« on: May 02, 2014, 04:56:20 PM »
Well, you can't have it all I guess... At least the app is an extra reason to upgrade.
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So many goodies in this new camera. Makes you wonder why would anyone get a 6d now!
And here's the full list for people who care...
1) Focus speed current firmware (1.0.6)
- 18-55mm @ 18mm (Flexizone Single): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTgsA6UaqDg
- 18-55mm @ 55mm (Flexizone Single): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVP6ws45AI4
- 18-55mm @ 18mm (Flexizone Multi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKvdQA3GoAA
- 18-55mm @ 55mm (Flexizone Multi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjRoswGQ8tI
- 22mm (Flexizone Single): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY2hRzGlN30
- 22mm (Flexizone Multi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS5TwUJNLcE
2) Focus speed new firmware (2.0.2)
- 18-55mm @ 18mm (Flexizone Single): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-19sKnI64Ko
- 18-55mm @ 55mm (Flexizone Single): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0esfN0dyQs
- 18-55mm @ 18mm (Flexizone Multi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BvWfVvZfbo
- 18-55mm @ 55mm (Flexizone Multi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZN2P3G6Q-g
- 22mm (Flexizone Single): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsU_sosrbnE
- 22mm (Flexizone Multi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlQ1pQ4LDUs
Thanks again everyone for all the excellent suggestions and tips. I really got some great advice and I’m sure it will be very helpful for lots of other folks too. I looked into every single person’s suggestion and came up with the two following options:
Gitzo - GT-2531 (3 section, 26.46 load, CF)
RRS – BH-40 LR (mid-size 18 lb load)
RRS – B5D3A plate (AS plate for 5D3 body)
Total cost with current rebates $992
Manfrotto - 055CXPRO4 (4 section, 17.64 load, CF)
Manfrotto - 468MGRC2 (Magnesium Hydrostatic Ballhead, 22 lb load)
Total cost with current rebates $540
I’m going with option 1. Is it an overkill for my needs/uses? Probably, but I hoping this will last my lifetime. Although option 2 is very nice gear and nothing to snarl at, I will always wish I had gone with option 1. Later I will pick up a Wimberley P-20 plate for my 70-200 ring and a plate for my 7D.
Now the one piece of advice I’ll give back (and what so many others have already given): Don’t buy a mediocre tripod and head. You will become frustrated like I did and end up spending more money in the long run. I broke my own rule and did not buy a quality item in the first place.A great tripod/ballhead setup is one that you can keep for a lifetime (as a matter of speaking). The added cost doesn't really matter then. A good or mediocre one is one that you'll upgrade sooner or later and in the end it will cost as much or more....
1) Tripod: Gitzo or RRS
What additional functionality do you get from the $700 Gitzo or the $900 RRS that a $400 Manfrotto doesn't give you?
I am all for quality engineering, and there will always be customers for Rolls Royce, but if the object is to safely drive around surely a Mercedes "will do" for most people, especially when cost was mentioned originally by RC.
After trying Gitzos, I just don't see the cost/function equation approaching that of the Manfrottos. I have never owned a RRS tripod, but clearly I do value their brackets and plates, but again, whilst you might get a fraction more stability sometimes for your $900, unless you have nothing better to spend $500 on, or you truly do NEED that last fraction of performance, or if you have requirements RC doesn't, then the far cheaper options are more than up to the simple task of holding an average weight camera and short tele lens a few feet off the floor.
If the OP said "I have a 600 f4" then the added cost of the beefier tripods is a small supertele tax, but in this instance is just not needed. I use the Manfrotto fine with a 300 f2.8, 2xTC and 1 series body, way over the stated requirements of RC.
electronic motor control of the aperture blades.(100% electrical contacts between the camera and lens)
wide, high quality lens selection.
option of using nikon, and other glass with adaptors.
ergos-a quick look at the back of their flash units makes much more sense to me than what is on nikon gear.
that all still applies, but when i moved into the canon system i would have also said that nikon's camera offerrings where a joke. that's not so now. now they have their act together, but then, they were pretty bad. (digital up until the D3) i now have a 1n, but when i REALLY shot film i used a pentax so i can't say.
Also, canons look very nice. they are smooth and modern, nikons look like tractors.