April 18th, 2008, 10:44 PM #761
So, I have still been trying to decide which lens to rent to take to Red Bull, and in doing my research, I came across something that made me nauseated and want to cry all at the same time:
Full translated page here, from what I can make of it, someone tossed the photog the camera as some event was about to start, but it might have also been mounted on a tripod? Anyway, no fun at all with 1DMkIII and a 500mm f/4.0 IS, that is about $10,000 down the drain.
I think that image convinced me I should go with the measly by comparison 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 zoom and keep it simple (and I would have to have picked up a Wimberly mount if I wanted to use the 500mm or the 600mm, which is a little more than I want to get into)
April 19th, 2008, 02:19 PM #762
April 19th, 2008, 02:34 PM #763
LAist: Found in Long Beach: Legal Street Racing
Rinkrat is Photo of the Day on the LAist. That's twice in one week!
April 19th, 2008, 03:44 PM #764
That is a FREAKING AWESOME image! The only suggestion I would make is to level out the horizon. It is just ever-so-slightly high on the left side of the frame.
Originally Posted by rinkrat
Nice job getting rid of the sensor dust, too.
Last edited by FBJ; April 19th, 2008 at 03:46 PM.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
April 19th, 2008, 03:58 PM #765
April 20th, 2008, 08:07 AM #766
Here is the plane that buzzed the LB Grand Prix yesterday.
April 21st, 2008, 12:14 AM #767
April 21st, 2008, 12:24 AM #768
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
I'm looking at two price ranges:
Realistic: Up to $600
Daydream: Up to $900
What say you?
April 21st, 2008, 07:27 AM #769
April 21st, 2008, 10:38 AM #770
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.