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EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:13:52 PM »
Did they fix the black AF points issue in this update?

Lenses / Re: Tokina 16-28 PRO FX or Canon 16-35 L II or....
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:37:33 AM »
I was in the same spot a week ago. Tokina is sharper, and it's a great piece of glass. You can check out flickr galleries to get an idea of what to expect in terms of flares. If ND, GND filter is your thing, then your best bet are the filter holder systems from Lucroit, and Fotodiox for the Tokina 16-28. Also, I cant remember clearly, but the sunstars from Tokina looked nicer to me at least.

I ended up getting a used Canon 16-35 II today, so will give it a try and if I dont like it then I will sell it off for something else. Another lens that you can look into is the Samyang 14mm. It's sharp, and a great piece of glass and costs only $350. It's only downside is the complex mustache distortion but can be fixed in pp. If you are doing long exposures at night to capture milky ways, and stars then you might want to look into which of the lenses handle coma better.

Software & Accessories / Re: Screw-on ND filter for 16-35 II
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:03:37 PM »
Wow! Lovely images from Barrfly and Dustin! I am very very interested in the Haida's ND now, and for $80 only? That sounds like a real steal! I know ND tends to produce some form of color cast, but as long as they are very minimal it should be ok and can be handled in pp. So Dustin, have you noticed any significant color cast from the Haida's?

Software & Accessories / Screw-on ND filter for 16-35 II
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:10:28 AM »
Anyone used this B+W 10-Stop ND filter on their 16-35 II? I am wondering how bad the vignetting will be if this filter is used (could not find a slim version from B+W) on the lens at 16mm focal length, stopped down to f8, f11, etc. The lens will be paired with a 5D3.

I would get the Lee's Big Stopper but the wait time is ridiculous. Saw some on eBay, and people there are selling the Big Stopper for $250 (2filter, BnH sells them for around $140).

That photo is taken by Rarindra Prakarsa. Love his work. You can find more info about his style in Facebook and I believe. I think there are tutorials and articles explaining his workflow, I can't remember where i saw it but google can help you there.

Has Andre Arment got two names then ?  ;)

Undoubtably a Rarinda Prakarsa inspired photo  :)

Lol. Must be Andre Wayne during the day, and Batrarindra by night =O

That photo is taken by Rarindra Prakarsa. Love his work. You can find more info about his style in Facebook and I believe. I think there are tutorials and articles explaining his workflow, I can't remember where i saw it but google can help you there.

I initially planned to get the one from Vello, but ended up getting the Phottix Aion. It's as good as the hähnel Giga T Pro II in terms of functionality, features. I may return the Aion and get the Giga T Pro II, but not sure yet. I personally didnt like the buttons on the Aion, and that's my only gripe. The Aion remote is big (5 inches long), fits in your hand nicely. But the smaller form factor of the Giga is enticing if you want something smaller in your hand. Note that Aion uses AAA batteries, while a remote like the Giga uses CR2 batteries. You can't go wrong with either if you are looking to do time lapse, program your own intervalometer, etc. If you are just looking for a simple wireless shutter release, then these might be an overkill.  :)

I dislike the center column they have in Manfrotto 055XPROB for which I really cannot lower pod than the column permits (unless I shoot upside down).

That isn't true, the Manfrotto 190/055 legsets are very adaptable, they allow for both ground level, and cantilevered over table type setups very quickly, easily and securely.

Here is a shot with the 055CXPRO3 set at ground level, just slide the column to the horizontal position.

 :o :o :o :o Duh! Ofcourse! Why didnt I think of this, thank you so much for clearing this out. Also, is that a Acratech ball head?

Lenses / Re: 16-35 f/2.8II vs 17-40 f/4
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:36:09 AM »
Had a question regarding the 16-35 and vignetting. Anyone tried using the B+W 82mm 3.0 ND MRC filter on this lens. Since this is not the XS-Pro version, I was wondering if vignetting will be an an issue when using this particular filter with the lens stopped down?

After lots of use, time and research, I ended up with this as an ultimate in usefulness, flexibility, functionality and efficiency.

An Acratech GP head, if you mount it upside down you don't need either a leveling base or a panning plate (PCL-1), this saves much money and weight.

I didn't get the MPR-CLII, I got the MPR192 and a set of the Mini Clamp Package ( )

Doing this vastly increases functionality over the MPR-CLII, for instance you can set the camera anywhere along the 192, this means you can use it as a workable macro rail with effectively twice its length. You can use it on axis so you can do panos with a plate in the lens orientation, you can use the 192 on its own as a lens or body plate so you can get anything you don't have a custom plate for onto your A/S head clamp. You can use one of the mini clamps with a Blackrapid style strap and keep your A/S plate on your camera. You can use one of the mini clamps on a monopod to maintain A/S functionality without getting a dedicated head.

The more you think about it the more flexibility the 192 and extra clamps have over the CLII.

All in all I am very happy with my setup, it is light, flexible and does pretty much everything I could need. Of course it doesn't do parallax free multi row panos, only single row, it isn't the greatest macro rail, but certainly good enough for 1:1, etc etc. Each discipline could use a more specialised tool if you really need that last 5%, but I haven't found my simple little package wanting yet and it's flexibilty has got me out of several difficult situations.

But to pay $235 for a PCL when the Acratech GP has one, and a leveling base, included for free, makes no sense for single row panos.

Had no idea about the Acratech GP before this thread. Thanks a lot guys, watching their videos as I am writing this. Ingenious design!

The great thing about RSS is that there's more than one way to do it. You can mix and match all sorts of things to come up with very flexible solutions for just about anything you can imagine.

The bad thing about RSS, of course, is what winds up happening to your bank account after you discover all the really neat stuff you can do with their gear....


I cringed at the sight of the price of their (RRS) least expensive tripod. I know its an investment, but I just spent on a lens and need to scrape up whatever I have in my bank to get one from RRS.  :'( I dislike the center column they have in Manfrotto 055XPROB for which I really cannot lower pod than the column permits (unless I shoot upside down). The RRS can be set to as low as 3 inches off the ground and I would definitely like that in whichever pod I choose to buy. Any other tripods out there I can look into that can give me similar functionality?

That setup will work very well for single-row panos. You'd need something more elaborate (and RRS has them) for multi-row panos.

For a tripod, I'd go with the Versa 2 series, but 23 vs. 24 vs. 24L will depend on your height and your needs for travel (4 sections means shorter collapsed length).

For the head, you might also consider the Acratech GP - it functions as a standard ballhead, but it's designed so that it can also be used upside down to function as a panning base.

Thanks neuro. I am 5-11 so seems like 23 or 24 will do just fine. 4 sections would be better and that being said the TQC 14 seems perfect for travel as it's folded length is just over 17 inches (without the head) , but do 4 sections compromise stability or sturdiness of the tripod that much? Or is it insignificant? Acratech GP looks awesome, I will need to look into this head.

Sigma's art line series really kicking it up a notch with every release. Hope it performs well.

Looking for suggestion on a ballhead with clamp and release plate setup for Canon 5D3. Thinking of a setup suited for portrait shooting and as well as landscape panoramas. I remember neuro and many others suggested the RRS BH-40. For the purposes mentioned (portraits, panorama), will the following gear suffice?

1.RRS BH-40 Ballhead with LR

2. RRS PCL-1 & MPR-CL II Panning clamp & nodal slide for eliminating parallax

3. RRS-L Plate for 5D3

If there are other alternate systems, would love to hear them. For tripod, any recommendations from RRS, Gitzo? I had the Manfrotto 055XPROB in mind. Max load will be a 5D3+70-200 f2.8, minimum 5D3+16-35 II.

A grip is available from Vello and it works fine. But do you plan to use it with an L bracket? Third party grips are not compatible with L brackets so this killed the deal for me.

J.R, yeah I intend to use it with an L bracket, so that you mention it I should update the title of this thread to include the L bracket.

The issue I have with grips is strength.  If it is flexible, this means its going to be a issue if mounted on a tripod.  At least the Canon grip is now metal, so they have tried to address this.  All the third party ones are plastic, at least, the ones I'm aware of.
If you only plan to hand hold it, then the only remaining issue is the lockups that several users have reported.

Yeah, I read some lock up issues with some of the 3rd party grips. I remember someone posted a review of Meike grip sometime ago. I wonder how that is. Also, is the one from Canon the only one with metal frame?

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