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EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:51:09 AM »
I don't need tons of megapixels, but if I can't take a picture in complete darkness and recover 24 stops of DR in post this will be a total fail.  Its 2014 Canon! 

 ::)

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Landscape / Re: Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:06:53 PM »
ISS is tricky.  It moves VERY fast sometimes and can be a bit difficult to pick up when it is first visible.  I have used the 'ambush' technique, where I wait for it to pass in the camera's view and take shots in full FPS mode. 

I have also become fond of taking a star trail type shot of it.  Where I set up a 10,20 or 30s exposure (depending on the transit time) and use a wider lens to capture it streaking across the frame.

-Brian

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It's becoming harder to convince my friends that buying only Canon gear is the right thing to do.

Sigma have put out some amazing lenses in the last two years and Canon's only memorable release is the Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L II.

I guess "memorable" is subjective, but over the past couple of years Canon has released, in addition to the lens you mentioned, the 24-70 f4, 24IS, 28IS, 35IS, 40mm pancake, and 200-400L, all of which are first rate regardless of whether one may actually want any of them.

Don't forget the 17 and 24mm Ts-e lenses, which are optically great and very highly regarded.  And the 70-200 F2.8 II was also a major upgrade over the previous version.

However, these are all (except the 40mm pancake) high end glass.  What Sigma is bringing is good stuff at more moderate prices.  Take advantage now...if they really catch on their pricing will catch up to Canon's.

-Brian

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Opens New Midwest Service Center
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:36:46 PM »
This is good news.  I'm just on the Indiana side, and that's 70miles from here.  So, about 5 days in traffic.  ;)  I need to send my 5d in for a clean and check soon too.  I could priority mail that bad boy and it would be overnight shipping!

Brian

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Well, whatever it is it will be a disappointment.  If for no other reason than expectations are so high and so varied.  I mean, this thing is going to cost $5k, even though it should only cost $2.5k, so it had better have so much DR that it doesn't even have  to have any shutter speed settings.  Just take a frame and get the exposure set in post, right?  Total fail if it can't deliver.  I'm being reasonable though, as I am already admitting that they either are too greedy or aren't smart enough to figure out an good way to select DOF in post, so they will need to include an aperture setting in the lens/body system.  We'll have to wait at least two more generations for them to get that right and release a worthwhile system....sheesh this world is a tough one.

;)  In this very thread there are folks who desire a mirrorless/compact system, a full sized MF sensor, and the ability to use 35mm lenses (which probably don't have a large enough image circle nor enough outer edge correction if they did).  So this thing is doomed to a flame war like all the rest of the camera releases.

Sigh,
Brian

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:09:10 AM »
Damn...didn't catch that it was a permanent hood.  I guess I'll let you know what it looks like on a full frame.  Hopefully it is manageable. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:05:06 PM »
I think you may see an interesting shift in what retail stores are out there.  For instance, the most successful local camera shop I can think of has 3 locations in two cities.  They are small, their prices are list (so if the 5d3 is MSRP at $3499, that is what you pay vs. online where you might find a deal).  They have a very healthy print business, and offer tons of classes.  Their retail shop is mostly accessories, though they do have a good selection of cameras and lenses.  But when you walk in, they sell you on the little things they have to go with that stuff.  The bags, the straps, the light modifiers.  Their staff, which is mostly local photographers who work there part time, know how to use that stuff and can really do a good job of explaining it.  You might be able to find some of it online cheaper but it is right there and some guy showed you how to use it.  Worked on me more than once.  I learned about the Phottix Strato II triggers there.  I bought them there at the same price they were online (limited distribution online).  They did a pretty brisk business in used gear as well.

I miss that store.  I haven't found a local one in my new location that matches it yet. 

They didn't have to keep up on a national scale - only locally.  And they knew their crowd pretty well because of it.  Stores like them on one hand, and the super giants who can afford to have everything for everyone online may be the only camera shops left after a while.

-Brian







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EOS Bodies / Re: Astrophotography with Canon60da
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:56:49 PM »
I agree with what Nancy has to say.  I will add the following.

For through the telescope photography, you will benefit from the Baader filter mod (HII bandpass).  However, how much depends on what you image.  Some things you don't notice the difference at all, and some things won't show up at all unless you have the filter.  It is handy.

However, IMO your 1DX is way too big and heavy for that.  Weight is a key issue with stability of your telescope's mount, tracking accurracy, mounting hardware, etc.  If I were to buy a camera today that I was going to use for through the scope astrophotography, I would get an SL1 or T3 and have it modded.  I use a modded XS right now. Since noise is handled by imaging multiple frames and stacking in software, the sensor performance can be offset by additional exposure time.  Yes, a better sensor is better, but you can get by without the latest and greatest. 

For camera alone shots, either tracking or just looking up through a normal camera lens, you can get tons of great shots without the mod.  Just go have fun for a while. 

-Brian



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Color Bombs Kill Cameras
« on: May 10, 2013, 09:53:28 AM »
Boy, everyone is on the fine particle band wagon today.

Corn starch is biodegrabable.  It will become dissolved in the body, and eventually processed out. 

Saw dust, asbetos, brake pad powder are not.  They are bad for your lungs. 

I don't know what they use in India, but at the color run by us last year it was all essetnially food coloring. 

I'm still not sure I want to bring my DSLR though....

-Brian


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Off the wall thought....what if you set up your jewlery the way you want it with lighting, etc....then place a mirror in the right place and take a picture of the ring in the mirror?  You would then be taking a picture of the opposite side of the ring, and shouldn't get the reflection from the camera.

Also, you could place the camera at an oblique angle, so its refelction was at least mostly bouncing away from the lens.

I see you posted as I was typing....you've got some pretty sharp highlights from your light source there.  They also look underexposed.  Try absolutely blasting your flash at that thing, and fire it through a diffuser like a soft box that is much larger than your subject, or bounce it off a piece of foam board.  The idea is to make the powerful light come at the subject from every angle.    You may then be able to overpower the reflection of your camera.



-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:30:12 PM »
I have the older XS...how does this compare?  Based on what I know of the T4i it looks to still be smaller than the XS.  That would be awesome for my astrophotography set up.  In a year or two when someone offers the Baader filter mod and I can get a body only of the EOS-b, I will probably be in and very excited.

-Brian

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:14:53 AM »
I have had terrible luck with my gear lately.  A win here may turn things around!

I WANT TO WIN!!

Thanks CR Guy.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 5Diii today...
« on: December 05, 2012, 08:23:09 AM »
I have not seen or handled the 6d.  It does look to have some pretty good features.  That said, I do have the 5DIII and I can say that there is not a more versatile camera out there in its price class.  Excellent high ISO, good FPS, enough MP for very many types of shooting.   Very good deals can be had too.

-Brian

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 6D won't turn on.
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:12:54 PM »
This may sound silly, but you did charge the battery before use, right?  They come mostly dead n the box.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:24:07 AM »
I'm thinking this could be $2499 body only.  Better AF, new sensor with lower noise, 10fps....doesn't sound cheap based on Canon's current pricing history.

-Brian


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