Second image is my favorite. B&W can be tough but I think you picked the right images and did the right PP to make it work.
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This is the combo I have and it's great. I don't see any reason to upgrade any time soon because it's light enough and it's plenty durable so it should last quite a while.Also.. While I'm asking - Tripods? What do you recommend. Anything decent for $200? My buddy had a gorilla pod in his backpack which looks like it would be handy (Want to do some long exposures of Maldives where we are headed after Singapore). Obviously the gorilla pod wont suffice for my work shots though, so advice appreciated.While this is not light like the Gorilla Pod but for under $200 you may want to consider this robust Tripod Legs & Ball Head:
Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod Legs (weights 1.8 Kg, supports 5KG load)
Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 QR Plate (weighs 420 gms, supports 6 Kg load)
Together (legs & Ball head) cost less than $190 ... if you are willing to spend more than get the Carbon Fiber legs ... might cost you around $100 more.
Check these pics to see what the Tripod can do
Many Thanks to everyone who commented in this thread. Here is a breakdown of the Christmas goodies I received:
- Canon 24-105 F/4
- Canon 50 F/1.4
- Gitzo GM3551 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod
- Lowepro Vertex 100 AW
- A couple of Scott Kelby books
I've had a chance to use the 50 F1.4 and I can say certain that the Bokeh is outstanding for those looking for a bokeh beast. The other thing I will say with 100% assurance is that the 24-105 feels like it was built to military specs compared to my other zoom that came with the camera.
Now to plan some cool street walks or a photo adventure!