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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:35:59 PM »
.....settings and lens for the Orion shot? Where did you shoot it from?.......

Thanks!  I used the 28-135 @28mm/f5.6, 15 seconds at ISO6400.  Big Lagoon state park in Pensacola, aimed over the intracoastal waterway / Gulf of Mexico.  Wonderful spot in winter, a horrible gnat and mosquito feed in warmer weather.  Had the Tokina 11-16 on my 60D at the same time, pointing east.  That was the last shoot with that lens, it sold on ebay as I was shooting with it that night.  Now I'm waiting for the RokSamBow 14/2.8 to arrive.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:57:37 PM »
Took a walk by the river this afternoon.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:55:24 PM »
The weather has been most uncooperative, this is from a timelapse that was shortened by heavy dew.


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Lenses / Re: Best lens for night time lapse
« on: December 06, 2013, 01:57:40 PM »
RokSamBow 14.......the newer version (AS ED UMC).  I used the Tokina 11-16 on crop, sold it and am getting the 14 My bigger problem at night is dew, but I've finally solved it...........
Could you please share how you solved it?

I have a dew heater strip for my 8 inch scope, plugs into a 12VDC receptacle (cigarette lighter socket).  I bought a small 6 volt battery, connected a 12VDC receptacle to it and wrap the heater strip around the lens, held in place with one of my wife's hair scrunchies.  Lasts all night and keeps the lens quite dry, but I have to be sure to check focus after wrapping it.  I had previously tried the strip-wrap-on-lens with the usual 12 volts but it got a tad too hot for my liking.  Also tried a turn signal flasher relay in series with it to give about a 50% duty cycle.  It worked, but looked and sounded ridiculous.  Saw the sealed lead-acid 6 volt battery on a shelf in a local Academy Sports, meant to power an automated feeder of some sort and cost all of 10 dollars.  'twas an aha! moment.  If you don't want to buy a dew heater strip (Mr. Bean's post) you could make a resistor ladder....but those Dew-Not's he referred to are a good price and work quite well.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best Headlamp I've Found
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:43:02 PM »
I'll second Coast lamps.  Went through a number of other brands, from no name to known name, until I went with the HL4.  I need the red light option for what I do.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D- An amateur's review
« on: December 03, 2013, 12:20:39 PM »
I went from 60D to 6D and found the size/ergonomic/layout change not too drastic.  Neither camera feels as bulky or solid as my 40D.  IQ and high ISO performance are of course very much better in the 6D.  WA capability of FF is worlds apart from crop.  The 60D didn't suddenly start taking bad photos, though; it will be modified for astro work and the already modded 40D sold to pay for the modification.  I'm no fan of the deer in the headlights look of on camera flash so that wasn't important to me, though powered down for fill it could be handy.  The more I use the wifi the more I like it.  Used with a tablet it's better than having the articulating LCD of the 60D (a 60D feature I really like and use extensively).  I haven't had occasion to use GPS so can't comment.  AF is at least as good as the 60D, better if you consider AFMA.  The extensive menu feature set of the 6D is impressive.  I expect this camera will meet this hobbyist's needs for many years.  I've used a T3i, IMO the 6D is a major change from that with respect to size, layout, ergo and feature set.  Thinking back to my film days and cameras I've had, I'd rate the relationship between 60D/6D similar to that of Pentax ME Super / Nikon F2 Photomic.

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for night time lapse
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:19:07 PM »
RokSamBow 14.......the newer version (AS ED UMC).  I used the Tokina 11-16 on crop, sold it and am getting the 14 for my 6D.  My bigger problem at night is dew, but I've finally solved it...........AFTER spending all Saturday night shooting a sequence.  6D noise at 6400 cleans up fine for time lapse video, let's you get away with shorter exposures.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: The 2nd ff camera in 2014 will be...
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:02:53 PM »
.....EOS 1V MkII  :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 27, 2013, 04:54:27 PM »
Yak hair, eh?  Well, now........

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:42:25 PM »
Nothing to say about DSLR's.......but I sure wish the term 'soccer mom' would die a quick death.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 6D Body $1799, Kit $2399 at B&H & Amazon
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:00:21 PM »
Picked up a refurb couple weeks ago when Canon had the short term sale, ~1325 delivered, including sales tax.  I have since then had crap weather and long work hours, but I've at least had time to use it a bit.  Liking it a lot.   :)

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Canon General / Re: Random (but Legal) Use of your Photos
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:46:56 PM »
In the case of Florida's State Park System, they can use it any way they see fit, and given that many of my photos are taken there, I don't mind. 

Looks like you're not far from me.  I do some daytime and a WHOLE LOT of astrophotography from Big Lagoon State Park here in Pensacola.  The really dark (and relatively close) parks are in the north ends of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties but part of the Forest Service, so my annual pass isn't any good in those.

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Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 01:36:12 PM »
1.  Most stills photographers will be grabbing 16k individual frames from video, but there will still be a place for stills from DSLRs.

2.  Nikon will still be around.

3.  We'll still be waiting for the 7DII and 100-400 replacement.

4.  Small, high quality cameras will be attached to animals.  Cats will take awesome photos of humans in odd sleeping positions.

5.  You will be able to take stills, video, make phone calls and determine your location all with one device.  Oops - already there.

6.  Ken Rockwell will still be making a living doing what he does.  Many current pro photographers will not.

7.  His reviews will still be out to lunch.

8.  People will still bash Canon for DR.

9.  The 300/2.8L IS and 70-200/2.8L IS (both MkIII, pending MkIV) will still be awesome.

10.  Adobe CC will be a trifle more than $10/month......

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Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:23:22 PM »
Where are the photos?  I have Mount Spokane blocking my view to the South Southeast.

When I read that, all I could think of was you blocking somebody's view.... :D

I have a light dome to the east, a little bit less if I plunk myself down by the Gulf.  All my good eastern sky spots mean heading out early, set up and knock off a few shots then pack it up and head for work.  We'll probably have a break in the weather here soon, but moonlight will be interfering for the next two weeks, my standard luck.....

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Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:01:07 PM »
I entered some of my photos in a local fair some years ago.  The judges didn't pick any as winners.  Members of the public did ("Peoples' Choice").  That meant even more to me.  My artistic talent/ability is precisely squat, but I knew where I had to be to get that shot and when I had to be there.  A setting summer sun silhouetting a local bridge from a specific vantage point.  Similar stuff's been shot a zillion times.....but it remains one of my favorites and apparently others liked it also.  The same venue had dozens of photos from every wedding photog in the area, most of whom are no longer in business, all interchangeable and so similar.  I hope they still enjoy photography, all were technically competent and good at their craft but just didn't stand out in what is a competitive business.  I've seen many examples of wedding photography on CR that were inspiring and helped me to appreciate what a talented person can do.

I guess my point is, agreeing with AcutancePhotography above, art is truly in the eye of the beholder.  Kyle Thompson's work doesn't do much for me personally but I don't think that makes him any less of an artist, I respect his efforts.

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