star shooter

star shooter

Lives in Australia Queensland, Australia
Works as a PhotoJournalist
Has a website at www.jamesbarclay.org
Joined on Jan 11, 2009

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In pic 7.. it shows the lens is just another amateur trombone style lens. That would be it's weakest point. Over time that style will get loose and easily knocked. Definitely not a pro lens nor would it be weather sealed either. Great for an amateur but not for PJ work.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 04:24 UTC as 23rd comment | 15 replies
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)

If this sensor is 120Megs what would its top ISO be...1,000,000? Now that would be something, eh?

Other than that, this sensor would be great for Astrophotography, studio, portrait and landscape.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:29 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies

Not having a tiltable screen like the 60Da has, is a bit daunting if you are imaging near the Zenith and have to get down on all fours to look at the image. I use an USB connection to the PC, control my exposures.

The biggest factor in any camera is the 'noise' that builds up as the sensor gets hotter. So unless you are imaging at temps no more than 20C or lower, no matter what Iso you use, the image will take on noise. But, having a FF sensor this may not be a problem. Either way, I'm getting one.

My 60Da has been doing great for over year now and if the D810A can match or do better, then its winner no matter what others say. Let's see some test images Nikon!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 06:34 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies

Being an astrophotographer for the past 50 years, and it would be interesting to see how its images of Nebulae stacks up the now defunked Canon 60Da?

Anyone know of any test shots with the Nikon D810A?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 04:36 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

One thing no one has asked, how big is the viewing screen? Is it a flip out type. Is it a touch screen type? Can it be used with a remote?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 06:25 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

Ok, all BS aside, why hasn't this camera been designed to work in Space, like the HST?

After all, if one is spending $$$ on this camera, another few mil $$$ could have been spent to launch it into a geo stationary position, 300kms above the planet.

Who's paying, who is manning this beast and by what means?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 06:23 UTC as 95th comment | 4 replies
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

This camera will now match my telescope I use to look at birds 500kms away..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 06:17 UTC as 96th comment
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

How heavy is this camera? Can I hang it around my neck to can I use a Black Rapid? Will it be sold on eBay later?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 04:10 UTC as 102nd comment
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

Overall, it looks like a Canon lens design. Does it use Sony sensors? and where the hell, is the viewfinder? How big is it? What is the upper ISO rating? How many FPS can it do? How's it swung - imagine the size of the tripod!! Where can I get one of these cameras for my wedding work? I'll mount it on a flat top truck.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 02:31 UTC as 119th comment | 4 replies

All those night shots of Earth, no wonder Light Pollution is killing the night skies for stargazers. If an Alien wanted to invade Earth, all they'd have to look for, is a lit-up planet! These shots mean nothing to me. Just a few happy snaps taken by someone being paid to do it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 09:52 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

This sensor would be ideal for the Astronomical fraternity and hopefully inspire Canon, Nikon or even Sony, to bring out an Astro DSLR that has full corrected colour and sensitivity to equal or better the now defunct Canon 60Da.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 04:57 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
On Photokina 2014: Canon stand report article (69 comments in total)

So now we have a new 7D MKII? That's good for land lubbers, but why hasn't Canon brought out a replacement for the 60Da? Why should we Astrophotographers go without an update DSLR? Not enough sales of the 60Da maybe? C'mon Canon, you can do it!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 02:39 UTC as 9th comment
On Rare photos of Nagasaki destruction auctioned article (109 comments in total)

War, conflict whatever, it's a business and sometimes humans get in the way.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 05:53 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (72 comments in total)
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jande9: How does this compare to the $500. SkyWatcher Allview?

http://ca.skywatcher.com/_english/02_mounts/02_detail.php?sid=63

The only thing this mount will not have, is the travel rail. So it's limited by the user's input. What it will have however, will allow the camera to slo-mo in tilt up or down (Altitude) whilst panning in Azimuth. But for those who wanting a true 3-stage Prof. rig, go for the Cinetic's Axis 360 or other similar rigs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 06:39 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (72 comments in total)
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jande9: How does this compare to the $500. SkyWatcher Allview?

http://ca.skywatcher.com/_english/02_mounts/02_detail.php?sid=63

The Allview mount will have ALL the movements that Cinetic, MotiMo and Dynamic Perceptions have, for a fraction of the cost later this year. I have this in writing from SW themselves.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 01:04 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (203 comments in total)

My photo editor once said to us photo cadets: "....while words can bring joy, sadness, to making a Government or bringing it down, a photo has more impact, as it is the camera that carries more weight than the pen..."

Journos always knew that a photo will always accompany their story as it was the photo that caught the eye first, not the words.

Humans have always been drawn to an image than words. As far back as the cave people, humans have scratched or drawn, things to what they witnessed. This was the beginning of photojournalism.

While words can not 'paint' the sheer beauty of a mountainous valley of colours nor the gasping delights of the Milky Way, the camera can.

Books, magazines, newspapers publishers would go bankrupt over night if they took out photos. It is the camera - be that movie or still, it is that device that carries on the tradition of being able to describe what it saw. While journos are a dime a dozen, there can never be enough photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 22:36 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies
On Behind the Shot: Lost in Space article (89 comments in total)
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Kim Letkeman: Lovely image from the mountain upwards ... the water is incongruently devoid of the Milky-Way and filled with blurred and too bright individual stars. Although it was shot legitimately, this is a case where subduing the stars in the water part of the image and perhaps overlaying at least a hint of a reflection of the Milky Way would -- in my opinion at least -- dramatically enhance an already very nice image.

Since when is the Milky Way blue???? Come on, get real. Do you ever see the MW this colour???? Nice shot of the iceberg - before or after the Titanic?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 13:13 UTC
On Prepare yourself for the 41-megapixel watch post (61 comments in total)

How far will the flash reach? What size lens is it? How close can it focus? Will it do video? Will it keep accurate time? How long will the battery last? Are they replaceable? What size card does it take? Is the watch heavy? Can I send the picture to my editor? Is it waterproof? Who will service this watch?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 00:40 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

I wonder how many reviews are written by the company themselves to boost sales! Heaps I betcha!! Whenever I want a review I search for the Yahoo Groups and join the various photography forums as that is where you get honest answers - good and bad. In print advertising it's the same. The reviewer make damn sure they give a biased report so as to not to hurt the feelings of their advertising client.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 00:29 UTC as 112th comment

Take away ALL digital devices and go back to film then see how many can produce a good photo. Those skills were lost when digital came in. Back when I was PJ we used TRI X and as a cadet, we spent 6 months in the darkroom learning the art.

Newspapers hung on to their staff. This is how they grew, not just producing good news and pics but loyalty form their staff. Not now. Kids coming out of Uni into journalism don't have to be trained in the art of photography. They just pull out their Iphone, a Blackberry or a Tablet and take a pic.

What's happened in the US is happening all around the world. Over here in Australia, News Ltd has sacked 1000's of photogs and journos. Instagram, Iphone Ipad pics are now being taken cadet journos.

The days of news print is numbered. Online news, video, streaming to your Tablet, Iphone, Ipad is becoming the norm and will be increased as we embrace the world of hi technolgy and digital imaging.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 23:50 UTC as 65th comment | 7 replies
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