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  1. #6311
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Is it true or I miss read that using a smallrig L bracket with camera over a tripod would make the camera sit at nodal point, so perfect to shoot pano? Appreciate to clear my head.
    I cant answer that for ya, I mostly take my panos handheld but it sounds like @BF Hammer got you covered!


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    Camera- Z6, D800, D7500, D40x
    Lenses-
    Z- 14-30 f4, 24-70 f4, 24-200 f4-6.3, 50 f1.8, 105 f2.8
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5



  2. #6312
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Thanks for sharing exactly the kind of information I'm always looking for.

    I have pd's 30L Everyday Backpack for when I want to haul a bunch of stuff. I have a couple of small LowePro bags from the film and DSLR days that I can use for the Z 7II/Smallrig L-bracket and a couple of lenses, but they're small, top-loading shoulder bags and I'm interested in something more handy for carrying on a hike, etc.

    A sling pack is my next bag. I like the Peak Design gear I have so far, so their sling packs are high on my list. I live in a very rural area so I don't get to look at bags and packs in person before I buy them. Reviews from fellow enthusiasts are invaluable... thanks again.
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  3. #6313
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    Thanks for sharing exactly the kind of information I'm always looking for.

    I have pd's 30L Everyday Backpack for when I want to haul a bunch of stuff. I have a couple of small LowePro bags from the film and DSLR days that I can use for the Z 7II/Smallrig L-bracket and a couple of lenses, but they're small, top-loading shoulder bags and I'm interested in something more handy for carrying on a hike, etc.

    A sling pack is my next bag. I like the Peak Design gear I have so far, so their sling packs are high on my list. I live in a very rural area so I don't get to look at bags and packs in person before I buy them. Reviews from fellow enthusiasts are invaluable... thanks again.

    I'd buy it again if I had to. I like the size, just big enough for the bare essentials and comfortable too, its not too heavy when wearing as a sling pack on the back. I'd probably feel the same about the 10l; fill it up and then want just a bit more space but be ok with what I could fit. It'd be a little larger on the back and a little more heavy, but the 3 would certainly be too small for my needs. Adorama has a lot to learn about what kind of photos they share, especially with their Peak Design lineup. B&H has much better photos of what to expect but I agree, it sucks trying to base your decision off a few pics. Watching the vids from Peak Design on Youtube helped a bunch plus they showed some loadout options for the different sizes available.
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    Camera- Z6, D800, D7500, D40x
    Lenses-
    Z- 14-30 f4, 24-70 f4, 24-200 f4-6.3, 50 f1.8, 105 f2.8
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5

  4. #6314
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedThrottle View Post
    I'd probably feel the same about the 10l; fill it up and then want just a bit more space but be ok with what I could fit.
    This is sort of why I'm buying a smaller bag. Whatever bag I have, I'll fill it up. If it can only hold the Z 7II and a couple of lenses, then I can't overload it with stuff I really don't need to be carrying for a casual hike or outing... packing discipline forced through size constraint.

    There's a good chance there'll be a Peak Design 6L sling pack in my next "latest purchase" thread.

    As of today, my latest purchase is an Anker 20W power block and their 6' USB-C to USB-C cord for charging/powering my Z 7II.
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  5. #6315
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    I have large hands and was interested in the Smallrig L-brackets after reading about them.

    From what I can tell, they have been discontinued; they're no longer on their website. I read somewhere that the reason they were discontinued was that they were unstable in portrait position but I searched for a while and found no reviews mentioning that issue or posts on forums complaining of it.

    I have the Smallrig #2258 L-bracket on the way from an eBay seller as my latest purchase. There are still some available there.
    Just a follow-up on the SmallRig L-bracket...

    It arrived today. It's nicely made and finished and the fact that it carries the appropriate hex wrench (held in its own little slot, secured with magnets) is a huge benefit. I hate rummaging around for Allen keys whenever I'm installing/removing a quick-release plate, L-bracket, etc. I have them in all my camera bags and tripod bag, but they always tend to settle into the deepest recesses. SmallRig's idea of having one carried on the bracket is genius.

    It installed easily and is very secure. I saw a video review where a guy showed his moving around on the camera even after he tightened it but mine definitely does not. BUT... the rumor I heard about the portrait orientation being unstable was true. The portrait side of the bracket is adjustable so you can move it out away from the camera body to allow clearance for cables, tethering, etc. Even with the bracket slid in close, it still wiggled a bit. (Even when adjusted all the way in close, you can still access the rubber doors on the camera for connecting USB, etc.)

    I removed the screws that held the side piece on, put some blue LocTite on them, and tightened them down hard. I also tightened the adjusting screw down nice and tight. Voila! No more wiggles; everything is rock-solid and I'm happy! By the way, the correct torquing procedure for those screws is per the classic gear-head's creed: tighten them until they are just about to strip, then back them off an eighth turn.
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  6. #6316
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Ok, now the Smallrig's L-bracket is no where to buy (except ebay?) So for other brands, anyone use Haoge PNL L-bracket or Sunwayfoto PNLO-z6iiN L-bracket? Or any other brands? Any suggestions? The Sunwayfoto offer a special design that it leave out the bottom battery area, so free to change battery w/o taking off the bracket. But I suspect it would cause weight unbalance? Appreciate any inputs.

  7. #6317
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    I have the SunwayFoto for my D810... I don't notice any balance issues... I do like that I can change the battery without unscrewing the L-Bracket... And I can't see any difference between SW's $50 bracket and ReallyRightStuff's $200...
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  8. #6318
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Ok, now the Smallrig's L-bracket is no where to buy (except ebay?) So for other brands, anyone use Haoge PNL L-bracket or Sunwayfoto PNLO-z6iiN L-bracket? Or any other brands? Any suggestions? The Sunwayfoto offer a special design that it leave out the bottom battery area, so free to change battery w/o taking off the bracket. But I suspect it would cause weight unbalance? Appreciate any inputs.
    The 2nd Z-body bracket I bought was branded "Leftfoto" and is apparently an exact duplication of the Smallrig. I suspect it was too exact as the Amazon listing I purchased has gone missing. I bought a different one when I first bought my Z5 but I took it off after a week. It was more minimalist, but still managed to feel like it was in the way. I really like how the Smallrig style L-plate extends the bottom of the camera body and makes it actually easier to grip. The allen wrench stores in the bottom with rare-earth magnets and it is secure there. I even used the portrait position extended last weekend for a Milky Way photo shoot and it was stable enough for that. But I use a remote shutter release cable.
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    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

  9. #6319
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Post your latest purchases.
    I took advantage of Nikon's last refurb sale and grabbed a Z 50/1.8 S. I tried it out at the county fair today...

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  10. #6320
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    Re: Post your latest purchases.

    Nice shots, desmobob. Did you set picture control as vivid or make some PP?
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