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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:26:32 PM »
Wow, the price went up on that... When I bought it, it was 190 euros, which came out to around $250. It was some of the best $250 I've ever spent, for sure. The only other more worth-while money I spent on astrophotography was my mount...but that is simply because, without it, I wouldn't need PixInsight. :P
Jon, I haven't seen you on the forum much these days, clearly you've been busy doing really amazing imaging.
I echo the sentiments of others here, truly awe inspiring stuff!

Regarding paid software... I guess in the greater scheme of things how much is $250. Considering how much one spends on a lens and body, and tracking mount, how much time, money and effort goes into the planning a trip and executing the shots, etc... If software makes your life easier and/or gives you results that you are happy with then it sounds like a solid investment.
You have a valid point there :)


Aye. You probably couldn't find anything else in the astro world for as little as $250. Some scopes are as low as $400, but those are usually really short wide field refractors that work best with APS-C-sized sensors.


Most decent scopes are around a grand. Very good scopes are five grand or so. Top of the line scopes are over ten grand, and can be as high as thirty or fourty grand.


An entry-level mount is $1500, a midrange mount is $3000-$6000, and high end mounts are again ten grand and can be well over twenty grand (although a new breed of light weight/portable high end mounts has hit the market, like the Astro-Physics Mach1 or the Paramount MyT, which are about $7500...they don't have the 100lb plus capacities, but they are extremely good mounts).


Then you have your cameras. Aside from ILC cameras, you have your CCDs. Those range in price from around two grand for a "midrange" one from Atik, QHY, Starlite, to around five grand for one of the nice SBIG or QSI ones or a little more for an FLI Microline, to ten to fourty grand for one of the big chips (either FF size 36x24mm, or what they call large format in the astro world, which is 37x37mm or now, with FLI's latest new beast, the 49x37mm 50.1mp Microline 50100.)


So, yeah. Seriously, $250 is a drop in the bucket.
Yes, it is a drop in the bucket. I realise that. I have always wanted to do astrophotography. All I have done so far is a few star trails a few "starry starry night" shots and some moon shots. I do want to shoot the Andromeda Galaxy (before it hits us  ;) ). Buying the software will be a first step. I think I will need a mount next. I will stick with my 5D3, 7DIi, the 100-400L and the 70-200L for now. Thanks for all the input. Your posts are always informative. Thank you.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:10:44 PM »
Jon, for what it´s worth; I enjoy reading your posts and, even though I am not nearly as educated as you, I share your views. I also think it´s worth saying that most of us see how some twist your words, opinions and reasoning and put statements in your mouth you never expressed. So, please continue. The only way to stretch Canon is to be vocal about what we want them to deliver. A fanclub praising anything they do does not help!
+1

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:58:52 PM »
Wow, the price went up on that... When I bought it, it was 190 euros, which came out to around $250. It was some of the best $250 I've ever spent, for sure. The only other more worth-while money I spent on astrophotography was my mount...but that is simply because, without it, I wouldn't need PixInsight. :P
Jon, I haven't seen you on the forum much these days, clearly you've been busy doing really amazing imaging.
I echo the sentiments of others here, truly awe inspiring stuff!

Regarding paid software... I guess in the greater scheme of things how much is $250. Considering how much one spends on a lens and body, and tracking mount, how much time, money and effort goes into the planning a trip and executing the shots, etc... If software makes your life easier and/or gives you results that you are happy with then it sounds like a solid investment.
You have a valid point there :)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 13, 2015, 01:13:48 PM »
Thanks. As it is 230 euro, I will look for some free software for now.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 13, 2015, 01:05:28 PM »
Morgan 3-wheeler with a 1Dx and a couple of rt-600s, soft boxes etc.

Very well done!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:20:45 AM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:19:24 AM »
One for Valentines Day  :)

Lovely.  :)
Absolutely fabulous. Where did you shoot it?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:18:01 AM »
Indeed. I don't believe I would feel very safe in that situation. There are enough respect imposing videos on youtube, of elephants who had enough of safari cars and people and decided to do something about it. But the red eye is a great image and since Edward is still with us, it was worth it :)

And your quite right Eldar, there have been many incidents of Elephants taking exception to vehicles, particularly those made in Japan, in our situation we were careful to observe all the Elephants were either Female, or very young Males that were not in "Musth", and we were driving a Landrover, a Toyota may have pushed them over the edge, it would me   ;).

LOL
;D ;D ;D

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:20:12 PM »
Lovely thread. I will post something over the weekend.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:01:16 PM »
Jrista, what software do you use for stacking?

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:43:03 AM »
A shot of my daughter and her one month old baby. Produced this one in B&W and thought it worked well.

Needed the IS so this was shot on the ubiquitous 24-105L at about 95mm
And a proud Grandpa he was :) Congratulations! Very nice picture!

Thanks Eldar !

Ordering my pipe and slippers next week  ;)
Nice picture! Congratulations!

And by pipe do you mean a L lens?  :P

Thanks rpt !

Well I'm very tempted by the new 100-400 II, that's a bit of a pipe isn't it ?
Yup, it is. But to get it, I need to sell my current 100-400L... I would have bought it, but I just got the 7D II and some other stuff...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:35:26 AM »
1Dx Tanzania

Hello Edward, that's a beautiful close-up photo of the elephant.
That red eye.....it is to express he didn't like you taking his photo? Or you were too close?
Yup, lovely picture.

Red eye means he had a bit much to drink the previous night. Specially if it shows up on a B&W pic.  :P

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:32:31 AM »
Nice shot, LovePhoto! The 600 is great for the moon.


It's also great for other space stuff. Orion's Sword:





Canon EOS 5D III
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Orion Atlas EQ-G (Rowan Belt Mod)
Really, really dark skies
Over 2h 20m total exposure time


Absolutely fabulous!

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:10:27 PM »
A shot of my daughter and her one month old baby. Produced this one in B&W and thought it worked well.

Needed the IS so this was shot on the ubiquitous 24-105L at about 95mm
And a proud Grandpa he was :) Congratulations! Very nice picture!

Thanks Eldar !

Ordering my pipe and slippers next week  ;)
Nice picture! Congratulations!

And by pipe do you mean a L lens?  :P

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I don't have the 600mm but the 200-400 1.4x. That lens is a little smaller and I did put it in a Gura buttaflae 26L. I didn't have any problem caused by the dimension of that bag. I was travelling Britisch Airways on which I was lucky to take 23kg of hand luggage in the plane.
For my visit to Uganda at the end of the year, I'm seriously doubting about getting a 600mm, cause there are a lot of birds to see (more then 450 different types). So I'm looking for the Gura buttaflae 32L but unfortunately, this bag is already for a long time in backorder, even at the site of the manufacturer.
The buttaflae is a real nice bag for along lens. The 32L can accommodate a 600 or even the 800mm. From outside dimensions, they really don't look that big. My Buttaflae 26L looks much smaller then my Lowepro 500AW in which I can not load the same quantity of gear, but who looks much more impressive and will/is outside of the acceptable range for all airlines for hand luggage.
So there are products on the market in which you can load a 600mm and take it with you inside the airplane. Take a close look to the outside dimensions before you buy. The weight is of course very dependent on the airline themselves, but most of the time, if the bag does not look to big, they don't ask to place it on the scale.
You da boss! 23 kg of hand luggage? Do tell us how you did that!

And if I were to be able to purchase a lens like the 600L, I would not check it in.

I had about 17kg loaded in a gura gear battaflae 26 (1dx, 5d3, batteries, 200-400, 70-200, 100 macro, 16-35, 50, flash, tripod head, backup-unit, ND-filters,...)

The max allowance was 23kg
http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/hand-baggage-allowances
Wow! Thanks. I thought for us in cattle class it was 8 kg...  I will now have our admin look at BA.

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