Amazon marketplace has worked well for me. Sold lenses, speedlites and a whole bunch of other stuff. I like the ease of it. I would use ebay too but where I live ebay isn't popular.
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QuoteThought I'd post what I ended up getting, after considering all the fine advice:
RRS BH-40, with lever release and panning clamp, an RSS L plate, and for the tripod legs I decided to go with carbon fiber, but compromised on the price, since I got the expensive ball head, and went with Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 instead of Gitzo or RSS.
Even though my heaviest lens is only a 24-105mm, I thought I'd go with the BH-40 in case I get heavier lenses in the future and because I wanted the independent drag on the ball head. I went with the panning clamp so I didn't have to worry about leveling the legs first when shooting panoramas. The only thing I didn't get was the nodal slide, but I can always pick that up in the future.
Are you happy with your choices a few months out? Thinking about tripods myself and trying to learn from your research :-)
An "Art" refresh of the 85/1.4 would be very welcome.
I wonder why they bothered with the 5ds. Why not just have one model to track? Does the 5d do something the 1D doesn't?
Also the touchscreen and liveview focusing will benefit your macro work.
Nice features, but imho not useful for macro. For non-handheld macro, you're much better of with manual focus & Magic Lantern's focus peaking (and stacking of course). The dof is so thin that tipping the touchscreen with your finger will hardly do the trick, and this is the one situation where speed doesn't matter so the faster lv focusing doesn't help much.
From a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.
That top shot is really killer. Fabulous work!
From a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Great shots. Nicely done Zv.
The most surprising thing for me is the presence of 7 pieces of the 8-15mm fisheye. Is it really that useful in that scenario?
I was wondering if there are any affordable but 'outstanding', 'good' or simply 'fun' FD(n) or FL lenses that you would recommend to use on a mirrorless camera like the EOS-M or Sony NEX that I own.
I have an FD adapter and tried the FDn 70-210mm f/4 on my NEX but the lens's performance was poor with lots of purple fringing. I sold it and now bought a Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C. that I have better hopes for.
Other old stuff I own:
Vivitar C/FD 28mm f/2.8 Auto Wide Angle
FDn 28mm f/2.8
FL50mm f/1.8 II
FDn 50mm f/1.8
FL 135mm f/2.5 (haven't tried this yet but should be fun)
What's your experience with adapted FD lenses?
You are making far more work out of this than it is.
First, you cannot use ETTL, it just is not what ETTL is designed for. Second, taking just the small highlighted section illuminated by the hand held 600 has masses of exposure latitude because of the way you can adjust the exposure and then blend it. That is why nobody I know brackets the in hand flash, just know that you get the rough exposure you want of anything at a certain distance; I know f8 and 10 feet @ half power gives me a second story burst, at 20 feet it is a ground floor burst.
Myself, and everybody who I know that does this, just uses manual flash mode and pops away, if you don't have the remote viewing capability just keep varying your flash to subject distance, zoom setting, and angles.
But, because this question has been bugging me and you clearly don't want to go the ND filter gel route I have come up with a work around using just the 600's.
First, put the on camera unit (ST-E3-RT or 600-EX-RT) in Group mode, second, set each group to M and a different setting such that you would want to bracket, third, set the in hand flash to Group A, take the shot with the REL option. Then change the in hand flash to the next Group B, take a shot, then change the in hand flash to the next Group C, take the shot etc etc. This will give you five different exposures from the in hand flash.
I'm sure everyone has left the self timer on there camera and forgot about it until they next used the camera. Generally resulting in a frustrating few moments of waiting for it to fire while you scream in your head that the must capture moment is about to disappear.
Guilty of the lens cap one too. I took a fantastic 15 minute exposure of the inside of a lens cap once
Can't wait. Have the Sigma 35 Art love it. Refresh Canon Rumors everyday at least 5 times waiting to pre order. 1300 is more than I thought but will not stop me from pre ordering. Worst case its not worth it and send it back. Best case finally have and auto focus 50 prime better than my 24-70 II.