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Canon General / Re: Anyone still shoot with an FTb?
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:52:30 AM »
Canon was never a subsidary of Bell and Howell, but they were marketed by Bell and Howell in the USA.  Superscope marketed Sony in the USA, but Sony was not a subsidiary of Superscope.

Photography Technique / Re: Tomorrow's eclipse
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:29:00 AM »
I started my imaging sequence with BackyardEOS about 10 minutes ago. I couldn't see it, but my camera picked up the first bit of the eclipse before I could see it with my naked eyes.

I'm using a tracking mount, so my settings once we get to totality will probably be much different than most. I started out at ISO 100, 1/250th, f/8 w/ 600/4 II. That pushes the histogram to the right with my 7D, but not too far that the highlights blow out. The current part of my imaging sequence has dropped to 1/125th second now, and it'll drop to 1/60th about the time the moon is half-eclipsed...not yet sure exactly what settings I'll be using once the moon is fully within the umbra...

It started while I was still fooling around getting my camera setup.  Its set to take a shot every 9 minutes, I'll adjust the exposure in a bit.

Yes, its all manual, and a lot of skill is involved.  I will be happy if just a few shots come out.  I'm not going to stay up all night fiddling with it.

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:22:44 AM »
There are FOUR total lunar eclipses occurring over the next two years. This is a very rare event. It's occurred twice last century, and before that it had not occurred for many hundreds of years. After this, four total lunar eclipses will not occur again for hundreds of years.

Tonight is the first of the four. It starts at 1:58pm ET, 11:58 MT, and 10:58 PT. If you are planning on photographing the first lunar eclipse this year, share your photos here!

I'm aiming to get a full sequence of the entire eclipse, from the first penumbral dimming through totality and ending at the point the moon moves out of the penumbra (for me, that's from 11:58pm through 3:30am.)

For more details, see here: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEdata/TLE2014Apr15/TLE2014Apr15.html
For exposure tips, see here: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEphoto/LEphoto.html

Good Luck.  We've been having clear evenings, until tonight, that is.  There are supposed to be breaks in the clouds that will let a person view the eclipse, but photos might be a problem, since it may be a short window before the storm hits us early AM.
I went out last night and tried several exposures, and verified a clear view was possible.  Today, I pulled out my seldom used TC-80N3 and set it to take a image every 5 minutes, so I'll go out and set the camera, and just let it run, snapping a image every 5 minutes until its over, or I wake up tomorrow morning and turn it off.
I'll have to use a fairly wide angle lens to do that.
BTW, The next Tetrad happens in 2032-2033 which is 20 years from now, not hundreds of years.  There are eight Tetrads happening in the 21st Century.

Photography Technique / Re: Photographing through fencing
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:54:10 PM »
You can remove the fence in photoshop, I think lightroom is not equipped to do that.
If you upload the photo to CR rather than linking it to Flickr, someone might try it.

Photography Technique / Re: Tomorrow's eclipse
« on: April 13, 2014, 11:58:05 PM »
Its a composite photo, done in Photoshop.  Multiple images merged with the use of masking.  You should be able to do it if the viewing is good.
Its been partially cloudy at night up here, and I get cold easily, but I might give it a try.
The more I think about it, I get cold just sitting here!
That's what you have to look forward to when you get old!

Thanks for the detailed recommendations. It will be about 3am here. I'll be lucky if I make it through it all :)

Any idea on white balance?

For white balance, use RAW.
I went out just now and shot about 6 trial shots with different exposures to get ready for tomorrow.  Its just after 8 pm here, and starting to get dark.
The best exposure for me was at ISO 100, 1/40 sec, f/16 with my 100-400L plus TC.  I did not try to get a excellent photo, just get a idea as to what exposure works.  I'll likely use f/8 or f/11 and a faster shutter.  I'll also use a intervalometer.
  Lots of sharpening on this jpeg.  I'll be using Raw tomorrow.

EOS-M / Re: Did your EOS-M come with a USA warranty card?
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:49:07 PM »
If you have a sales receipt from a Authorized Canon Reseller, then Canon will honor the warranty.
B&H sells some gray market cameras and lenses, but they identify them up front.  So far, Canon has honored warranties for these, according to all I've heard.
Note that they identify the imported models.

My online store was affected, but was patched within 24 hours of the announcement. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:41:13 PM »
I haven't heard anything particularly good about the Samyang Telescope lenses. Lots of people like some of the other telescopes (often Russian), but you're probably better off putting the money toward an SX50HS, which has some proven performance compared to modern supertelephoto lenses.

The SX50 HS blows away the Samyang, its head and shoulders better.

Lenses / Re: 135mm L if I already got the 100mm L?
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:38:59 PM »
I have the 70-200 MK II, the 100L, and 135L.
Since getting the 70-200, my 135L is going from my most used lens to least used.  Its a wonderful lens, and I get beautiful results with it, but with the high ISO 5D MK III, I am able to use the f/2.8 zoom, and it is versatile.

Photography Technique / Re: Tomorrow's eclipse
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:35:20 PM »
Its a composite photo, done in Photoshop.  Multiple images merged with the use of masking.  You should be able to do it if the viewing is good.
Its been partially cloudy at night up here, and I get cold easily, but I might give it a try.
The more I think about it, I get cold just sitting here!
That's what you have to look forward to when you get old!

My 24-70 and my 24-105mmL are great for full frame bodies, but not nearly wide enough for crop bodies.
The 17-55mm IS is a winner for Crop bodies followed by the 15-85mm.

Canon General / Re: 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:07:46 PM »
I tossed most of my smaller cards and sometimes wish I hadn't.  Every once in a while, I find some item that will not work with large CF cards.

Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal head or not for Tamron 150-600
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:57:18 AM »
Gimbal heads excel when you are tracking moving objects, or when a big, long lens / camera combination is used.
You can get a 5 or 6 inch lens plate to balance a smaller super tele lens like the Tamron on a ball head, and a monopod can be handy to carry around.
The weight of the lens, and length are what keeps me from seriously considering one.  I did have a Tamron 200-500, and it was not very sharp, in part, due to its difficulty in balancing.

Lenses / Re: Damaged 70-200 2.8 II, suggestions
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:50:53 PM »
A broken front element is no big deal.  However, cracked internal parts my eventually cause a expensive Autofocus motor or IS failure.
Canon will not straighten the dent, they will replace the front portion.
I'd file a claim with your insurance company, and send it in to be repaired correctly.  Your insurance company is not going to ding you for a occasional low cost repair.  If they do, you need a better Insurance company.
Be aware that Canon does not supply tools or parts for independent repair companies, so you will get a fix from someone who does not have the Canon repair procedure, and will not have the tools needed to check and adjust the autofocus accuracy, the lens will almost certainly be decentered as well.

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:49:16 PM »
I'd use a little double back clear scotch tape.  That's how they are attached. Canon uses lots of tape in a camera, it even helps fix light leaks :)
You can order a replacement.  They are not expensive, and are designed to peel off for repairs. 
Ebay sellers buy them from Canon, double the price and then sell them.

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