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A standard technique for astrophotography is to take what are called 'dark frames'.  Not specifically applicable to your single exposure Milky Way photos, but still might be worth a try.  works like this:  A series of (let's say) 3 minute exposures are made of a galaxy/nebula/cluster or what have you.  From 'several' images to hundreds - these are called 'light frames'.  A series of dark frames are then taken by covering the lens and viewfinder and opening the shutter for the same amount of time used for the astrophotos - maybe 5, 7, or 9 frames.  (I use odd numbers because folks tell me I'm odd....)  The dark frames are averaged and that average image is then subracted from EACH of the light frames.  There is more to it, but that's a brief description.  Two free programs that automate much of the averaging, alignment and stacking are (my preferred) 'Deep Sky Stacker' and 'IRIS'.  There are others at various price points.  There are lots of variables to consider, for one, the temperature of your camera will gradually rise during an imaging session and plateau at some point - might take 30 minutes, might take two hours.  In-camera noise reduction is not usually very good for astro.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:27:28 PM »
For sure those two are great value.
I know some will groan when I say this but for now I'd like to keep to the 'all Canon' theme.
I'll maybe stray from that path at some point down the line though. Most likely starting with a siggy 35 next year sometime.

Makes it simple then,  24-70II and be done.  I think you already knew this, though.   ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:56:39 PM »
Get the lens now.  Wait and save for a while and then get your very understanding and patient wife the 1DX "she's always wanted".

You're welcome! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Future of APS-C Given 6D Pricing
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:46:55 AM »
7DII will be the kundalini of crop cameras, 'professional' in every way.  I'd be surprised (shocked) to see it come out a penny under $2700 US and would not be surprised at 3K+ at launch.  Might not have the low light ability of 6D/5DIII...but it will be an exceptional camera.  Worth waiting for if you're interested in such a camera.  In the range of what I would spend, but with a 60D and an astro modded 40D my crop needs are met.  6D/5dIII and some glass/lighting gives me more bang for my buck.  I think we're past the point where Canon/Nikon need to blow each other out of the water on an annual/biennial basis.  Both companies make exceptional equipment.  IMHO, they could both get out of the P&S segment, I make phone calls with the last P&S I'll ever buy.

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Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:13:57 AM »
"Just a hunch about pricing, it won’t be cheap."

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Hard to know what will be more interesting/entertaining - the equipment or the forum screaming over the price.  The lens will of course be priced in the stratosphere, the 7DII will be shockingly high also.  To make up for the crop factor, it will be priced at 1.6x what many would consider reasonable or expected.  And likely worth every penny. 

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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendation
« on: March 26, 2013, 01:01:53 PM »
I forgot to mention i do have the 50mm 1.8 canon but i feel it is a odd length for me i feel like its too long. I am borrowing this lens (the 17-40) basically until i buy the next lens. I am on a limited budget i basically have enough for one lens. I have about $1350 at the moment

If you feel 50mm is too long on your 6D, then you will likely feel the same about the 35 on your T3i.  I'd go for the Tammy.  After a few months, see if you've developed a preference - where you've used it the most (i.e., wide or tele end), and base your prime lens purchase on that.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8 or 24-70 4.0 IS ?
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:12:13 AM »
Tamron. 
EF 2.8 is optically better, EF 4 has IS.  Tamron is no slouch optically, is 2.8 and has IS.  At least for me, it's an easy decision.  You wouldn't go wrong with any one of the three, actually....but the Tamron might be the only one capable of getting the shot in extreme conditions.  Added bonus - if cost is a consideration the wallet impact is reasonable and I wouldn't consider the lens a compromise.

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Reviews / Re: Most Objective and Less Objective REVIEWER?
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:57:25 PM »
From Roger Cicala at LensRentals:

"The 800mm f/5.6 is also the photography equivalent of a D cup- not a necessity, but wherever you go with it, you’ll make lots of new friends."

Hands down, best summary description I've ever read.  Still have dried coffee in my keyboard from reading that.

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This might be a bit soon, but.....does anyone have experience using this device/app with Android tablets?  I've held off on CamRanger because I'm not willing to get an iPad when my Acer Iconia A500 is working fine (though the Retina display is quite nice).  Wireless is very much a plus for me and the primary reason I'm considering the 6D over the 5D3.  iUSBportCAMERA could sway my decision.  I also use an astro modded 40D and a soon-to-be-modded 60D. I'm a patient person, my camera purchase is a couple months out anyway.  CamRanger's website implies that Android support is 'coming soon' but I don't see any progress noted.  Sanho has been very upfront about the lawsuit re: CameraMator and seems to be very proactive in responding to the market.

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Here is a nice short review of hands on with a pre-production SL1.

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/03/21/first-impressions-canon-rebel-sl1/
'twould be a good astrophotography camera if modified.  I have eyepieces that weigh more.  The shorty forty looks BIG on the SL1!

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....This is a bit like complaining that the Toyota Yaris 2013 is pretty much identical to the Toyota Yaris 2012; cars get yearly release, even though significant changes are only made every now and then.
And for a lot of folks, that Yaris is just fine, does what they need.  There are appropriately priced high-end models available for those that want them.  The car-camera analogy is exactly what I've been thinking.

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Software & Accessories / Re: CamRanger has a new iOS update
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:56:07 PM »
Wireless is a big plus in my book.  If CamRanger can get this working on Android I'd be a happy camper, and looking at a 5D3 vice 6D.

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Yer not the market these cameras are aimed at.  They will sell, particularly the small one.  Too bad about AFMA, but the target market won't miss it.

To all the folks thoroughly disgusted with Canon......I'll give you 10 cents on the dollar for your crappy, non-innovative, always-behind-the-power-curve Canon L glass :P.

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EOS Bodies / Re: $2,800.00 budget
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:34:26 PM »
I feel the 5d MK III would hold it value longer that the 6d.

Forget 'holding value'.  It's an imaging computer and subject to Moore's law.

6D, body only.  Tammy 24-70VC.  In 3-6 months, sell whatever is covered in dust.

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Canon General / Re: website concept: proSLRs.com
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:25:47 PM »
I dunno, it might rapidly deteriorate into an egofest.  There are folks on CR and elsewhere whose opinions I value and trust, to the point of if they told me to put wax paper in front of my lens to sharpen images I'd do it.  If there are review sites they trust, I'm inclined to trust those sites also.  I'm no pro and don't make a living with my gear, I'm not interested in the only-L-lenses-are-worth-using crowd, nor do I want to buy crap.  If the 1,000 dollar third-party lens is damn near as good as the 2,700 L lens, don't be afraid to say so because other pros will sneer.  To say the 'equipment doesn't matter' is also ridiculous.  If it didn't, we'd all still be using Brownie Hawkeyes.  If you want to set up a website strictly by and for professionals you'll have to make it a subscription site with a moderately high price tag, to keep out the amateur riff raff (like me!) ;D

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