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I've been "Uncle Bob" at a couple of weddings... except I go talk to the photographer and offer to be an unpaid second (or third) shooter for the day and tell them they can copy my memory cards at the end of the day and use the pictures... Far better to be an assistant than an annoyance... and a second shooter who knows who in the crowd is important is a valuable asset.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang Lenses Go On Sale Tomorrow
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:26:27 PM »
300mm is a good focal length for piggybacking a camera on a telescope with a tracking equatorial mount.  I use an older 300/4L, but there are problems when shooting with a modified camera body due to CA.  Halos around stars, for example.  If the Samyang 300cat lens is sharp, it would be worth a try for the right price.  A niche lens to be sure, but they do have their uses.

I use DSLR Controller frequently (>50% of shooting) with my 6D and an Acer A500 tablet, couldn't be more pleased with it.  I find it works quite a bit slower with my phone, tho.  I also use it tethered with a 40D and 60D.  I was using it tethered for some time prior to getting the 6D, so I've stayed with it.  DSLR Controller was the main reason I bought a tablet.  I realize I'm sounding perilously close to being a shill, but I really do like the app.

15,000US vs. attorney's fees and half of everything (due to the ensuing divorce)......I'm gonna have to pass.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX mini – I'm speechless
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:23:53 PM »
"Luxurious" leatherette.......

I guess that sounds better than "Textured vinyl"

I've had three root canals.  One became infected while the temporary cap was in place and waiting on the crown.  I left on a 4 day trip to dark country for astronomy the day after the root canal and spent the time in wonderful pain.  For another root canal, I arrived in the morning and the receptionist told me I'd have to reschedule as the compressor that runs all the air tools had malfunctioned and they were having to cancel and reschedule all appointments.  I offered to take a look at it, got it running in a couple minutes.  After the procedure I came back to the receptionist to cover my copay portion....the dentist walked over and said, "Are you kidding?  If you hadn't fixed that we'd have had a scheduling nightmare and lost an entire day's work!  You don't owe anything."

Any more comments like that and I will challenge you to a duel of calculus at dawn.

Said duel to be conducted with compass and protractor (a.k.a., Weapons of Math Instruction)

Seems to me (and I suspect most others) this entire discussion comes down to budget.  If budget allows, or it's required because your livelihood depends on it, get the Big White(s).  Otherwise, the Tamron will not disappoint.  I'm talking to you, fellow hobbyists.

I'll wait for the REAL tests........brick walls and cats  ;)   

My HTC One and Acer A500 both work fine with 6D wireless.  The A500 works wired with my 40D, 60D and 6D.  Handy when I'm doing astro work and don't want to mess with a laptop.  As for wallowing in the dirt.....yeah, I've noticed how much farther away the ground gets every year........

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:42:49 PM »
We really don't need any more reviews of this lens.  If you want the best normal range lens ever made and can justify the expense, just get it and enjoy; end of story.

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:47:01 PM »
I freely admit I just usually don't appreciate 'fine art'.  Particularly anything that's supposed to be 'edgy' and 'provocative'.

Ansel Adams - I like
The Pond - I like it
Dead troops talk - like it also

Cindy Sherman - I'm sure she's well regarded by many.  Doesn't do a thing for me.  Any time I see "Self portrait of the artist" I'm pretty sure it's crap, I'd rather see a well-done "Dogs playing poker" or Velvet Elvis.  That includes Van Gogh.  Sole exception (for me) M. C. Escher with the reflecting ball.   Just my $.02, and worth as much.

Canon General / Re: Spot to take pictures of skyscrapers in NY in the dark
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:49:18 PM »
Booklyn Heights Promenade?

PowerShot / Re: PowerShot SX700 HS, PowerShot D30 & Rebel Images
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:33:46 AM »
SX700 HS might be fun toy.

PowerShot / Re: 200x zoom on SX50
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:07:43 PM »
Thanks for sharing...I'll bet your shoulder and neck thanked you for toting the SX50 instead of the 5DIII and assorted lenses!  Nice camera, one my wife and I would both enjoy, and a third the price of the new Tammy lens.  With the added bonus of the slow motion feature to play with.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:44:29 AM »
6D on a 2000mm f/10 telescope with 2xTC.   Seas of Tranquility and Serenity, crater Plato and the nearby Alpine Valley, craters Archimedes and Eratosthenes, crater Copernicus at sunrise.  ISO320, 1/25. 

Larger view - macro extenders (total 65mm) added between 2xTC and camera body to increase the effective focal length.  ISO640, 1/80.

Taken evening of 8 February, first decent night in two weeks.

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