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I have to "thank" you Mr Ray... Tonight I am going to swap heads on my tripod and go shoot some railway action in the morning. I live within a mile of the largest railway station west of the Mississippi River. They pump over a million gallons of diesel fuel on a Sunday (think then how much they do on a weekday). I plan on taking a few of my zooms and my new 500/8. I will take my 8-200/4.5 as well to have something to show here, but the big focus is the new gear (the 500/8 and the 75-300 AF).
For all of you that have smartphones like the iPhone or Droid, I thought I would share a tip I use when shooting with a tripod. There are a few really good clinometer apps out there that include bubble levels and other types of levels. The app that I use has a level that I can use by setting the phone flat. What I do is set the head up (I use a 3-way pan head, not a ball) so it is all lined up square, then set my iPhone on the mount and using that app, adjust my tripod legs so the whole tripod is level. I use a couple of rubber bands to keep the iPhone in place while I adjust things. That way, when I use any of the 3-axis of the head, they track properly and I can use their angle markings with some degree of certainty. I used this method with my largest panorama to date, 47 vertical stitch. Even with overlap, the long side at full resolution is just shy of 120,000 pixels. My computer crashed 5 times stitching it together. I never would have been able to make the attempt without setting up the tripod this way. (also, the only reason I didn't showcase it here is that the exposure wasn't the best and it was slightly OOF, took it with my now parts lens, a 50/1.8E, has a overly loose helical, I think the lens may have been dropped).