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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:26:55 AM »

This means hiking for great distances at times, so I am wondering if a second body (extra weight) is a must for someone investing his tie and energy in getting to a location in the middle of nowhere to shoot some nice pictures?



What is "great distances"?

For some, that is a 20 minute walk.

For others, that is a two day excursion.

I have carted two bodies on 4 hour outings (water and restrooms available- so I'm not carting that stuff), and it does get to be a bit much, but having 2 cameras means not switching lenses so much. Any more than that, and I would need to get a backpack of sorts.

An alternative is to cart one body and lens and shoot with what you have.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:13:25 AM »

- viewfinder that doesn't require your nose to be chopped off

That one is available now, as a 1DX :)

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:14:46 AM »
Backlit rose petals.

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Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:38:35 PM »

I am looking for videos to show how a leveling base works, what does it exactly do? I am guessing to level the tripod without having to making minor changes to the legs....


Yes, the leveling base allows you to level the part where the ballhead or whatever attaches to without fiddling with the legs.

Significantly speeds up setup.

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Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:56:05 AM »
Custom Brackets makes a gimbal:

http://www.custombrackets.com/cb-gimbal.html

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I have two $150 Benro ball heads that were a complete waste of money, pure junk.  They have been sitting in their original boxes for 7 years, used once.  I have two Benro CF tripods that are 7 years old now, and cost $450 each. The quality was reasonable, but not what I'd call $450 worth.   Parts are not nor were ever available as it turns out.  I could never recommend them.

I'd agree on the Benro ballhead- at least the one that came as part of the C2970T tripod kit.

However, it was better than nothing.

If one has the ballhead already, the C2970 can be had on that really big auction site for $375, including shipping from China... $465.00 from the same vendor with the B2 head. So, I suppose for $90.00, the B2 head has some value.

I have found the design of the C2970 to be very useful for macro pictures, despite the general poor opinion of telescoping/adjustable center columns.

From what I have seen, the Gitzo GT2531EX is the closest functional match to the Benro C2970. The Gitzo and the Sirui 40 is approaching 2x the cost of the Benro kit and adding a Euro/USA ballhead easily approaches a $1k investment. I have read the occasional tale of poor repair service for Gitzo products.

I am not aware of other usable tripods with a positionable center column. If RRS made one, I would have considered it.

Some of the lateral arm accessories can get pretty pricey too.

I did try a cheaper CF adjustable tripod and promptly sent it back. It was a Vanguard Alta Pro, pretty much only suitable for a point and shoot or small DSLR and small lens.

There seems to be a gulf in the middle for photographic accessories. Lots of cheap knockoffs and then there is the upper end.

I would like to have an Arca Swiss Cube... but that's a ways off yet. :)   

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Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:24:09 AM »
Coming Changes...

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A good ball head alone goes for at least $300 - and up.

I'll say that I got one of these and it works quite nicely: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822265-REG/Sirui_BSRK40_K_40x_Ball_Head.html

I do not have personal experience to compare it to the USA or European $300 and up ballhead products, but the Sirui has done all I have asked of it.

That ballhead is attached to a Benro C2970T tripod, which I am also happy with for my uses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMk II or the 1DMk IV
« on: August 30, 2014, 07:36:25 PM »
I'd definitely go with the 7D2.

It trounces  the 1DIV in all of the reviews I've read.

:)

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Canon General / Re: Lens Cleaning Techniques/Opinions
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:11:04 PM »
I've always used the rinse cycle on the dishwasher. Jet Dry helps.

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Technical Support / Re: 5D mk2 wont turn on and off
« on: August 17, 2014, 10:16:49 AM »
It was working perfectly. New os was installed.

New OS=new firmware?

Was it working perfectly before or after the "new os" was installed?

Not knowing, I'd guess a firmware problem.

I suspect you will have to send it in for repair. If you are in the USA, becoming a member of CPS if you have the points will take out some of the bill sting.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:32:33 AM »
If I could somehow afford it, I would totally buy this. So much potential! :D

Me too

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Canon General / Re: Battery Overheat
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:45:16 PM »
The guy that almost lost his house was charging DeWalt nicad batteries.

Consumer grade LiIon batteries didn't exist yet.

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Canon General / Re: Battery Overheat
« on: August 09, 2014, 02:19:22 PM »
Popular power tool batteries/chargers can also cause a fire.

Those of you that leave cordless tool batteries and chargers on and unattended are asking for trouble.

I know one person that almost lost their home and another started smoldering on a jobsite- which set off the alarms and the FD showed up. Not the first go around for that FD and that particular brand of charger/batteries.

Consumer grade chargers are manufactured to a cost/profit point, not necessarily quality.

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Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:43:04 AM »
I prefer the larger thumbnails.

I am also one of the apparently few people that have "slow" internet.

It would be nice if there was a picture size (bytes) limit if the preview window is small.

I really do not see the need to upload images that are megabytes in size. I can use free software that makes web-friendly 800x533 images that are less than 300kb at the best quality setting with little apparent loss of detail. Setting the quality at 80% frequently makes the file size ~125kb.

Clicking on a 200x200 preview and viewing a 3mb attachment isn't happening here.

Attachments do not always work well on mobile devices, clicking on those 3mb files uses mobile data, too. 

+2 on removing the image from a reply quote.

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