I agree with the argument against buying full frame lenses for an APS-C body in case of a future upgrade. But ironically I now choose to use a mixed outfit.
When upgrading to a DSLR outfit, I decided on a fresh start. If I had chosen full frame, the set of mid-range, wide-angle and telephoto zooms and an image-stabilized macro lens that I wanted would be heavier than I wanted to carry. Also, 4½ years ago, the full frame options were not that attractive. So I chose an outfit of Nikon D90, 17-55mm f/2.8, 55-200mm, 85mm VR macro and Sigma 8-16mm. Then Nikon launched the D800, and I realized that replacing the D90 and 17-55mm with a D800 and 24-70mm f/2.8 (I chose the Tamron for its image stabilization) would not add much to the weight of my outfit, whilst giving me full frame quality for most of my shots. Meanwhile the 15MPx of the D800 in APS-C format gives better results than my D90 with the APS-C lenses, and probably matches the resolution the lenses can achieve.
I was seriously considering the new 4-section 190CXPRO4 (the old version was too short for me), but I noticed that the 055CXPRO4 offered similar height, weight, features and price, with larger diameter tubes that should give a more rigid tripod unless the joints are inadequate. But I subsequently decided that turning the column 90° would give very little advantage over being able to work without the centre column, or invert it. For real flexibility my Benbo (which is very cumbersome for carrying) allows me to put the centre column at any angle. I can set it parallel to the lens axis and use it for coarse focusing for macro work. (I think the Gitzo Explorer offers this in a tripod that can match the Manfrottos for portability, but at a price.) I am currently considering the Redged TSC-425, which is much lighter and folds rather shorter than the Manfrottos. It can be used without the centre column, or with the column reversed, but the column can’t be angled.
I’m looking for a tripod that is light and compact to carry, but versatile, with features such as tilting and inverting the centre column for close-ups of small flowers, etc.
The Manfrottos look tempting. I would choose a 4-section carbon. The old 190 is shorter than I would like. I see the new 190 and 055 offer almost identical weight and height, but the 055 has larger diameter legs, which I would expect to be more rigid. Does the new 190 have any striking advantages to counter its skinny legs?
How does Lightroom catalogue duplicate copies?
At present, due to lack of space, only half my photos (pairs of RAW + JPEG) are stored on a hard drive within the computer. But I also have the full set on an external hard drive. I don’t have any catalogue system, but the photos are in folders in chronological order sized to match backups onto DVDs.
If I was to get Lightroom, could I easily make it recognise and show which photos are duplicates?
With thanks in advance,Chris Newman