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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:59:39 PM »
The plate goes with the head.

Scott

Much appreciated, all! Tripods are apparently way more complicated than I thought :) Thankfully all the lenses I use now are light weight (50mm f1.4, 24-105mm f4, sigma 12-24mm), and my next purchases (I think) will be the 70-200mm and the 16-35mm, so I won't be shooting with heavy gear any time soon.

Quick question: as far as plates are concerned, is it just Gitzo and Manfrotto that are proprietary? And does that mean if I get an Arca swiss plate I couldn't use it on a Gitzo or Manfrotto head? But I could get an Arca swiss plate and Arca swiss head and attach that do a Gitzo or Manfrotto set of legs?

Sorry for all the basic questions. Your help is appreciated.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:03:53 PM »
I agree with all of the above.  Don't waste time with cheap stuff.  A tripod needs to hold up over time, be transportable, and most important, keep the camera stable during the shoot.

There are different ways to extend the legs (latches, rings and the like).  Next you have 3 or 4 segments, with more segments usually less stable, but smaller when collapsed.  You need to consider how tall you are and how tall you need the tripod to be.  Really Right Stuff web site has a nice chart on its front page you can look at for this.  No center column greatly enhances stability, and decreases the weight of this element.

Some tripods have a hook to hang additional weight to stabilize the unit- helpful during windy conditions.  Some either come with, or have optional "accessories" that you may later purchase.  These may not be important now, but keep an eye toward the future- like the leveling plate as mentioned by Neuro-  it may not make sense to you now, but as you expand, the ability to use these items may become essential.

I totally agree that your head should be a separate purchase.  This is a personal decision as the tripod legs.  A lot of things go into this decision.  One very important thing is the plate- Arca Swiss is my vote.  Another thing is the layout of the tightening knobs.  Be sure that they work for you, and be sure the head will carry the camera/lens load.  Play around with it for a while to be sure you like it.  I have a collection that look pretty but I hate.

I have a Manfrotto 190CXPro3 and it is a great tripod.  I am going to get a RRS TVC-33 when I get my big white lens

So, be sure that the combo is easy to carry, easy to set up, and stable.

Cheers

Scott

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Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:41:06 PM »
First two are final Upper Antelope Canyon, final is Grand Canyon with a clearing in the clouds, but not haze.

Thank you for viewing.

Scott

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Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:35:54 PM »
Canyon-X, "The Fins", Upper Antelope Canyon.

Lower Antelope Canyon was closed due to wet conditions.  Overall, the Antelope Canyon was superior for photographing, but the crowds were horrific.  Tourists were oblivious, their bratty kids were a running around and a serious threat to gear.  Sometimes I had to wait forever to hopefully get a shot without people in it. Shot #34 was from the fins, the others were from Upper Antelope.

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Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:28:10 PM »
Canyon-x Slot canyon in Page, Arizona.

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Landscape / Re: Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:24:29 PM »
Zion Shots with 24-70

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Landscape / Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:15:38 PM »
I hope everyone at CR had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  I Spent most of my time in Arizona in search of unique landscapes- slot canyons in Page Arizona.  I also went to the Grand Canyon which had low thick clouds and haze from a prescribed burn, which greatly limited views.  Thanks to all of you who gave technical advice, and advice on where to go, what to bring.

I just got in last evening, and I want to share with everyone some of what I saw.  I am going to post images that are minimally processed due to time constraints.  I used my 5DIII, 24-70 2.8 II , Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 for the most part.  On occasion, I used my new Samyang 14mm 2.8, which did not disappoint ( My addendum to Dustin's fine review- excellent lens, especially for the money- practice with it at home first, don't be afraid that you need to adjust aperture like the old days of manual, don't bother to look at the distance ring- just get to know what your copy does in advance, use a loupe and live view, dof preview button works, use manual and vary shutter speed, don't be afraid to go above f11 if needed- experiment with the lens). 

This is my first attempt at Landscape and slot photography, which means small apertures and long exposures, but I learned a lot, and saw some awesome, otherworldly things.

Look, enjoy (or hate them, that's ok too), comment, if you want contact information, whatever.

Thanks to everyone in CR for support and comments in general, the site has helped educate me and I appreciate and benefit greatly.
( Samyang photos are jpeg endng in 46, 64, 73, rest are from 24-70 2.8 II)
Scott

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As soon as Adorama releases my $$, I will purchase my 300 2.8 II from B$H, so I am not worried.  He is a CEO, so he has to present a vision to the world, and sound confident.  Leica sells 600-700 film cameras/year-great.  Their mainstay cameras are expensive, and though I don't have numbers (Neuro, your que), they don't dominate.

In Tech terms, 10 years is forever.  Even the young amongst us will be old(er).  Who knows what the next generation will prefer, and who can predict what preferences will be, what the tech will be, and what will sell?

Also consider your point Dylan (and mine too).  We are invested in the whole ecosystem and we love our glass.  There are other things to consider like ergonomics. Just for a fun example, what if they could make a mirrorless system and improve the electronics such that it bests the current 1DX AND fits in the SL1 body, AND takes all of the current EF lenses?  Not taking price into consideration, many people just won't buy it because of form factor alone.  Form factor is one of many things frequently mentioned (both plus and minus) about Nikon's current DF offering.

So I'm doubling down on my lenses, and working hard to improve my skills.  Let's see what the heated competition can do for us!  I say bring it- but don't put it into a toy body- please.

Scott

http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/leica-ceo-syas-not-sure-dslr-will-still-be-alive-in-10-years-no-way-we-go-mft/

I better enjoy my recent purchase Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II before my DSLR dies ;D

I'm not sure how they going to make 24-70 f2.8, 85mm f1.4, 135mm f2, 70-200 f2.8, 300mm f2.8 list goes on...small enough to go with mirrorless body.

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Lenses / Re: Make it stop! (Photo pun not intended)
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:07:56 PM »
Sweet- Congrats!

I will be (re) ordering mine soon.

sek
CR is a perfect place when you need people to talk you out from NOT buying big whites ;D

I haven't really put 300mm f2.8 IS II to real test yet, but already feel the LOVE from my very 1st BIG WHITE.

There is no doubt 600mm or 200-400 w/ 1.4 tc is my wish list for next year or two::)

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Lenses / Re: Make it stop! (Photo pun not intended)
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:04:24 PM »
It is a sweet lens, it is hard to resist.

I agree you won't get the advice you are looking for here. Too many posters (myself included) suffer from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome).

BTW, I'm surprised you haven't snagged the 24-70 II  :P

I too am suffering from GAS. Trying really hard to not get the 24-70 II right now. But i feel once i get $300 amex card from the 70-200 mkii rebate together with the $150 i already got from the 100L rebate that i will succumb. If it stays around for $1799 and with rewards u get from b&h coupled with no interest deferred payments (6-18 months sometimes), how can i resist?

Please help ;) :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:53:59 AM »
What is BVI?

To get me upgrade to 5D Mark IV, Canon needs to have these:

1. One full stop better in high ISO
2. 8-10 fps (even when the battery at 3/4 or half left)
3. Tries not to sell @ $4000 from beginning, then, drops to $2500 few months later

That last point was completely avoidable, If you bought from BVI. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:49:41 AM »
I am with you on this Dylan.  I am just trying landscape photog this week so I can see what many are saying about more DR (please no flame wars, but I do now see the point). Having used the camera almost since it came out, I am still trying to master it.  Hopefully by the time the IV comes out, I will have done so.  So my addition/question to you post is, beyond what we agree on, what else might be on the horizon that could make the IV great, that we didn't think of?  Hmmmm?

sek

To get me upgrade to 5D Mark IV, Canon needs to have these:

1. One full stop better in high ISO
2. 8-10 fps (even when the battery at 3/4 or half left)
3. Tries not to sell @ $4000 from beginning, then, drops to $2500 few months later

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:33:41 AM »
congrats on the PhD- a great accomplishment.

sek

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Lenses / Re: Price History of 300 2.8 II
« on: November 24, 2013, 11:46:55 PM »
Thanks everyone.  I will have to get used to the lump in my throat, and try to be as good as this lens (hopefully one day)!.  Stay tuned.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to All

sek

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Lenses / Price History of 300 2.8 II
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:25:53 AM »
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on this beauty.  I am wondering if anybody knows if the price drops around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or after Christmas, etc.?  Any historical data?

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanks all.

sek

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