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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. :)   

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

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:

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:57:06 PM »

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:32:32 PM »
A few....

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:02:03 PM »
I'd be grateful for any advice and your experiences with different macro lenses.

While it is possible to do "macro" and use autofocus, changing the focus changes the magnification. As Neuro explained, the only reliable way to maintain 1:1 (or max magnification) is to set the lens to the maximum magnification and then move the camera and leave the focus adjustment on the lens alone.

Purists will call anything less than 1:1 "close-up" rather than macro.

I have tried manual focus and then switch to live view to confirm (tripod in use), and I have been off. Maybe more practice will help.

A 180mm macro lens will give you more working distance to the subject than a 100mm macro at minimum focus/max magnification. This may be important to you. I happen to like the 150mm Sigma macro.

As magnification goes up, depth of field goes down. Very little of a macro shot at 1:1 and at f2.8 will be in focus, unless the object is flat and in the same plane as the camera sensor.

Given the performance of current digital cameras, I'm not sure if the difference between f2.8 and f2.0 is massively importatnt from a lighting perspective. Bokeh and depth of field, sure.

The Canon 100L macro also has the fancy IS stuff- nice to have when you need it.

There are many threads/comments about the Canon 90mm TSE being *the* product photography lens. Maybe there is a reason? It also takes teleconverters for an easy 126mm.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 03, 2014, 06:30:03 PM »
Another Nikon 105 DC stuck on a 1DX shot...

Pretty sure I had an extension tube in there too.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 03, 2014, 08:02:48 AM »
It says "any Thing shot with the 1DX;D

Whew :)

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