Craig Gillette

Lives in United States Chino Hills, CA, United States
Works as a teacher, etc.
Joined on Feb 21, 2003

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  • No.  I have an earlier version (725b) that evolved into the BeFree.  There were discussions of it's being somewhat fragile.  I haven't had any of that sort of problems with it.  I don't baby it ...
  • There are also horizontal arms available separately or set to attach to a tripod head (B&H has a wide variety but names and catalog locations are a bit hard to describe - exploring works :) ) .  ...
  • I'm not entirely sure it's meant to be a photo tripod (but not clear on what it might otherwise work with either).  The round ridged segment mates to a matching element on the missing parts.  It ...
  • You might start here: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/battle-of-the-titans-top-ball-heads-tested With the note that the review does point out that aspect of the Sirui ball head.  I have one. btw, ...
  • In the "Articles" drop down menu (to the top of the page here), there are a couple of travel tripod articles/reviews.   In the aluminums, I'd think something like the Sirui t-2005x (and a head ...
  • I have a Manfrotto 725b tripod. It's an earlier model than the BeFrees. I use it as a walk-around and travel tripod and am often quite pleased with it's performance. I've used it with a Nikon D200 ...
  • This is the best way to find the wrong tripod for your uses. The most important uses for a tripod are to hold the camera and lens stable in a position that is right for the picture and right for ...
  • Here's the problem.  That's a pretty basic question - understanding the differences between those two cameras.  Functionally, the D7200 will perhaps in an anecdotal or general sort of way, handle ...
  • This is a convenient lens but not a stellar lens.  Note that you have other lenses that cover the longer range here. Are you happy with the way they perform?    The 18-270 could replace them for a ...
  • Probably won't.  What you may get, eventually, are more larger/longer FE lenses.  Or A mounts (or other brand mounts) and adapters that will get focus performance to full performance (if not ...
  • Thom's main idea is not to spend once so much as it is to understand the functionality you need, then buy appropriately to that need.  While his well-known article is aimed mostly at users of ...
  • Well, in the good old days, the common single or at least first "standard" lens was a 50mm (or so) on a slr, the typical fixed single lens on many rangefinder or similar cameras was a 35mm (or ...
  • In a suitably made and sturdy tripod, extension is a positive option under some uses.  If it always has to be extended or is fixed in place that suggests a (poor?) trade was made to get a compact ...
  • FLM but it's not the least expensive out there.  I'd look at Sirui, Benro and Induro and Feisol.  Not necessarily in that order.  They all make a range of CF tripods of variopus heights, ...
  • While the reviews might seem favorable, the Questions and Answers suggest a less positive picture.  I think you are looking for two rather different applications, light for carrying and ...
  • Don't know, really.  It has a drop slot, which I would expect to be a 90 degree slot.   The Questions and Answers on the B&H site suggest it's a 38mm ball.  Which should hold that weight - not ...
  • Replied in Good Safe?
    Then Google is your friend.  Lots of safe companies out there offer both a range of products and discussions on the increasing levels of protection and cost along with their sales pitches.  Saves ...
  • Replied in Good Safe?
    As others have noted, there are several things to consider.  A small "safe" can be carried away.  Actually quite a large safe can be moved on a furniture dolly or hand truck without too much trouble. ...
  • I think there is a reason this focal range or it's ff equivalent, on ff, is so popular. Probably a hit for the interiors, parties but kind of restricting for general use on the long end - ...
  • Manfdotto's newer L or "Elbow" brackets are much less ghastly than their old ones. They are universal brackets so they will fit the Sonys. But I'd suggest one of the rc2 plate/AS clamp set ups and ...
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