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Software & Accessories / Tripod Bag / Case
« Last post by ddashti on Today at 10:51:34 AM »
I have a Manfrotto 546B tripod paired with a Manfrotto 504HD fluid head. I'm having trouble finding the right bag/case for it. On the B&H website it recommends three cases but doesn't mention if that case will fit with the head attached or not (what I'm aiming for).

1) http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/888588-REG/Manfrotto_mb_mbag100pnhd_Tripod_Bag_Padded_100CM.html

2) http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/820627-REG/HPRC_HPRC6300WTRIBLACK_Wheeled_Hard_Case_for.html

3) http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/820626-REG/HPRC_HPRC6300WEBLACK_Wheeled_Hard_Case_W_O.html

Any ideas on which one would fit the tripod+head together?
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Import 1Dx worth the risk?
« Last post by tphillips63 on Today at 10:45:14 AM »
Get digital has been selling them for months and I've note seen any complaints.
I was going to get mine from them but found a guy that was selling his with batteries and L bracket for a great price so I bought it instead.
I sold my 5D Mk III at the same time and have not regretted it.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D autofocus system vs 7D....
« Last post by bholliman on Today at 10:44:59 AM »
I've owned a 6D since the first week they came out and love it.  When I purchased the 6D I also owned a 7D.   I kept both for roughly six months and finally sold the 7D, as I found I was very seldom using it.  I found the 6D autofocus to be more accurate and consistent than the 7D.  About the only thing I used the 7D for was kids sports using AI servo and that was less than 5% of what I shoot. 

The 6D autofocus gets a bad rap in my opinion.  Sure, its not as good as the 5D Mk3 or 1Dx, but I find its autofocus system to fine for almost everything except shooting subjects that are moving directly toward or away from you. 
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Software & Accessories / Camera Bag Reccomendations
« Last post by pjn0629 on Today at 10:42:24 AM »
My old Lowepro buckle snapped, and frankly the bag is kind of dorky, seems like a good excuse to chuck it and get a new one... anyone got any suggestions? I'm looking for something low-key and not dorky looking. 

would like it to fit 2 bodies, 3 primes, 2-3 2.8 zooms and a flash

basically a bag for all my photo gear, so i can just pick it up and go... if i need to leave the bulk of the stuff in the car, i can always toss a lens in a little stringbag or something while i'm actively running around and shooting, but I'd like this to be a "go bag"
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Disappointment
« Last post by jdramirez on Today at 10:41:26 AM »

Your other objection is that the repair cost was nearly as high as the current sale price of the 7d.   But this is the clear out price of a model released 5.5 years ago.   It's not a realistic comparison.   And if you really paid $1500 for it less than 2 years ago, where on earth were you shopping?  I paid 1400 for it 4 years ago, and it's routinely been under a grand since.  I suspect you're engaging in a bit of hyperbole there.

Last year I bought a used 7d and a 28-135mm for 650... And after selling the lens, my final cost for a like new 7d body was around $500. 

That is uncommon, but certainly the market value for a 7d body wasn't $1500.
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Here is a test you can do right in from of your monitor:
1) First, is your monitor is in a dimly lit room (as it should be)?
2) Place a dark object next to the monitor.
3) Open a web page which is predominantly bright.
4) Close one of your eyes.
5) Look at corner of the screen adjacent to the dark object.
6) Note whether or not you can you see see detail on the dark object and the bright screen at the same time?
7) Take a picture with the your DSLR by using the "Expose to the right" (ETTR) approach
8) look at the Image histogram.

The Canon histogram shows 10 stops of dynamic range. If scene exceeds that then there will be a tall stack at the left edge of the histogram indicating details which would be lost in the shadows. If your eye could see those details then your eye has more instantaneous DR than 10stops.
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Lenses / Re: Big filters
« Last post by privatebydesign on Today at 10:39:24 AM »
I spoke to a few filter makers at the Photography Show in the UK last week - several said that they have a solution for the 11-24 on its way.

As someone who doesn't currently use filters on wide lenses I'm keen to see what they can come up with.

However, I'm still minded to wonder about the overall usefulness of a polariser at 11mm, given the change in polarisation in the sky at such wide angles?

I use the Fotodiox Wonderpana system on the 17TS-E and emailed them a while ago to see if they were going to make an adapter for the 11-24, they are and the solution should be available soon.

As for usefulness of a PL on these very wide lenses, I use them for controlling reflections in granite counter tops, hardwood and tiled floors and swimming pools, but then I am not a landscape shooter!
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Lenses / Re: Big filters
« Last post by Canon Rumors on Today at 10:36:04 AM »
I spoke to a few filter makers at the Photography Show in the UK last week - several said that they have a solution for the 11-24 on its way.

As someone who doesn't currently use filters on wide lenses I'm keen to see what they can come up with.

However, I'm still minded to wonder about the overall usefulness of a polariser at 11mm, given the change in polarisation in the sky at such wide angles?

I'd never polarize the sky that wide, it wouldn't work well. Water scenes, wet foliage and rocks, it would be worthwhile. It has been with the Zeiss 15 anyway.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Import 1Dx worth the risk?
« Last post by Plinian on Today at 10:32:23 AM »
Does anyone have experience with GetItDigital?  Particularly with buying a 1Dx through them?

I picked up a 1dx from GetItDigital a little over a year ago and couldn't be happier. Indistinguishable from a US model except that, as others have said, the initial menu on startup was in Japanese (and easy to change). After I placed the order online, they called and tried to sell an extended warranty, but I declined. Also, even though GetItDigital may have a policy for a "dealer-provided 1 year warranty", that is in addition to rather than instead of anything that Canon might provide. Officially, Canon USA says they reserve the right to not service or honor warranties on grey market items, but I've never heard of that happening. (My 1dx and a handful of grey market lenses have been to CPS for routine "canon maintenance service"--used to be called "clean and check"--and no question was ever raised or asked about grey market). Registering the new camera online with CPS and seeing the serial number accepted may provide some additional sense of reassurance.
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Catching up on this thread...yes, the promotion part is tough.  The reception for my first book by the people who I thought would care was, well monumentally disappointing to say the least.  Keeping in mind that I am giving away the eBook for free, I sent it to the rangers who run the park and  received no response.  I took it into the visitor center and left a copy for their review.  I picked it up two weeks later, with a note to contact the Volunteer group who runs the bookstore.  I was ignored for two more weeks, so I contacted the president.  She finally wrote me saying my price point was too high, which is a lie as it was no more than the other books and I even offered to sell it at cost so they could raise money.  I don't want to sound arrogant, but I can only guess that they were envious of my work/book.  I can't think of any other reason that they were so rude, and I am still quite angry with them.  Fortunately friends, family, and others have enjoyed my book.

Fortunately my second book has had a much better reception.  The local gardening stores ordered a few copies without my promotion and have begun selling it as well.  Their Volunteer group ignored me at first, but has since been very supportive.

So my results have been pretty mixed, but to be perfectly honest these books are for me.  I wanted a goal and a way to summarize my work and I am happy with both books.  If others enjoy them, that's just a bonus, and if I make a few dollars from them, that's great, too.

Brilliant post. Brilliant thread.
Questions:
1. Did you make the photos any brighter than they were on your monitor?
2. Did you add any extra sharpening for the book?
3. Why do you prefer Indesign more than others?

Thank you so much.

Great photos in your book, wish there was more text.
Sanj, thank you for the nice comments and I went back & forth on adding more text, but ultimately wanted the photos to speak for themselves.  I'm considering another book which would feature more text, however.  As for the questions:

1. Did you make the photos any brighter than they were on your monitor?
No, I did not, but I profiled with a combination of soft-proofing in PS, InDesign, PDF, and a PostScript printer.
 
2. Did you add any extra sharpening for the book?
Yes, all of the photos are sharpened more than they would be for on-screen.  I ran a batch process in PS to do it, so it would be consistent.  The extra sharpening was slight because high quality presses are actually pretty good at details.

3. Why do you prefer Indesign more than others?
I have been using it since it was in beta and at the time it was so much better than Quark Express it wasn't funny.  It still has the best typography and page handling of any layout program and the round-trip editing with PS makes it ideal.  It requires a pretty high-end PC, but never lags.  You can use Illustrator or PS, but that only allows one page at a time and then you have to combine them all with Acrobat Pro or a similar program.  Adobe PageMaker is for manuals and documents, not books.  Quark is better, but IMHO, still no match for InDesign.
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