I just placed an order for the Benro MeFoto Travel Tripod Kit.  It is a more than three times the price of my favorite budget tripod, the Dolica Proline – but the Benro packs down to a much smaller size(18.5″).  I will be traveling next week and will have a full review shortly after I return.   If I wasn’t really looking for a small travel tripod I’d consider the newish vanguard line – they have some very well made tripods and are currently running a mail-in-rebate offer that makes the price even more attractive.  They have a line of camera bags too – I have only done a review of their sling style backpack, and although that type of style doesn’t work for me it was very well made and the attention to detail was fantastic for the price.  Shop Vanguard at Amazon.

Switching gears, from below the camera to on top of the camera – I have in my hands my review unit of the 320EX flash.  If there is one quick and easy way to improve your photos – indoor and out it is with an external flash.  Currently selling for a smidge over $200 this flash offers a rotating head, wireless flash, camera remote and a small LED light for focusing or video work.    I will be back soon with a full review and how to working with external flash on a DSLR.  Are there any questions you have or would like to see answered in this review? Feel free to leave them below.



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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO http://photorec.tv/fb to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND
 I love traveling with other photographers on #mckaylive trips. Kari, a trip participant, noticed this line of trees and shared her perspective with me. I had glanced at them but hadn't noticed how nicely they lined up when standing at a certain spot #teacherbecomesthestudent :) We had a great day leaving behind the cherry blossom crowds for a much quieter walk around #HarpersFerryWV. And a visit to #BolivarHeights a much fought over hilltop during the civil war and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops - over 12,000 men surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. *  Captured with the #Panasonic #GH4 and #1235mm lens

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