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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?

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

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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.

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Best Sensor Cleaning Products
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:53:41 PM »
If a blower doesn't do the trick, I use a rubber spatula trimmed to a square edge.  A piece of a lint-free wipe (courtesy of the lab I work in) wrapped around it and pure methanol (lab courtesy again) as the liquid.  Many folks use Pec Pads or some such.  I'm leaving details out because this being CR, you'll hear many opinions and gnashing of teeth.   As someone else posted, you'll find a dozen guides on the internet for sensor cleaning.  Read/watch them and figure out what you want to try and practice on a piece of glass.  Kinda like changing oil and tuneups - learn to do it yourself and you'll both save money and know it was done right.  Always always always use a blower FIRST!!  Just don't use canned air.  In a past life I made my living working on optics, so I have my methods and I'm both experienced and comfortable with them.  I'm a fan of that piezo-electric-vibrator thingy built into the sensors now, it knocks the boulders off the sensor and minimizes the potential to scratch the glass when cleaning.  I frequently change out cameras/lenses/telescopes in the field, so my sensors tend to get dirty.  I'd go broke sending them in for cleaning.

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"Elegant tungsten silver brand ring"

Well now........

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Add light.  :) Halogen work lights like this should be pretty easy to find, they're online and in most home improvement and hardware stores, 500 W and cost ~$20 here. 

Holy photons, Batman!  I hadn't even thought of those!  I have a couple but didn't even think of them when I was trying to AFMA my lenses.  I sometimes use them for their intended purpose but more frequently just sit in the garage with them on during the short days to keep my head screwed on tight.

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:06:58 PM »
Last night was one of the rare nights this winter I've been able to use the scope, and only for about 3 hours at that, the seeing went to crap by 9PM.  A shot of M81 (bottom) and M82 (top).  The bright star in M82 is a supernova that became visible in January.  About 12 million light years away.....I may be front focusing a few million miles.  Taken with a 6D through an 8 inch scope, 1260mm effective focal length, f/6.3.  Stack of 10 shots, each 30 seconds.  I had some (operator) issues with my mount so there's a bit of trailing in the image.

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Kai is simply wong.  But I do find his videos entertaining.

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Never

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Hunter in the Trees

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:18:15 PM »
Replacement for the 7D?  Hey now, that's news.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 11, 2014, 11:17:04 AM »
-------I shoot anything I can, wildlife by preference, landscape portraits of trees and magical places, portraits of people in period/fantasy costume and other things which happen inc some charity work in low light in nightclubs (for example!).......

You would be very happy with a 6D.  You'd also be happy with a 5D3, it's your money but you asked for input and I'd say the 6D will be more suited.  Keep the 100-400 and the 50/1.8.  Sell the 20D and 28-135 together to a buyer who accepts the possible 20D problems.  Neither is worth much separately and the proceeds would do you better applied toward, f'rinstance, a 24-105 (or 17-55/2.8 ).  All your other gear, sell what you're not too emotionally attached to, especially if you NEVER use it.

Don't overlook some of the nicer 3rd party lenses; newer Sigmas, RokSamBow 14.

The day the 7DII is released, your 7D will become worthless (ok, I exaggerate......but not by much).  I'd sell it while you can still get a decent amount and replace it with one of the newer crop bodies if you still want crop - as in reach for wildlife.  Two thumbs and two toes up on the 17-55/2.8, just get it if you're going to keep crop.

Compact camera?  I'd consider one of the fixed lens superzoom types.  To me, 'compact' and 'interchangeable lens' are mutually exclusive, sometimes you just want to be out and about and have a camera with you in case something catches your eye and don't need to be bothered with carrying and changing lenses.

6D+WiFi+tablet+dSLR Controller = wonderful combo, nothing gimmicky about it.

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I'm trying to work from Lightroom to do a timelapse.

Couple things I've done:

I found a 24fps (plugin? whatever it's called) for LR that is selected in the slideshow tab, came from a British man's website.  Works well for rendering the video but takes quite a while to render with large images (hours).  I have PhotoshopCC but don't use it at all for TL.

If starting from jpegs I'll often use Startrails to create an avi, framerate and resolution are limited but not horribly so.

Framerate and deflickering can be done with Virtualdub.  I also use FreeMake to change video formats (avi, mp4).   In fact, on those rare occasions I take video with my DSLR, I use FreeMake to convert the file to something usable.

I used to be quite anal about using large, full resolution frames....but find that much smaller, lower resolution frames do quite well, although it's good to have the raws for astro.

Note that I do this for my own pleasure only, if you're considering commercial work you'll likely need more professional (i.e., expensive) software.  If the workflow you describe is strictly for your own pleasure......it sure seems like a LOT of work and time.

I post timelapses at youtube\emagowan, if yer so inclined feel free to ask me about any of them.  Most of my astro timelapses were done from raws with LR.  I did one (I admit, a stupid one, but hey, the weather was truly crappy!) of my cat sleeping, one with flicker and the other deflickered in Virtualdub.

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Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:35:17 AM »
Why is there so much fuss about the quality of a $1000 lens that comes with a 5-year guarantee?

Cuz it's too damn cold and crappy outside to do anything else  :D

I'm thinking (hoping?) this lens will pleasantly surprise.

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