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  1. David, I have tested lens plate vs camera plate with my Canon 70-200 and 1dsmk3. The result surprised me a lot: camera plate won with every technique: mirror up; live view; 2 sec; 10 sec delay. My guess: the system is too well balanced. Dampening vibration works best when there's a certain tension on the ball head. The zoom has a rubber gasket between the lens and the mount, so play there is probably not a factor. So after years using the lens collars, I now leave them in the drawer. Another interesting test was using a very light weight Gitzo with a Gigapan Epic Pro. The Gigapan was to be mounted directly to the center column. Why? We were not allowed in with a tripod, but there were no restrictions on photography (not telling you where, but in a country known for thoroughness). There was not enough time to go through the regular channels and ask for a permit (thoroughness). The subject was in a remote location on the property, so we figured that if we would make it past the gate we were more or less safe. The shortest tripod was my modded Sirui (weight: 689g - 38,5cm folded), but it failed every test. Next best was my Gitzo G1058 (710g - 45cm folded). My standard solution - hanging my bag with the sling over the body, just hooked over the prism, could not work with the rotating Gigapan. Initial idea: have something hang from the center column: at 20kg still not useful. A tripod apron filled with 10kg: slightly better but still useless. The solution was to make the center column longer, but very stiff. I used an adjustable Manfrotto pole, extended to just above the ground. With a 5kg sandbag strapped to it, the results were really good. We hooked up some triangles to the feet (alu rulers and gaffer) and it performed brilliantly. So the lesson there was: the hook just doesn't do a thing. I knew it was inferior to the bag over the camera trick, but was unprepared for how bad it really was. Extending the center column and making it heavy at the bottom made it behave like the diy glide cam devices for video. The umbrella trick is familiar to old greybeards that learned to shoot with 4x5 or even 8x10's with bellows that flopped in the slightest breeze: take a big umbrella as a wind shield. (Of course umbrella's were verboten also.) wim
  2. Sung, In general it's always a compromise. Bigger = always better. Buy the biggest you are willing to carry. Bigger is also more forgiving. The BH-25 will hold your D800 and 2.8/80-200 as well, but you'll need a lot of careful shooting technique and occasionally an umbrella, to hold everything still. For your tripod, which is about 2000g, a 450g ball head is perfect. The 820g BH-55 is overkill on that tripod. I would combine the BH-40 with the smallest screw-knob clamp the B2-mAS unless you prefer a lever operated one; those are bigger. The Manfrotto plates you may have are incompatible with the Arca-Swiss style plates. The body plates that RRS makes are still the best in the industry and I would recommend buying at least one. I have both straight and L plates. The L-plate takes up a little bit more space in the bag, but I seldom swap it for a straight plate nowadays. I wished though that camera makers would incorporate the Arca Swiss grooves into the body design, both vertical and horizontal. Because the L-plate provides a square platform on the side, I use it to prop up the camera to tables, floors, walls, columns etc a lot. But it remains an awkward lump of metal to the left of the body (be it lite weight). The straight ones are much more unobtrusive. wim
  3. Thank you for the info, Wim. You are correct re tax. RRS seems to be a worthwhile investment. By the way if you buy from EU and you are registered for VAT, you pay Website price minus local VAT. Anyway I will have to compare the prices first. Sung True, but you do pay VAT in the end. There's no escape. In the US there is sales tax as well, be it lower. Recently I tested my most minimal setup for travel, including the smallest RRS ballhead the BH-25. For one of the tests to find out what would reduce mirror slap or shutter vibration the most, I put small sandbags filled with lead pellets on top of my camera. The RRS would not sag; the Gitzo's sagged above a certain load; the Chinese ones just flopped over at a critical point. Frightening! wim
  4. No: http://reallyrightstuff.com/WebsiteInfo.aspx?fc=9 There are local sellers also. This is the one in the Netherlands: Cameranu wim edit: the info RRS still has here seems incorrect. There is no real advantage buying in the EU. Being in the EU and buying from the US, if that's what you meant, just means you have to pay tax. Being in the EU and buying from the EU, means you pay taxes too. Plus you pay the local shop (who pays taxes too). edit 2: I have Gitzo; Inka; Manfrotto; Sirui and RRS heads, and recommend the RRS: worth the money.
  5. Daily Express - Monday July 1 2013 (paper) p 33 - C5C3CY - Jasper Cole (Blend Images) - Friends laughing together wim
  6. Cosmopolitain July 2013 p 34 - D2XJ4H - Anthony Lee - highlighting comb (spot) p 166 - B32EFC - D. Hurst - iPod Nano (spot) wim
  7. Cosmopolitain Italy July 2013 p 177 - C6DTAK - Nino Marcutti - Papaya Croatia (flipped) p 179 - D2W5M5 - Peter Vallance - Koh Tachai p 179 - CXBGCK - Y Levi - Pinamar bar man wim
  8. Cosmopolitain Singapore July 2013 p73 - A4B1HD - D. Hurst - Lingerie cutout p75 - BJA4WM - Danny Smythe - Beer cutout wim edit: bold got lost
  9. You can test this for yourself for your images: e.g. London Big Ben vs Big Ben London. If there's a difference, choose the order that gives the best result for your image and the keywords that you think clients will use to search for them. Use All of Alamy (AoA) on Your Images page to check if clients indeed use those keywords. wim
  10. Conde Nast Traveller June July 2013 p 56 - ACEPNT - GS International - CFM Station Maputo (spot) p 204 - BADPY2 - Pictorial Press - still from Breakfast at Tiffany's wim
  11. Börse Online - 27l13 - 27.6.–3.7.2013 (which is on paper) p 4 - A2HDP1 - Bora - Geneva wim
  12. Virtuoso Life - July/August 2013 p20 - CN10F5 - Realy Easy Star / Toni Spagone - Civitella del Tronto p 52 - BPR6K9 - Gabriela Insuratelu - Gummi bears cutout p 84 - CN5JAN - AMIEL Jean-Claude / hemis.fr - Scallops by Alain Ducasse wim
  13. The Independent 3 July 2013 p 13 - BR46B0 - Greg Balfour Evans - Thorpe Park prizes p 25 - A5WB8E - John Powell Photographer - Lads night out wim
  14. Only for the simple ones. I may use 5 minutes, but then I have to go back to it for more than an hour the next day or later. As I said: I kid you not. And I get back to some over time. To far too little actually. I should overhaul each every year. I'm sure the ones I haven't touched after they went live, now drag my CTR down. I use AoA for checking which terms clients actually use. And when I'm diligent I check later where they land on the page for certain regular searches. But with goalposts moving from time to time this is frustrating, so I only do this for a handful of images. Over time my guess is, that my 150 to 200 most important images all get around 5 hours of keywording attention. Initially I only used the same numbers as Jeff jokingly, but thinking it through, found that it's quite the truth for me. So there you probably have the extremes next to each other. Bear in mind though, I'm not a native English speaker. (And, as I said before, I'm trying to use that as an advantage.) wim
  15. If no research needed, less than 1 hour If Google Map or Google Web search needed, 1-5 hours ;-) yes but I kid you not. wim
  16. Could be due to ACR. Do you have access to Aperture somewhere? I'm bringing this up because of this guy (pun): Guy Gowan from min 39:25 wim
  17. Here's an 800 with ehh sound and weird ehh pipes. ;-) wim (who after all these years still mourns his m20) edit: honestly, I had no idea there would be a youtube video embedded here, when I only pasted a link to it.
  18. Steve is right it's a Drifter. It's just very hard to see whether it's an 800 or a 1500. (the difference is 5 degrees: one has the cylinders at a 50 degree angle; the other at 55 degrees. The 1500 has injection; the 800 a single carb. wim
  19. It's pretty simple: if your work doesn't need it and your client doesn't want it, why use anything better than sRGB. If your work requires AdobeRGB or your client prefers it, then use AdobeRGB. If your work requires ProPhoto RGB or your client prefers it, then use ProPhoto RGB. If you have no idea what it's all about or why one should be better than the other, please use sRGB. (And that includes Ken Rockwell.) If you have to go beyond sRGB, you probably know why. If you have to go beyond sRGB because your client requires it, but you have no idea, you have two options: A: Tell the client I have no idea, please go to someone who has; or B: go back to school -or read one of the books already mentioned, but don't expect to be able to send the client the work first thing tomorrow ;-) wim edit: typo
  20. Some stock agencies require ProPhoto. It's a tad better than AdobeRgb 1998 for nature, but the main reason is it's more future proof, when we will all work in 16 bit. And the output will be mainly to screens and not to paper. http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles1203/mh1203-1.html http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/prophoto-rgb.shtml wim
  21. Weird that. Because it went through the first time. Lets try it again: definitely If this board does accept mine, but not yours, you may have to start worrying ;-) wim
  22. http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/maintaining-maximum-image-quality.asp Alamy says: We recommend you use Adobe RGB (1998). This is the industry standard for imaging professionals. So they seem to allow other profiles. Some people here on the Forum have reported they always use sRGB. Yikes! Except that then there are no conversion mistakes possible. And from time to time people have questioned either their own calibration method or the conversion Alamy uses especially for the thumbnails. wim (AdobeRGB almost exclusively) edit: typo
  23. Fabulous July 1, 2013 p35 - ADMY7P - Ron Chapple Stock - orange shoes (thumbnail) Wim edit: typo
  24. Nature 13 June 2013 p 163 - CRBDTM - Photo Yoko Aziz - Ulugh Beg's Observatory Samarqand (Samarkand) and online here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v498/n7453/full/498161a.html wim (while you're there, have a peak at this: http://www.nature.com/news/drones-in-science-fly-and-bring-me-data-1.13161)
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