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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 04, 2013, 09:08:24 AM »
I'm sold, thanks for the real-world review, Dustin. :). This lens begs to be used in portrait orientation.  Most of the distortion is easily correctable and becomes insignificant outside of architectural work.  Looks even sharper than I'd hoped.  I like to rent-to-try, but for the price/performance the Rok14 is just-buy-and-enjoy.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:58:13 PM »
I've got a 14mm Rokinon (Samyang) f/2.8 in hand right now for review purposes.  I'm having fun with it; 14mm is VERY wide on FF.  Here's one taken yesterday:

?? Dustin, this image is quite different from your usual, I find the colors quite oversaturated, unpleasingly so.  An interesting effect if you were trying for it....but not if you weren't.  Mayhaps a resizing issue.  It also looks like you had to push things in less than ideal light.  I DO like the composition and subject.  That's a lens I really want to like on FF.  Cheers!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Input on bodies please? Shutter count?
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:40:57 AM »
Gave my 300D to my sister in law.  Still have my old G2 though.  No value, but it syncs at 1/1000, fun to play with and for time lapse in daylight.  Advice - sell 20D, use 300D til it dies.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:31:39 PM »
Not to make light of a very interesting camera, but I'd just as soon get a couple Pentax WG-3's for that price.  I have a W90 that has been in pools, ocean and rain and has macro and time lapse features.  I've also had it 200 feet in the air suspended with a kite and strapped to my motorcycle for half a day.  It's always in my briefcase at work and slips into a pocket.  That said, it's interesting to see Nikon upping the mirrorless market.

Regarding remote shutter release or timer remote, you could install Magic Lantern and have that capability without additional hardware.

With my 60D or astro-modified 40D, I find I can manually focus using a bright star and 10x magnification in LiveView.  At Joshua Tree you should also be able to get some wonderful time lapses.  My biggest blunders included not realizing I'd moved the focus ring and shooting a wonderfully OOF sequence. I *can't* recommend that! 20-30 seconds at 1600ISO should work fine as a starting point.  If you're taking individual shots, long exposure noise reduction can help, but it eats up valuable dark sky time.  Be sure to post some of your images after your trip!  (meaning....I'm really interested in how that RokSamBow 14mm performs.  I have the Tokina 11-16, but that lens interests me.)

FWIW, these are a couple of guides I threw together for my astronomy club friends, for some simple prettification of astro images.  More for telephoto/telescope shots but I've used them for wide field shots in more light polluted areas.  Here is a sample of the difference taken 10 years ago on like the third day after I bought a Digital Rebel (300D).


Technical Support / Re: How to fix a physically broken sd card?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:52:12 PM »
A new Class 10 UHS-1 32GB Sandisk SD card is about $30 on Amazon.  Buy a new one and move on.  At those prices, trying to fix a busted old one is simply stupid.  IMHO, of course.   8)
I consider it being frugal......although whenever my kids say that word it sounds like they're saying "cheap bastard".  ;D ;D    I was intending to just toss it, but the glue was sitting there, so......

Technical Support / Re: How to fix a physically broken sd card?
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:37:39 PM »
I have to correct myself......I didn't use superglue, I used plastic model cement  (Testors Liquid Cement for Plastic Models, to be specific).

Technical Support / Re: How to fix a physically broken sd card?
« on: September 19, 2013, 04:32:19 PM »
I superglued one when that happened, no problems after several months

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A valid reason to loose your gear...
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:06:14 PM »
Diving with tiger sharks.  No cage.  Camera gear to attract attention.  Uh huh.  That's what I want to do.  After that, I'll head off to Taliban country for some boudoir photography.  Yeah, that's the ticket!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:38:54 AM »
Some comments from what is admittedly a niche market.....(astro)

The 60Da hasn't sold tremendously well because it was (IMHO) poorly implemented.  More expensive and not as good for astro as modifying a 60D.

Okay, I don't know enough about sensor technology, so if I'm completely out to lunch on this, a virtual slap is acceptable.  How about a MF body with more densely packed region for imaging in FF or APS-C crop mode and still having a lot of pixels on target?  Provides a selectable imaging area (crop mode) for when I want to work with a smaller file size rather than cropping a large image.  In MF mode, mayhaps those pixels can be binned?

Peltier cooling for long exposures.

IR cut filter that is either easily removeable or can be swung out of the light the mirror.
For that matter, something similar for the Bayer filter (okay, I figure that's nigh on to impossible to implement).

A modular design so that if the photographer needs all the bells and whistles sports/weddings/wildlife requires, s/he can install an accessory in battery grip fashion that provides the required processors.  Maybe the Peltier cooling could be a module.

I don't think such a camera is too much of a stretch, and the market might be larger than some people think.  I'd buy one....don't need two kidneys.

try to deactivate  silent mode in the live view menu. That is what is needed in the 7D.
 I think it hast something to do with electronic first curtain.
Turn off exposure simulation also?

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 13, 2013, 09:07:51 AM »
Good to see some folks stepping in to help the OP.....kinda what these forums should be about.  Some people were born professional, experienced photographers.....we mere mortals have to learn.  Have fun and let us know how it works out, Zv!

Technical Support / Re: Which one is accurate?
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:15:08 PM »
Accurate schmaccurate........2nd photo is horrid.  You know it and if you did not know why before posting you do now.

Lighting / Re: Thinking of buying a Light Meter
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:51:24 PM »
99% of hobby photographers, even very serious very capable hobby photographers have no real need for a light meter.

I'm in that 99% group and I have to agree.  I can chimp my exposure and flash settings.  My most used (and useful to me) accessory is a Color Checker Passport.  I actually have an old light meter but haven't used it in very many years.  I think the last time was when I still used film.

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