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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5D mark III ?
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:56:36 PM »
Don't do it!!!!  That camera is CRAP!!!  I read it on the interwebs, so you know it's true! :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: removing odor from camera
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:59:33 PM »
The pros use ozone to de-stink cars.  Might be a high-end auto detailer in your area that does this and would be willing to plop yer camera inside during a treatment.  There are also fire-and-flooding restoration outfits that might be of assistance.  Otherwise, return it.  If you're sensitive to the smell, no amount of airing out will please you, your brain will convince you the smell is still there.

Lenses / Re: 600mm f/4l IS for $5k - good price?
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:13:26 AM »
Is this a good price for this lens without a scratch on it?
Short answer:  Yes
Longer answer:  Yes indeed!

After a few tense moments they realize that I am not sitting with a cannon getting ready to lob projectiles at our nation's capitol but instead trying to photograph Saturn's rings.

Moral of the story: You can get into a lot of trouble when people with guns mistake what you are doing.

Second moral: Police can't tell the difference between a dobsinian telescope and a cannon in the dark.

When I was a younger man with a full head of dark hair, Pope John Paul II visited Guam while I was stationed there.  Some friends and I were set up on a hill overlooking the podium he was to speak from, I had a Pentax ME on my orange C8 (2000mm f/10) to take photos.  Not long before he arrived, a van pulled up and several armed federal agents came over to see what I was up to...I'd been spotted by security folks who were on higher ground.  Showed them it was a telescope and camera, the lead agent radioed in that all was okay.  We went back to beer and waiting.  Who knows how things would go down today.

Lenses / Re: Is there anything I can improve on this gear list?
« on: March 17, 2013, 02:23:44 AM »

Lenses / Re: How's the 70-300L?
« on: March 15, 2013, 09:46:46 PM »
 Took a 70-200/2.8 to AK and found it plenty.  Wish I'd had my Tokina 11-16 back then.  PL won't work that wide, so bracketed and post work is needed.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:59:06 PM »
I have 2cameras, 3 scopes and great western horizon......and just spent the day in ER after my knee blew out at work.  Can't even stand up, let alone take a photo.  Maybe in a few days.  Murphy has struck.

Portrait / Re: First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:38:30 AM »
For the crop sensor seriously consider the Efs 17-55 before either of the two you listed.
So an S lens is better than an L lens?
Peace! 8)

'Better' is relative....'more useful for you' would be the appropriate phrase.  Don't get the 24-105 by itself, get it as a kit lens when you go FF.  I think you'll do an excellent job with this shoot and that the 60D will soon be a backup to a 6D.

I've used Royal Camera Service near Chicago.  Happy repeat customer.  Never charged more than the online estimate and very fast service.

Canon General / Re: crap portraits of me
« on: March 09, 2013, 07:59:24 PM »
I dunno.  When I looked in the mirror this morning I looked crappy, blurred and OOF.  Kinda feel that way today also.

EOS Bodies / Re: Plenty of posts on the 7D, how about the 70d
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:16:49 PM »
70D is expected later this month (March).  I expect it to be a worthwhile upgrade from 40D or Rebel series, but maybe less so from 60D - the logical step up from there is the 6D, much cheaper than I expect the 7DII to debut at.  AFMA and WiFi would be welcome, as would a body-only price in the 1k range.  Neither the 60D nor the 40D will suddenly start taking crappy photos when the 70D is released.  I think Canon may be making great strides in crop sensor performance but wouldn't expect to see the best there is in the 70D, that will go into what I expect to be a shockingly high priced 7DII.  Just my $.02

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: yes or no..6d for video...
« on: March 05, 2013, 05:23:45 PM »
I believe there is an aftermarket in-the-camera-body filter available to improve video from the 6D.  If most of your work will be stills, this might be a viable and cost-effective option.

JD - To de-click, remove the mount on the rear of the lens.  Lift up the aperture ring and remove the tiny detent ball and spring and reassemble.  I'd recommend doing this over a container, once that detent ball is dropped it's gone forEVER; I disassemble lenses inside a large plastic container for just that reason.  I stuck it to a small piece of tape and left it inside the lens under the mount just in case I want to reinstall it.  I have a collection of old lenses sans detent ball from the days before I had the good sense to disassemble inside a container.

For those of us who do astrophotography, video has for some time been the preferred method for imaging the moon and planets.  The best frames from a video stream are extracted, stacked and processed.  A high resolution imager that can get to magnitude 8.5 would be a welcome addition, bringing a large number of interesting deep sky objects within reach of this technique.  Not too many years ago I was freezing my a$$ off taking 20+ minute film exposures through a scope and happy to get 2 or 3 good frames out of a roll of film.....and the quality sucked compared to what is attainable in 30 seconds with a Rebel series camera.  Although I can understand how underwhelmed many photographers might be, I hope this new Canon sensor is the beginning of deep sky videography.

I have the Pro-Optic flavor of this lens and find it fun to play with, both stills and time lapse.  I de-clicked it for video.  A fisheye is something I would not want to spend a lot of money on but I was happy with the price. 
I used it with a 40D to take a time lapse of my homemade motorized slider in action, which was carrying a 60D with a Tokina 11-16/2.8 attached.

I don't know the policy on linking to / embedding youtube videos here on CR, so change 'yertube' in the pseudo-links below to 'youtube' to make them work

Text from fisheye video, which is at


Home made slider running for about 7 hours.  Taken with Canon 40D and RokSamBow 8mm fisheye.  One 15 second exposure every minute.  On the slider is a 60D taking three 15 second exposures per minute.  Note my neighbor's TRULY ANNOYING security light, I'll have to ask her nicely to aim it in a different direction or shield it.  The timelapse made with this setup is at      yertube.com/watch?v=WBwNGcLGH1g

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