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Lenses / Re: 650-1300 T-mount lens
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:56:09 PM »
Sounds like you've got most things thought out.  If I was a Nike rep, I'd say "Just do it".

Lenses / Re: 650-1300 T-mount lens
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:31:03 PM »
Hi Don, no personal experience either unfortunately and I'm hardly competent.  But this year I've been playing around with a lot of longer cheapish lens combinations.  You'd obviously know that the lenses aren't weatherproof.  I don't know how badly water entering the lens will affect your sensor.  I can't imagine this will be good for it.  Also, I'd assume you'd be putting lenses caps on during daylight hours, but I'd also suspect that these lenses will be more susceptible to glues failing, lens coating separation issues, more dust and dirt entering the lens, fungal attacks etc which might be an issue if high image quality is critical.  But I doubt other options will stand up long-term in the conditions you've described, anyway.  Although a better quality weather sealed lens should stay in better condition longer.  My other reservation is that this sounds very astronomy-like.  I'd check that F/16 in your shooting conditions gives a shutter speed of less than 5 secs if that's an essential requirement.  In this case, you'd be so much better off wth the $10,000 primes....

As for image quality, provided you've got a good mounting, a stationary subject/smooth tracking and the 650-1300 is at least "OK", my guess would be that a good 400mm lens would be significantly better than the 650mm end.  But the 1300mm end will probably be better than a cropped 400mm lens.  If not, and if it is important, you should be able to work with the image in post production to get a similar/ better outcome but at a much cheaper price.  Overall, for what you've just described and if you know the limitations, I'd say go for it. 

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 27, 2012, 03:43:39 AM »
I wouldn't be shocked if we saw a $1000-$1500 FF mirorrless camera within the next two years.  I see the 6D and 600D as game changers.  Suddenly, we have reasonably specc'd FF cameras being released with $2k price tags. 

For typical camera users, I see the current bread and butter models as follows:

M4/3 - Olympus EPL5 - $599
APS-C - Sony Nex 5R - $648
APS-C - Canon T4i - $799
FF - Canon 6D - $2,000
FF - Nikon D600 - $2,000

I know my logic can be countered in a number of ways, but if I was a camera company exec, I'd be thinking that there's a big hole between $800 and $2000.  What would get the camera community excited?  A cheap FF camera. I'd then work backwards, basing everything upon a final sale price of $1250 - $1500.  Ultimately, I end up with a very simple mirrorless camera with an EVF and a FF sensor.  I end up with a Nex 5, but with a FF sensor and a $600-$800 premium.  (And going by most of the comments above, an $800 price increase isn't unreaslistic to cover the price of a full frame sensor).

Over its lifespan, this camera will decrease in value.  Come end of life, you will see run out specials below $1,000.  Maybe in 4 years time.

The big question is, will it be a Canon?  Sadly, I think not.  As a betting person, I'm liking the odds on Pentax who have a lot of legacy FF lenses and users to satisfy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:55:06 AM »
A FF mirrorless camera will never be a performance beast.  So why bother trying?  A great sensor and EVF, with "ok" AF, maybe 3fps and 1/4000 shutter speed in a tiny (eos-M sized?) body and a low $1,000 to $1,500 price and I'd be happy.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:33:04 PM »
According to The Courier-Mail, you can register here for details -

DJs occasionally have good specials, but their range is very basic / low end and may not interest most people here.  But there are a couple of hundred larger retailers involved, so will be interesting to watch.  Its good to see local retailers embracing the web rather than complaining about slipping sales and advocating for regulations to hamper imports.  Although I notice Harvey Norman is conspicuously absent from the list of participating retailers.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:46:42 PM »
My best effort.  As I thought lens flare, incorrect exposure choices and imperfect equipment led to some disappointing results.  Oh least I'm a little better informed.  When the next one is here in 17 years times, I'll be on top of these things. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 15, 2012, 07:53:00 PM »
Give Ektar a try.  It comes in 4x5.  Its very good at capturing detail.  If you're scanning it on the V750, then colour problems from your photo lab aren't an issue.  It has a greater exposure range (dynamic range?) than slide film and can give you a lot more post processing possibilities.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:37:20 AM »
Nice - very moody.

My work plans changed and I found myself still in Brisbane.  I missed the "total" solar eclipse and had a crescent shaped sun, too.  Still, I found it very interesting.

I took a few photos, and will take a closer look at them as soon as I get home tonight.  For lack of anything better, I stacked an IR filter, a 3 stop ND filter and a polarizer on the end of a Canon 100-300, which I mounted onto an Olympus EPL-1.  I went with the Olympus so that I could compose through the EVF without worrying about eye damage.  But I probably should have trialled it first.  While viewing through the EVF was fine and worked well, the combination of filters and lower quality lens led to a lot of lens flare which I think ruined most of the shots.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:30:03 PM »
I'm hedging my bets.  I print my favourite photos at 5x7 or 8x12.  I upload photos to an online site.  I keep backups on multiple hard drives.  I also have photos stored on the hard drives of a couple of computers.  With film, I keep negatives in archival plastic sleeves. 

But what really worries me is that, at the rate I'm shooting, I'll have hundreds of thousands (maybe a million+?) images by the time I finish.  Is anyone ever going to look at that many photos or care for such a collection?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
Wow - They're good.

Canon General / Re: How do you display your pictures?
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:22:53 PM »
I'm a TV person, too.  But on its own, my TV lacks processing power and the slideshow transitions aren't the best.  Therefore, I typically use it via a PS3, which has great slideshow features and special effects. 

Alternatively, I use a blueray player that's connected to a networked hard drive.  Its not as feature packed as the PS3, but I have access to all my photos and it runs silently (wheras the PS3 has a noisy cooling fan).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:36:15 PM »
Ironically, Kodak has started to steal customers back from Fuji after putting some R & D money into their films.  It started with 100vs and more recently Ektar 100 and Portra 400.  I understand Kodak are still making Ektar and Portra.  With Black and White film, there are still several small players continuing on.  Admittedly, a very small niche in the photographic world.

One of the annoying things about the film market is that it is almost impossible to buy quality and/or medium format film in a retail shop without paying excessively high prices. Instead, it is largely internet based.  On the positive side, by having a handful of larger suppliers, I'm hoping that this makes distribution easier for manufacturers and will help keep them in business longer.  Plus there are also some smaller suppliers out there trying to keep things alive.  Blanco Negro Supplies in Sydney come to mind with their Foma products.

Landscape / Re: Shooting a moonrise - Need advice
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:41:15 AM »
You'll get the best outcome when the moon is very low.  Typically within an hour or so of moon rise.  If you're there when the moon starts rising, you can't go wrong.  One standard classic shot has the moon half risen on the horizon.

This is a useful program for working out where the moon will appear...

Google Sky is also very useful, too.  Along with another app - Sundroid.

Its good that you're taking the flash.  As mentioned, the moon is surprisingly bright.  The shutter / aperture combination that you'll need to keep detail in the moon won't give you enough exposure for rocks and waves and well lit reflections.  But if you bracket a few exposures, then you can always manipulate the images later.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lens Focal Lengths
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:25:49 AM »
On a full frame camera, 24mm is noticeably wider than 28mm whereas 100mm and 105mm would appear fairly similar.  On a 7D, differences won't be quite as apparent.

There are some comparison photos for 24 vs 28mm here: -

Just note that the comparison photos shown are for a full frame body.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:09:24 PM »
Thanks. When I googled solar eclipse photos, yours is the sort of photo that comes up.  Now I know that a solar filter is the key.

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