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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2014, 02:03:15 PM »
grip.  I like being able to mount my cameras in unusual ways, i do a lot of video, so I've full size track and dolly, table dolly, fig rig, cowboy slinger, slider, gimbal stabiliser, timelpase motion tripod, mini-jib, video monopod, video tripods, superclamp and snake, magic arms, c clamps, 'the pod', suction cups..  not exciting, but practical.

I do rather find these threads a kind of shower-room exercise of who has the biggest... wallet.  Ok, it's a gear forum, but I'd rather talk about what folk do with their kit...
I was about to ask you what do you do with all that?
I do video too (not professional yet), but tripod, monopod, 2.5 feet slider, table dolly and a viewfinder are enough. It must be heavy your bag.
Pro level video production can involve equipment commitments that would make your teeth curl. Depending on your viewpoint, Pablo's kit could be regarded as relatively modest. While it's often preferable to turn up to a job with grip hardware that will fit in your car or van, you don't have to look too far to see that productions that could also be scaled as modest that will require 2-3 large truck-loads of grip, and very frequently more.

Between projects, splurge on quality coffee and Belgian chocolate.

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This is the kit I have to hand.  I can cover about 70% of jobs at an hours notice with this kind of gear.  The other 30% usually involves a visit to the hire shop.  It's a cost I pass on.  As much as I would love to have a c500 in my cupboard at home, I don't use one often enough to anywhere near justify it.  If a client comes to me and asks me to shoot on an f65 I don't go out and buy an f65..  video is different in that regard. 

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2014, 02:03:15 PM »

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2014, 02:40:27 PM »
You'll get great pictures from a 60D, as I'm sure you would get great pictures from a 5D3.  It's in the photographer to get the great pics.  The difference between a 60D and a5D3 isn't as vast as the difference in attitudes, abilities.  Some of the most boring work I've seen is by those with the very best of gear.
The 60D is a far more capable camera than one would first think. Besides superior weather sealing to everything but the 7D and 1DX, the much maligned 18Mpixel sensor works surprisingly well, far better than the internet rumourmonging would have you agree.

The picture is shot with a 60D at ISO12800. The only processing is in Lightroom by sliding the light balance slider left and the noise slider right... Everything else is "out of the camera"
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2014, 02:42:31 PM »
You'll get great pictures from a 60D, as I'm sure you would get great pictures from a 5D3.  It's in the photographer to get the great pics.  The difference between a 60D and a5D3 isn't as vast as the difference in attitudes, abilities.  Some of the most boring work I've seen is by those with the very best of gear.
The 60D is a far more capable camera than one would first think. Besides superior weather sealing to everything but the 7D and 1DX, the much maligned 18Mpixel sensor works surprisingly well, far better than the internet rumourmonging would have you agree.
+1, I preferred it to the 7D when I owned both.  The AF is simple, but very good, and the articulated screen and build quality is very nice.  You can get them for a steal these days, too.
EOS 1D X, 5DIII, M + EF 24 f/1.4II, 50 f/1.2, 85 f/1.2II, 300 f/2.8 IS II || 16-35 f/4 IS, 24-70 f/2.8II, 70-200 f/2.8II || TS-E 17 f/4, 24 f/3.5II || M 22 f/2, M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS | 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS || 1.4x III, 2x III
I only shoot at ISO 100 with perfect technique - should I get a Nikon?

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2014, 05:10:24 PM »
Can I let you into a little secret....

See if I don't need sophisitcated AF, I tend to pick up my 600D rather than the 7D...

Don't tell anyone.


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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2014, 12:13:39 PM »

That is the sign of a photographer with a mature attitude.


Funny, my wife does not believe I'm mature at all :)
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2014, 09:32:55 PM »
Sabian AAX and Zildjian A Customs...oops, wrong forum ;)
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #36 on: August 05, 2014, 10:59:29 AM »
Sabian AAX and Zildjian A Customs...oops, wrong forum ;)
I used to live just down the road from the Zildjian factory and even had a chance to tour it with one of the Boys from Boston :)
EOS 1D X, 5DIII, M + EF 24 f/1.4II, 50 f/1.2, 85 f/1.2II, 300 f/2.8 IS II || 16-35 f/4 IS, 24-70 f/2.8II, 70-200 f/2.8II || TS-E 17 f/4, 24 f/3.5II || M 22 f/2, M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS | 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS || 1.4x III, 2x III
I only shoot at ISO 100 with perfect technique - should I get a Nikon?

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2014, 04:34:06 PM »
Acutance, there's a certain benefit to learning the nuts and bolts of a basic camera before going for the bells and whistles camera. I am the happy user of a four year old 60D, now used as a general use and wildlife camera. For astrophotography, landscape photography, other low light/high resolution photography, I am using the 6D. But that is basically a big-sensor version of the 60D - better low light performance but few gew-gaws. Because I am an old-timer who started out on an all manual film camera, I still tend to shoot manual exposure when not in a huge rush, and still shoot my landscapes and naturally the macros on manual focus.

I like tripods and have splurged to the extent that I have three, for three different situations (very heavy 8# tripod with geared head for architecture, astrophotography, and macro; general use 5.5# tripod with heavy-duty ball head, used for long lenses; very light 3# and somewhat short tripod with small ball head for lightweight kit and mid to wide focal length landscape work - this is the one I hike with when doing fast hikes. Also, each camera has its own L bracket and every lens that has a tripod ring has its own lens plate.

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #38 on: August 06, 2014, 04:58:55 PM »
I bought all my einsteins and all my modifiers at once from PCB. It was beautiful, all the stuff came on two pallets. XD

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2014, 08:49:49 AM »
Also, each camera has its own L bracket and every lens that has a tripod ring has its own lens plate.

Yikes, I bet that gets expensive.  I am cheap.   ;D  Things like were specifically designed to be easily put on and taken off the camera/lens, so I use that functionality as much as I can.  :)
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2014, 09:28:50 AM »
I bought all my einsteins and all my modifiers at once from PCB. It was beautiful, all the stuff came on two pallets. XD
I did the same, but they came in about 100 boxes ;).  It was like Christmas opening all of those boxes!
EOS 1D X, 5DIII, M + EF 24 f/1.4II, 50 f/1.2, 85 f/1.2II, 300 f/2.8 IS II || 16-35 f/4 IS, 24-70 f/2.8II, 70-200 f/2.8II || TS-E 17 f/4, 24 f/3.5II || M 22 f/2, M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS | 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS || 1.4x III, 2x III
I only shoot at ISO 100 with perfect technique - should I get a Nikon?

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2014, 09:28:50 AM »