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    What's on your Cube?

    I just couldn't resist Peter and Guy's suggestion...

    These were all taken yesterday in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area - an area we plan to return to for some serious work







    Okay start sharing..

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    A G10 on an Arca Cube. Just trying to make the little camera feel better?

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    lol
    I have to say the G10 on the Cube made me laugh out loud...
    talk about overkill
    thanks for posting this!
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Believe it or not I've used the G-9 and now the G10 on the Cube a couple times when I was in video mode; I figured since I was using it to show off the Cube and the Cambo it on right to let it go for a ride as well.

    I'm particularly pleased with the first image and the way the G10 captured the clouds in the filter...

    I know I'm not the only Cubest here and Bob has an excuse so where are the other shots? We can't be shy about what we're putting on our Cubes?

    Anyone with a camera phone?

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    I spent the weekend putting it through rigorous testing


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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by foto-z View Post
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Graham,

    That photo makes me suspicious. The background looks like Arizona. Are you visiting?

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    You know I only turned my back for a second! I guess it's true what they say about owning a Cube.


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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Looks like nice balance there. LOL
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Jack is strangely silent here LOL!

    Jack introduced me to the cube and I must say I now would not want to live without it. It just makes life so much easier than my older types of ball heads, good as they were! My BH-55 still occupies a place in my repertoire because it resides on my Gitzo 2541 which for me is useful when I have to hike into canyons etc at my age (72) and the Gitzo 5541 + Cube is just too much weight for the old man! Thanks a million Jack

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    hey Don nice rig - it has been raining all weekend down here ( thank heavens) ...so no field shot ...anyway.



    Hy6 and 180 Schneider Xenotar on RRS 55H and Gitzo below - with Hy6 ...


    the above shot with H3D11-39 HC 120 Makro and H13mm extension tube

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Not in nature , but in a little studio after finding the nodal point for panoshooting with the SWC .

    Attachment 17458

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Great images - keep them coming!

    Peter - I like the first shot - have to say I admire the looks of a wooden tripod.

    Jürgen - Great shot - glad to see someone else using the Novoflex. I used this while I was still shooting with the Phase AFD; now I use it for fine tuning focussing with the Cambo.


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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by foto-z View Post
    I spent the weekend putting it through rigorous testing

    Ah! Miss Sinar, Miss Rollei, Miss Novoflex, and Miss Arca Swiss!

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by foto-z View Post
    I spent the weekend putting it through rigorous testing



    I have to say that that sight is no more unlikely than the sight of a cube itself through a UK appointed retailer!

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Jack is strangely silent here LOL!

    Jack introduced me to the cube and I must say I now would not want to live without it. It just makes life so much easier than my older types of ball heads, good as they were! My BH-55 still occupies a place in my repertoire because it resides on my Gitzo 2541 which for me is useful when I have to hike into canyons etc at my age (72) and the Gitzo 5541 + Cube is just too much weight for the old man! Thanks a million Jack

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    Sorry, but Jack thought this was a photo thread and has been too busy with family stuff the past few days to get a new pic to share! (And you are welcome Woody!)

    Here is my Cube with the RRS slider plate I use, positioned for a nodal pan with the Mamiya/Phase with the 75-150 zoom:



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    Jack - just want to express my deep sense of gratitude for you helping me spend money of what has turned out to be an excellent piece of gear.

    "Cameras may come and go but the Cube is forever"

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    "Cameras may come and go but the Cube is forever"

    Oh man....that is so not fair!

    Any quick thoughts on +/- of the Novoflex Castel-Q vs the RRS slider plate?

    Not that I'm really still thinking of getting a Cube....honestly honey, I'm not.

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Bob - wood is a better dampening device than carbon. It is also sexier looking - which is very important - However it weighs a bit and I wouldnt recommend it for long walks - I have ordered a 3 series Gitzo as my alternative. When I get around to building another shed down at farm to use as a proper studio - I will get myself a proper heavy weight holding system to place on a thick concrete floor -a FOBO.

    I note that Alpa have dropped their prices in the latest price list published in May 09. the Max is looking excellent value now - I am giving Sinar arTec a serious consideration - it seems to provide the most elegant focus and tilt solution in the portable technical camera space.

    Helicon focus combined with a decent and stable X/Y axis shift platform is a nice combination. It is a pity that Sinar didnt better design their arTec to take into account nodal point shooting as it still requires a sliding rail to achieve this and I think that Sinar's inbuilt panning head - is reduntant when used on a decent mount like the Cube - I am concerned about stability of the arRTec unit when used in conjunction with a sliding rail.

    Basically ( as you know) the Cube gives much easier adjustments than a ball head - and it looks sexy. However the Riess comes with an excellent ( in stability terms) head - which I dont use..also Reiss gives you excellent brass and steel screws to adjust not only extension - but also head attachment - much better locking power than the typical toy screws from others.

    Why does it all matter? Bythe time I add a MFD camera and back with anything from a fat 28 to a 300mm Leaf shuttered lens or arTec and sliding focus back mount etc - we are talking serious weight - and a serious amount of capital that you dont want tipping over ...

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    "Cameras may come and go but the Cube is forever"

    Oh man....that is so not fair!

    Any quick thoughts on +/- of the Novoflex Castel-Q vs the RRS slider plate?

    Not that I'm really still thinking of getting a Cube....honestly honey, I'm not.

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    Sorry Gary!

    I thought up that little quote as I was about to close and figured I just had to share.

    As to your question of difference between the RSS and Novoflex...

    I used to have a RSS panning clamp that was very high quality; I would have used that had I still owned it. That said I really like the Novoflex; build quality and ease of use is excellent. At several times the cost of the RSS it had better be superior - goes back to the old saying of you get what you pay for. Just my 2¢ here but you can't go wrong with either.

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Creek View Post

    "Cameras may come and go but the Cube is forever"

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    Okay, it's official --- Arca Swiss is going to owe us a royalty for all the Cubes that sell due to that line!!!
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Okay---I thought this best be on this old thread than on the other Cube threads. Been super busy and haven't really had time to play with the Cube...... but better late than never....

    This is my Cube with the RRS pano rail. That's the highly regarded Motorola razor---ideal for panoramas with its singular megapixel capture since it is already in portrait orientation naturally. Not sure how to figure out the nodal points....

    Last edited by kdphotography; 26th February 2010 at 13:03.

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    And perfect for video!
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Creek View Post
    Great images - keep them coming!

    Peter - I like the first shot - have to say I admire the looks of a wooden tripod.

    Jürgen - Great shot - glad to see someone else using the Novoflex. I used this while I was still shooting with the Phase AFD; now I use it for fine tuning focussing with the Cambo.


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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Not fun, but here is my Cube in it's normal use configuration with the RRS sliding rail and screw clamp (click for larger):

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Not fun, but here is my Cube in it's normal use configuration with the RRS sliding rail and screw clamp (click for larger):

    Looks like it is coiled and ready to strike
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Jack, when clicking on the image I get a message that I don't have sufficient priviliges to access the page.
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Same here as well - I tried Ken's shot and it opened okay...
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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    same here...

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Sorry Guys,

    I had that pic linked to a private folder -- can somebody try it now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Sorry Guys,

    I had that pic linked to a private folder -- can somebody try it now?
    Link works fine.

    You have the same set-up as me, Jack (worrisome thoughts....hehe) but different tripod.

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    Thanks -- (and no kidding!!!)

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    Re: What's on your Cube?

    Man.. I need to get a Cube now! My RRS head just doesn't attract the girls like Don's does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    You have the same set-up as me, Jack (worrisome thoughts....hehe) but different tripod.
    Okay, but you know how it works around here: do they both go in the shower?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clawery View Post
    My RRS head just doesn't attract the girls like Don's does.
    If you think Don't head attracts the girls, just wait until you see what his Cube does!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Okay, but you know how it works around here: do they both go in the shower?
    I wonder if Jack is regretting his cleaning tip

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    Man.. I need to get a Cube now! My RRS head just doesn't attract the girls like Don's does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    If you think Don't head attracts the girls, just wait until you see what his Cube does!
    Come on guys it the total package starting from the tripod, working past the great Cube to the stunning Cambo WRS/P45+ combo! It also helps to have a shy demeanor. Then again that's why I only shoot landscapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Okay, but you know how it works around here: do they both go in the shower?
    No---Jack doesn't shower with me.


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