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#1 JohnH

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

I see this once great publication has done a review of the camera.

I had read the magazine in recent years, but since the departure of staff reviewers and editorial changes, I feel they often miss the boat on reviews.

How well did the do this review and is it technically competent, given this is a mainstream magazine covering a rather specialized camera.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

got a link?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:15 AM

Also which month issue you are referring to?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:36 AM

Perhaps people should put more effort in planning new threads so as to maximize their usefulness to fellow forum members.

This article was written by one of our own, Adam Block, in the February issue of Shutterbug. I was expecting a technical analysis of the 60Da performance as is the norm in a camera magazine but instead Adam's article is more a primer on how to use a IR modified DSLR for astrophotography. But he gets it wrong on several instances. He uses a 1.25" nosepiece on his T ring adaptor which must cause some major vignetting. He claims that the camera body is typically not used for data acquisition and people generally control the camera via Maxim DL on their laptop. And he shoots at ISO 3200.


I have a link to the 4 page article but thought I should wait until after the magazine leaves the news stand. You can pm if you can't wait.

#5 Tom and Beth

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

Interesting. I was comparing the 60D to 60DA last night using a simple google search. I'll be honest, I didn't see justification for the roughly $600 cost delta (buying new).

I do realize there are many of you who work majic with your cameras...but for someone with a 450D and coming into this game new...I'm not seeing what the 60DA brings unless one MUST have only one camera.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

In the tests done thus far, the 60Da, while a nice camera, does not have the hydrogen-alpha performance of a typical modified camera.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

In the tests done thus far, the 60Da, while a nice camera, does not have the hydrogen-alpha performance of a typical modified camera.


Roger that. The best article I found compared these two to a full mod T2I (IIRC).

I'm not slamming either of the cameras. I just saw Mike's 6D pic and wonder if I should just open my wallet up once and get it over with :rainbow:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

Interesting. I was comparing the 60D to 60DA last night using a simple Google search. I'll be honest, I didn't see justification for the roughly $600 cost delta (buying new).


Price may be a separate matter but they are two different animals; 60Da comes factory modded (in its class, only new camera available today in the DSLR world, that's something!)

A 60Da review here....

My 60Da work here....

Note: Some processing resources here....

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

I started peeling back your links and some of your earlier posts...shall we say there's quite a bit to digest. Thank you. I hope that after wading through this to come up with what "makes the 6DA another animal".

And since I already have a few "L" Canon lenses, I'm already commited to the brand.

EDIT:

The 450 has some of the best noise performance of any of the Canons.


And since a new camera would replace my 450, perhaps it would be smarter in the long run to get my old camera modified.





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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

Certainly a viable choice.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:28 AM

And since a new camera would replace my 450, perhaps it would be smarter in the long run to get my old camera modified.


Thanks. And yes, modding your 450 is a good choice as well. Regards

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

From what I can ascertain, getting a camera modded by somebody like Hap Griffin gives you increased sensitivity to certain wavelengths than the factory modded camera such as the 60DA






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