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http://www.trustedreviews.com/manfrotto-mkc3-h01-tripod_Camera-Accessory_review_features-and-design_Page-2

Highly recommend one of these for budget tripods, it only cost me $60 aud and I used it for ages. It held up my rebel with 17-55 and also my 5d mkii with 17-40. Not to mention its super light and quite compact, carried it everywhere on my camera bag.
But do be wary of using the center column ;) know its limitations and work around it, as that's what you'll have to do when saving some $$.

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Lenses / Re: which lens to keep
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:46:24 AM »
Sell the one you use least?

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Video & Movie / Re: 800 pictures in 4:02 minutes
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:59:42 AM »
That was pretty cool!

What software did you use?

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Lenses / Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« on: April 14, 2013, 04:02:10 AM »
I'd suggest getting the 24-70 II, such a great general purpose lens that can be used for landscapes as well. Having one great lens whilst traveling is ideal, you don't want to be carrying around so much gear.
Then a general purpose lowlight prime like the sigma 35 f1.4.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 13, 2013, 07:26:01 PM »
Another thread turned into a test chart comparison argument. I'm surprised there's no BBQ in these photos.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Maybe I need to relearn how to focus
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:35:01 PM »
2.  I used the viewfinder to compose/focus.  Center focus point was used.  I used the AF but I would manually tweak focus before releasing the shutter.  Maybe that's the problem.  With the T3i and the 100 2.8L, I just used AF.

Do you have any shots without manually tweaking the focus yourself?
Shooting macro handheld with such shallow dof, it's best not to focus recompose, use the outer focus points, they're fine for still shooting in good lighting, or crop accordingly.

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Reviews reviews reviews!

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 24-70 f2.8 or Canon 24-105 f4 ??
« on: March 31, 2013, 07:23:12 PM »
Depends what aperture you shoot at also, if you're shooting landscape and architecture you'd probably be using at least f8 or f11, and between the two lenses, there's little difference in image quality at those apertures, even the 17-40 @ 24mm will have little to no noticable difference in image quality.

But you should also consider barrel distortion. The 24-105 @ 24mm has a massive amount of distortion, which isn't good for architecture, but also when I stacked a couple of filters it had terrible harsh vignetting from the filters, I assume due to the amount of distortion this lens shows, as I did the same on my 24 II and had no vignetting.
But the Tamron is only slightly better in this regard, and the 17-40 @ 24mm is probably the best out of the three at controlling distortion.

If I were you, I'd just get the 17-40, especially since you're going to get an ultra wide down the track. Unless you need the focal length between the 17-40 and your 70-200 then the 17-40 is a great performer for the price, since you're shooting at f8+ anyway. It can also do ultra wide, and is much much lighter and smaller than the two, and may come out a little cheaper even if it doesn't come in a kit.

But if you must decide between the two, I'd get the Tamron. It's a better all rounder lens if you're just mainly comparing image quality, and you may need 2.8 one day, and when you're not shooting at f8+ the Tamron will produce sharper images and have better colour reproduction.
But it also has a 82mm filter thread, so that may be a problem if you currently use filters or looking at getting filters in future. 82mm costs alot more, so factor that into your kit costs as well.

Though either way you'd be good, the 24-105 is a great lens as well, I've had no complaints about mine (other than when stacking filters, which I worked around anyway), and only sold it because I got the 24-70 ii.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:21:04 AM »
Just got my 24-70 ii and it is AMAZING, sold my 24 ii.
Such an amazing lens it is!

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:08:21 AM »
Just got my 24-70 ii as well, and woooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww, is all I can say!

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EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:45:13 PM »
Upgrade your body, 5d mkiii will probably do. You'll have improved image quality, and you'll love the AF system.
Then you can just save the left over money for when a 300 2.8 IS II turns up.

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:22:27 AM »
Sold my 24-105 and 24 f1.4 ii to get the 24-70 ii, can't wait for it to arrive tomorrow!

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:01:10 AM »
And how are you finding it?

Excellent.  :)  Wickedly sharp, great colors and contrast, blazing fast AF, solid build.

Did you sell your 24-105?

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:32:00 AM »
If Canon had the 24-70mm MK II on their refurb sale that started today, I'd have it on order. :)   I'll likely order one very soon in any event.

I've decided I'm not going to order a 24-70mm MkII. 

The fact that mine arrived from B&H last week might have something to do with that decision...   ;)

And how are you finding it?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:52:27 PM »
Depends if you want superior low light & bokeh or sharpness & versatility.
Whilst the 24-70 is an amazing lens, I love my 50 1.2, it just feels great, looks great and sparks my creative love for photography, and also a lot more fun to use so it says on my 5d mkiii most of the time! :)
But if you don't plan to shoot below 2.8, get the 24-70 II :)

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