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Manfrotto 322RC Joystick Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head

Manfrotto 685B Monopod

Manfrotto 685B Monopod

Manfrotto 685B Monopod

Manfrotto 685B Monopod

Got these two awesome gears for my arsenal two weeks ago and took them out shooting a few times, the result, ultra steady on my Sony A900 and even better with the Canon G10.

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The reason I chose the Manfrotto 685B monopod over the others available in the market is that from all of the research I did, this one matches my need, i.e. being able to extend and retract at the fastest speed possible.  My believe was further confirmed by the following two videos which I found on YouTube and Luminous Landscape.  The YouTube video is a review of the monopod from Yuri Arcurs, one of the most successful stock photographer, check out how he utilizes his monopod in his daily shoots.  Instead of going for a custom bracket like he does, I found the Manfrotto 322RC2 joystick head which allows for fast switching from landscape to portrait position via the joystick ballhead.  As for the second video, it is a full video review of how the Manfrotto 685B works with the Canon G10.  Check them out and enjoy.

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Thom Hogan posted the latest review on the brand new Nikon D3x and indeed a very thorough review IMHO.  His take on the Nikon D3X and I quote, “the D3x produces excellent, best-of-class images, but that comes at a price that’s the highest of any existing DSLR. You’ll need really top notch lenses and technique to resolve that performance. Are you really ready for all that portends?”

Click here for the full review.

Source – bythom via 1001 Noisy Cameras

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Source – DP Review

The review of the Canon 5D Mark II is up on Camera Labs.  But the fun read out of the whole review is the notes on the “black dot” issue of the 5D Mark II and the following is the extract (note my highlight in italics).

“The biggest issue facing the 5D Mark II is hopefully a temporary one: the infamous black dot issue reported by many early adopters. This affects images with very high contrast subjects, typically a saturated white area next to one that’s very dark. Typical examples include lights on city views at night, bright stars on astro-photos and seasonally enough, Christmas Tree lamps. The artefact appears as a very dark mark alongside the bright, saturated area, and you can see an example here from an image we took with the Mark II. The effect appears with or without Highlight Tone Priority, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Noise Reduction, and also exists on the RAW data. At the time of writing Canon has promised a response, and we can only hope it involves a firmware update and not a recall. If you take the kind of photos which could be affected and like to view them on-screen at 100%, then you’ll want to wait and see how the situation develops. If however the effect doesn’t bother you, or you rarely take images it would affect, then it may not be an issue. Certainly it did not appear in any of our standard indoor and outdoor test shots including those on our Gallery and Results pages.”

Link to full review here.

Source – Camera Labs

Camera Labs ran the latest review on the Canon PowerShot G10.  After reading the review, still think that my Panasonic Lumix LX3 is a bit superior than the G10 and the Nikon P6000 with the HD video recording, 24mm wide angle, F2.0 aperture and fast speed shooting.  Head over here for the full review and see if you agree.

Source – Camera Labs

Had my LX3 for quite some time.  Love its compactness in size (vs. the Canon G9 or Nikon P5100); the bright focal ratio of F2.0-2.8; the ability to shoot in 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 formats with no cropping; RAW format (but no updates yet from Adobe); HD 720p movie recording format and last but not least, its 24mm equivalent coverage.  What I don’t like though is the lens cap and its short battery life.  For a more detailed review, Camera Labs have published a very thorough review and have some great comparison with the Canon G9, check it out, link here.

Source – Camera Labs

Gee, does it look sweet or not?

Source – DigitalRevCom