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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:46:38 AM »
I'm U.S. born and raised but spent time in the Philippines and am happily married to a wonderful Filipina who supports my photo and astronomy interests.  If we were in the Philippines, I would call you "kuya Surapon" and your wife "ate (ahtee - for the longest time my ears heard 'aunty')" out of respect and affection, just as most of her younger friends call me kuya Ed and my wife ate Carol.  Write however you want, kuya Surapon.

On topic - a lens brush......what was I thinking?  If something doesn't come off with a blower, why on earth would I risk a scratch?  Also, one of those smaller camera bags with the shoulder strap, never large enough, a pain to carry and now relegated to carrying accessory cords and whatnot for astro gear.....cameras are carried in a LowPro backpack.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:48:39 PM »
Lens arrived today.  As sharp as has been reported but no shots worth sharing yet.

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Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:37:35 PM »
7 years ago, with an old mirror lens and a 300D
http://www.pbase.com/emagowan/image/56819956

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Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:02:48 PM »
OP, You posed a question to the forum to gain some insight / tips.  I can't anything to what has already been stated....but....having seen Sporgon's work I'd be inclined to take his advice if I was in a similar situation.  I've also played around with the technique Neuro mentioned, stitching shots taken with an ND10 filter to get rid of people.  You have time to perfect these methods.  Renting a camera system you're unfamiliar with for what is an important assignment seems to me akin to renting a stickshift with a worn clutch for one day in San Francisco.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:42:53 PM »
The amount of detail this lens renders is stunning:


Lots of detail, but I wanted to see a larger version!

Sorry - this one has commercial value, so I don't give away the big ones.

I'm the same way with most of mine.

Don't blame you.  I've managed to make photography somewhat profitable in a day where photography has been cheapened, but it is a fight.

Well you're ahead of me there obviously, but I hope to learn more how to go about it.  Because I have some amazing prints ready to sell right now...at least in my opinion and lots of folks who saw them, but chose to buy hand made jewelry and the like, instead!

At one point I decided not to worry about the commercial side of things and simply enjoy my photography. To me it is strictly a hobby and fortunately my job pays well enough to be a little bit creative on the equipment side of things as well, but I'm keeping it reasonable ;) I admire those who can make a profit out of photography, especially in these timen. Seems like a lot of hard work to me.

Is your regular job not hard work?  If I was making 6 or 7 figures from other types of work, I would still try to sell my photography.  I'd also like to get into film production.  But yes, photography itself has been radically cheapened and diluted in this day and age, and basically the world has 6 billion "photographers".  Almost seems like a billion of them are better than I am, or at least sell more of their work than I do!

My regular job is hard work, so I like to spend my free time not worrying about making money. If there were an easy way to make money from my photography, I might consider it but looking back at the time I was a student (and heavily into mountainbiking), working part-time in a bikeshop killed a lot of the enthusiasm I had for bicycle gear and in the end, cycling itself.

That's a shame, however maybe your chances of getting testicular cancer are less because of it?

There's no relation between cycling and testicular cancer.

Lance Armstrong would beg to differ.

Haha we're straying far off topic, but if this were true, then a lot more people would have it.

Not necessarily.  Anyway I think I'd like to buy a mountain bike after I sell my dirtbike!  I don't foresee buying another dirtbike any time soon, but would still like to ride on two wheels offroad, while trying to stay in shape.  I would not ride it all the time, though.  Also don't want to spend a lot of money.

Can't we go ONE day without talking about testicular cancer......

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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:49:32 PM »
I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

That would not be the worst thing I've seen posted on YouTube..........by a long shot.

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PLEASE don't call me PR!!!

Well, that's what you get for writing something nice :-p ... I'm not up to the correct obvious terms obviously as you relate to the public - otherwise you'd just write a PM to the op - but maybe PR is something different entirely and is considered deprecating since it made you post your qualifications ... so sorry for that.
Helen is to PR what Magic Lantern developers are to hackers.  No snark intended or implied, I raise a virtual toast to both of you in sincere appreciation of your efforts.

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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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