Photography gear thread, mk II

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Postby AdamThomas » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:48 pm

After deliberating and reading countless reviews and looking at countless comparisons between the 7d and 5d Mark II, I went to B&H and ordered the 5d Mark II, simply for the fact that it takes better pictures. Even though it costs $1000 more, it means that every picture would be better, if only a little bit. The extra 2 or 3 stops of light (better high iso performance) was a huge decider. And, apparently, the guy said that if I had any second thoughts, BH has a return policy that's good till January 10th with no re-stocking fee, so I jumped.

Yesssss:
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:45 pm

Sweet deal, man. Be sure to post your results.
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Postby AdamThomas » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:00 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:Sweet deal, man. Be sure to post your results.



Yah, I will. I'm really so excited...I've been waiting for a long time for an upgrade.
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Postby ghostguts » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:14 pm

I just got this camera this past summer, after having the 40D and 5D Mark I.

Have fun, it's a good one.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:22 pm

Current kit update:

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Postby gucci man » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:31 pm

AdamThomas

what kind of glass are you working with?
girl i can't remember nothing but my last post.
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Postby AdamThomas » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:59 pm

gucci man wrote:AdamThomas

what kind of glass are you working with?



Canon 24-105mmL f4.0 IS
Canon 50mm f1.4


Love them.
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Postby AdamThomas » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:37 pm

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Postby AdamThomas » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:43 pm

bought an extra battery

figuring out what head to put on a Feisol CT 3442 Tripod - thoughts? It must be super light and have quick release.
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Postby ghostguts » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:59 pm

rough list of my gear:

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Canon 580 EX II Speedlite
Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip
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Postby fraew » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:01 pm

Canon A60 (crappy digi p+s)
Nikon D70 (old school dslr)
Nikon D90 (new school dslr)
Nikon F90x (mid-level 35mm slr)
Bronica ETR-si (20yr old medium format beaut)
Some bright blue, $4 under-water 35mm camera
Nikon F5 (Nikon's flagship film slr circa 1997)

Lenses:
Sigma 17-35mm F2.8-4 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX
Sigma 18-80mm Macro (cheapie plastic one)
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC
Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D
Nikon 70-300mm f/3.5 G
Bronica 150mm f/4

Flashes:
Nikon SB-22
Nikon SB600
Couple of cheapie wireless triggers (that I have no real need for any more)

Oh and the Bronica has both the meter view-finder and a waist-level view-finder, and a trigger handle-grip
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:47 pm

Sold everything listed as FOR SALE up there except the M50/1.7, which I decided to keep.
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Postby AdamThomas » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:51 pm

I've got the Canon s-90 too, which I love.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:18 pm

Yeah, the S90 looks badass.
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Postby AdamThomas » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:35 pm

I admire your spreadsheet, dwb.

do you have a flickr or something?
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Postby deadwolfbones » Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:39 pm

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Postby AdamThomas » Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:16 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:http://deadwolfbones.smugmug.com/



oh, awesome...thanks.


Do you like smugmug? I have flickr and like it but use it as a dump of sorts (I have 5,000 pics up there). I was looking for another service for my favorites in different categories.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:59 pm

I like smugmug a whole lot. A lot cleaner interface than flickr, can view all photos at original size, etc etc. I don't care about the social networking aspect, so interface is paramount for me.
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Postby l.ambient » Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:04 pm

can anyone recommend me a light meter under 100? used is fine since it's hard to fund one under 100 new
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Postby deadwolfbones » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:09 am

Sold the K-x and a couple of DA Limiteds and picked up:

Nikon D700
Quantaray (Sigma Mini-Wide II rebadge) 24/2.8 Macro
Nikon 50/1.8D
Nikon 85/1.8D
Nikon 180/2.8 AF-N
Tamron 28-75/2.8

Rocks so hard.
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Postby AdamThomas » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:48 pm

So I just downloaded 2.0.4 for the 5d Mark II to shoot video and shot a little and it looks great.

Just realizing now how much more money I have to spend if I really want to get into it - a steadicam, microphone, etc...

Thoughts? Similar experiences?
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Postby vegas » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:02 pm

i have one of these too. I don't have any additional accessories for shooting video (mic etc.), but trying to work with what I have (a telephoto, prime, mid-range zoom) is really, really fun. Staying in focus can be a bitch though.
What's most impressive is shooting in dimly lit areas. Even inside clubs or bars with no flash and this camera just slayyyyyyzzzzz.
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Postby AdamThomas » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:12 pm

Mister E wrote:I just purchased a Kata 467i bag and a Slik Sprint Pro II ball head tripod. Super impressed with the quality and functionality of both.

Bag has a ton of sweet features. Tripod feels super solid for how light/small it is and fits perfectly into the tripod holder thing of the bag. Bag holds all my necessary stuff plus my laptop and wacom tablet super comfortably. Gonna be perfect for my trip.

Ball head is so awesome compared to manipulating 3 different bolts every time you wanna change composition on a shot. Unlock, move, lock. Also it's super compact and manages to balance low weight and solid feel pretty well. So much better then the cheapie plastic jointed thing I had before that broke almost immediately when I took it out in a blizzard.




where you going? I have the slik but I would never carry that around. I'm trying to lighten my load as much as possible because the more I have, the less I will walk around.
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Postby AdamThomas » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:31 pm

Mister E wrote:All around Europe but mostly within Germany.




you big and muscular or do you just not mind carrying a bunch of stuff?
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Postby deadwolfbones » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:53 am

Since above post have added:

Nikon 50/1.2 AI
Nikon 300/4 AF
Sigma 15-30
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Postby transitive » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:59 am

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Postby AdamThomas » Mon May 03, 2010 3:06 pm

Just bought a Feisol CT-3441T and a Photo Clam Ball-head (pretty much this...didn't get the level, though)

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Postby AdamThomas » Mon May 03, 2010 3:07 pm

The whole thing is 3lbs and ~ 22" long when folded down. Extends to about 6 feet.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Mon May 03, 2010 3:57 pm

Nice.

I'm on a hiatus from any gear acquisition.

My Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2 finally came in last week (bought it in December) and though it was supposedly CLA'd, the rear element is half-covered in fungus. Back it goes. :S
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Postby AdamThomas » Mon May 03, 2010 4:18 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:Nice.

I'm on a hiatus from any gear acquisition.

My Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2 finally came in last week (bought it in December) and though it was supposedly CLA'd, the rear element is half-covered in fungus. Back it goes. :S




Man, that sucks. Sorry to hear. 50 1.2 on the other hand...whoa.
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