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Lenses / Re: 600mm f/4l IS for $5k - good price?
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:53:16 AM »
I have one and the 600 is a great lens.  My previous was a 300 2.8L with 1 .4 extender and while good it still did not have the reach or sharpness this one gives.  Add a 1.4 extender and you have 840mm and that's before any chip crop factor multiplier.  Just like a new macro lens, you will find a new world to explore with it and if you choose to keep it will still serve you well into retirement....though you might need to hire a caddie to help you with it.

Oh man, you guys aren't helping my bank account.

Seriously???? Aggggggggg, indecision ....

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Flash life of speedlites?
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:36:25 AM »
Canon can replace the bulbs but it may not be worth it unless you have a 600 RT.  By the time you get to that point there may be other issues like the foot, charge capacitor, etc. which could fail soon.  So pretty much if you use the heck out of the flash and it fails out of warranty you might be better off just buying a new one.  If it's seldom used it might be worth getting repaired.  It will be all about whether you can get it done at a reasonable cost.

Hi

How many flashes recycles can a speedlite life have?
Are the bulbs replacable?
And how long to batteries last (i did search for battery life before asking)

Thanks
Simon

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Lenses / Re: 600mm f/4l IS for $5k - good price?
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:39:50 AM »
Unfortunately it is a very heavy lens.  Don't wait for retirement. You might not be able to handle it well.  Only the 800 f5.6l is heavier.  If you find out its too heavy for you sell it for a profit or trade it in toward the 500 f4l II



Yeah I have a tripod and monopod that can handle it (Gitzo + RRS).

I'm just not sure if I'm ready for a lens that big, I've been waiting until retirement to get into the big boys.

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Lenses / Re: 600mm f/4l IS for $5k - good price?
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:25:51 PM »
Yep jump on it.  Used ones from trustworthy sources are close to 7000.00.  For 5K you should get it.  Good investment.  You will also get a good workout hauling it around.

You will also need a very heavy duty tripod and a gimbal head like a wimberly.  Expect to spend around 1K just for those....unless your contact has one too they are willing to sell.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX vs 5DIII Wildlife Comparison
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:38:35 PM »
It's possible.  It was a loaner.  Prior to getting the eval 1dx, I used a 5DIII.  With the grip and two batteries it yields 3600mAH at 7.2V.  LP-E4N for the 1DX is 2450mAH at 11.1V.  Also considering that the 1DX does drive the AF systems faster and likely drains the battery faster than on a 5DIII, I did get used to shooting 1000+ shots before the battery would get anywhere near 50%(about 1 to 2 weeks of shooting +chimping).

Not saying the 1DX has a bad battery life but it does only accept one at a time (it's easy enough to just swap batteries when you need to) not that it even needs to be compared.  Having the two batts in the 5DIII grip is just a convenience more than a practicality.

wonder if you have a bad battery.
I got a loaner from CPS, and took it along a snowshoeing hike yesterday. I had it powered on the whole time, exposed to single digit temperatures - wind chill driven, and powdery snow. The is on the mounted 24-105 was on too.
Took 100 shots or so, and even after checking all the shots later in the comfort of a local bar, the charge was still above 85%
I find the grip ergonomics better than the 1dsmk3 or the 5Dmk2 with grip
Yes, the shutter it's a loud and solid clunk - and 12 fps scares nearby P&S shooters  :o

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:03:29 PM »
Awesome shot.  Where was this taken?

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:52:42 PM »
My recent post was heavily processed in Photoshop to bring out more comet and to emphasize the planets.  I was so focused earlier on trying to bring out the comet that I forgot planets were in there too.

Yes I did pick up uranus as well.  I went back and cropped back out and I also picked up Mars.  Uranus is the white star like thing in the middle and Mars is the reddish one near the bottom.  Bonus !!!

Nice!

For some reason, I'm unable to post my picture.

However...the one I did a rough edit on was with the comet and the moon just barely above the horizon. Now that I know that I've probably captured Mars and Uranus in one of the earlier shots, I'll have to re-think my preliminary culling....

Cheers,

b&

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:58:58 PM »
Yes I did pick up uranus as well.  I went back and cropped back out and I also picked up Mars.  Uranus is the white star like thing in the middle and Mars is the reddish one near the bottom.  Bonus !!!

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:27:09 AM »
Awesome shots guys.  This was/is a warm up exercise for comet ISON in November.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:06:03 PM »
No worries.  Though it will fade some in the coming weeks it will also be higher in the sky and have a darker background.  It will be a binocular object through most of April so still possible to photograph.  What was special tonight was it's proximity to the moon which I was hoping would have been a bit closer.  300mm was about the most you could go with a full frame camera and still get both in the frame.

Rest up your knee and shoot when you are up for it.

I have 2cameras, 3 scopes and great western horizon......and just spent the day in ER after my knee blew out at work.  Can't even stand up, let alone take a photo.  Maybe in a few days.  Murphy has struck.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 10:39:12 PM »
Clear air tonight.  Used my 5DIII

#1 - 300mm f/2.8L  shot at F4  ISO400 2 seconds
#2 - 300mm + 1.4xiii   f/4 ISO1000 2 seconds
#3 - 300mm + 1.4xiii   f/4 ISO1600 2 seconds
#4 - Too enticing not to get this one too

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:30:07 PM »
Got some good shots this evening. The vacating storm system left some very clear air and I was able to follow the comet down to the horizon.  Still, the sky could have been darker but made the best of it. 

I will post the pics a bit later after some post processing.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:38:41 PM »
No real rule of thumb as it depends on the camera.  Crop factor will increase the trailing.

Should be very close to the crescent moon tonight 400mm or 600mm is the way to go.  Just watch the exposure times due to star trailing.  The longer lenses will enhance the movement.

Thanks for that.

I'll be shooting tethered and / or chimping on the rear LCD...but remind me...what's that rule of thumb again for star trails and focal length v shutter speed...?

One thing I've been meaning to try out, and was going to try out tonight with Andromeda regardless, was using stacking to do some deep-ish sky stuff without a tracking mount for the tripod. The idea is to go ahead and shoot up to 25,600 ISO if need be to get the non-trailed exposure, but shoot a whole hell of a lot of frames, align them in Photoshop, and use the average blend mode to get rid of the noise. And then track the object manually. So, yes, I'll be cropping a fair amount around the edges because I'm not going to be perfect at tracking, but that's okay. I might even make use of that, and leave the edges ragged for artistic effect....

Cheers,

b&

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:18:17 PM »
You can focus on the cresent moon or jupiter using live view...either AF or manually and then swtch the lens to manual focus and dont touch it.

People, you have posted lovely pictures! It is so light polluted here! I cant get a shot so close to the horizon... Well, may be the next comet... and by that time Canon should have the f8 focus fix for five-D3 (absolutely arbitrary alliteration).

;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:01:16 PM »
Should be very close to the crescent moon tonight 400mm or 600mm is the way to go.  Just watch the exposure times due to star trailing.  The longer lenses will enhance the movement.

I've been at the Grand Canyon the past couple nights and never saw a thing. Seeing how small it is in those 800mm shots, I can understand why...even if it actually is in the shots I took, it wouldn't be more than a few pixels.

So...I know to definitely plan on setting up the 400 with the 1.4x tonight, and to not bother with anything other than the 70-200 on the other body for the "wide"-angle shot. Bummer...I was hoping to have more of the Canyon in the shot. Maybe I'll set up the 70-200 on a pano head....

b&

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