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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    I don't know if you guys are doing this or not (I think PM is...):

    After creating the HDR and tonemapping it in Photomatix (or whatever it is you use), save the file and run it through Lightroom's (or PS's for that matter) noise reduction. It makes for a much smoother image.
    Funny, when I started I did that on a couple of images, but I forgot all about it.

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    HDR is for tweakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    I don't know if you guys are doing this or not (I think PM is...):

    After creating the HDR and tonemapping it in Photomatix (or whatever it is you use), save the file and run it through Lightroom's (or PS's for that matter) noise reduction. It makes for a much smoother image.
    OK, I just did that and added a ton of sharpness.

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    Did this last night. I used the timer and sure enough it took all three bracketed photos. That rules!

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    Okay, guys. The tax return should be deposited in the account some time in the next week. I am in the market for a tripod and head, and I'm looking for recommendations.

    I have a Canon 40D that won't have anything larger than a 300mm tele on it on the regular. (I have an 85mm and a 135mm, as well.) I may rent a 400mm some time, but that may be a once a year kind of thing. (Like the Red Bull Air Race next month, which I unfortunately will miss this year.)

    So, to recap, the max load will be:

    Canon 40D with Battery Grip
    300mm w/ the Occasional 400mm
    580XL

    I'm looking at two price ranges:

    Realistic: Up to $600
    Daydream: Up to $900

    What say you?

    TIA,

    Corey

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    I very much agree with what RinkRat posted. When I was looking for a tripod a while ago I read that very same article and thought to myself "naww, I won't need anything that sturdy / expensive, the $300 range for legs and head will work fine" and now a few years later guess what, I am regretting my decision and am thinking that I need both new legs and a new head.

    In addition to the Gitzo recommendation (with no center column), I would recommend Really Right Stuff ball heads as well as their L brackets. If you are thinking about renting the 400mm or anything bigger, having a gimbal head is going to be a huge advantage. The gold standard for those types of heads is the Wimberley Head II, which are very expensive, but a more reasonable alternative that was recommended to me was the #3421 gimbal head by Bogen. One of the reasons I'm not renting big glass this year for Red Bull is that I am questioning my tripods abilities to handle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    I very much agree with what RinkRat posted. When I was looking for a tripod a while ago I read that very same article and thought to myself "naww, I won't need anything that sturdy / expensive, the $300 range for legs and head will work fine" and now a few years later guess what, I am regretting my decision and am thinking that I need both new legs and a new head.

    In addition to the Gitzo recommendation (with no center column), I would recommend Really Right Stuff ball heads as well as their L brackets. If you are thinking about renting the 400mm or anything bigger, having a gimbal head is going to be a huge advantage. The gold standard for those types of heads is the Wimberley Head II, which are very expensive, but a more reasonable alternative that was recommended to me was the #3421 gimbal head by Bogen. One of the reasons I'm not renting big glass this year for Red Bull is that I am questioning my tripods abilities to handle it.
    Thanks to both of you! I'll read the article later today. I figure, by the time the money is there, I can fit in a few trips to the shop and check out what I've been reading.

    Thanks!

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