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Agree. Absolutely fabulous!
First, I know that some may scoff at this post as not suitable for this forum, or not photography, or whatever. They may be right! But what I say in my defense is that I was certainly having fun with my A7R!
This summer I had the good fortune to spend a couple of months under fairly dark skies (Bortle class 2, for those who care). About 6 weeks before departure, I decided this might be the moment to attempt a bit of serious (amateur) astrophotography. At that point, I knew nothing about astronomy or astrophotography, nor had I ever looked through a telescope. After wading through thousands of forum posts and astronomy sites, I finally started assembling a telescope, mount, and astrophotography kit.
Below is my first attempt at M101 – the pinwheel galaxy – taken from a blue zone (I didn’t feel like driving to the really dark site that night). Keep in mind this was the third time I actually looked through and used my telescope (or any telescope), and my second attempt at deep sky imaging. Same goes for using an equatorial tracking mount. I started from scratch in every respect, and had no help in the field. My setup includes: a Celestron EdgeHD 8" with reducer, Atlas Pro AZ/EQ-G tracking mount, TPI spreader, Starlight feathertouch micro focuser, and Sony A7R and A6000 for prime-focus AP. This gear (especially the scope) is unforgiving for an imaging beginner, but I really wanted to dabble in planetary at some point, so had to start somewhere. Hopefully I'll be able to add a nice refractor (500-900mm fl) in the next year or two, though they can get quite expensive!
For the composite shown here, I used about 80, 30-second unguided (but still tracked) subexposures (subs in astrophotography speak) from an unmodded A7R, half at ISO 1600 and half at ISO 2000. The .7x reducer was also used. Processing was done in DeepSkyStacker/Photoshop, as the premier astrophotography processing application, PixInsight, makes my head hurt.
Obviously, more frames (subs), better processing, and more experience will help me in the future. But I'm still reasonably pleased with this result, considering how new I am to the hobby and all that it entails.
It may sound like a special form of punishment to attempt this endeavor, but as I said, I found it thrilling and fun. Cheers.
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Fabulous image Tom, definitely worth the special effort! Thanks.
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Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
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A7s + Diana 38mm
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Thank you. When the sun starts setting, we got nice color in the high desert of Albuquerque NM. This shot a few hrs earlier wouldn't have had these crazy tones.
Then I also believe the cheapo Sony 28mm f/2 prime has fantastic character. I think this lens is superior to my more expensive Zeiss 35mm f/2.8. In fact I am looking to sell the Zeiss 35mm.
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Fastino's - Albuquerque NM.
A7R MII, 28mm f/2, ISO125, 1/800sec.
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I was at the Hemingway Memorial where a very spoiled 2 year old chocolate lab had an entire tribe of human handlers fooled into thinking he was totally helpless LOL It was pretty hysterical. The humans were arguing about what to do and who would get wet. Happened to have the legendary Nikkor AIS 300/2.8 EDIF at the ready.
Help me! by unoh7, on Flickr
Fat Dog by unoh7, on Flickr
Gratitude by unoh7, on Flickr
Of course about 3 yards downstream was a low bank and easy exit.
I'm just in love with this incredible lens, which was produced until 2005, and cost 1450USD in 1985! It was a pro mainstay in the golden age of press photography, and makes the usual nikon build seem very very cheap. It is renowned for sharpness WO, superb bokeh, and very rich color rendition. Those are all hand held BTW, which is no problem with such a fast lens. A fingertip is enough on the internal focus, like scrolling your iPhone
300/2.8 ais by unoh7, on Flickr
I paid 625 including shipping, and it's easy to find a nice one in the 800 range, which is just a steal I think. Finally after trying many lenses I am happy at 300
There is also an excellent Canon nFD 200/2.8L of the same era which sells for near identical prices. But it's already one of those puke white barrels which is both too self satisfied and loud for my taste
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Tom, PixInsight is a programme worth spending time on, I think. I tried the trial version. It is quite advanced but with lots of possibilities.
Thanks for sharing your experience!
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More Autumn shots from our garden today with early morning dew. All with the A7RII and 90mm Macro F/2.8 G OSS
It's fantastic to return to lots of fabulous images (and exciting new cameras) after a long hiatus in the Arctic. I spent the month of August in East Greenland and experienced some of the most rewarding photography and the most incredible light I've ever had the privilege to enjoy. When conditions were right, golden hour lasted all night - a photographer's dream! Here an example - more to come over the coming days and weeks...
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More blissful light...
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couldn't resist posting this, taken at devil's golf course in death valley; so similar to your world's away ice flow shot but mine aint' from a sony, sorry
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Fun with a A7S and a Jupiter 9 (85mm) lens. Last of the summer wine gathering. I think they were all at f2. This lens for £50 quid or so, or a Batis.....
Poppy the ataxic mutt:
Last flush from the roses:
Last of the Sweet Peas
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Another day, another image:
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Sony A7S, 55mm Zeiss f/2.5, ISO400, 1/400sec.
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Ron and Joe; Stunning images from the very northern hemisphere.
This is with a rather rare Ricoh mirror lens I had laying around for a long time. First time I use it actually.
Inspiration; think of Monet
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Here are a few snaps taken en route to the dark site mentioned above.
And here's a single 30-sec exposure of the M13 globular cluster, taken at ISO 8000. This is what a focal length of 2032mm will bring to you.
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This one made me chuckle...
Edit: changed crop - straight horizon didn't look right
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P.S. Love this whole little series.
Edit: I chose to freeze the motion because I felt very strongly that the clarity, the crispness of this scene needed to be preserved.
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The pictures in this group suggest to me that we have reached a turning point. Genuine MF digital quality in evidence from the A7RII, talented photographers unleashing their creative potential.
Every time I visit I see something special, inspiring.
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Enjoying my two Batis lenses. The house on Main Street Breckenridge shot with the 25 and the Aspens shot with 85 at dusk last evening during my walk with my dog on the trail by my house in Colorado. By the way digilloyd just gave the Sony A7RII a horrible review for "field use". I am totally enjoying my A7RII. Nothing is perfect but it is working so well for me...perfect weight, grip, customized buttons...etc etc. Will I be happy with the uncompressed RAW option....you bet, but otherwise I'm totally enjoying the ease of use and quality this camera offers. Eleanor
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Dogs on Safari ...
Field use seems just fine to me, even in deepest Africa.
A7RII Tamron 150-600 @ 240mm, ISO 2000 1/500 f/13
Remember: adventure before dementia!
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