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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 (http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=Mini-Clamp-Pkg&type=4&eq=Mini-Clamp-002&desc=Mini-Clamp-Package&key=ait )

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 bummer..now 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?

Looking for a good 3rd party grip for the 5D3 that's close to Canon's offering in terms of build and handling.

Software & Accessories / Re: Wonderpana System from Fotodiox
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:39:41 PM »
I checked out a video review of the system and you are right those are massive compared to the ones from lee filters. They are what, 4mm thick? The lee filters are 2mm thick as far as I remember. I know the color cast is present in these filters one way or another but like you said as long as it's not too much, is not unpleasant it should be ok. Read up on Cokin filters and that they tend to add too much purple cast and is pretty annoying to get rid of in post.

Software & Accessories / Wonderpana System from Fotodiox
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:42:32 AM »
Anyone have any experience with the filter system from Fotodiox. I am looking for a system that can fit the Samyang (Rokinon) 14mm f2.8 or the T3.1 lens and this is the only product that fits this lens. Other option is the Hitech system from Lucroit. I have no idea if their (Fotodiox or Hitech's) ND and GND filters have any color cast issues. Any insight on this matter would be very helpful. Unfortunately, Lee filters dont work with this system yet (I think). :(

Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:24:45 AM »
I have the original 24-70 , and I am quite happy with it. It has been a workhorse of a lens for me, and I was lucky enough to end up with a good copy. I am curious if any original 24-70 owner migrated to the mk2 and felt a substantial jump in terms of sharpness across the frame wide open, and throughout the range, and also if it has better contrast to boot. Is it worth the upgrade to the mk2 version if you use the 24-70 for family events, family portraits, general purpose? Curious about how others felt who migrated from mk1 to mk2.

Street & City / Re: My surroundings at night.
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:45:05 PM »
Beautiful images.

Canon General / Firmware update 1.1.3 for Canon 6D Released.
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:07:14 AM »

Gosh, any hint of 5D3 firmware update releasing sooner than later would be nice too. >_>

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
Impressive Dustin. VC/IS really makes a lot of sense for general purpose lens like the 24-70 especially when you are travelling, and especially when with family.

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