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Benro had some nice stuff too, and it is name brand.

Here is a review to help you.  I would also agree, this doesn't have to last a lifetime and I have several tripods that I use today for different things.  If you don't spend a ton, and get at least a few good years of satisfied use out of it, when you want and need to upgrade, it won't be a waste.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:15:48 AM »
This thread has made my brain swell with dumb minutiae.

jakeymate, please, don't wait to get banned from the site.  Just leave and don't come back.  You are a troll, plain and simple. Sorry to be honest here, but that sums it up.  You enjoy stirring the pot with stupid stuff just for the attention, and with only ~15 posts to your current avatar, you add nothing but frustration.

Obviously you favor Nikon, a great system.  Canon, also is a great system.  Go to and enjoy their company, and don't look back.

If you choose to stay, I promise that if I see your name, I won't read anything you write, as it offends me.



EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 03:12:04 AM »
Hey mackguyver

You caused me to have the same epiphany about my own photographic deficiencies.

Let me know what you finally decide on, I'll send you a "T" shirt advertising your camera choice.  Can't guarantee better pics, but maybe you will do better with the ladies?

(a little levity to lighten the malignant tone of this well worn thread)


D800 -> D810

The 5dm3 is looking really old.
Dear Troll,

You are correct and your post is a revelation.  Apparently the small inferior sensor in my 5DIII is holding me back, not just with photos, but with the ladies as well.  I will have to put all of my Canon gear on eBay this afternoon and replace it with the bigger, sexier, and younger D810.  I can't believe I ever thought that little sensor in the 5DIII would ever take decent photos. 

Obviously the lenses I'm using, my technique and vision are all meaningless if I'm carrying around anything Canon.  How could I possibly capture any good photos with an AA filter and without the vastly superior DR and massive megapixels of the Nikon?

From now on, I promise only to use the Nikon D810 with Nikon's best lenses set to their optimum aperture on a solid tripod with cable release.

Crap, what do I do about the new Sony???  I need to shoot black cats in unlit coal mines and the Nikon is inferior to the Sony.  I guess the Nikon is junk and I need to get the Sony.  I'm so confused.

Please advise on which I should choose - the Nikon D810 or Sony A7S.

The Gnome

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:18:15 PM »
Nice pics Dylan!

Too bad I'm saving for the 1DX and Africa (plus, maybe something cool from next round of Canon announcements).


One word for 400mm f2.8 IS II = "SUPER". AF is FAST. Truely designed for sports.

It works very well with 1.4x TC III, still 95% compared to bare. IQ drops quite a bit with 2x TC III at wide open in Ai servo only(still good in One shot mode). Sharpness improve when step down to f7-8 in Ai servo.

 See photos here with 1DX + 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III:!/

Congrats ;)

Black & White / Re: Lion at Night - Kruger National Park, South Africa
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:26:45 AM »
Very nice shot.

When did you go, what time of year?


We came across these lions one evening on a night drive from Skukuza camp. The males were restless and walking all around a lioness in heat...there are many more of my African wildlife & other  images here on my Zenfolio website . . .   Please have a look and give me some feedback!

EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:09:21 PM »
And there is the issue of the lenses.  Once you buy into the ecosystem, it is costly and dare I say, emotionally painful to switch. 

You will have your beloved lenses long after you buy this new camera.


Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f4 IS vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:51:50 AM »
The Canon lens is an excellent lens.  As you point out, it produces excellent images (color, contrast, sharpness, brightness, basically, just about anything you could ask for, tracks fast, light, small, easy to carry and use).  What will the Tammy do better?

I love my Canon.  I also have the 70-200 2.8 is II and for travel, the f4 is is way easier to manage, especially with multiple bodies and other big L's.

Think hard before you give up this gem of a lens.


 I have the opportunity to sell my Canon 70-200 f4 IS L at a fair price. I was thinking about selling it and buy a new  Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC.

I know the Tamron is bigger and quite heavier, but that wouldn't be a problem. My doubts are:

1) Image quality: I don't think the Tamron is as good as the Canon
2) Colors: I don't know about the 70-200, but I have a Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC and though it's very sharp and has a great stabilizer, it has bland colors. I also have a Canon 16-35 f2.8 L and the colors, compared to the Tamron 24-70, are immensely better, richer, brighter.

Any advice? Thanks!

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:59:08 PM »
I'll tell you what.

An updated version of the 400 5.6 would have to be truly fantastic because my copy is awesome.

so far this round of rumors lately has for me been a roller coaster.  I have wanted to see some rumors that fire me up, but nothing yet. Would love to see something firm about 1DX II, some revolutionary new sensors (still not sure what we will see yet given the back and forth speculation), and would love to see a 12- 24L.  Just me.


The thorn in my side is a new version of the 400 5.6L. The oldest lens in the line up now yet to be re-worked
IS plus a closer min focus.
Thank you please Canon

I might be interested in that lens, also. But it would have to compete with a new 100-400L.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:28:39 PM »
+1 to that


I would never buy a new camera model as soon as it comes out.

With todays manufacturing ethic, it is just two risky.

Same as with the new 7D.  I rather other people be the first to buy/find manufacturing and design errors.

It is kinda like walking through a mine field -- I prefer waiting for the other people to go first.  LoL

My preference is the Mac.  My advice is to get it loaded to the max to begin with because you can't upgrade it later.  I would put the $$$ into memory and the fastest drive (ssd).


Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 03:28:15 PM »
When you first use the 24-105 you may not understand why people don't rave about it.  Then you may try the 24-70II and you will see for yourself.  When you do, you just might never want to use it again, especially because iq is important to you.  You can zoom with your feet.  Why don't you try both lenses for yourself at a camera store before you buy?


Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 02:12:23 AM »
Well said.

In the end, specs are great, but how does it really perform in the field?  I for one will be watching and won't be an early adopter.


No wifi or touch screen? Bummer. All future canon prosumer cameras should have BOTH wifi and touch screens IMHO.

Comments like this make me think people don't know how to use a DSLR. DSLRs are devices that you need to instantly change settings on. You need to be able to dial in exposure on a dime when the light changes. Who in the world, ESPECIALLY pros, want to pull the camera away from their face so they can fiddle with a clunky touch screen? It's sad how smartphone mentality is invading every other area of our many cases, a touch screen is the primitive configuration device, and all the "archaic old buttons and dials" are actually the vastly superior and far more reliable means of controlling and configuring something like a DSLR (or, for that matter, a remote control, an airplane cockpit, or a nuclear launch facility, or pretty much anything where the behavior of a given doodad has to be EXACT, fixed in behavior and place, reliable, hardened against rough activity, instantaneous, and immune to things like software bugs, viruses, etc.)

Touch screens on consumer devices make sense. Touch screens on professional grade devices designed for use by people who know how to train muscle and procedural memory, and prefer instantaneous access to many features of the camera without the need to look at anything, or remove their eye from the viewfinder...are quite frankly the most confusing "innovation" I can think of.

I'm not necessarily against adding a touch screen, but it is FAR from a dealbreaker if one is not included on the 7D II. Same goes for WiFi. It's not an the end, it does NOTHING for my photography. It's just a handy gizmo that MIGHT make data transfer from the camera to the computer easier. To me, the most critical, fundamental, hell foundational aspects of the 7D line of cameras are frame rate, AF system, metering and sensor. If those things don't add up to a significant upgrade, something like a two-generational update over the 7D I, then I'd be worried.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which body to buy?
« on: August 15, 2014, 12:04:01 AM »
Why don't you wait to see what comes out in the next few weeks and then decide?


Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:49:06 PM »
A tip:

Bring yourself to buy that vest- a light colored one with webbing to allow ventilation.  You will be so glad that yo did.  You will wear it all the time.


I'm flying SA in September and yes, 8Kg is a bit on the light side.

My plan is:
- Use my wife's handbag for some bits and a small lens (women get a handbag as well as hand luggage).
- Use the pockets in my combat trousers for some other bits and a small lens (just zip the legs off and put those through the scanners to save time emptying packets).
- Ship non-essentials in the hold luggage as I get 2x 23Kg and I've got a Peli-like case that's going to have a Parrot drone, batteries, camera batteries, spare phone, filters, trail cam and batteries, etc.

I suppose a camera vest would work well too, but I just can't bring myself to buy one. 

Just pack what you NEED to pack in your hand luggage.

I did a trip a few years ago and the all-up weight (hand and hold luggage) was only 15Kg.  Now that took some planning to pack and strip stuff down to essentials - battery grips removed, minimal spare batteries, minimal clothes and I "wore" a lot of stuff onto the plane in pockets ;)

Don't forget to enjoy the trip and look atthe wildlife through your eyes  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:25:29 PM »
This looks like the same hardware that the CamRanger uses with their brand name on it.


I expect to try the TP Link TL-MR3040 soon to see how it compares. Only $40.
This is what I use on my 60D.  Works great.  The DSLR Controller app is better than Canon's app and the range on the TP Link is excellent.  I get 30 or so feet -- maybe a bit more -- depending on the environment.  For the money, it can't be beat.

I'm hoping the IQ will significantly increase over what APS-C has to offer now.  If not, I may save my money for a full-frame.
Hi, could you tell me more about how this works please? USB connection from Camera
to TPLink then via the LAN to a Tablet running DSLR Controller?

I am using DSLR Controller from my Tablet direct USB to my 5D, and have played with DSLR Controller
on my smartphone viw WIFI to the Tablet and then USB to the Camera.

Cheers Brain

See this link

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