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Old 08-13-14, 11:34 PM   #241
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Cullmann discontinued this line so I found the middle child of the group. Well, there are actually 4 models, the 8, 6, 4 and 2 series. The one in the middle is the 4 series ball head.

When I looked, I kept seeing "discontinued". The Adorama sales guy told me they are expecting a shipment next month, I questioned him that the line has been discontinued. I left my order standing because he said they were going ot get some. Called RTS Photo who imports them and the gal told me that no more would be coming into the country. She said Adorama isn't getting any of those ball heads from them. That evening Adorama sent an e-mail that my order was cancelled due to the product being discontinued.

This one will get a RRS QR clamp like the larger 6 series on the left has.
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Old 08-16-14, 04:49 PM   #242
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for travel purposes sony dsc-hx50v
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Old 08-27-14, 07:54 AM   #243
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Some new addition...lenses I owned before!

Re-purchased the 24-120 because I need something flexible for video. I guess this will double as the travel lens as well, paired with either the 50 1.2 AI-S (used to shoot this photo) or the 28 1.8G (also recently re-acquired because I just love the look this lens gives me).


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Old 08-27-14, 08:23 AM   #244
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Nice range of glass. Do you carry all of them on some occasions?

I'm planning a Vancouver trip and debate leaving the SLR at home. We will be using public transportation during the stay and having the backpack of even shoulder bag for these full days makes me think the P&S would be easier.
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I only carry all of them at once whenever I'm moving. I never go to shoots with all of them.

For video stuff I usually used the 24-70, and use the crop function on the Nikon whenever I need that reach. This has been superseded by the 24-120, and with the crop function it's effectively a 24-180. I also bring the wide 16-35 just in case. I've never had to use this for video, but I always have it with me. Also I bring the 85 whenever that cinematic look is needed.

For photo stuff, I only bring the 24-70 and the 70-200 and do it photojournalism style. I also bring the 85 for that cinematic look as well. I'm telling you the 85 is bread and butter for me. Love it to death.

The 85 was my go to for personal, street photography, until I tried out the 28. Up until recently, I had been using the 28 quite often because I find that I don't shoot wide often enough so I want to practice more. But all of this was before I found a relatively decent 50 1.2 for a good price. Now this is what I'm shooting street with. Not a focal elngth I'm used to the 50, but the bokeh is just so bloody awesome.

So yeah the 85 for me pretty much works for anything. I tried street with teh 24-70, didn't work. Felt way too conscious handling such a big lens. the 50 1.2 and the 28 are just for fun lens, I've never really integrated them into my usual paid workflow.

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Old 08-27-14, 11:11 PM   #246
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as for your Vancouver trip, the place is safe...even Downtown Eastside, you can snap away and the worst that could happen is probably you will get yelled at; just don't go at night.

I tried the whole using a small camera thing, even with an OM-D with it's relatively large micro 4/3rd chip, it just wasn't giving me the quality I wanted. Dynamic range was not great, and even though the shooting experience was fun, it never really put me in that photography mode. Hence, why it went back on the market.

But yeah, I guess that's a question only you can answer.
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Thanks Kaydee. The gear side takes over and the mindset of better to have it than not becomes the powering thought. When we wandered Waikiki I liked just having the G15. Vancouver has some very-very pretty sights I want at higher resolutions. The 12MP in the G15 will nag me when going through the shots at home. The Sony DSC-HX50v that chikoo mentions has been tempting. So much gear to ponder. Tough choices.

I'm going to look for a slightly smaller bag, over the Lowepro Flipside 300. That bag at the Granville Island Market and Aquarium will be a profile hazard since it is reasonably largish.

I hear ya on practicing with various glass. The 40mm works quite well for me and isn't a monster lens that is noticed. The 85 sounds tempting and that is one length I'm not familiar with. Hmm...

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Old 08-28-14, 01:27 PM   #248
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^ the part I loved about the HX50V apart from being small, 20mp and 30x zoom was that it allowed me to set Aperture, noise reduction, sharpness & saturation values so that I could PP them to my liking.
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Old 08-31-14, 12:21 PM   #249
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Nice collection Kaydee!
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^ the part I loved about the HX50V apart from being small, 20mp and 30x zoom was that it allowed me to set Aperture, noise reduction, sharpness & saturation values so that I could PP them to my liking.
Once I get back I'll revisit a P&S sized camera. Can make do with less, just not sure I have that desire to step back. 12MP in the Canon G's is Works for small stuff and even some modest enlargements, just having that bit more if cropping is used makes it so much easier.
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Ouch. Major cropping is not the strong suit of this small sensors. It works great as long as you compose correctly, and the 30x G lens does a great job at that. But if you were going to crop a headshot out of a group picture...good luck.

Example:

No PP here. Straight from the camera.

http://i.imgur.com/pfKKVMC.jpg

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Looks good. That is why I find the 5D-III flexible. Going between the SLR and P&S become pretty constrained. Hmm..
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See this one too. It serves a purpose when your main intent is to travel, with a secondary objective of taking street pictures.
Ouch. The uploaded picture is too much compressed in the dark regions. Not so on my computer.

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This and the B+W slimline CPL to go with it!

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I tried the whole using a small camera thing, even with an OM-D with it's relatively large micro 4/3rd chip, it just wasn't giving me the quality I wanted. Dynamic range was not great, and even though the shooting experience was fun, it never really put me in that photography mode. Hence, why it went back on the market.

But yeah, I guess that's a question only you can answer.
agreed, and agreed!! i've used several small cameras, and after a trip a few years ago i said never again for a trip. i have a great compact travel setup if i don't feel like bringing a bunch of stuff. i now have the great but very small ex270 flash for travel to go on my 5dmkiii and it fits in my small holster bag (with the camera of course). i typically only take the 24-105 but this last trip i took my 17-40 because i knew i'd be seeing some big landscapes in the amazing canadian rockies. for me it was still a pain changing lenses so i didn't change that often.

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Looks good. That is why I find the 5D-III flexible. Going between the SLR and P&S become pretty constrained. Hmm..
not quite following - you find the 5diii flexible because ?

but like kaydee says, if you're on a great site seeing trip (or even family ) and want memories to keep, the extra iso headroom, extra dynamic range, better color, easier short dof, makes taking a dslr for me, a no brainer. maybe one day some amazing feat of physics and tech will make small cameras better.

one thing though, my cell phone (samsung note 2) takes surprisingly rich and detailed pics in good light, and of course has a huge DOF making scenes with foreground and background needed in focus very easy.
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