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02-03-2012, 10:17 AM   #31
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I recently discovered the world of high dynamic range (HDR) photography. It's an amazing method of photography, and although I could do some scenes hand held, for the most part it would be impossible without a good tripod. I use an older aluminum Bogen (now Manfrotto) 3021 w/ a ball head. Thinking of switching to a Really Right Stuff carbon fiber w/ one of their ball heads to get a lighter rig.

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Thanks for all the advice. I got a Manfrotto Xprod and a 498RC2. Have been learning to use them and also determined to lug them wherever possible.

With an upcoming birthday party of our baby boy where I will be owning up the responsibility of capturing memories, I am looking to buy either 70, 77 or 50-135. I am sold on the 50-135, weighing the SDM risks before making the jump.

Currently immersed in the best Photography book of them all for me, the K-5 manual.

I will catalog my journey in photography and hope it helps someone soon. At a minimum, it should make me happy looking back some day.
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Got a 50-135, loving it to bits.
04-10-2012, 04:17 PM   #34
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tripod, tripod, tripod. i feel its one of the best investments you could make, the second would be teaching yourself to use it as much as you can

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