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Software & Accessories / Re: Backpack for photoequipment and hiking
« on: May 13, 2012, 01:31:26 PM »
Sorry I haven't read all the replies so I don't know if this was already mentioned but I used Naneu and they were excellent quality...
It might worth a look:

http://youtu.be/OcKx006C3B0

Very nice.  Thanks for inserting video link

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod Suggestions
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:59:02 AM »
... Wish I'd listened to the many photogs saying do the research, save up, and buy the one you want for your particular needs from the beginning.  Otherwise you may be just buying it later anyway.
Excellent advice!    I don't like forking out bucks for something that takes me only 75% of the way there because I will likely end buying the better/preferred item later resulting in waste of money from my original purchase.


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Does anyone have a good recommendation for a cheap Tripod? 

Not sure what your definition of cheap is and where the line is drawn from what is cheap and what is not so be careful of "cheap."   You don't want to put your expensive gear on an unstable device--the old phrase "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link" perfectly applies here!

For lower end tripods that are high quality products that won't drain your bank account,  I would look at the Manfrotto 190 & 290 series and Vanguard.  Visit a good camera shop and put your hands on them.  I purchased Vanguard supports because of the dealer's large selection and I was able to evaluate them hands-on. 

I have:
- Alta Pro 264AB, ball head SBH-100
- Alta Plus 235AP, pan head PH-22 (smaller travel unit)
- Tracker AP-284 (monopod), ball head SBH-30

Now I did not exactly follow my own advice (from above) since my photog funds are limited but for me this was an acceptable compromise.  When it comes to glass, nope, not cutting back.





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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod Suggestions
« on: May 12, 2012, 11:56:39 PM »
...take a look in some different camera shops that have different tripods etc and select 3-5 you like, fit into budget etc and then ask for recommendations here between them....

+1 on the advice

Another thing to consider is multiple tripods.  Get a smaller, lighter one for travel and backpacking which many not be the perfect height for general use but is optimized for travel.  Obviously it needs to be sturdy and support your maximum load plus some.  Then purchase a full size tripod which is optimized more for size and load.

IMO, tripods are a little bit like bags.  Instead of getting a one-size-fits all, get one that's more suited for a specific purpose (backpacking/travel, macro, landscape, etc.)

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Although I don't care about video and would rather see that technology and the cost of it applied toward still functions and technology, I'll bet adding two lines of bodies (ie 5D3 with and without video) would cost canon more to produce thus those costs being passed onto us consumers. 

Multiple production lines, some parts would be different, two sets of firmware, marketing costs, packaging, and so on would all have to be accounted for. 

I'm not a production expert and maybe im wrong, but I'm betting it is more cost effective and efficient having just one body with all features.   

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Software & Accessories / Re: Backpack for photoequipment and hiking
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:22:40 PM »
Tenba might be worth checking out.  I bought the 632-353 Shootout Daypack for all the reason you listed (ample gear, tripod, weather resistant, and storage for personal items.  It has water repellant zippers and fabric plus a concealed weather cover
http://www.tenba.com/products/Shootout--Daypack.aspx

I see this specific model is not available so check out its brother the shootout series
http://www.tenba.com/Categories/Backpacks.aspx


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Lenses / Re: Infinity focus in manual mode
« on: May 10, 2012, 04:13:25 PM »
According to the lens' manuals, infinity focus (under normal temp) is set to the vertical of the "L" symbol.   I too find infinity to be a hair shy of the infinity (L) symbol--at least on my 70-200.   Kinda miss my old film lens when shooting MF infinity. 

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If a 7d mkii appears still with weather sealing, with better iso capability and 10 frames per sec, I'm in.

However if the weather sealing gets retracted, I wouldn't buy one... I'd kill it!

Dido and drop the pop up flash to trim the cost a bit. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is this heresy?
« on: May 09, 2012, 09:50:43 AM »
1.  Get her a high end P&S that can be used by both of you when your dSLR is not practical or allowed to use.   Something like the G1 X, G12 or S100

2.  If she takes to it, get her a body that you would like as a backup whether it  be a 7D or maybe a 60D (for weight).  If she bails, you got a backup body.

3.  If she sticks with it, great!  Buy some nice glass that you can  both use.  You now have a photog budy!  (I wish I could get my wife into it, but then again she would learn how much I'm spending.   :-X)

On the the other hand I love Z's strategy and is a great option if baby goo is an issue.  LOL   ;D
My girlfriend has a Nikon. Nikons can't use Canon lenses so she can't share my L glass...

Hint.

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I have an alternate perspective.

Mirror less cameras are not the demise of entry level DSLRs, they are the evolution of Point-and-shoot cameras.

Point-and-shoots needed to advance to offer a point of difference from the camera people already have built into their current smart phone. To convince people they NEED to buy another camera, they had to introduce DSLR-like features into their market. Let's get serious, "mirrorless" cameras aren't a new category- they are just point-and-shoots with interchangeable lenses. And the majority of consumers who buy them and entry level DSLRs never even take the kit lens off!

The only chance for mirror less cameras to erode the DSLR market is for pros to start using them. People buy affordable DSLRs to feel like they have a "pro quality" camera. Most will never bother to learn what an aperture is, nor have any idea how big their sensor is. They basically have expensive point-and-shoots.

I live in Brooklyn, NY. Over the weekend I was at Brooklyn Bridge park with my family- the place was flooded with tourists from around the world. People had cameras around their neck every place I looked. 9 out of 10 of those cameras were Canon xxxD/ xxxxD. The other 1 was split between the occasional Nikon DSLR and Sony NEX.

My conclusion is Canon is doing fine. Nikon is the company that NEEDS to be aggressive to stay relevant.

How many TV shows and fancy directors are shooting award winning films on NIKON DSLRs? Canon doesn't need to advertise. Their free PR is huge! When consumers can afford to buy the equipment that they perceive is capable of shooting an episode of HOUSE, well, it helps.

Another thought:
Why can't people consider the fact that The 5D3 isn't over-priced, but that Nikon is taking a huge hit financially in reducing their price in hopes of taking some of the market back? Competition is great! Canon will continue to push back. They now don't have a choice.

Excellent points, and they all make a lot of sense.   

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 mm 4.5 - 5.6, May 5th Moon
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:53:01 PM »
Very nice shots everybody and thanks for posting.  I've been out shooting the last three nights myself but haven't had a chance to even pull them from card.  Out of town right now so it probably won't be until Friday night until I can view them.

Anyway I was impressed with how sharp those images are with slow shutter speeds (1/15 I believe in one case) and some hand held.  I'm still trying to learn what are the best settings and methods for shooting the moon.

I'm using a 7D with 70-200 f/4 IS lens and some are shot with a 1.4 II.  I'm shooting in M at ISO 400, trying to keep the shutter above 250, AV between f/4 ~ f/8, and exposure bracketing.  I did a series focusing using LV, AF single point, and then just setting the lens to the infinity mark (vertical line of the "L").  I am surprised how hard it is to get a pin point focus, it almost seems that AF is easier and more reliable than manual focus--of course I'm just going off my LCD since I haven't viewed them yet in LR.  You would think you could set your lens to infinity and be good but that doesn't seem to be the case.  Oh and yes, I'm using a sturdy tripod and the Canon ($$) tripod ring for my 70-200, and IS turned off.

Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.  BTW, my skies have been a little hazy so I'm not expecting any stars like Westr70's excellent shot.

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Hmmm, I learned a few things from this thread, thanks all.  Kudos to B&H and any other retailer who puts values and principles on top.

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Lenses / Re: Vignetting problem on 24-105mm
« on: May 06, 2012, 01:37:31 PM »
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You need to send it to Canon, being in warranty they will even cover the shipping I believe....

True they will cover shipping as they should for warranty items.  However, my experience is that they might not offer it up front.  You may need to ask for a prepaid shipping label.  Also, the UPS labels I have received from Canon did not include any additional insurance.

Personally, if it's within 30 days I'd probably return it for a new replacement.  It bugs me to buy something brand new just to turn around and send it in for repair.

The good news is Canon Service is outstanding!

Sounds like the 24-105 production line could use some QC work.  I bought this lens late last December and it had a bubble in one of the elements.  My second copy is at Canon right now because of the extreme out of focus--too much variance from the wide end to the tele end to AFMA (my body only stores one AFMA value).


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Lenses / Re: Shooting people with a 16-35... Any good ?
« on: May 06, 2012, 10:17:44 AM »
50-100mm the kind of focal length normally suggested for portrait work...

Yip, to avoid distortion and unflattering results unless that is your intent.  The new wife probably won't like a big nose.   :P

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Lenses / Re: Which lens(es) to take to NYC?
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:15:06 PM »
With only 1 from your list, the 15-85.  But I would highly encourage you to rent the 10-22 (or equivalent) in addition.

Why not take them all?

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I doubt if they are getting many orders, since it is basically a crippled unit compared to the one it replaces.  It will not control older flashes, and it does not have the built-in AF-assist light, which was one of the popular uses of the old unit.
 
IMHO, its better to just put one of the new flashes on your camera, it will control the old models and the new ones if you have a mix, and has a built-in AF-Assist. 
 
Thats likely what most buyers are doing.  The lowered price is the law of supply and demand.

Yes the lack of AF assist light is the the one big negative for me.   I suspect sales will pick up as time goes on and when the 440EX-RT is available. 

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