« on: April 16, 2014, 08:48:17 AM »
It took me quite a while to be convinced to try BBF, I was very skeptical! Well now I am happily eating my words, it is much more flexible - once you get used to it!
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Thanks a lot, John and Alan! Your posts have helped me make up my mind.
I am going to get one each for the 70-200 II and the 2x III.
I was a bit iffy on the cover for the extender. These covers are double sided so there is little grip on the extender and it may slip around quite a bit.
If you do get one I would be interested to know how you get on with it as I could do with covering my extenders.
By the way, I got the coats for the 70-200 and both extenders (I still don't have the 1.4x, but I guess it's a matter of time).
The coat for the extender does not slip around. I can post pictures, but I don't know what they will show. But its totally worth it, especially I shall use the 2x with my 135mm, and with the black side out it doesn't look as ridiculous (black lens, white extender, black camera)!
Amazing service from Outdoor photographer via eBay by the way! I am thoroughly impressed!
If you are going to buy a tripod buy the last tripod you will ever need. Same for the head. DP review recently did reviews of 10 full size ball heads. most are out of your range but one budget model was found that is very, very good. http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8192473209/battle-of-the-titans-top-ball-heads-tested/7Start with this $200 head and spend 300 on legs. Carbon fiber has advantages but you will get much more bang for your buck with Aluminium. I liked Benro and Manfrotto. you should do very well at $300 dollars. 2 points to consider. 3 section or 4 section. 3 is quicker to setup and use, 4 will be smaller when carrying. The other thing to consider is leg locks. Some people like the twist ones, I like snap hinge ones. your taste may differ. I like the hinge because I can see when it's locked. That prevents surprises if the twist is not locked.
Interesting. They didn't give a reason for not including the Giottos in their test. Did they intentionally exclude Chinese brands?
I am not surprised that you had trouble trying to remove the QR clamp as the Chinese LOVE thread-lock, but I don't understand why you would want to remove it! However, with some force, it could have been removed quite easily. What you need is an Allen Key that fits! I, almost invariably, use metric Allen keys on Imperial bolts and vice versa with Metric bolts, why? Because they FIT better and don't cause this problem! I have done this on mine, just to check before I posted, and had no problem.
well i used the key that came with the head.
believe me im a big guy.. more strength would not have help.
why do you think the screw is broken.. because i used more and more force.
all i can say is... i have never had this issue with other heads.
and i had quiet a few.
CarlI have been searching for the images I took to illustrate my post but I have to admit I can't find them - sorry! They may be on my old PC (which I still have) so I will see if they are on there.
What do you think of the 400 DO outresolving a 600 f/4 L?
"For all the pomp about the 300 f/2.8 ii, once you slap on that 1.4x iii converter, it's not a vast improvement in sharpness, if any, over the bare 400 f/4 DO...from looking at Bryan's test comparison at the-digital-picture.com."
All I have said was what you wrote does not match up with Canon's own measurements and a simple examination of Bryan's site. I am not defending anything or have any of the motives that you somehow have attributed to me. Could we please restrict this to rational discussion.
Need something for when carrying a tripod is too much...
i love my FLM58...
it´s the best ballhead for my needs and better then the praised RRS BH-55... if someone ask me. but then i am from germany and so i don´t have to support RRS.
it´s big and heavy but it´s the most stable ballhead i ever had the pleasure to use.
10 years warranty are not bad either.
i also have 2 cheap sirui ballheads, kx-30 if im not wrong.
they have a blue numbered ring and it´s pretty useless.
after 2 weeks this ring was going lose and now rotates freely.
happend on both heads... i read about it too.
seems to be a common issue.
also the fine positioning with the sirui is a pain in the a**.
maybe if you don´t know better ballheads you are satisfied.
i am not.
doing macro i constantly have to lock/unlock the ballhead because when locking the ballhead the camera/lens moves a bit. enough to kill the composition.
on one ballhead the plate was screwed so thight by the factory, that i destroyed the screw head when trying to unscrew it. im unable to remove it, i would have to drill the screw away. but it´s not worth it.
overall im not very impressed by siruis ballhead quality.
Thanks, Johnf3f, I have gone that route with the Canon 12mm extension tube, but infinity focus and AF are lost. I want the flexibility of going from macro to tele without fiddling. I like what Jappe did, but before a start modifying, I would like to know whether the Sigma 180 2.8 + Canon TC III combination will AF.
Thanks johnf3f. Does the Sirui head allow for 90 degrees rotation without having to use a special tool, like the MH-02 does? That's the feature I'm really looking for.Looking at your original post I assume you are thinking of the different orientation of QR plates on your cameras and larger lenses. If you do the same as me - I align my QR plates along the center-line of my long lenses (equipped with lens feet) and at 90 degrees on the cameras. If this is the case then - no the Sirui does not accommodate this without the use of tools.