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Messages - Don Haines

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:10:46 PM »
When shooting in eagles sub-freezing temps with my 1D X, the LCD stopped working...but the OVF didn't, and I kept on shooting.

The Olympus E-M1 is rated for -10°C (minus ten degrees Celsius); the FUJIFILM X-T1 as well. But the Lord of DSLR's (i.e. the Canon EOS 1D X) is only rated to 0°C .... bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha  ;)

And my Olympus TG-830 is rated for -10C, works underwater, and has a special "cat mode" for taking pet pictures... now if it only had underwater "cat mode"..... (something Fluffy would regret) Bwahahahahahaha glub glub glub glub....

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:19:56 AM »
Ah, looks like they come in cycles. There was a 300 year gap up through 1908. Looks like the total cycle time is 565 years, so we'll have a bunch for a couple centuries, then another lull. I don't know what I read before, but I'm not even sure it actually projected future cycles...I guess I just assumed that it was a rarer event based on the history of Tetrads.

Anyway, here is one of my shots, taken as the moon was entering the umbra:

Nice shot! I wanted to play with the 600 and see what I could get... but it was SNOWING!!!!!!

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographing through fencing
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:17:08 AM »
Set the lens as fast as you can and try to keep the fence somewhere in the first half of the distance to your subject. Also, try to avoid plain backgrounds.

In the following shot of a heron, you can't really see the chain link fence except for where there is snow in the background. In the rest of the image the pattern is not very noticeable....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D manufacturing delays
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:35:23 PM »
Personally, I think the specs that they claim are garbage. These specs are a 70D, with an additional frame per second burst speed, and without WiFi, touchscreen, tilt/swivel screen...

Canon has not waited for 5 years to introduce a new top-end APSC camera that is out-performed by a year old mid-range APS-C camera....

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EOS Bodies / 70D manufacturing delays
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:30:05 PM »
Copied this from PetaPixel...
Released back in September of 2009, the Canon 7D is long overdue for a much-anticipated refresh. The problem is, up until just recently various sources have published conflicting reports that seem to get us no closer to knowing what this camera will actually look like.

However, yesterday, Northlight Images reported some interesting news that seems to make sense and go along with some of the more plausible rumors about the impending camera.

The Northlight Images report claims that the Canon 7D Mark II will feature a higher end version of the dual pixel sensor Canon used in the 70D. A slightly less powerful version of the tech is also rumored to appear in the 700D (Rebel T5i) and 100D (Rebel SL1) replacements.

However, it seems some manufacturing issues with the dual pixel design of the 70D sensor has delayed production of the 7D Mark II and other successors, forcing Canon to push back release dates until late summer or possibly even early fall.

canon7d_mini

Beyond the new sensor technology in the camera, the below specs are just some of what has been rumored to make an appearance in the 7D successor, although there are a few conflicting reports:
•20MP APS-C Sensor
•ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
•1/8000 – 30s, Bulb, X=1/250
•150,000 shutter life
•Silent shutter mode, similar to 5DMIII
•19-point phase autofocus
•8fps
•15 Raw / 126 JPEG Buffer
•3.0″ 1040k LCD, touch screen
•Optional WiFi
•Magnesium Alloy body
•Battery capacity 850 shots
•148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5 mm
•Weight 910g

Ultimately, much of this is up in the air still, with nothing considered confirmed until Canon decides to make an announcement itself, but the rumored specs seem to be fairly logical considering what Canon has put out in the past

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:21:41 AM »
The 2 models will be split into entry level and prosumer.

and hopefully the prosumer model will NOT be the 7D2......

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 13, 2014, 03:07:19 PM »
From the UK magazine T3 - "A firmware update in 2012  improved Canon’s aging 7D  DSLR greatly, but now the  Mark II is officially on the  way. It’s been road-tested  at the Winter Olympics and  will have another outing  at the World Cup before  landing in time for Chrimbo"

I think all will agree that it will be out before Christmas.... but the big question is which Christmas?

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Landscape / Re: Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:38:10 PM »
Wonderfully explained!

Conclusion: a 200mm lens is wwwwwwwway too short for the ISS. It's hopeless, meaning, that even if you capture it perfecty, you will have a hard time spotting it in the final image. And for streak images, 70 is wwwwwway too long.

So, the question is not "which camera" but rather "which lens". The answer is: No lens at all, you will need a telescope for that. So if you plan to get into astrophotography, there just is no other option than getting a telescope. Fortunately, compared to EF glass, telescopes are rather cheap. They are basically mirrors, after all.

I think the real question is "which tripod"... Astrophotography can be of very small objects that require LARGE telescopes, it can be of wide images like the milky way, or it can be anything in-between... but for all of them you need a decent tracking mount. I have an 8 inch telescope that I use for planetary imaging and I also mount my DSLR onto the tripod for imaging nebulas and the night skies...

If you do not have a tracking mount, you will be limited to short exposures and you will have streaks of light on them.... The tracking mount comes before any camera/lens/or telescope in your wish list.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 70D or 6D for mostly indoor videos?
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:29:27 PM »
Go for a 70D, a video light, and if you want sound, either a good external sound recorder or a decent mike for the camera.

Yes, the 6D will outperform the 70D in very poor light, but with either camera you need lighting.... so the difference evaporates.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 12, 2014, 09:07:19 PM »
Sheep shearing time....

Featuring Happy Llama and Grouchy Sheep...

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:33:44 PM »
In less than 5 months, it'll be 5 years since the 7D was announced and nothing so far indicates that a 7D II will ever be released ... I've lost my interest in it and if it does get released, I most likely will not buy one.

On the other hand, if it never gets released, I most certainly will not buy one :)

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Landscape / Re: Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:50:09 AM »
Hi Don,

thanks - 7D it is then, and thank you for the additional advice - wouldn't have thought about using the moon for exposure.

chers,

Grant  :)
Hi,
   I think Moon is still too bright... Last time I use Jupiter for pre-focus and exposure.

   Good luck and have a nice day.

True...

Jupiter and the ISS are similar in brightness, but hard to see without a really long lens.

I've exposed for the moon and then dropped my shutter speed by 4X for the ISS and it seems to have worked... The important thing is to not expose for the night sky...

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Landscape / Re: Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:41:40 AM »
Hi guys,

the ISS is flying over my house tonight and I really would like to get a shot or two of it.  I have at my disposal a 5D2 and a 7D, a 70-200 2.8 IS2 and a tripod.

Which of the cameras should I use?  Is it best to go for IQ/ISO over reach?

Many thanks,

Grant  :)
Definitely reach.

Set up everything for manual.... Turn off auto focus and turn off IS for any lens you are using. Expose for the brightness of the moon.... The ISS will be about as bright... Manually adjust focus for the moon and use a couple of those rubber bands from a head of broccoli to "lock" the focus.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:34:29 PM »
These shots were taken with an SX-50 in "green box" mode, full zoom plus digital zoom (4800mm equivalent) handheld. To the naked eye the ducks were just dots and you could not tell what kind of bird they were.

I realize these shots are not National Geographic quality, but for a cheap P/S zoomed out like that, it is amazing that you can get this much detail and that the IS actually worked!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS sensors, and technology
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:28:38 PM »
On the subject of cameras and technology.... I took this shot with an SX-50 on the way home today... I put it into "green box mode" and the image was taken handheld at full zoom (1200mm equivalent) plus another 4X digital zoom..... in other words, handheld at the equivalent of 4800mm! Yes, I know it's a cheap P/S and I know the picture is not national geographic quality... but for a toy camera at 4800mm handheld I think that this is amazing. A lot of research went into making this work as well as it did...

P.S. I couldn't tell it was a wood duck until I saw it through the camera EVF....

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