in a fall alone is worth it.   Buy a cheap ebay $5 replacement hood. 

Even if you use a UV filterer other, a hood can help.  he biggest problem with filters is they let light bounce around between the filter and lens, ussually from an out of camera light soucre.  Hoods often fix that.  And in a fall do you want your filter smashed, with broken glass pushed against you lens, or protected by a hood?

Lenses / Re: 300/2.8 L (IS MK1) or 400/2.8 L (non-IS)
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:56:43 AM »
Given the choice I'd say 300/2.8 L (IS MK1).  Even on a tripod, the IS can be very helpful. 

I own a 400 2.8 IS and love it, but it so big and heavy, the 300 2.8 IS is a great alternative. 

Lenses / Re: shooting into the sun...
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:44:58 AM »
I use welding glasses, and it''s never bothered my camera. Even shooting video.

Sun Country Flight SY789 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

400mm on a 1.6 crop camera is very long.  When I shoot football or soccer, it's too long, and I do much better with my 70-200 with no extenders. Of course that's from the sidelines.  A 70-200 2.8 will focus much faster and provide a crisp photo.  A cropped photo with proper focus will beat the pants off a blurry photo that is not cropped.

As soon as the forum dropped Karma, the downhill slide started.

More free advertising for Ken though.  :o

I don't think there is any standard other than: Jesus, be careful wit that thing!  Plastic lens hoods are a great way to minimize damage from an impact.

I'd also highly recommend a tripod collar and a monopod.  Beats grinding off your paint on  concrete wall and supports the weight.

EOS Bodies / Re: Um... is there a 30mpix camera on the way and when?
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:58:21 PM »
If they do not they will receive huge amounts of criticism.
If they do they will receive huge amounts of criticism.

I will work on shooting and selling photos.

If you have homeowner's or renter's insurance, and are not shooting professionally, you may already be covered, or you may need an addendum.  Mine is $.005 be $1 of gear per year.

Also consider buying your gear with a credit card that offers some protection.  My Amex doubles my warrantee and provides theft and loss protection.

Technical Support / Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:38:45 PM »
Pec pads + cut down small kitchen spatula = sensor swabs for pennies each.

Here is a great article:

Technical Support / Re: 5D mark iii CF card issue
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:04:33 AM »
If you can see the images while the card is in the camera, as you suggest, you have a bad card reader or cable.  Download them straight from the camera and then figure out why the card won't read into your computer.

If the files can still be seen with the card in the camera, you are in good shape.  Download them with a cable from camera to computer.  And consider doing this from now on.  If not your going to have to look into recovery options.  I use PhotoRescue.

I think i recall reading that video can only go to the CF card.

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