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DNG Vs PEF
DNG files are universally accepted, whereas manufacturer specific raw files can potentially change and no longer be supported by third party software. I always use DNG, slightly reduced file size and no loss in quality.

3 08/08/2014 - 10:22 AM
By galalad
e2 Membership
I've only ever had the trial E2 membership and from what I remember it made no difference to the way I use the website. Statistics for images don't bother me, as not knowing who votes doesn't either and I'm ok with ads as I have a blocker anyway. When I joined this community I did so for the reason of learning, but looking at it now I can't see any sort of upto date facility to accommodate that, of course I am not including the EPZ course, and anything that is on the website is pretty basic and mostly out of date - ok for beginners I guess.

My routine on this website is to check out the home page for any interesting forum topics and articles, then I bounce to the gallery for a couple of pages and leave. I bet I'm not the only one who does this, but it would be good to have articles that are more engaging, perhaps a series of articles/interviews from renowned photographers and video/audio podcasts. I like "Landscape Photography Magazine" website, it has articles from a number of well known pros, video, audio and good LR and Photoshop techniques, that costs 29/yr for the middle package - granted it is a monthly online mag but there are far more interesting articles and the layout/menus flow nicely. With regards to the gallery, then I think if you're paying money you should be able to view images at full screen size.

To summarise, as an E2 member you should get:
Access to more articles including those done by renowned photographers, interviews, videos and audios
Gallery images viewed at full screen size
Intermediate & Advanced Techniques/Tutorials

154 19/08/2014 - 11:14 PM
By Chris_L
Roseberry Topping Are the bluebells in flower yet
Just sent you a PM.

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5 22/04/2014 - 8:31 AM
By IanBurton
Best long term storage of photos.
This is something I've recently researched due to losing a hard drive (data was not recoverable) on my laptop and got lazy with backing up. It will very much depend on what you can afford, although CDs are good you may want to consider purpose made archival cd storage, as for memory sticks they are good but they are quite small and easily lost/misplaced. Cds are susceptible to scratches and shouldn't be relied on as the sole method of backing up. Solid State Drives (SSD) are a brilliant alternative, these are basically an oversized memory stick and because they have no mechanical parts the data is safe from mechanical failure. I recently bought a My Book Live Duo 4TB personal cloud storage. This is wireless and sits in my living room so even if I am away I can still back up directly to this drive. I have this setup as Raid 1 so if one drive fails then I have the other to extract the data from, so far it has been brilliant. I do still backup to an additional external drive. My advice is to make duplicate backups on at least 2 or 3 different drives/media, as technology advances there is no guarantee any will be compatible on PCs in say 20-30 years time so always check each time you upgrade.

Hope this helps Smile

14 06/02/2014 - 11:00 PM
By lobsterboy
Advice on Camera Rain Cover
I use a rain cover from one of my hiking rucksacks and use a hair bobble to secure it. It works a treat as it doesn't flap about and tear like plastic bags do.

9 14/12/2013 - 8:09 PM
By colin beeley
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
which body
I agree with Mike, if I'm not mistaking the 550d uses the same processor as the 7d (DIGIC 4). My father-in-law has the 550d and the IQ is really good.

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6 22/11/2013 - 8:52 PM
By youmightlikethis
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

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93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

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93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
Backpack Camera Bag
I use an F-stop backpack because of its versatility. You can swap the camera compartment for different sized units depending on what you carry. Very comfy to carry on long walks or climbs. Although not cheap they are built to last.

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12 23/11/2013 - 7:47 PM
By letooms
Photographing the Northern Lights
I travelled to Lapland last December when the aurora activity was supposed to be high. Never seen the lights during my 5 night stay, low cloud and continuous snow fall prevented that Sad Was still a lovely experience, particularly for my little daughter. Anyway, I never did any hiking so I took my full sized tripod and head along with my 17-40 & 24-70 lenses. I never took the 17-40 lens off the camera. If I was you I would leave the prime at home and carry both the 10-20 & 18-135. I had a quick look at the Manfrotto BeFree tripod I think the head comes with it. Have a look at the EPZ review also has some other recommendations. Also take a look at the Feisol traveller tripods, they've been getting some good reviews.

4 14/11/2013 - 11:16 AM
By Rick51
A3 Calendar Printing
I've recently designed from scratch an A3 calendar of my landscape images for the first time, it was quite a learning curve but very satisfying. Asking similar questions like yourself I found the best way was to approach a local printing firm (AlphaGraphics was my choice) to discuss options and actually go down and see what the paper/printing quality was like. They even proof printed/finished one of mine to see what the final product would look like, in the end they never charged me for that as I placed an order with them. So my advice would be to look for someone local so you can physically see an end product before committing to batch prints (the more you print the cheaper it becomes per unit). It may depend on where you get this done, but note that although you want an A3 calendar the paper size may actually be something they call SRA3, which is slightly larger. This allows the printers to trim to size so you will have to include crop marks if you design it yourself. Don't forget to check what colourspace they use, the preferred dpi and margin measurements for bleeding/trimming.

To give you an idea my specification was:
A3 Portrait calendar (12 month pages, plus front/rear cover)
200gsm digital silk paper
punched/wire bound
shrink wrapped with grey board back

I've attached an image to give you an idea of what it looked like, I was very happy with the end product. They have sold very well, I think I only have 4 or 5 left from a batch of 100.



I hope this helps, and good luck with it.

Ian.

8 04/10/2013 - 3:10 PM
By Andy1979
Mounting Tape / Glue advice
Click T-Hinge method to see instructions. It's handy to use a paperweight to hold the print in position until hinged and stuck in position on the back board (I put the weight in a sock so it doesn't scratch the print). Never put print under tension nor tape along full length of sides, paper likes to breath so it will expand and contract, under tension it will ripple eventually. Once you stick the backboard to the mount the print will be held firmly in place.

14 05/08/2013 - 5:14 PM
By pulsar69
Mounting Tape / Glue advice
I prefer to mount my images using the 'T' hinge method. I create the hinges using pH neutral tape which is strong enough to hold the image in position as well as allowing for repositioning. I will then stick the mount to the back board using a very strong double sides adhesive tape, I have tried cheap tape but it does not hold well. So far none of my images have suffered from rippling so it works very well. Buying standard sized mounts in bulk is very economical, for these I use Cotswold, for one off special sizes I use local framer from Guisborough market.

Hope this helps

Ian.

14 05/08/2013 - 5:14 PM
By pulsar69
No portfolio...why?

Quote: ...........but I started disagreeing with some things, deleted my PF, and drifted away. I've recently started dipping my toe in the site again, reading the forums, contributing a bit if a thread interests me or I can offer an opinion, but the gallery here doesn't really hold any interest for me anymore.......................... I'm actually pretty indifferent to what people think about my work here now. So I understand perfectly now how it's possible to like the interaction of the forum without partaking in the gallery side.

I did almost the same as Steve, with exception to deleting my PF (I deleted a lot of images but got bored of doing that one by one Wink ). I've not uploaded any images here for a long time and therefore my PF no longer reflects my photography. I suppose through a lack of enthusiasm I took a breather from this site and spent more time looking at my own photography rather than others and developing my own style and website without influence. I have recently started to be more active on this site, although I haven't uploaded anything recently I do participate in other ways.


Quote: ...... I love looking at other peoples work. Its frustrating though to get forum posts claiming this that and the other and not get the slightest bit of 'evidence' even when asked for.......

If they have a website link you could always visit the site to see their work.

42 25/07/2013 - 9:12 PM
By Eastlands
Landscape
As the old saying goes "You only get what you pay for" and not everyone can afford Lee filters (or a 1,500 lens for that matter), but I think Gundog was making the point that in practical terms they all do the same job and yes quality will vary. Why put anything in front of the lens if it's going to affect IQ? There has to be a compromise somewhere be it using post-processing or getting it right in the camera using filters.

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11 02/07/2013 - 5:36 PM
By Nick_w
Tripod Without A Centre Column
Have you considered Feisol? They are very similar to the Gitzo design, but at half the price. They may not look as pretty as Gitzo but they are just as good. I have one without the centre column and can honestly say I do not miss that feature. The tripod stands at eye level and is very robust, also has the twist lock legs. So far it has been a joy to use and have had no need to clean the leg joints even after many dips in saltwater.

13 18/07/2013 - 5:13 PM
By dcash29
Landscape
Hi Peter, in response to your first question it is possible to take decent landscape images without filters, it is often debated that when you start introducing plastic/glass filters in front of the lens the image quality starts to diminish. Different people have different ways of accomplishing an image. I prefer to use ND grads and full ND filters to complete the image in one photo rather than spending lots of time post-processing/manipulating. There are times when filters are of no use, then I will use the hand blending method rather than HDR to gain a natural look. Don't feel compelled to buy Lee filters just because someone makes the comment, as good as they are, they are too expensive for most and there are many other manufacturers to consider. I use Hitech and they have been great.

11 02/07/2013 - 5:36 PM
By Nick_w
Hello from North Yorkshire..
Hi Tracey welcome to the site, I too am from North Yorkshire. You have come to the right site as there is plenty of useful information to get your teeth into. You will find the critique gallery particularly useful for your uploads as they will advise you on improving your technique and processing of images, just make sure you have a thick skin and don't take it personally Wink

Enjoy.

Ian.

4 18/06/2013 - 2:59 PM
By saltireblue
Display Help !!
Thanks guys I think you may have just found what I am looking for, prices are very favourable too Smile

6 24/05/2013 - 11:08 PM
By Coventryphotog
Display Help !!
Thanks for the advice Keith, but I don't have any idea how to make them let alone have the time to do this plus I think it's going to be cheaper to buy the plate holders.
I'm a bit disappointed there hasn't been much of a response to this topic given there are lots of people on here that attend craft fairs or have displays Sad

6 24/05/2013 - 11:08 PM
By Coventryphotog
Display Help !!
Hi,

Hopefully someone can help me out with this.
I've got a window display to setup in a couple of weeks time and I need to buy something that will prop up 20x16 and 16x12 frames, plus I plan on using these for arts & craft fairs. I have considered large plate holders, but I would prefer something like a small wooden easel as they look nicer, unfortunately I can't find any that are a suitable size and support the weight of the frame. Price needs to be reasonable too.

Has anybody done a display like this in windows or in craft fairs, what did you use? Any suggestions welcome.

Thanks,

Ian

6 24/05/2013 - 11:08 PM
By Coventryphotog
Inspirations, Mood & Life.......
Hi folks,

It's certainly been a little while since I've uploaded any new images to EPZ, but for the past 6 or so months I have been working hard on my photography meaning less time on the PC and more time out. Another reason for my absence and one I'm proud of, I will be holding my first solo exhibition "Inspirations, Mood & Life" at the Danby Visitors centre on the North York Moors. It starts this Saturday (see details on image) for a few weeks I will be there on the opening day.

It's certainly been an educational experience and a lot of hard work, but one I have enjoyed putting together. It would be nice to see some of you guys and gals there so if you get chance pop along on the opening day and say hello.

Have a good weekend and hope to see some of you.

Ian.

(for more details details or view my website click here)


1 26/04/2013 - 7:14 PM
By janeez
Is that it?
Yes it's nice to receive comments & votes on EPZ, but you can't beat having your own work mounted and framed. It certainly breaths new life into an image. Why don't you try getting a few small mounted prints into an outlet to see what interest you get and where it takes you? You will also learn a lot along the way (i.e. presentation styles).

For me it started when friends wanted to buy prints, then I got interest through word of mouth and even had a couple of images published & televised locally. Now I have my own website and participate in a couple of joint exhibitions a year, my first solo one starts next week (so I'm learning a lot on this one), plus it's interesting to see peoples reactions to your work and discuss it with them - even better when you make a sale Wink

I'm still very much an amateur and won't be quitting my day job, but it pays for my hobby and it's certainly challenging and keeps me thinking how can I take it forward.

Whatever you decide to do I wish you the best of luck.

Ian.

14 19/04/2013 - 8:03 PM
By KevSB
All Around Us - Danby, North Yorkshire
Hi everyone,

There is an exhibition being held at the Moors Centre in Danby tomorrow for a few weeks. I have a couple of images in it, but there are other landscape photographers and ceramicists exhibiting.

As tomorrow is the opening of the exhibition there is a "Meet the Artists" event, so I'll be there from noon till 3pm, nibbles and drinks provided.

If you're in the area and have spare time why not pop over and check it out, it would be good to put faces to names. Wink

If you do go, it would be good of you to post your feedback here.

Thanks for your interest.

Ian.


2 01/03/2013 - 8:53 PM
By Graysta
What gear?
From the gear you have listed I say you're pretty well covered, but I suppose you should be asking yourself why do you think you should be considering another camera and lenses? Your PF is really good and I don't see what immediate impact a different camera and lens would bring.
You could maybe use a macro lens, but they can prove to be expensive and would only consider purchasing such a lens if that's something you're serious about. Alternatively try some close-up filters to get a taste of it. I used to use the Canon 450D (still have it) coupled with sigma 10-20 lens and the sigma 24-70, in my opinion the 450D is a decent enough camera and IQ is excellent with the right lens.

I would stick with what you've got at present until you know exactly what it is you want to achieve and with what hardware. Maybe looking at techniques and processing before considering the above would have more benefit.

All the best,

Ian.

7 28/02/2013 - 6:48 PM
By Meheecho
FEISOL Tournament Tripod CT-3442 Rapid
Last year I purchased the CT-3342 Rapid Tournament and can say it is the best tripod I've owned. Extremely light and yet rock solid. They've been compared to Gitzo and although the finish is not the same the build is comparable and the fact it's about half the price is a bonus. What I like about it is the fact it has no centre column and at full extension the camera is at eye level. I can recommend the spikes as an extra, I use these 90% of the time and it really anchors it when doing landscapes.

Nearly forgot to mention the customer service is outstanding and quick to respond to emails.

2 27/02/2013 - 1:12 AM
By shalik
Gloves for -20oC
I went to Lapland recently and the temperature plummeted to -30C. I bought a pair of ski mitts as they tend to be waterproof & windproof, only cost me 20. Them couple with a pair of silk gloves so you can take the mitts off to operate your camera without feeling the nip.

15 26/01/2013 - 11:02 AM
By saltireblue
Start 'em young
Snap! My 3 year old daughter has shown an interest in photography so I have got her the same camera for Christmas. Hopefully that'll stop her using my iPhone. It's interesting to see the pictures she takes and the moments she captures.

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6 26/12/2012 - 12:12 PM
By User_Removed
Norway trip next year - can I manage with this lens for possible Northern Lights shots
I'm heading to Lapland beginning of December so will be better experienced after that trip to advise on lens for northern lights. I'm yet to decide on my own kit but at present will be using 2 wide angle lens, Sigma 17-35mm and Sigma 28-70mm. These I hope will enable me to travel light but have enough range to capture the lights and landscapes, plus some closer comps. Have you considered lens hire, possibly 24-105, I hear it's very versatile.

Ian

16 24/11/2012 - 12:20 PM
By Fluke
Tamron 24-70
Hi, I've no experience of this lens but you may find this review helpful Tamron 24-70. Also EPZ Review
Good luck.
Ian.

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4 14/05/2014 - 7:25 AM
By discreetphoton
Hi! Eager and willing to learn but how????
Hi Chris,

There is so much to learn in photography and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. The best way is to first become familiar with your camera by reading your manual and getting out with your camera and taking shots. Review your shots, try to be critical and question why things don't work and what you want to achieve. You could always upload your shots to the critique gallery where you will find the biggest help on how to improve.

Structured learning can help, but I have found reading books and magazines have been the biggest help and of course on this website through the techniques and forum pages.

Hope I have helped a little, I look forward to seeing your photos.

Ian

15 16/10/2012 - 10:12 PM
By NEWMANP
Titles for photo mount
Hi Keith,
Have you considered simply writing the title directly onto the mount in pencil ? I tend to use a pencil that is not too soft so it does not stand out too much, after all it's the photo that should dominate the frame.
Ian.

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7 05/10/2012 - 1:15 PM
By gpwalton
Twitter Widgets
I'm experiencing the same problem, believe it effects IE users so I have reported the problem to EPZ and they insist it will be resolved by twitter. Hopefully it won't take too long as it is frustrating.

14 29/08/2012 - 3:16 PM
By Jestertheclown
Brighouse Print / RGB Labs Middlesbrough
I received an email from them the other day explaining the closure, sad to see them go (See below). I am now trying to find a high quality lab locally that I can reproduce my images with particularly using fine art paper :

"As some of you may already know, Emma and Graeme have been offered the opportunity to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.
Although very short notice they have worked to ensure that all their customers are not left high and dry, and thanks to colorworld, the transition should be fairly painless.
Thanks for your business over the years, it has been a pleasure to deal with all our customers, and we are sure you will have no problem switching to the new lab. You will love the extra services they offer.

Services will continue.
Colorworld are a much respected professional lab with decades of experience, so DONT WORRY!
Colorworld have also taken our staff from Brighouse, so this means you can still call Leanne on 0191 2596926 if you have any questions, you can even e-mail the same e-mail address.
We have arranged for all work to be completed using the same FTP system, with prices held until Christmas, as we both understand that you may have already committed to quoted jobs.
Services will resume as normal after the bank holiday weekend."

3 28/08/2012 - 6:29 PM
By pulsar69
Heliopan or Lee Polariser
I have the Heliopan and can say it performs very well. I opted for this over the Lee equivalent based on price as well as the heliopan is thinner so any chance of vignetting at wide angle is reduced. Never noticed any vignetting. It is built solidly, and does not affect image quality. The only thing I have noticed about it is that it does have a tendency to stick if it is not used for a little while, found a gentle tap releases it far easier than trying to twist.

A quality piece of glass you won't be disappointed.

Hope this helps,

Ian

5 22/08/2012 - 8:05 PM
By User_Removed
2012/2013 fantasy football league
I'm in Smile

5 17/08/2012 - 10:59 AM
By cats_123
Filter holder - plastic or aluminium?
Personally I would go for the plastic holder as the aluminium one is heavier and more expensive for what is essentially the same design as the plastic one. Aluminium may look aesthetically pleasing but I think this may be prone to denting and warping if mishandled or stored in your bag incorrectly, but since I have never owned one I can't be certain. You have to ask yourself why Lee & Cokin produce there systems in plastic.

10 16/08/2012 - 9:40 AM
By TanyaH
Hi chaps
Welcome to EPZ from another Boro lad. Don't underestimate the 450D, I started out with the same camera and have got some good images with it (IMO). I have progressed to the 5d recently. You'll find the community very helpful here.

I look forward to seeing your pictures.

Ian.

3 15/07/2012 - 7:21 PM
By IanBurton
85mm or 100mm filter system on a 17-40 lens?
I too recommend the 100mm system. I have the Lee filter holder and W/A adapter, I got mine from eBay at a very reasonable price. I opted for the hitech filters (100mm), went directly to them and can say they are very good quality filters.

4 05/07/2012 - 4:44 PM
By TanyaH
Tripod Upgrade
Well I've had the "Feisol CT-3342-Rapid - Medium Tournament Class Carbon Fibre Tripod" for a little over 3 months now and can say that it is spot on. To date I have used it mainly on landscapes, but have done a little bit of seascape photography with it. I have found it really easy to clean, no need for tools to dismantle it. Despite it's light-weight, it performs admirably in windy conditions so long as you hang your bag on the provided hook (something I always do anyway). The spikes I had purchased have been on it 90% of the time, they come into their own when working on side of hills that are slippy. Overall I am chuffed, and my image quality has improved now I have a sturdy tripod.

24 10/05/2012 - 10:23 AM
By JJGEE
Bluebells at Roseberry Topping /Newton Woods
Hi Phil,

I took a walk through the meadow yesterday and can report that there is a scattering of bluebells that have flowered early, but not photogenic at present - think the recent frosts up there have slowed down the blooming stage, a week of mild weather might spur them on though. I'm always around Roseberry so I will try to PM you when they are getting towards there best.

Ian.

1 16/04/2012 - 11:44 AM
By IanBurton
Fliplock V/S Twistlock
I have a manfrotto 190XPB (lever lock) and have recently purchased a CT-3342-Rapid tripod (twist lock). The lever locks on my manfrotto are ceasing even though I have loosened and cleaned them regularly so I decided to give the Feisol a go after reading some good reviews, and although they are a small and relatively unknown brand (I happened to stumbled across the uk based distributor) they are probably as close to Gitzo designs as you can get without buying one. I haven't had time to use it much so I'm yet to test it at coastal locations, but I find it easy to operate, less than a 1/4 turn to loosen and make fine adjustments to legs using one hand, 1/2 turn they come down to full extension smoothly. Easier to clean the joints than lever lock legs, no tools required. The twist locks have a rubber outer and can operate in cold weather without removing gloves. No negatives at present.

18 02/03/2012 - 10:32 AM
By mattw
Hitech nd grads
I have the Hitech filters, soft & hard grads and the ND filters. Prices are a lot more favorable compared to Lee, typical grad kit (0.3, 0.6, 0.9) will cost 85 and ND standard filters 78 from "Formatt". I opted for the 100mm size, slightly shorter than Lee but never had any problem. I use them in a Lee Holder on both crop sensor and full frame.

From experience I can say I rely mostly on the hard grads, particularly 0.6 and 0.9, and recently purchased a 1.2. I am able to use these on landscapes with an uneven horizon so long as I can find a spot on the landscape to blend the hard edge into. That said I have recently discovered I can soften the transition of the hard edge where this is difficult by combining a soft edge grad, 0.6 is my choice for this. As for ND filters I don't really use these as I find a polariser is sufficient for longer exposures, I use the Heliopan on the lee system. I've found that the ND filters do have a colour cast, but this can be sorted in post processing.

Hope this helps.

Ian.

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10 24/02/2012 - 10:00 AM
By baker58
WIDE Angle lenses
Hi Paul,

All the above lenses are good in their own right, the only one I can comment on due to experience with it is the Sigma 10-20 (f/4.5) (used on a Canon 450d). I did use the zoom function of it quite often as at 10mm the distortion was quite noticable (can be used to good effect with experience). Image quality is very good and sharp throughout.

Suppose it all depends on your budget I think the above is the cheapest of your selection, but if you have cash to splash and don't mind walking about to frame your shot then prime lens are superior, but I would probably look at something longer than the 10mm.

Hope this helps a little.

Ian.

18 25/02/2012 - 2:58 AM
By photofrenzy
Tripod Upgrade
Seldom use them, if only for panoramic images but I knew there wasn't one when I bought it and should I go down the route of doing more panos then I'll look to buy the levelling base to make quick adjustments.

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24 10/05/2012 - 10:23 AM
By JJGEE
Tripod Upgrade

Quote:
Criteria:
Carbon : preferred material to reduce weight especially going for a bulkier/sturdier tripod.
Height : would rather not extend any centre columns were possible, I'm just shy of 6ft if that helps.
Transport : want something that is relatively easy to carry not necessarily lighter, walk on average 5-6miles so not totally unfit Wink
Wear resistance: cope with the elements and saltwater so don't want joints that will clog up frequently and corrode easy, don't know whether twist lock legs are better.
Price : will spend up to 300.


My new tripod arrived yesterday, took just 48 hrs to arrive. I took it out for a test today and can say I am more than pleased with it and performs admirably. It matches my original criteria 100%, and is lighter than I expected, but very sturdy. It came complete with its own bag and allen keys to make any adjustments. I purchased some spiked feet, no instructions were provided, so I thought the rubber feet would just pull straight off the legs. After much twisting and pulling they did not budge, so no chance of actually losing them like you do on the Manfrotto tripods. Anyway, all that was required was to ply the sides away from the legs to pull over a ridge then screw in the spikes with the supplied spanner. Although I have not used a Gitzo tripod I think it is very similar in design but lighter and a lot cheaper.

The legs operated smoothly and requires less than a 1/4 turn of the twist-lock leg to extend so is speedy to set up.

The only one negative I found, and it is picky, is there is no spirit level.

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24 10/05/2012 - 10:23 AM
By JJGEE
Tripod Upgrade
Just an update.

I have ordered the Feisol CT-3342-Rapid - Medium Tournament Class Carbon Fibre Tripod, it meets my original criteria. So far I have been impressed by the level of response to questions I have asked Feisol, even when I've asked them after 9pm I'm getting a response within 20 mins. The plus' so far have been price, positive reviews, 3yr warranty, information about maintenance and of course accessories should I wish to add to it. I have included spiked feet to my order as I have found these useful in the past.

I will post my first impressions when I receive my order and will give a field review in time.

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24 10/05/2012 - 10:23 AM
By JJGEE
Tripod Upgrade
keithh - I've not seen one that matches the criteria at beginning of discussion.

Redsnapper looks good - will have to look at reviews and what maintenance/spare parts are like. Thanks.

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24 10/05/2012 - 10:23 AM
By JJGEE