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  • I would caution against some of the cheaper Gimbals, simply because of the risk you run if any one component fails. And this is not an idle word of caution I have seen someones lens heading towards the floor because the connection at the side (a cheap version of the sidekick) sheared off with a 500mm Canon lens attached. For the sake of saving 100 they nearly had to replace a 5k lens!

    With that in mind I would be particularly cautious of those style similar to the sidekick as a large lens will put a lot of stress on that element of the design. Those like the standard wimberley gimbal or Manfrotto 393 seem better for me at distributing the weight more evenly, thus not stressing one connector.

    That said the Manfrotto is good value, but I do wish they would do a better job of promoting it rather than showing it with a small lens and in the position most owners never use Smile
  • Found a home.

  • Anyone interested in approx 40 rolls of 120 Provia 100.

    All are dated 2005/6

    No idea if they are any good, but just located them whilst tidying up spare room (whoops don't tell govt Wink)

    Happy to post to a good home.

  • Just seen them. Personally I would go for the duck and osprey.

    Not sure it is what people en-masse will vote for though. Cute normally wins.

    Good luck to all 12.
  • Good point Gareth and why not currently using replacement tripod. Thanks for reminder. Knew I wanted wex website for something!

    I was thinking a strapping 'young' man as Sherpa Wink
  • It depends. Do you want the equipment to be easy to hand for a shot, or do you want to transport for fairly long distances between shots.

    If the former then really the only way is the tripod over shoulder. It is all a out getting the balance right. The legs don't necessarily need to be out to standing height. You'll find a sweet spot where the balance of lens to holding tripod and walking is best, but it takes some trial and error and varies by lens (if weight is significantly different).

    If you want to move between sites, then any of the carrying methods already mentioned work well.

    Of course the best answer of all would be a Sherpa Wink

  • If a supermarket would it not be "aisles of Tesco" - just asking? Grin

    Yep links to Flickr, professional or not are frowned upon.
  • As an update and in case anyone else has the same problem - the issue is fixed by using the latest version (USB 3.0) of the Lexar UDMA card reader.

  • Yeah I think the issue is related to the newer, faster UDMA cards. Never had a problem with the 60mbs ones and the old Lexar reader.

    However, now you mention it I did have a firewire version. Might have to do some hunting around the office and spare room.

    Thanks guys. Bit of an annoyance, but sure there is an easier solution than copying on to the other card type, just probably means spending more money Sad
  • Thanks Chris, my suspicion is the card reader, which is why I was asking which card reader people are using.

    I have tried both card readers that I have and neither work.

    I am considering buying the Lexar UDMA reader for USB3.0, but I don't have a USB3.0 connector in any PC so would not get full benefit of the speed uplift in the card. Which is not a great issue as at some point I need to upgrade my Mac Book and the newer ones have USB3.0.

    Just wondering if someone has had same issue and whether the solution was to upgrade the reader. Nothing with the card says you need a specific reader, just one that reads UDMA. The two I have are the previous model UDMA reader from Lexar.
  • Does anyone have Sandisk Extreme Pro CF cards?

    If so which card reader do you use?

    I recently bought a couple of 16Gb Extreme Pro cards from Amazon. The camera is writing to the card OK but I can not get the UDMA card reader that I have to "stay connected" to a PC running either Mac OS or Windows 7.

    I can temporarily browse the directory on either PC or Mac, but as soon as I try to copy the files off the card the reader disconnects itself and then reconnects. Tried to copy direct from the camera, which worked with a smaller 8gb and slower card, but does not seem to be working with these 16gb ExPro cards.

    I have found a workaround by copying the files to the other card type within the camera, but this is not really practical in the long term. Wondering if I need a newer UDMA card reader but interested if anyone else has had similar problems.

    Thanks in advance.
  • Thanks all.

    I expect to find every new photographic experience challenging first time around. Then it is about analysing the shots that worked and learning from each opportunity. Thanks for the information much appreciated, and the comments on my portfolio.

    From what the person said they are still releasing a ball to catch. Will check it out. However, one good tip is that the owner will know the way the dog will turn so that should help with preparation for the shot.
  • Thanks Fiona.

    Initially I'll be photographing one of their training sessions.

    Just wanting to try some different things photographically and like the motor racing I will be shooting next weekend the opportunity came up through a colleague at work. Therefore apart from pressure that I put on myself to achieve some quality images there is none from the owners as such.

    Will check out the video later. Not sure that the doges can be any quicker than puffins in flight and they are a little larger Wink
  • Sorry yes, it is where the dogs run an obstacle course and then trigger the release of a ball from a box for them to catch and run back to their owner.

    Don't think I'd make a very good participant Wink

    Thanks Steve. If I employ my normal technique for wildlife I will spend some time just observing to work out the best place to try to capture the image, but just wondered if the layout of courses is fairly standard if there is a prime position.

    I'll be trying as much as possible to isolate the dog from the surroundings. I know this means I am making it difficult for myself, but then I like a challenge. Think 200-400 will give me scope to be far enough away to not be a nuisance, whilst being able to "frame-fill". Either that or the 70-200 + convertor (with the AF slow down taken in to account).

    I'll probably get more than one opportunity over the next few months, so technique will be refined as we go along

  • Just wondering if anyone has done any photography of fly ball.

    I have the opportunity in a couple of weeks time to have a go at this with a club near to where I am working. Since I will have to take my camera equipment with me to work for the week I want to limit the amount I carry. Therefore looking for some information of best focal length and any other tips if people have them.

    Initially I will start with one of their training sessions, so apart from not being in the way close access should not be a problem.

  • There are many alternatives that can import/export in to mpp format. If a mac user try Merlin - about half the price of MS Project.

    There are also some now available on the cloud - saas. Worth checking them out.

    Only reason I know is that I had a similar dilemma in that a customer was sending me mpp files and I needed to find a way to read them on the mac. Beware though and always use the trial period if one is available as I found some to be unreliable in the way that they imported the files.
  • Thanks.

    It's not easy with a caper, basically black against white. Your image has good detail in the bird and so I don't believe that the exposure was wildly off from the optimum in the conditions.

    Your background will not be helping the situation because of the light coming through the trees to the left. Try to get a little lower so the bird is against the trees and there will be less difference between subject and background. In that situation if the snow burns out then so be it.

    At the moment the bird is surrounded by white and so it is having a more detrimental effect on the overall image.

    There are a few others from different angles in my portfolio with more or less of the surroundings which might help you to see how the proportion of snow to bird and background affects the impact of the burnout.
  • Best wishes Sue.

    Ade remember to look after yourself as well, don't overdo it trying to be helpful.

    Both take it easy.
  • A capercaillie in the snow is going to test the dynamic range of any camera.

    The important thing is that the bird is correctly exposed.

    Caper in snow

    Can't post direct as updating from iPad
  • When first viewing the rankings I was showing in two places. On refreshing the page this corrected itself. Very strange.

    Not sure that I see the point (no pun intended) but if it encourages some people to make constructive comments it may be good in the long run.

    Personally I rarely bother these days for various reasons which have been discussed many times before and this won't change that decision.
  • Another vote for Truecall from me. No more "This is the Captain...", or worse still some of them calling in the middle of the night!

    Really annoying that the TPS only has jursidiction in the UK. Most of these now come through as International. Luckily I don't have anyone abroad that would want to call me, so I can just block all international numbers.
  • Fair enough Ade, just did not want someone to take 25Kgs of kit out somewhere and then find themselves stranded and having to carry the stuff back to their car!

    There's a reason golf trolleys have such wide wheels Wink And golfers don't even play when conditions are that soft underfoot Grin
  • I think that with wheels like that it will be fine on solid ground!

    However, I foresee trouble on mud, sand and snow Grin

    Wonder if you can change for wider wheels to spread load a little and ensure that it runs over surface. Remember this is designed really for running across airport reception areas and the like, not necessarily for conditions encountered by landscape or wildlife photographers.

    Not saying it is a bad idea, just that it may not work in all circumstances and thinking about those specific problems in advance may save you being stranded on some mud flat somewhere Wink
  • Here's the main item of interest for me:

    A revised 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system that integrates a new AF sensor module. The new AF sensor, which is 20% more light sensitive than its equivalent in the D3S, is capable of low light focus acquisition down to levels as dim as EV-2 (compared to the D3S' EV-1). The D4 is also the first Nikon digital SLR that's able to autofocus with lenses or lens + teleconverter combos whose maximum aperture is f/8.

    But not enough to make me part with the money for now...

  • Quote:Looking at the specification, I can't yet imagine what that might be.

    Which kind of sums up how I am feeling about the D4.

    Of course there are times when 16mp would come in handy. But not enough at the moment to justify 4.8k

    When the D3s was launched I was excited although I did not pre-order. What I did know was what the camera offered in addition to existing models that made it desirable and the situation that would make that a justifiable upgrade.

    I was heading to Finland to photograph the bears in Autumn. So the shooting window was very short in terms of hours per day. Thus the justification to buy the D3s was simple. The phenomenal ISO capabilities generally gave me an extra 10-15 minutes at either end of the sessions. Over 5 days that adds up!

    Not saying at some time I won't buy one, but right at this moment more likely to buy a second D3s.
  • I am curious as to what excites people in the spec of the D4.

    On the thread started by Cole a number of members said that they have placed their orders. I also know quite a few other Nikon users that have pre-ordered. When the D3s came out the high ISO was truly ground-breaking compared with both competitors and Nikon's own line up. What feature in the new D4 is the equivalent of that?

    What excites you about the D4?

    Why is this a must have camera?
  • Ah poor Cole.

    Timing wise as I see it:

    Canon announced early - got the market excited and then are taking longer to get the stock out to the customers.

    Nikon appear to have learnt from previous announcements strategies where they would announce and then fail to deliver on the due date by simply delaying launch until stock is "ready to fulfil" demand.

    Of course we still have to see if the cameras actually appear on the 16th Feb!

    And there will be shortages (real or created) because that is how the price is kept high for the first six months or so

    Different marketing strategies tis all.

  • Personally I would caution against deliberately underexposing on a Nikon DSLR. A sure fire way to introduce noise in to the image, although the effect is now greatly reduced on what it used to be on older models.

    If the histogram is showing a well exposed image - which of course is open to interpretation as it will depend on the scene/subject being shot. Where exactly is the image showing as overexposed? On the rear screen or on your computer? It may simply be that one or both require adjustment rather than there being anything wrong with the camera exposure.
  • Well I've only used my UA once this year so I guess it should be that image...

    I shall never hear the end of it from the OP Tongue
  • Just a question? Why is it when anyone says the A word on this thread is it automatically turned in to a link?

    Clearly this does not happen for all online companies, so why Ama***?