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  1. #31
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    Well ... if you are doing HDR or fixed imaging (not candids) it is perfect. I have the grip-ball for other stuff. That grip-ball is very a cool lens manipulator. I normally have it mounted on the monopod. I bought the pan-tilt out of safety concerns using the heavier glass. It replaced my regular 486RC2 ball-head for the time being.

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    Obviously, the best tool is the hydrostatic ball-head which prevents heavy lens collapse when released. It stays where it is put and allows ease of movement when you need to change position.

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    It's also $250!

    One day maybe ... but I have another camera to buy! LOL
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  2. #32
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    You sure do!

    And I need to fill my bag (need to get a camera/laptop backpack too..... ugh) of glass!
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  3. #33
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    Do you ever wonder if anyone else reads these information exchanges?

    I've looked and noted that there is a lot of good info going back and forth, despite whether you are a SONY fan or not. I know that when I note some kind of limitation or control restriction ... I catch all sorts of nonsense .. and all I am doing is exposing an issue. I didn't build this stuff ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-25-2008 at 10:42 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Do you ever wonder if anyone else reads these information exchanges?

    I've looked and noted that there is a lot of good info going back and forth, despite whether you are a SONY fan or not. I know that when I note some kind of limitation or control restriction ... I catch all sorts of nonsense .. and all I am doing is exposing an issue. I didn't build this stuff ...
    yeah sure, it's a forum. i've read your discussions with sean and frank before and they've been helpful even if it's not immediately applicable. After all I got the 17-50/2.8 and 70-300/4-5.6 off of a "help, I'm a noob and just got an a300 thread" posted by someone else which had the same questions I had.

    this is such a wonderful resource.

    My list of things to buy soon include another battery, a hvl-f42am flash, and a bag that can hold my laptop and a few lenses for trips.

    Any thoughts on any of these items?

    For the bag, I was thinking of the kata dr-467 backpack/rucksack. I like the compartments and all-weather cover and some of the other features it has. A runner up would be the lowepro fastpack 250, but I don't like the look of it as much although it does look bigger and a tad more functional. But like I said, I really like the kata's design.

    http://www.adorama.com/KADR467.html?...-467&item_no=6
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    dr4gon, have you handled a fastpack 250? I happened to see a 200 at best buy the other day and checked it out, seemed smaller then I thought it would be, and kind of snug, havent seen the 250. I have thought about the lowepro AW 300 sling bag, not sure how it will handle the bigger glass, and I think maybe Don said something about it being a bit snug / tricky to get the 700 with VG in and out of the opening. As far as a back pack style some of the Tenba bags look pretty nice.
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    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    dr4gon, have you handled a fastpack 250? I happened to see a 200 at best buy the other day and checked it out, seemed smaller then I thought it would be, and kind of snug, havent seen the 250. I have thought about the lowepro AW 300 sling bag, not sure how it will handle the bigger glass, and I think maybe Don said something about it being a bit snug / tricky to get the 700 with VG in and out of the opening. As far as a back pack style some of the Tenba bags look pretty nice.
    The only tenba, I like for my needs is the Tenba Gen-3.... get in the bag... a tenba bag! (or something like that, they're annoying slogan in their videos LOL )

    I want something for trips and to be able to carry my laptop so I can upload pictures each night. I saw the compuday pack at Fry's last week and it's pretty big although a bit different than the fastpack. A few lenses, laptop compartment, and large storage bulk compartment would be ideal (could even stick a 70-200/2.8 in that). Let me know what else you find.
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    Makes notes, in the 10 minutes I spent handling the 70-200 before I came back to work, I know I need a better monopod / tripod then what I have and a bigger more stable head on it, choices choices!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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    Well I ordered a battery this morning and it's in the mail. As for the flash, what does everyone think of the sony hvl-f42am flash. Perhaps I should make another thread? Oh well, I don't mind going OT on my own thread about goodies.... hehe.
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