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Pro-level camera equipment, all input appreciated!

HypertimeHypertime Arlington, VARegistered User regular
edited July 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Wishlist times has officially come to my workplace and my division has a budget that it needs to burn through immediately. I'm focusing mainly on camera equipment, since I work on the marketing side of things.

Right now, I have a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and hood, a 50mm f/1.4 lens and a 24mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens and hood. Plus a whole bunch of lens pens and cleaning cloths.

Can anyone recommend tripods, external flash units, bags, filters, et al. Personal experience with this equipment would be awesome, but if you just have some good links to good sites I would be in your debt.

Thanks in advance.

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I can't really recommend anything in particular, but you could ask in the photo thread in AC, those guys are helpful people

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    blanknogoblanknogo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The photo podcast TWIP (this week in photography) had a few video podcasts on camera supports. The type of equipment covered in these podcasts is very high-end so it's worth taking a look at. I found one of them for you but a quick search should get you the other.

    http://twipphoto.com/index.php/archives/207

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    Toxin01Toxin01 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    HDR-FX7

    + Vegas 8 Pro and you can make things like This


    *WARNING*: Going to take forever to buffer.

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    digital.aarondigital.aaron Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    For flashes, I actually recommend a Nikon SB-800 (or 900 if you have the cash), that is connected for wireless operation, preferably with a set of pocket wizards. I have been dabbling with off-camera flash, and it is just so much more professional looking than on-camera (hotshoe'd) flash. The SB-800 is also the cream of the crop, with the SB-900 to soon take the title of "king of the flashes".

    If you need any more help with off-camera flash, I highly recommend www.strobist.com.

    I have a middle-of-the-line Bogen-Manfrotto tripod and head. I like the quality of their stuff. I'd look into getting a nice carbon fiber model, something sturdy that will support your 70-200, and a nice ball head, or geared head if you need more precision.

    I use only Hoya filters. Top quality Japanese stuff. I keep UV filter on all my lenses, and also have a 52mm circular polarizer and a 72mm circular polarizer, and an assorment of NDs.

    I have two camera bags. One is a Naneu Pro Alpha backpack. It's great when I take all my gear on a trip. it's very comfortable and configurable. The camera pocket is also hidden, which to me was a big plus. It doesn't look like a camera bag. I also have a Tamrac Express (I think) bag for when I'm just taking my camera out to shoot some photos and don't need a lot of accessories. I've also used a Lowepro bag that was very nice.

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    GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    For flashes, I actually recommend a Nikon SB-800

    You might try reading the OP a little more carefully.

    I have a Manfrotto 055MF4 which is their Magfiber tripod. I've been very pleased with it. It's compact, light and can assume a variety of positions without too much hassle. I put a 460MG Magnesium head on it, just a basic three-way adjustment.

    You're gonna wanna go with a Canon external flash for the ETTL-II compatibility. I think the 580EX is the top of the line and it's very very nice to work with.

    Don't buy a camera bag. Anything with a name like Lowepro on it immediately identifies your bag as a camera bag and as something people might want to steal. Other bag companies offer camera bags or things that could work well enough for you.

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    saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    As a Canon shooter the POTN forums will have you spending thousands of dollars in no time. http://photography-on-the.net/forum/

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    digital.aarondigital.aaron Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Gafoto wrote: »
    For flashes, I actually recommend a Nikon SB-800

    You might try reading the OP a little more carefully.


    You in turn might try reading on the website I posted. It is entirely possibly to shoot a Nikon strobe on a Canon camera, especially using a wireless solution. There are even ways to make it work with a wired solution, or even on the hotshoe itself.

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    DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Don't buy a camera bag. Anything with a name like Lowepro on it immediately identifies your bag as a camera bag and as something people might want to steal. Other bag companies offer camera bags or things that could work well enough for you.

    I agree that big logos (like the Canon Digital strap) are too flashy, but what would you recommend, to hold say, a camera body, 4-5 primes, a zoom, external flash, tripod, battery grip, extra batteries, laptop, chargers, a stack of filters and a tripod?

    Camera shoulder bags have been the only thing that work for me, because they usually open in a way that doesn't spill your shit everywhere (or force you to place the whole thing on the ground), has a bunch of zippered pockets that you can stick various things in (filters, batteries, memory), reconfigurable pockets to hold your lenses, etc.

    Tenba is pricey for camera bags, but well designed, and the logos are unobtrusive.

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    GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Gafoto wrote: »
    For flashes, I actually recommend a Nikon SB-800

    You might try reading the OP a little more carefully.

    You in turn might try reading on the website I posted. It is entirely possibly to shoot a Nikon strobe on a Canon camera, especially using a wireless solution. There are even ways to make it work with a wired solution, or even on the hotshoe itself.

    Why would you though? It's not going to have E-TTL II functionality and the OP doesn't need a wireless flash.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So would this camera mainly be for studio work, or would you be out in the field a lot? Do you have an exact budget, and if so what is it?

    Studio shooting and shooting in the wild are entirely different things that have very different ideal setups, so I'll wait on the response before getting more specific.

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    UnknownSaintUnknownSaint Kasyn Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Gafoto wrote: »
    Gafoto wrote: »
    For flashes, I actually recommend a Nikon SB-800

    You might try reading the OP a little more carefully.

    You in turn might try reading on the website I posted. It is entirely possibly to shoot a Nikon strobe on a Canon camera, especially using a wireless solution. There are even ways to make it work with a wired solution, or even on the hotshoe itself.

    Why would you though? It's not going to have E-TTL II functionality and the OP doesn't need a wireless flash.

    E-TTL is nifty for a lot of situations, but depending on the needs, the 430EX is a solid flash and a lot more affordable. Not as powerful as the 580, but if you don't need that kind of power in a speedlite the alternative is still damn good.

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