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Video & Movie / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless for timelapse.
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:36:24 PM »
Some examples, I've posted modified links instead of embedding, just change (dot) to   .     and they should work fine.

with G2 and GentLED.......   youtube(dot)com/watch?v=ahaQVk0iv20&list=TLitG5fo8Po8c
with modified 40D.........   youtube(dot)com/watch?v=sHRqxuHc1XU&list=TLQkYow0aU2Pk
60D astro
40D timelapse of 60d taking a
Pentax W90 on
..and on my scooter for the work

Video & Movie / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless for timelapse.
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:16:58 PM »
If you are only doing daylight timelapses, there are quite a few cameras (including non-Canon) to choose from.  For example, I have a Pentax W90 that has a timelapse function built in, is waterproof and light enough to fly with a kite and Picavet rig.  Image quality is of course nowhere near DSLR but in truth not too shabby.  I've strapped it to my motorcycle for several hours of riding, it just keeps on shooting until the battery dies or the card is full.  My old Canon G2, although quite long in the tooth, is timelapse capable with a GentLed IR trigger.  Only 4MP, but for timelapse movies the individual frames really don't need to be huge.  For astro timelapses I use my 60D and modified 40D.  I'll consider shutter replacement when it becomes an issue, but until then, I bought these cameras to use them.  Like my knees, they won't last forever.

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/ 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 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.

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