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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ND filters /waterfalls on 5D3
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:53:26 AM »
A drawback to using those high f-ratios like f/22....it will show any dust dirt whatever specs that are on your sensor, in addition to refraction effects.  f/11 is more forgiving.  The EF 28-135 will go to something like f/36 (32?) on the long end - great for checking sensor cleanliness, lousy for photos.

How long does one wait for the Lee Big Stopper?   Too long.

Canon General / Re: Lost inspiration
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:23:08 AM »
Everybody loses their mojo once in a while.  I used to talk to Ron Rico about it, nowadays I find Jameson's helpful.  In other words.......don't sweat it.  One of my lifelong passions has been astronomy, but there have been extended periods where I did little (couple years here and there).  When the passion returns, it does so with a welcome vengeance.  The moon interferes with the deep sky astrophotography I prefer, but every so often I find myself doing visual with the moon with a high power eyepiece.  Two hours can pass with no perception of the time.

You will get your mojo back.  If you don't, you never had it in the first place.....but I don't believe that and neither do you.  Think of it like writer's block.

What caught my eye was "offer ends SEP 30 '13" ....... gives a bit of breathing room, if it really lasts that long.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60D odd behavior after long exposures
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:24:28 AM »
Had the following odd behavior with my 60D yesterday......

Windy day, so we headed to the beach for some long exposure surf photos (1-1.5 minutes) and flash portrait work.  Took the portraits after the surf photos.  I used the 10 second timer to give me time to get in position with the hand-held flash with radio trigger, too windy for stands.  Frequently, the shutter would release and the flash fire as expected and then begin another 10-second countdown and repeat.  More often than not, I had to turn the camera off to get it to stop. 

I have ML on that card but was not using any ML features and made sure of it after the first occurence, nor was bracketing set.  I did note that ML reported a CMOS temperature of 163 and wondered if the camera internals were hot from the long exposures....it wasn't a particularly hot day, low 80's.

I could not get the behavior to repeat after returning home and there is no feel of a sticky shutter release button, nor was there wind blown sand lodged anywhere. 

I'm not overly concerned, as it didn't repeat, but I am curious.  Anyone had similar experience?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Monoprice camera accessories
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:22:42 PM »
I've bought non-photo related items without regrets.  As a hobbyist, I'd certainly feel comfortable buying other items.  Lens caps aren't rocket science.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon wants to make everyone a filmmaker
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:37:20 AM »
I like the zoom range in my camcorder.  Hard to duplicate that with a dSLR.  I'm not a filmmaker, though, strictly for my own pleasure.

Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:04:25 PM »
Not a 'supermoon'....but a 5 second shot of the ISS passing almost directly between my location and Saturn.  Had I been up the road a mile in mosquito country, it would have done just that, but Saturn would not have shown on the shot.

As an aside, I'm an amateur astronomer/astrophotographer and like many of my compadres, I don't care for the term 'supermoon'.  Visually, it looks like every other full moon you'll ever see (except an eclipse).

Lenses / Re: Lens Review Request: Canon 400mm f2.8 IS II
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:34:54 PM »
It's big.  It's white.  IQ is amazing.  IS is fantastic.  Great for sports, astro, whatever.  BTW, the one you bought me front focused a bit.....please send another :P

Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:17:47 PM »
My copy front focused.  Sent it back, bought the Tamron version.  Bit more CA and an absolute bitch to find filters for.

I have that same Sigma and a 300/4L; I wouldn't hesitate to buy the lens at that price if it's sound.

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 04:27:31 PM »
Bring the family and have fun.  Keep copyright.  Bring the fisheye.  Post some photos.

Lenses / Re: Alaskan Cruise - 70-300L/Crop Sensor?
« on: June 20, 2013, 05:37:09 PM »
It's been 6 years since I was there, my only regret is I didn't bring a wider lens, I could have used it and a CPL on the beach in Haines.  200mm was fine; as a previous poster said, if 200 won't cut it, 300 won't be much better.  I would recommend the 11-16 and polarizer, you'll really want to knock down the sky brightness with the polarizer sometimes, at least a graduated ND would be useful.  I live on the Florida coast, so I was truly impressed with the expansive, mountainous views on Lynn Canal.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:28:45 AM »
....... I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.

That's a very manageable level of light pollution and easily processed out, based on the amount of detail visible in the Milky Way.  I visited Perth/Fremantle >30 years ago, I'll never forget the night skies. 

A couple of quick processing tutorials I put together for my astronomy club friends, specifically for dealing with moderate amounts of light pollution.  First one is for Photoshop, second for GIMP.


FWIW - I stopped into my local Best Buy for some other items and was looking at the cameras.  The young lady in that department didn't even try to make a sale, she simply told me to wait for some expected sale pricing around the July 4th holiday.  I guess we'll see.

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