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EOS Bodies / Re: Petition to Canon regarding the EOS 5D Mark III
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:38:17 PM »
Have you tried using AI servo in low light?  Wouldn't it have been nice to have your AF point illuminated in red so you can actually see what your focussing on?  Without the illuminated AF points, AI servo would be crippled in low light for me.

There's no reason why this feature shouldn't trickle down to the 5D, or spot metering tied to AF points given the fact they share nearly identical AF systems.
You sound quite certain about that…I'm not so sure. 

For AF point illumination in AI Servo, as I understand the issue, the problem is that the the light which illuminates the AF points also affects metering.  In prior 1-series bodies, the illumination wasn't an issue, since the light was at a different angle to illuminate the AF points etched in the focus screen, compared to the points displayed on the transmissive LCD.   It's not a problem in One Shot, as metering is done once.  But in AI Servo, metering is done continuously, along with AF.  The solution for the 1D X required that the illumination blink on and off, but I also suspect it may involve altering the way the data is read from the metering sensor, so the data from the red channel are eiher ignored or given less weight.  That would be possible with the RGB metering sensor of the 1D X, the 5DIII doesn't have an RGB metering sensor. 

Regarding AF point-linked spot metering for the 5DIII, while the AF systems are nearly the same as you state, the metering systems are vastly different.  Here are the 61 AF points superimposed on the 5DIII's 63 zone iFCL metering grid:

The resolution of the 5DIII's metering sensor simply may not be high enough to support spot metering with the AF points, whereas the 100,000 pixel metering sensor of the 1D X can do so.  Even when the 1D X's metering sensor reverts to zone metering (in very dim light or for flash exposure metering), it's divided into 252 zones - 4 times the density of the 5DIII's metering sensor.

I can't say for sure that those tecnhical limitations are absolute, but you might consider the possibility that there are technical reasons for those features being available on the 1D X but not on the 5DIII.  After all, they did add f/8 AF to the 5DIII.

I'd LOVE #1. However, you do raise a good point that the metering systems are quite different. I'd still like to see it if possible, however I don't know if we'll ever know if it's possible because I highly doubt Canon will bring that to anything other than the 1D line. Maybe the 7d2 (or equivalent replacement) as a crop-factor equivalent of the 1D.

Photography Technique / Re: Slides
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:30:48 PM »
And I'm afraid Kodachrome processing has gone the way of the Dodo. I believe it is possible to development as a black and white negative but that is hardly what you want.

Really? That's interesting.

Photography Technique / Re: Slides
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:54:16 PM »
Far as I know, you can't get Kodachrome to be developed anymore. Anywhere. I could be wrong though.

Not sure about the Kodak Elite Chrome 200. if it uses the same chemicals as others such as Velvia/Provia, you probably could get it developed just fine. Or you could always just have them cross-process and see what that brings out.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lots of CF or Tablet+OTA cable?
« on: April 21, 2014, 01:27:45 PM »
If you're that worried, you can always grab one of those portable HDD with an integrated card reader that will copy from the CF card to the HDD, and then when you get home you plug the HDD in and pull off the images. There's a few different ones out there.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:10:51 PM »
Do the experts here think the overall land speed of the unicorn will match or at least come close to that of the dodo? 


Well, while it appears the Dodo was fairly swift. Using a modern proxy, the  ostrich (as a large, land bird) runs about 40 mph, I'd put an uneducated, non-scientific guess at about 25-35 mph peak speed.

Assuming that the origination of the Unicorn is from people seeing Rhino's, the White Rhino can run about 31 mph at peak.

If, instead, the Unicorn is really someone's great practical joke and it was simply a horse dressed up, a Quarter horse can run about 47.5 mph.

So, if a Dodo and a Unicorn made a bet as to who would get the land-speed record, if it's a Unicorn based on a White Rhino, it might be a toss-up. If it's a Unicorn based on a dressed up horse, pretty much the horse would win.

And now I feel all proud and geeky and self satisfied that I have go through the time and effort to attempt to make an absolutely meaningless point about something completely unrelated to the original topic.

I'd say if you need the wider spread AF points for sports, 70D is the way to go, while for the rest of the photography the 6D will be superior. The center AF point on the 6D is actually really very good, and it has better low light capabilities than the 5d3 AF points, although on the 6D it's only the center AF point.

Video, it's somewhat a wash, but if you want to be able to have it AF for you (you tap on the LCD), then 70D is the way to go. If you are comfortable with manually focusing for video like you are now, doesn't matter too much, although the 6D will have a shallower DoF, all other things the same, and will have better low-light IQ.

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:15:19 PM »
It looks like lots of people got good images.  It started out hazy here, and degenerated into a overcast, so I gave up.  The night before was clear.

I got fairly lucky. I was up a few hundred feet above ocean level on the side of a mountain, so above the low-level fog/haze that we sometimes get. Then while there were some high level, thin clouds (cirrus I think), there was a good wind and they were moving fast so there was sufficient clear air for me to get decent shots.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:43:15 PM »
Thanks this, totally missed it. Fortunately the LA store is listed. Doesn't say when it starts, should I assume now? And anyone know what hours?

Canon General / Re: How to remove image information
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:41:55 PM »
Let me Google that for you...

And for future reference, it's called image metadata or EXIF tags.

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:04:34 PM »
Equatorial mounts are a lot easier to use than that. They sound very technical, but they are actually simple and elegant devices. All you would really need to do is use the hand controller, set it to lunar time tracking (vs. sidereal, which is the default used for stars), pick the moon to point, center (there is always a bit of pointing error), and start imaging. Once you set it, you can pretty much forget it. The only extra bit of work is the meridian flip...once the moon passes the meridian (from east to west crossing the imaginary "12 o'clock line" overhead), you need to tell the mount to goto the moon again, and it will flip the mount to the inverse orientation...then you can image for the rest of the night.

Jrista, you have failed to convince me that an attempt by me to mount the equator would in any way be seen as elegant.  Plus, I live in Texas and such an act is probably illegal.  I am also concerned that if I tried one of those meridian flips, I would end up in the hospital.  Take care, thanks for the tips and keep posting those great photos.


Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:23:25 PM »
Wow jrista! That's a really awesome triad shot! Well done sir.

What equipment do you shoot with? Especially which tripod head? I've got a decent enough Benro with ball-head, and it worked, sorta, but I kept wishing it was geared in some way or another to fine tune.

Thanks. :)

I used a Canon 7D, EF 600mm f/4 L II lens, but the equipment that really allowed me to get the kind of detail I did during totality was the Orion Atlas equatorial tracking mount. I did not have to jack my ISO way up to 3200 or 6400 to get images during totality...I kept it at ISO 100, tracked in lunar time, and simply increased my exposure times. At full moon, my shutter was 1/250th. At maximum totality, it was 8s to 15s. Since I was tracking the moon itself, I could expose for that long of a time without experiencing blur due to the moon transiting across the frame.

Ah yes, good old tracking mounts. Don't know if I'll ever get one, as I don't generally do much in the way of astrophotography (in which I include the Moon/ISS, etc). I suspect if I get into astro ever, I'll probably want to get a crop-sensor camera to get the higher density/narrower FoV.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:03:42 PM »
Lots of hate towards this lens (rightly so perhaps) but not many suggestions other then buying another camera or just using a 300m and cropping.

Are there no other decent long lens/scope alternatives to consider?

Celestron C6.


Actually, that's a fairly modest price. Although add in a appropriate tripod, and for astrophotography a tracking system, it still seems like a fairly low investment of a $1-2K for a nice image quality.

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:49:54 PM »
Wow jrista! That's a really awesome triad shot! Well done sir.

What equipment do you shoot with? Especially which tripod head? I've got a decent enough Benro with ball-head, and it worked, sorta, but I kept wishing it was geared in some way or another to fine tune.

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:07:48 PM »
I think you did a great job, Drizzt! Especially considering you used an Opteka mirror lens, and at f/16!

BTW, the blue star is Spica, one of the key stars in the constellation Virgo. It's blue, rather than orange, simply because it isn't Mars. :P

The other star, I suspect, is 76 Virginis, assuming that your image is from the beginning of the eclipse rather than the end.

Thanks, but that one wasn't at f/16, that one was just the lens itself so f/8. I never appreciated how much 2-stops of light could mean in the viewfinder!

The image is from near maximum totality (10-20 min before). I thought I had seen somewhere that Mars was going to be leading slightly below the moon last night. Ah ha! There's the image http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outthere/files/2014/04/EclipseFinderChart.jpg from Discovery Blog. Reading it a bit more, looks like it was 10-degrees off from the moon, and 800mm gives a 3-degree field of view. So I couldn't have captured Mars :(  Oh darn.

Maybe for the next tetrad I'll have the Tamron 150-600 with a 1.4x or 2x TC. Got to be much higher quality than the Opteka. Frankly, it'd be hard not to be.

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:47:03 AM »
*sigh* I wish I had a real lens. I took mine with one of the Opteka mirror lenses. 800mm f/8, and it came with a 2x TC, so the closeups (all when the moon was starting to eclipse, so brighter) are f/16. I'm actually too embarrassed to shot the closeup that I took, although I haven't sorted through them all. So, here's one with a few stars around. I _think_ that's Mars in the lower right, although for some reason it's blue.

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