Recommendations for Digital Camera for rocket photography use

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"Chris Taylor Jr" wrote in news:1067401435.319673 @newshost01.voicenet.com:
My F3/MD15 combination does 5fps, but that means a 36 exposure roll of film is good for maybe 3 or 4 liftoffs, if I'm *real* careful with my trigger finger. That's the real advantage of digital -- you can discard the useless frames in real time.
len.
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Leonard Fehskens
Chris,
The Canon Digital Rebel looks like a very nice camera. Currently untouched in the digital SLR world for that price point.
I HIGHLY recommend the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS lens for rocketry photography. This is the lens I use most of the time for my rocketry shots. B&H has it for about $1350 right now.
It's a bit on the slow side (f4.5-f5.6), but it's amazing piece of glass. I've even used this lens with the 1.4x teleconverter, although you would lose autofocus with this combo on anything but the 1D, 1Ds, and higher end Canon film cameras (EOS 3/EOS 1v).
The Canon 300mm f2.8, 400mm f2.8, and 600mm f4 primes are what most "real" pros use for sports, but these lenses are VERY expensive and VERY heavy. I've thought about picking up the 300mm f2.8 but haven't been able to justify it just yet. I would probably use it more for sports than rocketry and then only with a monopod.
The 70-200mm f2.8 is another really nice lens I have and use quite a bit. If you can get close to the launch pad, this would be an excellent choice.
For high quality lenses that don't break the bank (in the Canon lineup), the 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8 are very nice. The 135mm f2 is awesome but it's close to $900.
If you're getting serious about photography and want to take the digital SLR plunge on a limited budget, I'd recommend getting the Digital Rebel and then focus on building your lens collection depending on what you want to shoot.
Unlike the camera body, these lenses won't be obsolete in a year or two and when the time comes to upgrade the body, you'll be able to bring your lenses along for the ride.
- Marc
Klinger Photography
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Marc Klinger
When an opinion is presented to imply a statement of fact it CAN in fact be right or wrong. not the opinion but the insinuated fact.
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr
OK the 14n woud produce images so far improved over what I have now its insane. in that aspect its AMAZING
but Kodak has always had this problem. GROSE over compression.
read steves-digicam review of this camera. the eos 1ds produces better images even though it is only 11mp
all kodak has to do is back off the damned nasty compression. (THEY MAY have done this since I read that review some time ago I am not sure)
the camera was fine. it was kodaks WAY overzealous compression levels for jpg images etc.
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr
Very true points but on some levels if you do not have "enough" megapixels an excellent body can only make up for that so much.
I mean take 110 film. you can only make so good an image from such a small negative no matter how nice the camera is.
same with digital. if I ever manage to get one of those olympos 100rs units it will be a strictly "long range" and Rocketry Lift off camera. it would not be very useful for anything else to me and the only reason it is good for those purposes is its amazing speed and 10x (280mm 35mm eqv zoom)
for vacations shots for example it would not be so useless. the better optics simply can not make up for the 3.5mp less resolution.
NOW once mp gets to the point where it is no longer an issue then yes the "camera" will be the defining factor.
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr
Exactly !! film is just VERY expensive (to me at least) and hence why I so badly want to go all digital.
the nikon "almost" does that if I ever get my drool covered fingers on that canon I will not have to use film again.
once you recouped the cost of the purchase digital is FREE. the memory cards are reusable and the batteries are rechargeable. I can take 10 or 10 million pictures and it would cost me the same. 0
printing is another issue but even PC printing is far chearper than lab printing ESPECIALLY when you go above 4x6
PS by the way I meant 15fps. 5fps is not really sufficient for me in rocket lift offs. unless I can get upwards of 10fps or better I would still prefer to depend on my finger than the motor drive.
Now if your doing an L3 project and you want the best. OK rent a nice high speed 35mm slr and pay up for the film. but its a one shot deal. not something you have to pay every launch.
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr
OUCH !!! that lens is so far outside my budget its amazing !!! $1350 for a lens !! I had NO IDEA they cost that much !!!
The only way I can even consider the digital rebel is by selling my coolpix and that will only work if I get a real good price for it !! wow ! (I have loads of goodies for it so I am hoping to get $900 for it)
Wow. is their a more affordable 400mm lens available ? (under $300)
wow
will the lens that fit the digital rebel fit the eos 1ds (the camera I eventually plan to own in a year or 2)
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr
Kinda medium-high on the price front.
As if your personal preferences and choices matter at all to the many other people who read rmr and actually have a budget for a lens of that price - or more.
Frank's Camera(LA) Sammy's Camera(LA)
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Jerry Irvine
Onlyif YOU infer (I said infer), an implication.
I now see how your brain works. Scary.
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
Is Frank's still around (Highland Park, isn't it)? I haven't been there in 20-25 years...
They threw some GREAT model shoots back in my 'single' days...
David Erbas-White
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David Erbas-White
Nope. You might find some junk mirror lenses, but I'd stay far away from those.
I guess it all depends on perspective. I see the 100-400 for $1350 as reasonably priced. It's the 400 f2.8 that's expensive in my book. $6500 and it weighs 11.7 lbs!
Of course, for the pro making a living shooting for Sports Illustrated, that lens is a bargain.
Yes. That is the beauty of the system. You can feel fairly comfortable investing in high quality lenses that you will get use from for 20+ years.
The pro lenses also retain their value better than any digital equipment if you need to sell or upgrade them down the line.
- Marc
Klinger Photography
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Marc Klinger
Whats interesting is that you think I care about what you think of me.
Very Interesting. Last I checked this was a public forum. if you do not like what I am saying you are MORE than welcome to ignore me or better yet leave.
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr
Making a complete fool of yourself in the process. this responce was so predictable from you that I wrote it down when I made the post.
Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor Jr

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