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  1. Shame on those mainstream software developers! I have to say those choice of going either way is probably the biggest, esp now that the technology gap between the 2 manufacturers is much closer than ever. I have to say that I have a habit of making things more difficult by going against the tide in a lot of things of my technological life. I'm still considering. I haven't set a budget officially, but I guess for a body only I'd go between 200 and 300. Why can't there be a device that has all the decent specs at that price? Today I was thinking about the nikon d5100 because a flip out screen could be useful when using live view... I might one day make a decision. Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
  2. I can try it in WINE. I actually bought "Crossover Linux" which is the fully fledged and supported version of WINE, so I can always ask in their forums.
  3. Thank you all for your useful replies. The Magic Lantern project sounds exciting! Shame the lower end camera don't seem to be supported as much. I think I'm going to try to aim to get a 50D and stick with the Canon brand. If I was just doing astro, I might get the 1100D, but that's not the case here. I think Astro is something I will want to do but will not do a LOT of at the beginning.
  4. What's the 1100D like for NON astro? I do want to take photos of birds in flight, macros of butterflies and flowers etc and other animal photos.
  5. Thank you for all your responses so far, but I do remember typing that I am not bothered by the software pulls for Astro. I'm more interested in the performance of the camera itself.
  6. I bet you're all sick of this question, but I'm so stuck. I initially was going to get a Canon 450d for prime reason of its good astro photo performance. However, then I felt the pull of the 40d as it's a prosumer model and I thought I should get this with the view that I could grow in to it and then not want to buy a new camera once I'd got bored with the 450d, but also because I like to photo other stuff as well, probably more so than astro. Like Animals and Macro shots etc. Recently, I have seen mention that the live-view on the 40d and its screen too is not very good, but I'm not sure how to confirm this? I am aware it's a 5 year old camera. I read that the 50d is an improvement in this department, though not very advanced in terms of anything else in comparison to the 40d's photo taking capabilities. I like the fps of the prosumer models compared to the entry level ones in canon's range. However, because I used to use Nikon compacts, I was thinking of maybe the D90 or the D3100 or 5100 or 7000 (if I could afford it). I've heard so many people say good things and bad things about them all it's difficult to know what's where. And since I'd be buying second hand, I can't exactly go in to a store and check them out as they no longer will stock archive models. I've used a 550d of my brothers and also my friend's D80. I know the D80 has lots of noise in the dark, but would imaging the 90, being the next generation has improved on that. From an Astro point of view, I'm a linux user and don't care for the control software that Canon seems to rule the roost with, so we don't need to take that in to consideration, I'd just use Bulb mode with a remote (wired probably). I know that when getting in to SLRism, one is buying in to a system, due to lens and other accessory compatibility etc. I would welcome your views and opinions on the above mentioned cameras. I know I have mentioned a few.
  7. That is a great map, thanks for the link. Looks like the sky where I will be, will be pretty good compared to Lancing! *happy face* Now to pray for clear skies.
  8. ...Thirsk and Easingwold in North Yorkshire? I'm going to be staying in a cottage along the York Road (A19) in a few weeks' time with my family, so wonder if I'll have much chance of getting a decent "Dark Sky"? Thanks, Si
  9. I've yet to go to a really dark site. But I have to say that living in Lancing in Sussex, just a 20 minute drive to my parents' house in Storrington, the amount of improvement is massive! Admittedly, they live out in the outskirts of the village), but I'm amazed at the difference just that makes.
  10. Robin's images always impress me and the rest at Adur AS. Love that photo. Sent from my GT-I9100
  11. That's incredible! Just a dslr on a mount? Really?! Sent from my GT-I9100
  12. It inspires me for a project in the future when we upgrade to a bigger and better house out in the sticks. That would be an ideal place. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  13. Ahhh, so I AM normal! You're very much like me then with hobbies. Who ever gets that 127 on ebay will be very lucky. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
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