Bing Chow

Joined on Jul 15, 2011

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On article Fujifilm GFX 50S II review (499 comments in total)
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sonic123: If it isn't for the 100MP advantage of the GFX 100S, what would be the advantage of this 50MP over a FF camera like Canon R5 or Sony A7RIV?

Access to the GF lenses. Looks like a great gateway into the system.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 14:16 UTC

Tilt-shift? I'm listening.....

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2021 at 17:38 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)
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Bing Chow: I would advise against getting the red apex. As of July 2021, red apices still have the old 22.5/50/84 degree leg angles in the 34 series. Black apices have the newer, 24/50/84 combination, meaning the primary leg angle has a slightly wider footprint. In theory, that should make it slightly stiffer than the old version. These tripods have way more headroom than what most people will subject them to anyway (including me), so that stiffness difference is likely academic. That said, if color was the only difference, I'd buy the stiffer one every time.

@KennyT: Excellent!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 23:16 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: The PMG TR344 being reviewed here on the left, and the new TRS344 Compact Apex look like nearly identical tripods, except for the size difference, IMHO....
Regards,

Michael

They are. Except for the apex. In fact, if you already own any 34-series tripod of theirs, you can convert it into a compact version by swapping out the regular apex.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 19:53 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)
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Superka: these rubber turn legs into ski sticks, preventing tripod reach and dig into the ground on dense grass, so the tripod will not be stable.
Are those rubbers removable and Is there a common 3/8 thread to put spikes?

Did you even read the review?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2021 at 12:39 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)
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Distorted_Light: High end tripod is no longer any top precision equipment in which only advanced countries can produced. Look at the rise of those major Chinese brands like Sirui, Benro, Leofoto and the like. Their qualities are now mostly on par with those major brands traditionally, though most of them undoubtedly began their rise by copying others’ designs.
Now that you can, with sufficient researches, find top tier tripods with far less price if you are not too brand sensitive. Buying traditional brand tripods is now more of a moral choice of not rewarding the copycat players with maybe a little better after sales services.

"maybe a little better after sales services?" I know first hand how PMG will take care of their customers. I have received emails from both Tom Fudala and Tony Papa when I needed help with my tripod or when I shared some criticisms that I had. And they weren't some canned response either. They were professional, timely, and they genuinely cared. I won't go into details here, but they solved all of my issues.

As for RRS, I've received help from them even when I didn't buy from them directly. Without their help, I would have been left wondering if my RRS was authentic, and I might have been left with a Mk1 version of one of their tripods when I paid for a Mk2. Both RRS and B&H were able to resolve the issue completely.

I have no experience trying to reach out to Chinese brands, but their reputation is not strong. I'll just leave it at that.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 01:50 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)

I would advise against getting the red apex. As of July 2021, red apices still have the old 22.5/50/84 degree leg angles in the 34 series. Black apices have the newer, 24/50/84 combination, meaning the primary leg angle has a slightly wider footprint. In theory, that should make it slightly stiffer than the old version. These tripods have way more headroom than what most people will subject them to anyway (including me), so that stiffness difference is likely academic. That said, if color was the only difference, I'd buy the stiffer one every time.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 01:09 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)
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AshMills: Sorry, but you add proprietary apex fittings I will walk away. Way too many bits of generic gear I want to be able to rely on for random uses.

@AshMills: I don't understand. AFAIK, every "systematic" type of tripods will have a proprietary apex. What generic gear do you want to use across several brands of tripods?

One class gear that can be shared across multiple brands is a 75mm bowl-type of levelling base. But you still need a brand specific bowl attachment.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2021 at 21:25 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR344 (105 comments in total)
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Ellis Vener: A correction and a couple of notes

Correction: There are three (not two) 1/4”-20 threaded sockets in the apex of my TR344L tripod. One is used for the user removable and replaceable bullseye level. Flanking each of the three threaded receivers are two non threaded holes useful for aligning the level. I have not checked to see if these are spaced correctly for anti-twist ARRI locating pins.

Notes:
In his otherwise excellent and comprehensive review I don’t believe noted that ProMediaGear sells a center column + collar insert for the TR34# series tripods.

You can replace any feet that have 3/38”-16 bolts These thread into the standard mushroom feet. I use Gitzo Big Feet on my TR344L so there is much more contact surface. I know other people who use steel “claw feet” for rocky surfaces. Also that PMG include spikes saves $99 over the similar model tripod from RRS.

Replacing the center platform with either the optional center column or 75mm bowl takes five minutes or less.

@Ellis: the new apices have two 1/4" and one 3/8" accessory sockets, whereas the older apices with the 22.5 deg angles have three 1/4" sockets.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2021 at 21:03 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)
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DigitalAmnesia: The best way to stop vibration on a large tripod is by putting weight on the center hook. 20lbs will usually do it for these larger tripods.

I didn't say weight won't reduce vibrations. I said hanging it from the apex won't reduce vibrations. That's makes all the difference.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 20:17 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)
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DigitalAmnesia: The best way to stop vibration on a large tripod is by putting weight on the center hook. 20lbs will usually do it for these larger tripods.

@DigitalAmnesia. Hanging weight DOESN'T improve resistance to vibration or help dampen vibrations any faster. All it does is make it less susceptible for your camera to blow over in a gust of wind. You will still get fuzzy shots long before one leg even lifts off the ground.
Now, adding weight in a manner that drapes over the apex and makes a lot contact with the apex and a leg or two will improve dampening. As will a firm hand on the apex. But neither are ideal.
The best ways to improve stiffness (resistance to incoming forces) is to use a tripod with thick legs, use as much of the thicker sections as possible, and/or lower it as much as composition will allow. Hang a weight for peace of mind. But don't expect to turn a travel tripod with <26mm diameter upper legs to compete with any of these tripods currently being reviewed.

If you don't believe me, read this. https://thecentercolumn.com/2018/02/18/stiffness-and-damping-vs/#comment-1099

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 18:08 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II (66 comments in total)
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AriFLM: Mark, thank you for this, I know how much time and hard work goes into every review you do. I won't discuss the positives in your review, I'm glad they're readily apparent.
The negatives you mention are minor, but important. Specifically, the aluminum grips and the lack of a hook or supplied carabiner.
While we'll never use rubber-covered grips on our tripods, there is room for a tweak in the design that could allow for a better grip while wearing gloves.
And second, the lack of a hook or carabiner has also been on my mind, so this will be addressed, likely with a supplied part rather than a re-design of the apex.
So I'm letting you and your readers know that the factory has already been notified and we're going to be discussing these changes this week.
I hope to have some design changes in the near future.

Thanks again!
Ari - FLM USA and Canada

@Ari: FLM is lucky to have you as their North American representative. You’ve earned an excellent reputation around here. I would like potential customers to know that long after the sting of the price has faded, companies like FLM (and PMG) will give them world-class support.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 18:15 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II (66 comments in total)
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BrentSchumer: Expensive tripods are something that I have trouble understanding, as my $60 tripod suffices to keep 42MP sharp. I do get that video requires additional articulation and "smoothing" of movement, but what do really pricey stills tripods bring to the table?

(Not trying to toy shame; just trying to understand.)

@BrentSchumer: "suffices to keep 42MP sharp" is ok. But there is more to it than that. At what height, what focal length? What's the weight of the gear, conditions that you're shooting in, and shutter speeds you want perfect sharpness at? And last but not least, what's your definition of sharp, and how important is it to nail it every single time?

I have no doubts that your $60 tripod can give you sharp shots, but this FLM can do it when it becomes much more demanding. Only you can decide if the cost, size, and weight is a price you want to pay.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 14:58 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 (71 comments in total)
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S Castle: I like the length markers on the legs. I wish my Gitzo had that. I've been thinking of scribing my own but I haven't found an acceptable tool for it yet.

I think a silver Sharpie marker would be perfect.
@ZilverHaylide: I'm no engineer either, but I know that scratching a line concentrates stress in brittle materials. Maybe CF behaves differently than glass? I dunno, but no way am I taking a chance. Besides, a thin line is hardly visible. Just a thick dash with a silver Sharpie at some preset distances is all I would do.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2021 at 13:52 UTC
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nvmnmghia: Is there any major improvement in this tripod scene since carbon fiber? I don't have any.

I wasn't around when CF was first introduced so I can't say for sure what features were available back then. Let's see: perhaps better grades of CF, removable top plate, bowl attachments for leveling bases, optional center columns, rubber o-rings in the leg locks to minimize ingress of debris, leg sections that don't spin independently of other sections, one piece shims instead of two, accessory attachments to apex, compact apices, claimed waterproofness and corrosion resistance to salt water, detachable leg for monopod use, various rubber feet/spikes/Rock Claws.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 12:52 UTC
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mosc: I'd hope for more height from a 4 section tripod as well... (6'4")

they have an XLS version just for you.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 12:59 UTC
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apsc4ever: If possible, never let the head be tilted like here in the stream. Anyone can come up with several reasons why..

I cannot come up with one. Please do tell.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2021 at 23:09 UTC

Thanks, Mark. Can't wait to see the others!

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2021 at 00:39 UTC as 28th comment

I'm not a film shooter nor an admirer of old things, but this is cool.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2021 at 18:55 UTC as 21st comment
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Platinumkid: Well, if you ask me, pretty much all the photo bags manufacturers on the market offer 5 or 6 types of bags. They all look VERY similar to one another... :)

To me a bag is not just a bag. There are so many nuances that some people will go through a dozen and are still searching for that elusive unicorn bag. Size, arrangement of pockets, materials, comfort, adjustable or fixed torso height, ability to carry water/laptop/keys/pens/tablets/passport/tripod, traditional front panel opening, back panel opening, side opening, rotating belt pouch, shape of shoulder strap(s), shape of hip straps, purpose of bag, color, esthetics.......can I go on? It's not just a black padded box with a strap or two.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 02:59 UTC
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