Afraid I'm not very good at identification, main reason I take a camera when I go out for a walk. Tried to find this one on the RSPB Bird ID site when I got home, but not having much luck
Seen today on the bank of a lake at Ouse Fen, Cambs, no fear at all and just stood whilst I took its...
National Geographic make some nice strong shoulder bags http://www.geographicbags.com/shoulder-bags
I have one of the medium size from the Earth Explorer range, very well made and depending on your taste quite stylish in an old school way
To store that lot don't think you will find anything too lightweight so perhaps look at one with a proper frame to assist carrying
F-stop are very good, how about one of these with whatever ICU fits the bill http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/products/mountain/backpacks/tilopa-bc.html
Saw a review of several ballheads and the Feisol one got good marks, another one from a company called Sunwayfoto also did very well.
From personal experience I can only comment on Markins and their cheaper Photoclam clones. Both work very well, no creep at all when locked up and appear to be...
If its clean don't bother
Can check by taking a shot of a white background at f/22 then zoom in at 100%
Daresay you will find some spots, but unless you use wide apertures unlikely to notice it.
Quick blast with a rocket blower doesn't do any harm though
Series 3 would be strong enough and portable too
I have one from the systematic range, 4 section variety and folds down to 55cm. Can't remember the number offhand, think its either a 3540LS or 3541LS.
When fully extended with ballhead and camera I have to stand on tiptoe to see the top lcd...
I had a 7D and it was an excellent camera esepcially AF and custom functions, but I found you need to take a lot of care to get the exposure right. When you do the photos are very good, but if you don't noise becomes apparent even at low ISO's. Cannot agree its clean to 1600, reckoned 800 to be...
Gitzo Series 3 Systematic and Markins Q20 ball head would be my choice
I have the earlier Markins M10 and you can set up it up so it will hold the lens steady, but can still be finely adjusted by applying slight force to move it.
Daresay a Gimbal would be better for tracking such as birds in...
Whilst out on a walk yesterday along the Ouse Way between St Ives and Holywell I spotted this rascal.
Long way from home (the Wash presumably) in the non tidal middle reaches of the Great Ouse, not great photos, but nice to have as a record
Crop from about the best shot I got
I find this arrangement works well on my travelling photo tripod and all for about two quid (obviously useless on hard standing)
One question that can't be answered yet is durability over an extended period
It's not only about leg/wall thickness because the fittings and fixtures are equally important.
Not saying Sirui or Feisol will not equal Gitzo in those respects, only time will tell