That's a lot of new and diverse stuff. Something for everybody!
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I am looking to get me a BlackRapid strap or something in that line which I can use with my 5D3. In most scenarios I use my the 5D3 on my tripod for landscape shots, but at times I like to detach it from the tripod and shoot handheld. When handheld, I like the camera to have some form of secured strap which I can use to wrap around my wrist or leave it hanging on the side of my shoulder.
I am looking for something that is reliable, secured, and I can attach/detach the strap with ease depending on my shooting scenarios. The heaviest load it will need to withstand is 5D3 + 70-200 IS II. Any advice or recommendations? Oh also anyone used a wrist strap, any recommendations on that? Thanks.
I use a Blackrapid strap with a Kirk 1" clamp attached to the lug – comfortable to carry, easy to move clamp from the Arca plates on body to lens, or remove for tripod/monopod use.
Also to keep in mind is that shooting a full moon will give you less detail in terms of contrast because the sun isn't raking across the surface creating dynamic shadows from the texture and craters.
This was shot almost 2 weeks ago on Dec. 28, 2014 on the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II handheld in Los Angeles.
fotoray is your moon rotated 90deg?
Here's a shot with a 7D & 100-400 + a 1.4x
exposure 1/160th, f8, ISO 100
I use a robust tripod, remote release, and live view. My technique is to turn on the IS for easier focusing, then turn it off. Lock the lens to 400 to prevent zoom creep. I keep the Live View in 10x and watch for all the vibration to stop- this can take several seconds. Obviously, I cropped the photo quite a bit.
Moon 21 July 2013 © Keith breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr
Here's one with a 5D III with a Celestron C-5. I used the exact same technique to shoot this one. The major difference is that I didn't need to do a massive crop.
Moon / Celestron C-5 Telescope / Canon 5D Mark III © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr
I'll leave a proper response to jrista and the other astro-experts here, but did you turn IS off? That will ruin a shot. Also, I'm not sure where you live, but here in Florida, the humidity, even in winter, is a sharpness killer. Atmospherics like humidity, pollution, and other air quality issues really affect astro shots in particular.
Thanks for the pics, folks. Seems like you could even keep the thumbwheel and the piece with all the lugs and four screws ... just undo the screws and put the (anticipated) replacement foot on. If there's threadlock involved you'd have to be careful not to damage the screws while loosening them.
A bit offtopic, but does anyone know what the maximum diameter of the lens hood is?
All the more reason for someone to step up and actually make an aftermarket replacement. They can even fix the wobbling of the standard foot mentioned in this thread (and in the lens instruction manual).
East Wind Photography mentioned that you can add a second screw. If this means that the standard foot actually has two holes for screws, then that's even better than an anti-twist flange, as the plate's bolted to the foot in two locations.