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  • #1869
    chupathingie
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    Well that was painful… B&H just got me for considerably more than my tax refund. So much for willpower. I’d been mulling over getting some glass and accessories for about a month now, and finally decided I didn’t really have a compelling reason not to. I also ordered sleeping‘s semi-budget macro flash setup. That aughtta keep me busy for a while.

    Now for most of a week of anticipation… I’ll try to sooth my lack of willpower by playing with new toys…

    #29559
    chupathingie
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    wow, ran off all day getting RW stuff done and not a single “whatcha get?”… You guys are tough to troll…

    #29558
    Plamadude30k
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    I’ll bite. What’dya get?

    #29557
    chupathingie
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    TOYS! And thanks for biting, palma (pokes with stick) 😉 Bought sleeping‘s suggested kit (as mentioned, and after looking around I realised the recommendation pretty much fit), a set of extender tubes, a pair of mid-grade UV filters since I needed them simply for protection from the wind and blown sand here (plus I do like the way they knock haze down), an additional 77mm circ polarizer so I won’t have to swap when I change lenses, and something I think I’m gonna enjoy even if I don’t manage to use it for it’s intended purpose (wide-field astrophotography)… a 70-200mm L ISII USM.

    Much as I’m looking forward to playing with the new zoomer, I REALLY wanna see what the extender tubes do with some other lenses. I’ve got a slew of potential targets and stages in mind for the macro end of things…

    #29556
    sleeping
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    Hmm, I hope I didn’t lead you down the wrong path. I tried using the macro flashes today, and it turns out the slaves do not like full sunlight *at all*. I may have to rig something up with PC cords or something….

    #29555
    chupathingie
    Participant

    Fair enough, sleeping, I think I could actually do what I’m intending in natural light indoors. I have very little experience with lighting; I lean towards landscapes. You’d be fair to say “All that guy does is landscapes.” Your recommendation made a lot of sense for indoor use, especially since I have no clue how to control outdoor lighting. Hey, this is all a learning experience for me, and most of of the FT’y crowd have the hands-on that I lack. Not to mention you folks have some free time… I envy you for that… I’ll be happy to take 1/2 dozen images that I like a year; even if I have to plan and process to get them. I’m hardly close to that goal yet.

    #29554
    Curious
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    Much as I’m looking forward to playing with the new zoomer, I REALLY wanna see what the extender tubes do with some other lenses. I’ve got a slew of potential targets and stages in mind for the macro end of things…

    i’ve had ext tubes for roughly 5 years now for two different cameras and love them. these couple to the cameras focus and exposure controls unlike my bellows for the film cameras. i think you will find they were a good purchase.

    #29553
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Sorry, I was gone most of yesterday for Father’s Day stuff. Sounds like you got fun toys, though! I have a set of extension tubes, and I love them as well for the versatility with various lenses. Have fun!

    #29552
    Kestrana
    Participant

    Yup we have extension tubes too and use them regularly.

    #29562
    CauseISaidSo
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    … and something I think I’m gonna enjoy even if I don’t manage to use it for it’s intended purpose (wide-field astrophotography)… a 70-200mm L ISII USM.

    Congrats! As an owner of one of those myself, I know the pain you’re talking about. Did you get the ouch! f/4 or the ouch! this-thing-costs-more-than-my-first-car f/2.8?

    #29561
    chupathingie
    Participant

    I got the 2.8. I figured it could also be used as an f5.6 400mm with a doubler, which gives it a nicely sized field of view for some of the brighter DSOs out there. I almost bought the non-IS version, but after playing with a cheap 70-300mm the other day and having a great deal of difficulty spot-focusing I figured I’d better just blow the money on the IS. Hurts now, but I know I’ll be happy I did it later.

    #29560
    nobigdeal
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    Ext tubes are awesome! You will have fun with them, but that 70-200 f2.8 is a beast! You are going to love that lens even though it weighs 100 lbs!

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