Stackshot – take 2
Dec15

Stackshot – take 2

Focus Stacking – Automated Macro Photography. Macro-photography is a fascinating sub-set of the photographic world.  It brings to life detail that the human eye all too often misses.  Unfortunately macro photographs often suffer from a narrow depth of field.  How do photographers capture that stunning shot at high magnification and still have a great depth of field?  Enter focus stacking.  Focus stacking is the art of digitally combining a series of images with a narrow depth of field into a single image using a software program such as Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus.


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RRS B2-LR-II: 60mm clamp
Dec15

RRS B2-LR-II: 60mm clamp

This is one of my most used bits of equipment. Lever-Release Quick-Release Clamp, 60mm jaws.  It is also available as a 40mm and 80mm clamp. The B2 LR II has dual mounts: center socket is countersunk on top but also threaded 3/8″-16. It mounts by spinning onto an exposed threaded post or with flat head screw from above (accept M6 or 1/4″-20, not 3/8″). These clamps are appropriate for mounting on a wide range of equipment – which may not necessarily be manufactured by Really Right Stuff.


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RRS PG-02 Full Gimbal
Dec15

RRS PG-02 Full Gimbal

This is the Full Gimbal version of the innovative and modular series of PG-02 Pano-Gimbal heads. For ultimate portability, this head breaks down quickly and easily with no tools: slide the Cradle Clamp off of the Vertical Rail, then slide the Vertical Arm off of the Horizontal Base. Components pack flat. The PG-02 delivers precision smooth panning and rock solid lockup. I use with my biggest lenses for effortless tracking of birds and wildlife.


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RRS TA-U-LC Levelling Base
Dec15

RRS TA-U-LC Levelling Base

This levelling base is fitted with a clamp instead of a platform. This makes it ideal as a base for multiple tripod heads. Now I can quickly and easily swap between my ballhead to my gimbal head or video head. No need for multiple tripods. Note that each tripod head must be fitted with a quick-release plate, but that is not a problem for me since all my gear is RRS compatible. 

 


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RRS PC-LR Panning Clamp
Dec15

RRS PC-LR Panning Clamp

PC-LR key features:

New robust lever-release mechanism adjusts to accept all Arca-Swiss/Really Right Stuff-style plates – which is fantastic for my panoramic shots using a gimbal, long lens birdwatching or to give my macro slider a degree of flexibility that it did not have before.


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RRS B150-B macro rail
Dec14

RRS B150-B macro rail

The B150-B is a premium linear motion lead screw focusing stage and rail. The B150-B is designed to mate seamlessly with my quick release systems in as compact a package as possible. The bottom rail comprises a Really Right Stuff-compatible dovetail that mates with my ballhead clamp while the stage integrates my lever clamp that connects directly to my Really Right Stuff camera plates.


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