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Photography Technique / Re: photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:25:53 PM »
It still whets my appetite to have a go!  My lens isn't due to arrive until between the 23rd and 25th, so I may still be using my 17-40.

Another couple of questions for you - do you use a correction profile for the 14mm (Lightroom) and have you considered using a reversed ND grad to cut down land-based light sources and light pollution?

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Photography Technique / Re: photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:19:02 AM »
Good luck with your clear skies.  It just clouded over here, and it's expected to be that way for the next several days :(  Clouds botched my blood moon photo op too.  Grrr.

The weather has been strangely pleasant this last couple of weeks, but it is forecast to get cloudy and rainy for the 22nd and 23rd! We'll see...

And thank you again!

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Photography Technique / Re: photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:20:37 AM »
Thanks for the great advice.  I've ordered a Samyang 14mm (I'd already been considering it, and as Sigma UK have priced the Sigma 50mm Art ar approx $1440 US... looks like Samyang get my money  :) )

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Photography Technique / Re: photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 17, 2014, 02:52:47 PM »
Thanks, that gives me something to start with! So for star trails (and,  I'd guess, for capturing several meteors), you recommend combining multiple shots with software rather than a long bulb exposure.  Software - Deep Sky Tracker?

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Photography Technique / photographing Lyrid meteor shower -advice?
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:18:52 PM »
I'm planning on trying to photograph a meteor shower for the first time. I've checked, and there should be dark moonless skies for the nights of the 22nd and 23rd April (UK).  I have a 5d3 and am planning to use my 17-40 lens. I have a tripod, a Hahnel Giga T Pro II wireless remote, a spare battery and warm clothing!  :) Unfortunately, I won't be able to totally avoid light pollution, but am prepared to just have a go and see what I can do, assuming that there will be some clear skies.

What settings should I use on camera/lens/remote? Any other pertinent advice?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:08:19 AM »
on the B&H Facebook page someone said that Adorama had the lens for 899 and i got really excited but I really don't know that I will believe any of that

American pricing looks good, but it's got a UK price tag of £850 (approx  $1400) :(

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:07:18 PM »
Via sigma-rumors.com

In Japan, Canon mount available 25th April. - ¥127 000, plus tax. Approx $1250 or €900 or £750.

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You're selling your 1DC?

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:28:59 PM »
I'm excited!

I'll wait for pricing before getting excited, but I'm definitely interested!

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:52:55 AM »
There's a review of a production sample of this lens at

slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1677/cat/30

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Goodness me, everyone has forgotten the golden rule...

What's Troopers budget !   He just bought an entry level camera, I'm not that convinced he's going to be out shopping for L lenses this week :-/

Essentials are...
$50 - a screw in ND filter for slowing waterfalls down, use a rucksack as a steady base
$100 - Lightroom and shoot in raw

Wanna spend more ?
$200 - entry level tripod
$300 - entry level third party lens covering a wide angle - I'd look at this first for Iceland
$300 - entry level third party super zoom
$500 - that's opening up lots of options for you

Good post.

I'd also suggest a couple of decent microfibre cloths for cleaning body/lenses. A spare battery is a good idea. If you're going to be hiking any distances, a comfortable rucksack is an essential. You can find some with two compartments - one for waterproofs, food etc and one below for your camera. I'd be tempted to buy a circular polarizer before a ND filter, but that's my preference.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Announces Acquisition of Samyang
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:43:57 PM »
The only half-way funny photographic April Fools I've seen is on the sigma-rumors.com site.

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Very good information. Thanks for sharing Dustin.
+1

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:46:36 PM »
sigma-rumors.com is now carrying a story stating that the Australian rrp is AUS$1099. They seem fairly confident on this one...

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