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18-05-2012, 11:14 PM
A quick test from my backyard last night, with the Canon 5D Mk II and Samyang 14mm.
Really impressed with the lens, such a huge FOV.
ISO3200, 30s exposures, f/2.8.
Quite easy to use, used liveview to focus on a bright star and locked the shutter on the intervalometer for 30s exposures.
Processed in Lightroom and Sony Vegas. The lens fogged up a few times but it was good to get some practise in again.
Best to watch in HD to avoid the compression artifacts:
Very cool. Just cements my want for this lens.
Interesting effect with the clouds doing that fade in/out thing.
18-05-2012, 11:59 PM
so how did you move it? its quite nice Mike
19-05-2012, 12:30 AM
Yes - good question.
The camera moves away from the trees!
Anyway - I really like that video.
19-05-2012, 04:49 AM
Niiiice. Great lens, hey. I imagine the panning/zooming effect is done in PP? Looks good.
19-05-2012, 06:56 AM
Great video Mike :thumbsup: Love the panning effect
19-05-2012, 07:40 AM
Nice going Mike!
That lens seems to represent great value for the money...
19-05-2012, 07:45 AM
Great video Mike.
That lens is getting some very good reviews.
19-05-2012, 08:50 AM
Thanks guys. The panning/zooming is done in post using Sony Vegas.
19-05-2012, 09:33 AM
Great time lapse Mike. It looks like a winner setup.
I did not know you could do panning effects in PP. That's good to know.
19-05-2012, 12:46 PM
I've had Vegas for a while now, and never really looked into it's full capabilities yet. Thanks.
19-05-2012, 02:15 PM
I can see the Malin category on 'Animated Sequences' is going to be an interesting one this week - competition is stiff!
You should do well Mike - I like this.
19-05-2012, 03:48 PM
Cool motion and framing. Nice one. :thumbsup:
20-05-2012, 07:52 AM
Thanks guys, it was really just a quick test of the lens at home. I would've liked to travel to a better location (darkier skies, better foreground) but my wife is away and I had the kids at home so couldn't leave them.
I'm really happy with the lens.
Sony Vegas is like Photoshop - it can do so much but I've only figured out how to use a very small part of it :)
20-05-2012, 08:07 AM
Shows a lot of promise Mike, very smooth. Under dark skies with a brighter more colourful Milky Way that composition with the trees would look great :thumbsup:
20-05-2012, 09:03 AM
which version will let you get away with that? ie the cheaper one?
20-05-2012, 09:31 AM
Yeh I'm only using the v10 Platinum HD one ($100 or whatever it is).
Just right-click on the event in your video timeline and choose "pan/crop".
20-05-2012, 10:24 AM
Nice wide lens and the post panning/ zooming effect works great!
20-05-2012, 10:34 AM
Very nice indeed, would you mind posting a full frame so I can see the FOV, as I might get one.
20-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Thanks! I'll post a full-frame shortly.
20-05-2012, 12:04 PM
A full frame at f/2.8 would be nice indeed. I have the lens but it has weird hook-shaped coma in the corners and I wasn't sure if it is the "feature" of the lens or just sample variation.
20-05-2012, 12:24 PM
It's likely sample variation. I had to get 5 last year for a full sky stitching project and only one was sharp edge to edge. A pity...it's a such a good lens they should charge a bit more and improve the QC.
20-05-2012, 12:41 PM
Here's a full-frame full-res jpeg @ 15 MB.
It's a 30s exposure so there's some trailing.
But the edges are clearly a little elongated. However it's no worse than I've seen on the much more expensive 16-35mm L @ f/2.8.
20-05-2012, 05:12 PM
Here's a processed single shot from one of the frames where the milky way was in the middle of the trees.
It's not cropped so you can see the full frame, but normally I would've cropped the roof of my house out :)
The full-size unprocessed jpeg of a similar frame is in the previous post.
Larger version of this processed shot:
- 1200px (http://www.mikesalway.com.au/download/251)
30s, ISO3200, f/2.8 Samyang 14mm, Canon 5D MkII
20-05-2012, 08:23 PM
Nice smooth animation and a good start. Time and lots more frames will make for some interesting animations.
21-05-2012, 03:31 PM
Very nice, where did you buy the lense from, and where did you get canon version. I cant seem to find the canon version.
21-05-2012, 05:11 PM
Nice sequence Mike.
You can also do panning in LR Timelapse.
21-05-2012, 05:32 PM
Thanks Paul. Time for some dark skies soon I reckon.
Thanks for your feedback. I simply searched ebay for Samyang 14mm Canon, and it came up. If there's none there now, they might come up periodically. You'll likely have to get it from O/S.
Thanks David - will have to check out LR Timelapse. I'd avoided it recently because of speed issues with my laptop and LR. Will try again.
21-05-2012, 05:59 PM
LR Timelapse was quite quick for me. The long bit is when LR renders the video. Watch the video tutorial on his website - it explains the basic process very well and once you understand the concept behind it, it's quite an elegant process.
21-05-2012, 09:34 PM
Nice! I particularly like the tree growing downwards from the top of frame :)
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