Lives in Canada Bergen, Alberta, Canada
Works as a Engineer (Retired)
Joined on Mar 14, 2013
About me:

Astro/nightscape & published 'generalist' photographer

bwana4swahili's current gear

Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Great point 'n shoot camera for my good wife!
Probably the best 24-600mm zoom lens in existence with a camera body to match!! I'm finding this camera to be great at almost everything from astro, nightscape thru daylight photography. Probably going to convert this camera to full spectrum once testing is done the IV...
Canon EOS 400D (EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X)
Canon EOS 60D
Sony Alpha a7R II
Although not a LiveView camera, still a great little DSLR!
Great camera. One of Canon's best of breed! Being retained solely for its fast autofocus for wildlife.
Wow! Love it! Fast autofocus with 3rd party lenses. Just wow! Body only.
Sony Alpha a7S
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Full spectrum modded by Life Pixel. Amazing high ISO performance! Main usage is low light, astro-imaging and nightscape photography, and IR photography. Body only!
Good stars and no coma to the edges of a full frame image! Works well on the Sony A7R II.
A heavy lens but works very well on the Canon 60D and Sony A7R II. Kit lens on the Canon 60D.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Kenko Teleplus MC4 AF 1.4 DGX
Kenko Teleplus MC4 AF 2.0 DGX
Used lens. Looks pretty beat up, i.e.: paint chips, wear marks, etc. BUT glass is superb! Works well on the Sony A7R II and yields better image quality than the Sony FE 70-200.
Rokinon 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC
Samyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC
Good stars and no coma to the edges of a full frame image!
Good stars and no coma to the edges of a full frame image!
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 50mm F1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF
Probably my favorite of the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower lenses. Super image quality!
Good stars and no coma to the edges of a full frame image! Appears to be de-centered to some degree!? This was subsequently resolved by inserting a spacer under the mount flange.
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Used by itself and with 1.4x teleconverter for wildlife imaging and birding. Great lens in combo w/ Canon 60D and Sony A7R II, i.e.: fast autofocus and great image quality.
Not the world's best zoom but works well with the Rebel XTi and the Sony A7S.
Going to be my travel lens. It is a heavy beast but probably better than juggling three lenses? Found it to yield better image quality than the FE 70-200 (which is double the price)!
Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
Kit lens for Sony A7 camera; acquired separately. Works very nicely with Sony A7S & A7 II. Probably a little lower quality on A7R & A7R II.
Nice handheld zoom range. Zoom position will not stay put; too loose! Although purchased for APS-C sensor usage it works reasonably well with a full frame camera.
Terrible lens for night usage. LED in the focuser causes all sorts of internal flare and patterns! Also, the lens does illuminate a full frame sensor but should be shot in Crop Mode to reduce star stretch and coma...
Other gear:
  • A drawer full of various IR, narrowband, planetary, solar, color correction, etc. filters The best being the STC Multi-Spectra, Hutech's HEUIB-II, Lumicon's Deep Sky, Kolari's Color Correction, Baader's Ha, Hb, Oiii, Sii & LRGB, X-Nite's various IR Pass filters...
  • Asahi Super-Takumar 200mm f4.0 Lovely ol' 35mm glass!
  • ATIK 1.25" Motorized Filterwheel Holds 9 1.25" filters
  • ATIK 428Ex mono CCD and 9 spot filterwheel Low noise, cooled, high sensitivity camera
  • ATIK Color Horizon CMOS Astro-Imaging camera Cooled, 16 MP, 4/3 sensor camera, 3.8nm photosites
  • ATIK mono Infinity camera Infinity software is 2nd to none for on the fly alignment and stacking! Great hardware/software combo!!
  • Baader 1.25" L,R,G,B,Ha,Hb,Oiii,Sii filters
  • Baader's White Light Herschel Wedge & Solar Continuum filters The absolute best "tool" for white light solar imaging. Baader's solar film filter is #2. Followed by any number of white light glass filters.
  • Brownie 620 Film Camera (c. 1960) 1st camera I used for astrophotography!
  • Bushnell 135mm f2.8 My goto 135mm prime lens! Great quality for the ridiculous $55 I paid for it.
  • Canon FD 135mm f2.5 Lovely old FD glass!
  • Canon FD 15mm f2.8 Great FD glass! c/w built-in Y3, O1 & R1 filters
  • Canon ssc FD 50mm f1.4 Great FD glass!
  • Canon TV Zoom 15-105mm f2.8 Wonderful C mount Canon commercial TV camera zoom lens!
  • Celestron 6" SCT scope Package with the Celestron Evolution mount. It may be used with ATIK & QHY cameras?
  • Celestron AVX Mount & StarSense System Sweet combo for astro-imaging!
  • Celestron C90 1000mm f/11 Maksutov reflex scope Usable as a telephoto reflex lens but far better as a telescope.
  • Celestron CGEM DX mount and StarSense Module Replaced Sky-Watcher EQ6Pro & Az-EQ6 mounts. Pier mounted in observatory. Primary imaging mount. Failed after 12 hours of operation; currently in to Celestron for repair! POOR! Replacement mount seems to have been far better built and quality controlled!?
  • Celestron Nexstar Evolution (6) mount and StarSense Module A truly sweet Alt-Az mount! Lightweight and solid. WiFi inherent. Built-in rechargeable battery. I'm testing the mount for short exposure astro-imaging. Looks like it is a keeper!
  • Commlite Canon EF to Sony FE adapter & 37mm filter holder Distributed by Hutech for astro-imaging and IR usage. Automatic functionality. Does NOT "like" Sigma, Tamron and older Canon lenses WRT autofocus!
  • Fotodiox Auto EOS -> E-mount adapter Does NOT like Sigma, Tamron and older Canon lenses! Sometimes works, sometimes hangs whole system...
  • Fotodiox Variable Density EF->E-mount adapter Tight fitting, well made adapter. Great variable density filter!
  • Hawk's Helical Focuser - Manual EOS->E-mount adapter Great way to turn all EOS lenses into macro lenses. Good fitting, solid adapter and helical focuser!
  • Ionian(USSR) 135mm f3.5 Built like a tank. Beat up but still works. Freebie w/ another purchase.
  • King Canon EF to Sony FE adapter Chinese made Canon EF to Sony FE adapter. One of the better quality adapters for a reasonable price. Snug fit; actually better than Metabones. Automatic functionality. Hiccups with Sigma, Tamron and older Canon lenses on a Sony A7R II...
  • LaCerta MGEN Guider Standalone guider; expensive but great product!
  • MeFoto Travel Tripod Compact, sturdy, light and great quality travel tripod. Monopod convertible
  • Metabones & Zhongyi Speedboosters (Lens Turbo) for Canon EF & FD, Pentax, Minolta, M43 & T2 lenses to E mount . Both brands have the same quality; Zhongyi is 1/3 the price!
  • Metabones III & IV Canon EF adapters for E mount Pricey but good quality! Automatic functionality. Metabones III & IV work the best of any adapters I own.
  • No-name manual EOS->E-mount adaper w/ aperture adjustment Handy for when using automatic EOS lenses that don't have an aperture ring and don't work with an automatic adapter, or for those old lenses where the aperture has cratered!
  • Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Very similar to Samyang 8mm f/3.5 except has removable lens hood and works with full frame sensor.
  • Optolong 36mm L,R,G,B,Ha,Oiii,Sii (12nm) filters
  • Orion Glass Solar Filters - Various Sizes
  • Pentax smc F 35-105mm f4.0-5.6 Great ol' 35mm film lens for photojournalism!
  • Pentax smc F 50mm f1.7 The ROCK of the Pentax 35mm film camera.
  • Pentax Spotmatic SLR - 35mm film camera One of the best of its era!
  • Pentax TV Zoom 8-48mm f1.0 Super fast C mount lens!
  • Pier mount for Sky-Watcher EQ6Pro/Az-EQ6 Converted to Celestron CGEM DX mount
  • Point Grey mono Chameleon CMOS camera Great solar, lunar and planetary camera!
  • QHY 163M Mono CMOS Astro-Camera Cooled, 16 MP, 4/3 sensor camera, 3.8nm photosites
  • QHY 183C(olor) camera Cooled, 20 MP, 1" sensor, 2.4nm photosites
  • QHY 36mm Motorized Filterwheel Holds 7 36mm filters
  • QHY PoleMaster Superb tool for acquiring accurate polar alignment. C/w CGEM and AVX mounting brackets
  • QHY5's; one old and one newer. Used for guiding.
  • Rokinon 800mm f8.0 M42 Reflector Fun lens & cheap but questionable IQ!
  • Rubinar 1000mm f10.0 M42 Reflector Built like a tank! Stiff focusing. Slow but sharp image.
  • Rubinar 300mm f4.5 M42 Reflector Has major coma and does not work at all well with the flash housing on a Canon 60D.
  • Rubinar 500mm f5.6 M42 Reflector Nice reflex lens but not as good as the Sigma 600!
  • Sigma 600mm f8.0 Minolta MD Reflector Best small reflector I've ever owned!
  • Sigma APO 170-500mm f5.0-6.3 Electronics shot but still works quite well as a manual lens.
  • Sirius 500mm f8.8 Reflector A super light weight reflex lens w/ amazingly good quality for the price and no-name brand!
  • SkyShed POD Observatory
  • Stellarvue 60mm APO Scope Fabulous little 330mm, f/5.5 scope. Also, bought 0.8x flattener/reducer for the unit. The 0.8x FR is actually 0.98x which is great!
  • Sun Hi-Tele 85-210mm f/4.8 Zoom Circa 1970 lens c/w pistol grip and trigger to fire the shutter. Full frame (35 mm film) zoom lens. Still works 45 years later...
  • SynGuider Standalone guider (Ver 1). Not the world's best guider!
  • Tamron SP 60-300mm f3.8-5.4 Ol' push/pull 35mm zoom
  • Telescopes: Celestron 8" EdgeHD, Astro-Tech 8" RC, Televue 102is, Astro-Tech 65EDQ, WO Megrez 90, Sky-Watcher 190 Mak-Newt, Sky-Watcher 180 Mak (f/15), Sky-Watcher 80ED, Lunt 60 and a few others The AT65EDQ and 190 Mak-Newt are my favorites; however, the WO Megrez 90 and 8" Edge HD is a close 2nd...
  • Tiny1 Astro Camera
  • Tokina AT-X SD 300mm f2.8 Great nightscape lens! Fast with low CA and no coma. Modded to accept filters; aperture removed.
  • Velbon PX-701F tripod Very stiff to the point of unusable in cold weather!
  • Velbon VEB 3CC tripod Very stiff to the point of unusable in cold weather!
  • Venus 60mm f/2.8 2x Macro (manual) Lens Rather unique 2x macro lens
  • Vivitar 0.43x 72mm threaded front mounted fisheye/macro lens Sharp in the middle but very soft on edges until about f/8 or so
  • Vivitar 2.2x 72mm threaded front mounted telephoto lens Piece of crap add-on!!
  • Vivitar 28mm f2.5 One of the 1st Vivitar lenses. Questionable IQ!
  • Vixen Porta II Alt-Az mount/tripod Good solid manually controlled mount/tripod
  • Vixen VMC 110L Mak-Cass (Modified) Reflector Grab 'n Go 1035mm scope / reflector
  • Zhongyi Lens Turbo for EF, FD and M43 to E-Mount All 0.7x magnification

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Nikon Coolpix P1000

bwana4swahili's previous gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
Canon EOS 40D
Good daytime camera. Terrible banding for astro-imaging. Owned for about six months.
Canon EOS 50D
Sony Alpha a7R
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Great camera for daytime photography! BUT very noticeable banding for astro-imaging; probably not representative of all 50D's?
Full spectrum modded by Life Pixel. Love it for wide-field astrophotography and nightscape photography, and IR photography. Body only! Swapped for used Canon 7D II
Sold. Moving out of Canon equipment. Full spectrum modded camera.
Sony Alpha a7 II
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye
Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Good camera but simply didn't need it
Great lens with APS-C sensor; however, the non-removable lens hood gets in the way of full frame usage; however, still produces a nice croppable image on a full frame camera. Newer model has removable lens hood. Replaced with Opteka 6.5mm lens.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM gave better image quality even considering it was adapted to Sony A7+ bodies. Considered surplus and sold!
Other gear:
  • ATIK Color Infinity camera Great EAA camera!
  • Canon EF 18-135mm zoom Surplus. Good IR lens
  • Canon EOS 60D Full Spectrum Mod Hutech full spectrum modified
  • Canon FD 200mm f/4 lens The FD 200mm is a great lens!
  • Celestron 11" SCT Great SCT telescope but just too heavy...
  • Imaging Source DBK41 CCD (color video) Good little camera for planetary
  • iOptron Mini-Tower Pro Alt-Az mount Problems keeping Alt/Az drive "springs" tight, i.e.: too much play in drive trains...
  • Mallincam Universe CCD camera Sensitive camera but severe amp glow!
  • Mallincam Xtreme astro-video camera Astro-video NOT my thing!
  • Mono UltraStar CCD Very similar to ATIK mono Infinity. ATIK has better software
  • Orion 8" Newtonian No longer needed after I acquired the 190 Mak-Newt
  • Pt.Grey/FLIR Color Chameleon CCD camera Replaced with QHY 183C
  • QHY8 CCD camera Cooled but not controlled cooling
  • QHY8Pro CCD camera OSC, low noise, controlled cooling, reasonable sensitivity camera.
  • QHY9C CCD camera Problems with mechanical shutter sticking
  • Sky-Watcher 10" Newtonian Good scope but too long for my observatory!
  • Sky-Watcher Az- EQ6 Alt-Az & EQ mount Not exactly the lightest mount BUT my grab-n-go mount nonetheless. Problems from day one. Fire in hand controller. Jerky motion. Probably built late Friday afternoon!?
  • Sky-Watcher EQ6Pro EQ mount The observatory workhorse; pier mounted. Great mount!
  • Sky-Watcher/Celestron AllView Alt-Az mount Great GoTo Alt-Az mount and computer controlled panorama drive!
  • Starshoot Autoguider