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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2013, 07:04:24 AM »
I doubt you can buy a carbon fiber tripod worth $300.00 because it costs more than that.
I bought Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs for US$ 299
Currently it is selling for US$ 364 on most online stores ... but there have been deals till a week ago for as low as US$ 285 ... if you search around, I am sure you can still get it for under US$ 300.
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Re: My next upgrade...
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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2013, 08:59:03 AM »
Hm... Yes... Gitzo. I will try that model out tomorrow. I haven't seen Really Right Stuff carried locally unfortunately.

You won't find RRS locally, unless you live in San Luis Obispo, CA - they don't use distributors.  But IMO, the RRS legs are a step up from Gitzo in terms of quality.  The Gitzo 1542T was mentioned, I think Gitzo dropped the ball on that one - they made the center column too long, so the legs don't fold over the ballhead (unlike the 1541T, and I guess they realized their error and released the 1544T, which is a clone of the 1541T).

FWIW, I just picked up RRS' "travel" tripod set, the TQC-14 and BH-30 LR.  The set is 3 lbs, the leg diameters are equivalent to the Gitzo 2-series legs, and while the weight rating of the TQC-14 is a conservative 25 lbs, I can swing my own weight from it...I wouldn't try that with a 1542T!
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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2013, 11:02:08 AM »
Hm... Yes... Gitzo. I will try that model out tomorrow. I haven't seen Really Right Stuff carried locally unfortunately.

You won't find RRS locally, unless you live in San Luis Obispo, CA - they don't use distributors.  But IMO, the RRS legs are a step up from Gitzo in terms of quality.  The Gitzo 1542T was mentioned, I think Gitzo dropped the ball on that one - they made the center column too long, so the legs don't fold over the ballhead (unlike the 1541T, and I guess they realized their error and released the 1544T, which is a clone of the 1541T).

FWIW, I just picked up RRS' "travel" tripod set, the TQC-14 and BH-30 LR.  The set is 3 lbs, the leg diameters are equivalent to the Gitzo 2-series legs, and while the weight rating of the TQC-14 is a conservative 25 lbs, I can swing my own weight from it...I wouldn't try that with a 1542T!


Have to disagree about the Traveler. The 1542T is 3.5" taller extended than the 1541T. I like that 3.5" on the extended end more than I don't like it on the collapsed end. I have an Acratech GPS on top and the setup folds to 23".  The TQC-14 is half a pound heavier, and, more importantly, costs $370 more...

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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2013, 11:19:26 AM »
Have to disagree about the Traveler. The 1542T is 3.5" taller extended than the 1541T. I like that 3.5" on the extended end more than I don't like it on the collapsed end. I have an Acratech GPS on top and the setup folds to 23".  The TQC-14 is half a pound heavier, and, more importantly, costs $370 more...

It really comes down to personal need, I think. 23" collapsed is too long for me - my travel tripod+head needs to fit inside a carryon hard case like my Storm im2500, and the RRS set does that (even when in its custom-fit bag).  I usually ignore the center column when looking at extended height - even the best center column adds too much vibration for me (try some testing with the center column down vs. up), so I consider center columns as 'raise in case of emergency only' and for that, the extra couple inches of the TQC-14 (center column down) helps. 
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2013, 02:08:38 PM »
So I managed to get the 16-35mm and I got it for $835. That saved quite a bit of money!

This leaves ~$4,350 for the other things I was looking at.

Velbon makes some nice affordable tripods and monopods. And I agree fully with RickSpringfield that you should try them in a shop, see what you like etc.

The Sony RX100 has some great reviews as has the RX1. Some people here also talk none stop about the new Fujis such as the X100s and X-Pro2. I really like the look of the RX1.

As for a new camera, unless you have loads of cash, why not keep hold of the 7D and enjoy that for a couple more years. I try to make any tech I buy last 5 years or so. You still get great pics from your 7D and there will always be something better so why not hold off on that purchase.

Sell my 7D? Never. It's fantastic for shooting horse shows because of the crop factor and the FPS. But with portraits and landscapes it can start to fall behind. Maybe someday, when I can afford to upgrade to 1D, but not any time soon. I managed to save up $5,200 so that's what we're working with here.

I really am not sure where in my reply to you, you think I suggested you sell your 7D.  :o

Regardless, you really should wait before buying a 5D Mark III to see if Canon are going to release a 7D Mark II and when. Could be a very interesting camera if they do.

You said "keep hold of your 7D" so I thought you thought I was going to sell mine!

I'm not really interested in a 7D Mark II to be honest. I want a full frame.

I'd esp. advise a good tripod *head* that allows for smooth movement even if the camera is held stable - in my case that was more expensive than the actual tripod. And you probably should get some advice on what system to use if you didn't decided it yet (I'm using Arca Swiss, but it's rather uncommon in Germany). As for the tripod legs, do you need max. stability for extra long exposures or just a sturdy version that you still can carry yourself w/o a golf cart?

I need something light but I also want stability.

http://www.amazon.com/SIRUI-Ballhead-Quick-Release-Capacity/dp/B00317UGY4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358706194&sr=1-1&keywords=SIRUI+G-20+36mm+Ballhead

This is my current ballhead. It's been pretty secure. My tripod though--an off brand that I got for cheap at good will but looked sturdy ended up having the joints in the legs snap from repeated folding up and traveling. I guess I should be glad I only lost $10 on that purchase? I don't know what it cost new.

The tricky thing is, I don't want to spend a thousand dollars on a tripod + head combo. Maybe someday I'll get arca swiss and really right stuff heads but right now I'm still building up a camera set-up and my biggest lens is 70-200mm. I'm not very efficient with a tripod yet so I want to practice and really figure out what I'm doing with it to know what I want out of it. There's some creative stuff you can do with tripods and horses as well as tripods and landscapes.

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Ebay can be ridiculous sometimes and that's why I try to sell my gear on craigslist. Ebay charges like 15% sales commission and when I'm selling something that's worth a thousand bucks that really hurts me. I can charge less than I charge on ebay and make more money on craigslist. I totally appreciate it.

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Haha, it does and it doesn't. Part of the money I saved up came from an INSANELY lucky find I had at Goodwill. I found a designer purse for $4. Looked it up on ebay and the thing was going for over a grand. Needless to say I sold it. Horse photography is rarely a well paying venue unless you are one of the pros paid to do the big shows. Summer and Winter are off seasons while Spring and Fall are the on seasons. During the spring show season I can make quite a bit of money selling prints, but I'm not making a livable salary or anything. This is just a hobby and most of the money goes either to the hobby itself or to buying horsey things for myself at shows. ;) It involves waking up at 4AM and driving an hour to a show, being on my feet all day and then getting home around 9pm.


Throwing a wild card into the mix, if you are keeping your 7D and don't need the super top flight AF options of the 5DIII, why not look at the 6D, which is great in bad light, offers as good a picture quality as the 5DIII (I'll not get into the tables and charts over which is best), leaving a considerable amount to buy the 16-35, 24-70, tripod and compacts, but also grab the 135mm f2.0 L which will give you some low light reach into an indoor event arena, adding a 1.4x extender for a tad more reach, or alternatively enable you to put some cash aside for the 70-200 2.8 IS MkII six month down the line.

The 6D was super tempting but the focus system just doesn't do it for me. The 5D3's is much more responsive when it comes to moving objects. While I do portraits and lanscapes and hope to do it more when I have a camera that's better suited for them, many of my shots are candid and of the photojournalist type. I agree the picture quality is pretty much the same. The viewfinder, weathersealing + autofocus system makes it a dealbreaker for me though and I say that after using it myself and comparing it. 

I've been drooling over the 135mm for awhile now and your recommendation makes trying to avoid it even harder! It may be the perfect stopgap between now and me saving up to replace my 70-200 with the f/2.8 version.

Now you're making me re-think which lenses to go with ;)


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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2013, 04:02:21 PM »
Since you mentioned the Sirui ballhead: I just got the Sirui M-3004 tripod and so far I like it. I wanted the height and short folded length (legs fold over the head). I haven't used other tripods so I cannot compare, but it seems to be good value for the money. The carbon fiber version is the M-3204. If you don't need that much height, look into the N series.

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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2013, 04:38:37 PM »
Have to disagree about the Traveler. The 1542T is 3.5" taller extended than the 1541T. I like that 3.5" on the extended end more than I don't like it on the collapsed end. I have an Acratech GPS on top and the setup folds to 23".  The TQC-14 is half a pound heavier, and, more importantly, costs $370 more...

It really comes down to personal need, I think. 23" collapsed is too long for me - my travel tripod+head needs to fit inside a carryon hard case like my Storm im2500, and the RRS set does that (even when in its custom-fit bag).  I usually ignore the center column when looking at extended height - even the best center column adds too much vibration for me (try some testing with the center column down vs. up), so I consider center columns as 'raise in case of emergency only' and for that, the extra couple inches of the TQC-14 (center column down) helps.


Oops. My bad. It's 23" collapsed the normal way. When the legs are folded up over the head, it shrinks to 20.5." Since my case is 25" long, I don't bother to flip the legs up.

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« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2013, 04:54:25 PM »
I've been drooling over the 135mm for awhile now and your recommendation makes trying to avoid it even harder! It may be the perfect stopgap between now and me saving up to replace my 70-200 with the f/2.8 version.   Now you're making me re-think which lenses to go with ;)

After reading the reviews on the 6D, I pushed the button and bought one, after seeing the results myself with my 50 & 135mm lens, I was tempted by a second hand 17-40mm, it was battered and felt tired, walked out of the shop with a brand new 16-35mm.  After seeing the results from the 16-35 on the 6D, my feelings about crop, even with the mighty fine 10-22 & 15-85 that I still own, I've committed myself to a full frame pro kit.  The 6D is transient and I see me replacing this in 4-5 years, the lenses are keepers, so rather than faffing with lens that I'm not wholely satisfied with, I will be getting exactly what I want. 

What's do I want next ?  The 24-70mm f2.8 II now please ;-) what else ?  I want the extra bits forms Lensbaby, I want the 8-15mm fisheye at some point in the future, but not sure if I want one of the 70-200's or the 100-400 or a 300mm prime...   

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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2013, 06:43:23 PM »
Have to disagree about the Traveler. The 1542T is 3.5" taller extended than the 1541T. I like that 3.5" on the extended end more than I don't like it on the collapsed end. I have an Acratech GPS on top and the setup folds to 23".  The TQC-14 is half a pound heavier, and, more importantly, costs $370 more...

It really comes down to personal need, I think. 23" collapsed is too long for me - my travel tripod+head needs to fit inside a carryon hard case like my Storm im2500, and the RRS set does that (even when in its custom-fit bag).  I usually ignore the center column when looking at extended height - even the best center column adds too much vibration for me (try some testing with the center column down vs. up), so I consider center columns as 'raise in case of emergency only' and for that, the extra couple inches of the TQC-14 (center column down) helps.


Oops. My bad. It's 23" collapsed the normal way. When the legs are folded up over the head, it shrinks to 20.5." Since my case is 25" long, I don't bother to flip the legs up.

Thanks, that makes more sense.  Does your 25" case work for air travel as a carry on?  I've got a bigger hard case than the im2500, but it's too big for an overhead - the im2500 and Peli 1510 are typically the largest permitted. 
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Re: My next upgrade...
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2013, 08:06:09 PM »
Have to disagree about the Traveler. The 1542T is 3.5" taller extended than the 1541T. I like that 3.5" on the extended end more than I don't like it on the collapsed end. I have an Acratech GPS on top and the setup folds to 23".  The TQC-14 is half a pound heavier, and, more importantly, costs $370 more...

It really comes down to personal need, I think. 23" collapsed is too long for me - my travel tripod+head needs to fit inside a carryon hard case like my Storm im2500, and the RRS set does that (even when in its custom-fit bag).  I usually ignore the center column when looking at extended height - even the best center column adds too much vibration for me (try some testing with the center column down vs. up), so I consider center columns as 'raise in case of emergency only' and for that, the extra couple inches of the TQC-14 (center column down) helps.


Oops. My bad. It's 23" collapsed the normal way. When the legs are folded up over the head, it shrinks to 20.5." Since my case is 25" long, I don't bother to flip the legs up.

Thanks, that makes more sense.  Does your 25" case work for air travel as a carry on?  I've got a bigger hard case than the im2500, but it's too big for an overhead - the im2500 and Peli 1510 are typically the largest permitted.


I don't know, I've never flown with it. I just stick the pod in whatever carry on bag (clothing) I'm bringing. The rest of my camera gear goes in a dedicated photo bag, from a Lowepro Pro Runner 450 when loaded up, to a Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 v2.0 when traveling light. I save the Pelicans for when I'm going to extreme places cause they be heavy.

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« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2013, 08:17:20 PM »
I don't know, I've never flown with it. I just stick the pod in whatever carry on bag (clothing) I'm bringing. The rest of my camera gear goes in a dedicated photo bag, from a Lowepro Pro Runner 450 when loaded up, to a Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 v2.0 when traveling light. I save the Pelicans for when I'm going to extreme places cause they be heavy.

Gotcha. I usually pack the gear in a Lowepro Toploader + Lens Case(s), Flipside 300 or 400 AW (depending on how much), then put that in the Storm im2500 for the flight, in case I'm forced to gate-check it (full overheads on airlines where I don't have priority boarding, or regional jets where the bins are too small).  That way, I have protection during the flight, and a way to carry my gear around at my destination. 
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« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2013, 09:17:14 PM »
Enjoy whatever upgrade path you choose, especially since you say you'll be able to add all of the gear by summer.

Last January 2012, my kit was a t2i with 18-55 and 55-250.

Got a tax refund and wanted a 5d2 kit but not quite enough $$$, so purchased a 7d and 17-55 f/2.8.

Fist year of wedding photography, did over 20 weddings, added oben tripod and ballhead per b&h recommendation (love it). Added rx-100 (saved photo and video at 2 different weddings - love it).

Added 5d2 kit which was quickly replaced by 5d3 kit (love it). Decided to raise prices on photography, even if it means loss of jobs. Just booked most expensive job to date yesterday :-) 2013 is for lens upgrades. I already have Elinchrom strobes and Canon flash with modifiers.

Enjoy and have fun on your upgrade path :-)

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Re: My next upgrade...
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