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I am considering the pros and cons of getting a 5DI as a second body.
It might come handy as an inexpensive camera for street photography, or in suboptimal conditions (like for my Niagara trip) where I don't want to take my $ 3K camera. It will be a good second camera where I don't want to or cannot change lenses.
However, I have never actually held a 5D and since I might buy online, I was trying to get an idea of what to expect in terms of features (or lack thereof), ergonomics, usage guidelines, etc. I have used a 50D and 7D before getting my 5DIII and I am quite familiar with the 5DII.
Also, what should I expect to pay for a reasonably good condition 5D? The prices are widely variable and quite confusing. I see people selling 8+ ones of FM for $ 380 and 7+ ones for $ 600 on CR.
Are there things to specifically look for in a used 5D (I know the mirror fix is one)? Is it better to buy from FredMiranda or Craigslist? I have never bought a camera on CR, although I've bought lenses. Or should I play it safe and get it from Adorama or KEH?
Sorry for the many questions. As always your time is most appreciated.
Thanks, Deep

Photography Technique / Missed opportunity
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:53:49 PM »
Hi all
So my wife and I were walking in the park and she spots this hummingbird and points it to me. I have never seen one before, and got quite excited and worked up. The results were quite dismal (the best effort is below), so I am not even going to ask what I did wrong. But let's say this situation arises again, what should I do to ensure at least optimal results. I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Color of the 2x III
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:52:49 AM »
I seem to recall it was the same color as the 70-200 II. I brought it out after several weeks and they look very different. Do Canon's white lenses change color like mature cherrywood in the sun (just not that gracefully)?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / RT-enabled 430EX II replacement
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:51:14 PM »
I have seen speculations and rumors on this forum since a year back regarding replacements to the 430EX II, but nothing has materialized. On the other hand, there are significant rebates on the 600EX-RT, which makes me wonder if Canon wants to abolish this second line of Speedlites altogether? What do you guys think? What are the relative merits of having a cheaper 600EX-RT vs a smaller 430EX replacement.

Photography Technique / Can you share your workflow?
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:48:08 AM »
As I take more and more photos that are not just for hobby or travel that can be stored away and revisited at leisure, I find it is extremely important to devise a workflow that involves transfer of files to computer, fixing distortion, post-processing, cataloging, etc.
It would be great if those of you who have devised a smooth-running workflow for yourself can share the process with the chronology and software used.
Thanks as always.

Software & Accessories / Phottix Aion vs Hahnel Giga pro T II
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:23:12 PM »
Hi all
I was looking for a timer intervalometer and was almost set on the Hahnel based on reviews on this forum until I got a nice deal on a used Phottix Aion. Trying to decide between the two, and was wondering if someone can share some insight. Thanks, as always!

Software & Accessories / Arca swiss clamp with flip lock
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:28:49 PM »

Does anyone know of any Arca Swiss type clamp with flip lock? The only one (other than AS's own, which I am looking to replace) I know of is RRS, and I've heard they don't work with other brands like Kirk.

Thanks as always.

Back story: I am contemplating replacing my Arca Swiss sp fliplock clamp with a different one, since their double tier design doesn't work with the safety screws on lens plates. Currently my most likely choice is the Wimberley C-12, which was recommended from this forum (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18421.0). However, I was wondering if there is a flip lock alternative that will work because I like the flip locks a lot.

Software & Accessories / Leveling bases- which one to choose?
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:52:41 PM »
Hi all
I have decided to pick up a leveling base for my Gitzo, and I was trying to decide among the following bases on others experience, since there is no way for me to try them out (our local store doesn't carry any of these):

1. RRS TA-2-LB: I believe it is compatible with the Series 2 Mountaineers and the advantage is that I can connect this directly to my center column, so it doesn't have an additional part. Anyone used this one directly on a Gitzo, especially with the ground level set (no center column)?

2. FLM LB-15: This is an unknown brand so far to me. But it is German-made, and that means a lot! :) And it is cheaper and low-profile. Anyone used this one?

3. Sunwayfoto DYH-66i: Cheaper and some good reviews of the newer version leveling base. However, since I shall have this on all the time, ergonomics is really important to me, and I am not sure about this one. This is a distant third choice for me. I also heard something about tripod studs longer than 6mm being an issue, is that true?

I shall appreciate any input on the ones above or any I haven't mentioned. Thanks!

I have been contemplating this lens for a while, especially after reading Dustin Abbott's review. The only issue was lack of filters other than the uber-expensive Lee 150 adapter system.
It seems that Samyang has developed something themselves. While not ideal for me, since I have already invested in the Lee 4x6 system, it might be a nice thing for a lot of landscape photographers. However, few might want to go for the Cokin filters designed to go with this, but hopefully the Lee 150 filters will work somehow.

Anyone has any experience with these:

On the face of it, they are reversible and slightly cheaper than Lenscoat.
Are they good? Would love to know before ordering.

Software & Accessories / Need wheels for my photo backpack
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:34:19 PM »
Hi all
I recently purchased a Pro Runner AW350. I didn't go for the x-series because of the additional weight when I am hiking. However, it will be nice to roll it in airports. I was thinking of getting a luggage cart or something that I can attach when needed. I am looking for something that is compact, folds down, has big wheels wide apart.
Anyone know of or using something like that?

Canon General / What price to quote for used APS-C gear
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:42:13 PM »
Hi all
I am looking to sell my 7D, 17-55 IS and 10-22 since I moved to FF. I had an idea of what to ask for, but that was before all the price cuts on APS-C lenses and talks of 7DII, etc. I only sell my gear on Craigslist (not a big fan of packing and shipping), and I would like to get an estimate of how much to ask for. If you can give me some advice based on recent buying/selling experience or just general breadth of knowledge, that will be greatly appreciated.
All my gear is in perfect condition functionally and cosmetically, and AFMA-d with FoCal. The 7D is refurbished, bought 2 years ago and carries a 3-year MACK diamond warranty. The lenses were bought new, also 2 years ago, and come with Canon hoods and I have the box for the 10-22.
I have seen people selling well-worn 7Ds for $ 500 as well as some trying (unsuccessfully) to sell for $ 1100. Can you advise what would be a fair price that'll help me get these off my back quickly. Thanks!
Oh, and I am located in Houston, USA.

[P.S. Please note that I am not trying to use this as an advertisement. As I mentioned, I sell only on Craigslist]

I have been looking to buy one of the above two for a while, and there is a very nice sale going on. Have to make the purchase by the end of the day to receive it before my trip, and I am still unsure. My heaviest lens is a 70-200 2.8 which I sometimes use with a 2x TC. Camera is 5DIII with L plate. Compact size is a big plus for me, since I shall fly with it a lot. However, a taller tripod is also a more stable tripod.
Here's the dilemma:
The GT1541 looks perfect, but I am worried about the lowest sections being too skinny, and the 200mm being the maximum recommended by Gitzo. Is there anyone familiar with the GT1541 and is willing to share his opinion? That will be most helpful.

The GT2541 I have tried myself and it is fine otherwise, but the maximum height with column retracted is barely sufficient for me to use without bending. The GT2531 is taller with column retracted but far less compact when folded. Ideally, the GT2542L would have been perfect (compact, light, tall), but it is one of the few excluded from the rebate :(

[Please note I am NOT looking at the Traveller series. These are the regular Mountaineer tripods]

Software & Accessories / Arca Swiss Z and Safety stops
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:10:33 PM »
Hi all
I have a favor to ask anyone who owns an Arca Swiss Z with the double decker clamp and a Wimberley lens plate. Wimberley states that their safety stop feature doesn't work for these clamps because the groove is too deep. However, mine has two stops in the clamp itself, likely because of the compact system. Now, will these pins be high enough to come in contact with the lens plate safety stop and allow the safety feature to be functional?
If not, is there any other lens plate that allows the safety feature to work with the Z?

Recently I was on a catamaran trip off Hawaii and taking pictures with my 7D+17-55. Unfortunately, the spray was hitting the front of the lens (actually the UV filter) continuously, and I didn't have soft cloth to wipe to wipe it off, so tiny droplets remained even as I continued shooting. As a result, I have multiple small blotches all over some of the pictures. Is there a quick and easy way to fix this? I have Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 at my disposal, but I am not very familiar with photographic post-processing (although I have extensively used Photoshop for fluorescent microscopy). I will really appreciate any advice.

On the photo below, you can see at least one spot near the top of the leftmost cliff and one on the left edge a little above the waterline where it makes the rock face details blurred.

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