Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 24 – Father’s Day Savings, DIY Tripod Head & More

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In this episode I talk about Sony’s two new Super Tele-photo lenses, savings on Sigma and GoPro for Father’s Day as well as a DIY tripod head that can save you some money!

Sony’s new Super Tele-photo lenses

Sigma Father’s Day Sale

Savings on the GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition

Edelkrone’s DIY Flex/Tilt tripod head

Savings on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Liam: 00:01 Sony releases to new super telephoto lenses. Father’s day savings on cameras and lenses. Etl cron releases a tripod head. You can build yourself at home. All of this on episode 24 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam: 00:40 you’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 24 so this week Sony unveils a 200 to 600 millimeter f 5.6 to 6.3 and a 600 millimeter f four super telephoto lenses.

Liam: 01:00 Sony announced these two new major lenses for its full frame Effie Lens lineup. They are the first two Sony Effie lenses that reached 600 millimeters paired with Sony’s 1.4 times and two times to let converters. These lenses can offer a reach of 840 and 1200 millimeters respectively. With the introduction of these two new lenses, the Sony email lens stable now features 33 Effie lenses and a total of 51 lenses altogether. The new Sony fee, 200 to 605 six to six three g oss is designed for bird wildlife in sports photographers. When paired with any of the lightest, fastest e mount camera bodies, it will reliably track and accurately capture all types of moving subjects from birds to wildlife to athletes and motion and much more so. Sony features of the Lens include Builtin optical stabilization with three modes, a new optical design that minimizes chromatic aberration and 11 blade circular aperture for beautiful Bokeh Nano ar coating for reducing reflections, glare and ghosting, direct drive, SSM or dd SSM for fast, precise, quiet autofocus, an internal zoom mechanism, dust and moisture resistance, light zoom ring Torque, linear response, manual focus and the focus ring for fine manual focus control and three customizable focus hold buttons.

Liam: 02:40 Okay.

Liam: 02:40 The new Sony 600 millimeter f four g lens is the world’s lightest lens in its class weighing just 6.71 pounds or 3.04 kilograms. The Canon ESF 600 f four l I s three ways the same while the Nikon Afs Nicor 600 f four e f l e D Vr Lens weighs in at 8.4 pounds. The tents model from our flagship g master g master series, the new 600 millimeter f for raises the bar for speed mobility and control in a super telephoto prime lens. Per Sony’s deputy president nail Menowitz combining the extensive 600 millimeter reach with features like 20 frame per second shooting and a f a e calculations at 60 times per second on the a nine or extremely high resolution high speed performance on the a seven r three allow professional photographers to create images that were simply not possible for them to capture before. Controls on the lens include customizable focus hold buttons in four different spots, which by the way can be programmed for other purposes a full frame d m f to use manual focusing at any time with fine tuning adjustments provided by the linear response manual focus and a function ring was selectable, preset and function settings.

Liam: 04:15 A drop in filter slot in the lens allows for 40.5 millimeter filters to be used. Features of the 600 millimeter prime include builtin optical stabilization with three modes to extreme dynamic linear motors for fast and precise auto focus and subject tracking, especially developed motion algorithms to minimize lag and instability. A large extreme as spherical element that effectively suppresses all calm and telephoto lens aberrations. Three fluoride elements that minimize chromatic aberration and color bleeding and 11 blade circular aperture for beautiful Bokeh Nano ar coating for reduced reflections, glare and ghosting, and it balanced design for improved proved operation pricing and availability. The SonyF e 200 to 600 millimeter f five six to six three g aoss. We’ll hit store shelves in August, 2019 but the price tag of around $2,000 or 1995 the Sony f e 600 millimeter f four g will also arrive in August, 2019 at a hefty cost of $13,000 this is how over a smaller price tag than the 14,000 that was previously rumored for this lens.

Liam: 05:43 So of course the 600 millimeter f four lens isn’t for everybody. I know some of my listeners out there, I think I’m well, who in God’s name is going to spend $13,000 on the Lens, even if it’s a really awesome Prime Lens? Well, when it comes to any of these very large prime super telephoto lenses, those are designed specifically for your high end sports shooters, like the photographers that cover the Olympic Games, a NASCAR, NFL, stuff like that for major sports publications or TV networks, either one. So of course that lens isn’t affordable for everybody, but that’s not the idea. Canon has now are Sony, I’m sorry, has now officially gotten into the market with their own 600 millimeter prime so that they can better compete with other companies such as Canon and Nikon, which you had 600 millimeter primes for awhile now. So yes, at this price, this lens isn’t for everybody, but there’s definitely a small niche market of photographers that will be clamoring to get their hands on this lens when it releases in August of this year.

Liam: 06:57 Now, how would you like to upgrade your glass with rebates of up to $150 on some sigma lenses? Sigma offers third party lenses that mix high end optics with prices that tend to sit below. Those of the other major manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony and Sigmas lenses just saw a temporary price drop now through June 17th for Sigmas father’s day sale, you can get discounts of up to $150 on prime and zoom lenses and a $100 off for the Mount Converter and MC 11 six of Sigmas popular high end art series lenses c three figure discounts is part of the sale, including both prime and zoom models. Saidwell lenses are also available for a wide variety of cameras with native Mount Options for Canon Elf, Nikon F, Panasonic, and like a l Sony a and Sony. He mounts the sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens, which ordinarily retails for eight and 99 as $125 rebate as part of this sale.

Liam: 08:11 The very popular sigma 50 millimeter 1.4 DG HSM art lens is discounted by $100 bringing it to $849 the sigma 85 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens, which makes stunning portraits is now just 1090 $9 after a $100 rebate. As for art series zoom lenses, Sigma is discounting two a PSC models the 18 to 35 f 1.8 d Hsm Art for six 99 and the 100 or the 50 to 100 millimeter f 1.8 d c Hsm art at nine 99 the break constant aperture zooms combine excellent low light performance with the flexibility of a zoom for full frame cameras. However, the Sigma 24 to 70 f 2.8 art is $100 off, bringing the price down to a low 1199 now if you would like to take part in this father’s day sale, you can head on over to Sigmas website where you can view these lenses for yourself and see the discounts are applied and you can purchase them directly from Sigma USA website.

Liam: 09:34 I will put a link to their father’s day sale in the show notes for those of you that want to take advantage of these discounted prices. Now one thing that I will add, sigmas art lenses are really fantastic lenses. I happen to own the uh, Sigma 12 to 24 HSM art lens, which is an f four lens and I had that as one of the lenses I use for my full time job as a real estate photographer. I love the fact that I can get a 1200 millimeter lens at least on its widest and and it’s f four which for real estate photography is perfectly fine because we generally shoot at f eight so that we can get everything in the room and focus at the same time. Now I do love this lens and a, it costs a pretty penny who is like a $1,300 lens, but on the other hand it’s cheap compared to the Canon Canon 11 to 24 millimeter Lens, which runs I believe around 25 $2,600 now, the only downside is, and I do take it with me, I have it in the car every time I go out to shoot real estate photography in case I need to go super wide.

Liam: 10:51 And generally that happens when I’m shooting a property where the backyard is extremely short, which you do run into from time to time. A shooting real estate photography, you’ll have a house that sits close to the edge of the woods or if it’s in a subdivision, sometimes they’ll have a small backyard and then a fence. And then of course the next row of houses on the next street over. And so the 12 millimeter allows me to go wide enough so that I can get the entire back side of the house in a single shop. That part is great. The downside is the sigma 12 to 24 art lens is extremely heavy and that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad that I’ve currently recently got the Roku and on our f mount 14 millimeter f 2.8 lens that I generally use as my all the time lens for real estate photography.

Liam: 11:47 It’s not quite as wide as the sigma 12 to 24, so it’s two less, you know, less wide than the Cigna, but it’s a much lighter lens. It’s manual focus, it’s a completely manual lens, so you have the weight reduction there. Plus I don’t have to use my Eo, uh, Ios, ours, e f to RF adapter. So that reduces some weight as well, which is really nice. Now, the only downside is if you’re familiar with the eos camera, uh, when you’re manually focusing, there are two options you can enable in the menus of the camera. One is called focus peeking and the other one’s called focus guides. Now the focus guides are for when you want to use your lens in manual mode, but you want to be certain that you have absolutely tack sharp focus. What you do is as you adjust the focus ring, there’ll be three triangles in the view finder in the EVF at, uh, they’ll be in a triangle pattern to above, one below.

Liam: 12:50 And when the triangles come together and light up green, you know, you’ve got perfect focus. Now a lot of people are confused with the Esr because when they try a lens like my Roku on 14 millimeters, which is a manual only Lens, you can turn on the focus guides, but you won’t get them. And that confuses some people. And one of the reasons for that is the lens has to have electronics so that the camera knows that the lens is in manual focus mode. So on a manual only lens that focus guides don’t show up. But that’s where the focus peaking comes in. And the cool thing about focus peaking is it still allows you with a manual only lens would know electronics to know you’ve got everything in focus because when you use the focus peaking, it’ll actually outline everything in your frame with either red, blue or yellow colored outline.

Liam: 13:45 You can change the color as you want in the menu. I currently use the red, uh, just because of sticks out a little bit more. So that part is really cool. So the sigma 12 to 24 is a fantastic lens. It’s one of the art model lenses from sigma. It’s very high quality. But like I said, it’s also extremely heavy. So I’ll do, I do take it with me when I shoot my real estate photography. I only use it when I absolutely need to just because of the extreme weight. And I just thought I would share that with my listeners since I was talking about the sigma arteland sale for father’s Day. Now, the next father’s day sale item I want to talk about is the Gopro hero seven action camera, which is getting a price cut on Amazon for father’s Day, which is coming up this Sunday. If you have an adventurous dad who likes to bike, hike, swim, surf for ski and action camera might be your best bet for a fun functional father’s Day gift that he’ll actually enjoy instead of getting him a cheesy or ugly looking tie.

Liam: 14:50 Uh, I know that happens to some dads. Gopro is long been a goto among action camera aficionados and the Gopro hero seven black is by far the best model on the market, marrying rugged durability with premium photo and video performance. And right now ahead of father’s day, you can get yourself a go pro hero seven black on Amazon for just $329, which is a drop from their normal price of $400 being Sunday, which this Sunday, which is father’s Day, is only a few days away. You want to act now before you disappoint dad by settling on another set of socks or another ugly tied the Gopro hero series of the most advanced action cameras offer by the Gopro brand. And while the silver and white editions are excellent cams in their own right, the hero seven black is the cream of the crop. A full range of features from stunningly smooth footage to housing free waterproofing up to 33 feet, placed the Gopro hero seven black in a class above and make this action camera a fantastic father.

Liam: 16:00 Stay fine. Hyper smoothes stabilization provides builtin gimbal like support throughout the shakiest movements as for instance, an eagles aerial flight. A smartphone like touchscreen makes navigation a snap and the camera is also equipped with smart voice controls which give you more freedom than ever. To record videos or capture photos through an audio commands. Simply say, Gopro, start recording or go pro. Take a photo and watch your father’s face light up with excitement over this awesome new action camera photographer and videographer. Fathers are bound to embrace the Gopro hero seven blacks technical features. The seven black captures all the action with top notch four k 60 video and super photo augments, 12 megapixel photos with Hdr tone mapping and more slow things down with eight times slow mo video or capture stabilized time lapse videos with timewarp. Then speed things back up to 30 times. Finally, the hero seven blacks live streaming will let your father share in the moment action through Facebook live.

Liam: 17:14 That’s sure to be a lot cooler than the old means and bad jokes he’s been sharing with you before. And at $329 to seven black makes a great bargain and an awesome father’s day. Fine. Now I can tell you, uh, I have several of the GoPro cameras. I’ve got the Gopro hero three, uh, three plus and I’ve got the hero five black and a hero seven black and they are all fantastic cameras. Um, if you remember in one of my previous episodes, I talked about the fact that Dji is now releasing their own action to directly compete with the Gopro. But I haven’t gotten my hands on one of those yet. It does sell, uh, generally for $50 cheaper than the hero seven black on a red, you know, regular basis. It’s not a sale price, it’s the all the time price. And I’ve watched some videos and reviews on the Dji camera and it does look like it’s pretty cool.

Liam: 18:10 It does a lot of the same things that the hero seven black does. But as I mentioned a moment ago, the hero seven, the hero cameras are like the Creme de la Creme of action cameras and they’re the ones that people are most frequently using, not only further own personal action videos, whether it’s surfing or cycling or or something like that. But the Gopro hero cameras are also widely used by studios for both television and film. And the Nice thing about them is, especially with the seven black, you had the built in stabilization, which is just about as good as having the camera on a gimbal. So you get really smooth video footage even when you’re shooting a movie or a TV show and you’ve got the camera mounted on the bumper of a car during a chasing or something like that. So you can do a lot of really, really cool things with the Gopros. And like I said, they’re not just being used by regular people everyday. They’re also being widely used by Hollywood in both film and TV production.

Liam: 19:17 Okay.

Liam: 19:17 Now if you want to head over to Amazon and pick up the hero seven black for your father for father’s day, or possibly even your grandfather, maybe he’s into that kind of stuff as well. I will share the link to the discounted price on Amazon. I’ll include that in the show notes so that you can just click go right to Amazon and snatch it up for the discounted price before the sale ends.

Liam: 19:42 The next item I want to talk about is the Edel Cron or tech flex tilt tripod head. Now some of you may or may not be aware of these flex till tripod heads. Um, I’ve actually got, um, a fairly inexpensive one that works nicely that I bought on Amazon sometime back and I can’t remember off the top of my head who the company was that made it, but basically the flex tilt style tripod heads. All right, large, uh, generally there are metal tripod head and they’re a fairly large square head. You can put them on the top of your tripod and place of your standard ball head or your pan and tilt head and it gives you a tripod head that basically has like a scissor mechanism for raising and lowering the height of your camera on the tripod. And the really cool because you have the flexibility of being able to raise and lower your camera, um, for a decent amount, a few inches.

Liam: 20:44 But the other cool thing about these kinds of tripod is you can also use them, um, in your studio to get a bird’s eye view style shot where you can use this tripod head, you can extend it forward and actually have your camera pointing with the Lens straight down at an object on a table or something like that. That’s what I’m talking about when I say a bird’s eye view. Now to be honest, I had not previously heard of Etl Crohn and their flex flexsteel tripod heads. Like I said, I have a one made by another company and it’s a really cool head. But the one thing I don’t like about it is the fact that in order to adjust the height or extend the head or move it this way or that way, I’ve got to use a hex key that came with the head to loosen and tighten the screws in the various joints so that once I get the head adjusted with my camera to where I want it, it’s not gonna fall.

Liam: 21:42 So I have to, you know, the one I have, like I said, it was fairly inexpensive. I think I paid like 30 bucks for it or something like that. And it is an awesome head. I don’t use it a whole lot, but it is a nice one. It’s fairly hefty and as long as you get the, the, the joint screws tightened down with the provided hex key, um, you don’t have to worry about your camera going anywhere. Now, the unique thing about the ETL crown or tech flex head is there are no screw adjustments that you have to make. They actually use a you more unique hiddens design that has a friction mechanism that they invented. So basically you can extend this tripod head and you don’t have to worry about locking the joints using a hex group. Now looking at the photographs, this head looks pretty cool.

Liam: 22:34 It’s a really nice, a bright color. The one in the image on the website and I’ll share the link in the show notes as a bright yellow. Now there, their head normally retails for $150. Now what’s really cool is or tech, uh, for the Artek flex till head, they are actually offering a way that you can save money using the ort or tech flex, still head three d kit. And it’s the first product and a new series of products that this company is going to be releasing over time where you can purchase a CNC machined Lou, you can buy CNC machined aluminum parts for $30 and then you can download the three d model and print and put together this tripod head yourself at home, which is a pretty cool and unique idea. So instead of paying $150 to buy the prebuilt flex still ahead.

Liam: 23:32 You can go on their website, you can pay $30 for the CNC machined aluminum parts that the had requires, and then you can print the remainder of the parts on your three d printer at home. Now that can be really cool, especially because I’m in the last year or so, three d printers have actually gotten fairly inexpensive for ones that you can buy and use in your home. There’s some really nice models that you can get on Amazon for around $300 and the plastic filament material that you use to print objects isn’t super expensive. You can get a good size spool of various colors of the filament for your printer. Also on Amazon and a lot of them run about $20 a spool. Now, I don’t know how many items you can print with a spool of filament, you know, for that $20 I guess it would depend on how large the objects are that you’re making.

Liam: 24:25 My point is, the thing that’s really cool about this three d printed kit to get one of these flex till heads is you’re saving $120 because you’re only buying the $30 machine to aluminum parts. And while you’re not going to say you’re not going to save, um, $120 fully because you pay 30 for the CNC machine parts. And then of course, if you already own a three d printer or if you have access to one, you could use it a local university. Um, in some areas, not around here where I live, but in some areas I’ve heard that sometimes public libraries will actually have three d printers. So on the initial cost, you’re, you’re saving $120 because the aluminum parts are only 30 bucks versus a 154 two by the premanufactured tripod head. But you do have to take into consideration that you have to use, uh, some plastic filament material.

Liam: 25:21 Like I said, it runs about $20 a spool. And so you’re not going to get away with building the entire tripod head for that $30 costs, but you’re still looking at probably spending less than 50 bucks all together to actually buy the aluminum parts and then print the plastic parts yourself and then assemble it at home. Now the other thing that the company talks about that is really cool about this is because you can print the plastic components at home, you can actually make the tripod head any color you want. Now, like I mentioned in the images on their website, the demonstration model is a bright yellow and then it has black around the joints and then it has a black Edel cron label on the side of it. But being yoga, if you want to build this tripod head yourself at home, you’re not limited to just making yours yellow like the one they sell on their website.

Liam: 26:20 You could actually print it orange, black, green, yellow, whatever color filament you can buy. You can have that color be the final color for this really cool tripod head. Now, the other cool thing is if you go to their website, um, it has the link right on their homepage. It shows the flex tilt head 3-d, the tripod head, and then right next to it it has a link you can click to buy the, the aluminum machine departs and it’s a box of parts that includes quite a few items. You had the pan and you had the pan dial and then you have the metal shafts and you have the aluminum plates that go on the side of the tripod head to have the Etl cron name and some other items in there. And like I said, you’d Click on the link, add to cart for $29 and then you print a three d model, STL file.

Liam: 27:13 You can download that right from their website. And they even have a handy video where you can see for yourself just how easy it is to assemble this finished product. So I think it’s a really cool idea. And from what I’m reading, Atul Crohn is actually planning to release more products in the future that consumers can build themselves at home and save quite a bit of money. So it’s a really cool idea. If you have a three d printer at home, you may want to give this a try. If you do, please leave a comment on this episode and let me know how you made out with it. Was it easy to accomplish? Was it difficult, was a pretty easy to assemble and once you did assemble it does the um, the ability to move and extend the tripod head and not having to lock it in place with screws?

Liam: 28:05 Does it work as well on a manufactured at home version? As the company says it does in the premanufactured version that they sell for $150 I would definitely be interested to hear about that. So if you do decide to print one of these for yourself because you’re a photographer that has a three d printer at home, please go ahead and leave a comment on this episode. Or you can post in the Facebook group and let me know how you made out with it. If you were able to successfully assemble this tripod head and you took it out in the field and tested it out and it works as well as the company says it does, I would absolutely love to hear about that.

Liam: 28:43 Now, the last item I wanted to talk about in this episode, and I, and I don’t believe it’s a father’s day sale, but I did want to share it with my listeners anyways, and if you go to the Canon USA website and you’re interested in picking up the Ios Six d mark two full frame DSLR canon currently has it marked down from 1599 to 1299 if you buy it from the Canon online store. Now the pricing reflects that it is the camera body only, but this is a really good price for this camera and it is a fantastic camera. I know you’ll, you’ll see videos and reviews on various youtube channels and photography blogs where a lot of people have poo pooed it because it doesn’t have the dynamic range of other cameras, Yada Yada Yada. But the idea is the 60 mark two is an entry level full frame camera and that’s how Canon markets it.

Liam: 29:37 Now I do have a six d mark two I had the original 60 and I loved both cameras and I did sell my original 60 when I upgraded to the mark to model. Um, but I did love both cameras and the only a thing right now is I was using the 60 mark two is my primary camera for my real estate photography job. And I used it for quite a while until I picked up the eos are and now I primarily use the ios are just because of the setups, a little bit lighter, not a lot, but it’s a little bit lighter and I like having the, the mirror was full frame. Now keep in mind that just like the Eos are the 60 mark two does only have one card slot, one SD card slot. So it’s not, like I said, it’s not a pro body.

Liam: 30:24 It’s an entry level body and that’s another item that people poo poo this camera for. But one thing to keep in mind, if you’re looking for a full frame DSLR that’s reasonably priced and it $1,300 she definitely can’t complain about the price. The nice thing about the 60 mark too is it does have that very angle screen. So if you’re shooting videos of yourself, if you’re blogging and you’re the only person, you don’t have a separate person, that’d be your camera operator, you can use the 60 mark too, just like you can. The Eos are to do those kinds of videos of yourself quite easily. You can literally hold the camera out in your hand and it has the very angle touch. So you can flip that out and turn it around so you can make sure that you got your framing. Perfect. And another thing that’s really great about the 60 mark too is it does have the dual pixel autofocus system, which is fantastic.

Liam: 31:22 So basically if you’re somebody that is logging the autofocus system in this camera will keep you focused in the frame. So you don’t have to worry about that. It’s not something that you got to worry about. You got to carry, you know, hold the camera to specific distance the entire time you’re shooting your video, which can get tiresome. Uh, because if you move your hand or arm, either way, you’re going to lose focus. You don’t have to worry about that with this camera, which is one of the reasons why it is an extremely popular camera for vloggers. So, and the cool thing is is you can be shooting yourself, whether you’re holding it up or you just have it sitting on a desk or table. And then if you pick up an object that you want to show in your video, when you hold that object up in front of yourself, that camera will automatically lock onto that object and get auto focus lock on it.

Liam: 32:13 And then when you move it back out of the frame, it’ll automatically require autofocus on your face. And that is a game changer for people that do a lot of logging, especially, you know, if they’re doing their own thing by themselves. And like I said, they don’t have a dedicated camera operate. So I did want to share that with my listeners as the final item for this week’s episode because it is a fantastic camera. Like I said, don’t listen to the poors in the naysayers. If you really want to move from an APC crop body camera into full frame without breaking the bank, now you’ve got two options for right about the say well exactly the same price because while Canon has the ios 60 mark two on sale, you can get the 60 mark two for 1299 or you can get the EOC are p, which is an even more entry level, mirrorless full frame camera system that Canon released a little while ago.

Liam: 33:09 And they’re both $1,299. So for that price, you can go with either body. Uh, if you get the Eos Rp, of course you need the adapter so that you can use your existing eff and efs glass on it. Uh, which is great. Now, especially if you’re coming over from a crop body and you have a lot of the EFSM lenses, then the Eos Rp will probably be be your better choice because you can use the efs lenses on the RP with the f two RF adapter where you cannot use any of your efs lenses on the 60 mark two and that’s because of the difference on the rear flange on the efs lenses. That rear flange is longer. So even though the Lens will mount on the 60 mark too, when you go to take a picture, the Shutter Mirror Assembly is going to hit the back of that lens and it’s going to bust up the insides of your camera, which is not a good thing to do.

Liam: 34:06 So keep that in mind. If you do have a lot of VFS glass, you might be better off going for the Rp for that 1299 price point. But if most of your glass is f or third party f compatible from Sigmar Tamra on or somebody like that, then you could definitely go with the 60 mark to uh, both cameras have a but right about the same sensor. Um, so there’s not a whole lot of difference in the image quality so either one of them’s going to do a fantastic job. They both have the same video capabilities as far as being able to use for vlogging because they have the dual pixel autofocus system. So there is something else to think about. If you want to pick up the 60 mark too, I’ll have a link to the purchase section of Canon USA website where you can pick one up if you want to get one of those as a gift for yourself for father’s Day or for your dad or Granddad if they’re into photography, there’s another possibility and another opportunity to save a couple of hundred dollars. All right. I am going to go ahead and wrap up episode 24 of the Liam photography podcast. I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes, and any place else you might be listening to this show, which does include Spotify and stitcher. I will see you all again next week in episode 25