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Landscape / Re: jrista et al, Why Astrophotography?
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:02:10 PM »
  Boy am I feeling old.. Astrophotography was the first thing that interested me.  I bought an OM-1, had a 12.5" reflector made, and bought a Bill Schaefer mount. Used to cook my film myself.

  I am so behind times, it is amazing how technology has taken over. I got into computers when analog to digital was coming into play. Writing software for machines.

  I still have all my old equipment. Is there a way to computerize the old Schaefer mount. It has an old drive corrector that works. But, it is ancient.
 
  Been thinking about having the mirror re-coated on the reflector, and playing around with it some.

  Gary

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:20:50 AM »
An APS-C sensor, around 24 MP, with improved high ISO performance and (I´m almost afraid to say it) improved DR would make an interesting start. If it came in a house with as close to pro body sealing as possible, improved fps and, most importantly to me, an AF system like we have in the 5DIII/1DX, it would make a Very interesting camera. The ultimate bonus would be if it (on top of the above) also could AF at f/8.0 (AF at 1920mm!!)

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:19:35 PM »
GaryKnrd, What lens are you using with the K3, and are you using it for birding? The major downside for supertelephoto users in Pentax line-up is the IBIS. The other downside is the minimal supertelephoto lens choice for K mount. I have had this fantasy of kayaking to approach and photograph birds, and the Pentax weatherproofing would provide a lot of peace of mind against splashes, etc. (probably not against sustained dunk, though). Sensor is very good as well. Oddball feature of "internal equatorial mount" is of interest to astrophotographers - it makes sense that if you can shift the sensor for image stabilization, you also ought to be able to design it to shift to match star motion relative to Earth. The weatherproof and relatively light and compact Pentax line seems like a good choice for the outdoor photographer.

Don't get  me wrong, I love my 60D and 400mm f/5.6L. I am pretty invested in the Canon system, have a 6D as well, a few EF-S lenses, a few EF L lenses, the Samyang 14mm, and am covering the gaps with existing vintage film lenses (my Dad's AIS Nikkors and my own M42 screw mount lenses from the 1970s) on adapters. Some of the old multicoatings give a slightly different look, as do the older double Gauss Planar designs.

  I use Canon gear most of the time. Great gear. I use the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 prime and the Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with Pentax. Up until the K-3 hit the Pentax gear was in storage. Horrible experience.  Shooting with the new K-3 has turned that around for me. That new Pentax K-3 is a birding machine!!! What I find so nice is the layout also. What really blew me away is the IBIS on Pentax. With the 300mm lens it is just as good as the IS in the Canon 300mm F/2.8 II. Just amazing. Until Canon hits with the new 7DII I may store my Canon gear for a while. It is that good so far.
  Really have to wait and see if it can hold up to heavy use. My Pentax K-5 fell apart on me. Very poor build.

  If interested you can go to my flickr site and see the latest photos with the K-3.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos.

Cheers Gary

hmmm just had a look through your flickr images and without wishing to start a row ,your pics with the 1D4 have bite and guts ,the pentax ones lack that considerably .it may well be the lack of decent glass for the pentax ,but if it was my money i would stick with canon .thats just my view ,sorry .
   i did the same for a couple of years kidded myself that nikon was better ,it wasn't and i can see that now looking back .

  I am just killing time. The Sigma glass was cheap compared to the Canon glass. I kinda like it though. For me it is fun to change around and shoot with different brands. What really has me excited is the high grade crop sensors.. I love the crop sensors for birding... The Pentax K-3 is a much better sensor than the 7D no comparison. I like it better than the IV?
  Can't wait for the 7D II to hit.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:40:16 AM »
GaryKnrd, What lens are you using with the K3, and are you using it for birding? The major downside for supertelephoto users in Pentax line-up is the IBIS. The other downside is the minimal supertelephoto lens choice for K mount. I have had this fantasy of kayaking to approach and photograph birds, and the Pentax weatherproofing would provide a lot of peace of mind against splashes, etc. (probably not against sustained dunk, though). Sensor is very good as well. Oddball feature of "internal equatorial mount" is of interest to astrophotographers - it makes sense that if you can shift the sensor for image stabilization, you also ought to be able to design it to shift to match star motion relative to Earth. The weatherproof and relatively light and compact Pentax line seems like a good choice for the outdoor photographer.

Don't get  me wrong, I love my 60D and 400mm f/5.6L. I am pretty invested in the Canon system, have a 6D as well, a few EF-S lenses, a few EF L lenses, the Samyang 14mm, and am covering the gaps with existing vintage film lenses (my Dad's AIS Nikkors and my own M42 screw mount lenses from the 1970s) on adapters. Some of the old multicoatings give a slightly different look, as do the older double Gauss Planar designs.

  I use Canon gear most of the time. Great gear. I use the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 prime and the Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with Pentax. Up until the K-3 hit the Pentax gear was in storage. Horrible experience.  Shooting with the new K-3 has turned that around for me. That new Pentax K-3 is a birding machine!!! What I find so nice is the layout also. What really blew me away is the IBIS on Pentax. With the 300mm lens it is just as good as the IS in the Canon 300mm F/2.8 II. Just amazing. Until Canon hits with the new 7DII I may store my Canon gear for a while. It is that good so far.
  Really have to wait and see if it can hold up to heavy use. My Pentax K-5 fell apart on me. Very poor build.

  If interested you can go to my flickr site and see the latest photos with the K-3.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos.

Cheers Gary

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:48:49 AM »
  I just broke in my new Pentax K-3. I was VERY impressed. Now with the new 7D II on the horizon?  Wow, can't wait to get my hands on that camera. Improvements in sensor technology is amazing.

  For birding these crop sensors rock!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 10:05:59 PM »
You know I have been curious for a long time. And I am fixing to start experimenting.
I just ordered the Pentax K-3 to see if it is going to satisfy my needs. For birding.
I have the 7D and I really like the crop factor.  I put the brakes on at about ISO 800, with the 7D.
The K-3 is going to give me about the same ISO as the Canon Mark IV. around 1200-1300 ISO, with a 1.5 crop.

Not sure yet if it is going to work out, We will see? But the new Sony sensors are much better than they were a few years ago. And the cheap crop sensor cameras are everywhere now. And getting pretty good reviews.

So I will be shooting with the Sigma 500mm prime and Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with the Pentax K-3 with in body IS? I'm looking forward to seeing just how far I can push it, and how it stacks up against the 7D and mark IV, and the new Canon tele lenses? 

After dealing with Pentax in the past. My hopes are not too high. But I have to test it.

I am a die hard crop guy.. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:51:25 AM »
Quote
As camera phones improve these high end APS-C systems will eventually disappear.

???

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:40:10 PM »
I'm not a big Arthur Morris fan. But i do watch the sales and blogs on his site. He bought two when they came out and sold both because of the mirror problem. Both stopped AF. I think he bought two more for a new trip he had planned.
They are probably fixed by now. I think I read both had 22-25K on the body's when they failed.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:20:55 AM »
  I just came in from a two month trip. In the jungle of Thailand, Hala-bala. I only have the 1D mark IV and the 7D. I love the 1D series camera. But, after some frustrating long shots with the ID-IV + 1.4 T.C. I finally put the 7D and 1.4 on my 500 mm lens. Honestly, I loved the results. So much so when in that situation I always put the 7D on the lens. Long shots AF was fine. Depth of field was pretty deep and I never missed a shot. With the mark IV I was not happy at all. The 7D saved the day.

  Also shot some close shots with the 7D and mark IV. I much preferred the ID camera.

This is with the 7D + 1.4, after a frustrating time with the mark IV.


  I have many many shots with the 7D and Mark IV. More with the IV for sure. It is a piece of heaven for me. But  the 7D is still in my bag.  I personally could care less about the tests and the technical details. I can say,  for me it made a big difference.

www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos
www.birdsthatfart.com

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:31:54 AM »
Who wants to bet that come may 1st, we'll get a CR2 about new cameras in June?

I'm off to shoot the sunrise with my 5 year old camera body, then blow my canon budget on a road bike. Have fun!

Lol, same here. Have fun.

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If under the 20K range I want one. I started saving 5 Yeats ago for this lens. I tried the 800L and did not like it. Nikon looks sweet also. Wait and see now.

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EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:45:04 PM »
When I lived in Thailand (2004-2006) high end electronics were way more expensive there than in the USA. Has it really changed that much?

No, everyday consumer electronics are more expensive. I wait until I am in America to buy pretty much anything else. But, Canon is not moving the cameras here at all. It is stale and they are cutting prices here to help sales. So only the 5DIII and 1Dx are being heavily discounted.  Although I don't want either camera they are for the taking if I wanted one for that price.

www.fotofile.net    This is where I buy my gear here. The Canon prices are shown on there web site. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:01:40 AM »
 I can buy a 1Dx every day here in Thailand for 5600 and that includes VAT. Which is refunded when i leave. So another 6% on top of that. Also the 5dIII is 26-2700 dollars. Everyday. So the price is valid. Grey market for you guys in the states. Those are Canon prices. Not sales. And not because of the exchange rate either.

After living here for a while I would have no problem buying this kind of item. I buy here all the time. New 1D mark IV after Vat refund. 3600 dollars.   :)

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:22:03 PM »
  That is the first small camera I would love to have. But, I stopped buying Canon products about a year ago now. IMO, they are forgetting the crop sensor crowd. Been waiting for the 7D II for two years now.
  I personally am buying the Pentax K-3 and shelving my Canon gear in two months.  They either get something out for us crop sensor fans. Or I will sell my Canon gear.
  And I love my Canon lenses, but am tired of waiting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: February 01, 2014, 10:47:15 AM »
I would love to see it materialize.  But, this is getting kinda silly.
Seems like once every two or three weeks this get's thrown out... LOL

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