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    Default Canon 10D vs. Nikon D70 for astrophotography



    http://astrosurf.com/buil/d70v10d/eval.htm

    Text in French, but with inline English translation. Interesting observation:

    "[...] the internal firmware applied a median like
    filter to the three layers of the image for erase hot
    pixels (local intense thermal signal). This processing
    is not mentioned in Nikon documentation [...]
    the RAW format of Nikon D70 is not a true raw format
    [...] an image which would reflected the outgoing
    signal of a CCD sensor [...]"

    There is, however, a blunt workaround.

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    Default Canon 10D vs. Nikon D70 for astrophotography

    <eawckyegcy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    Thanks for posting - I'm a 10D and an ETX-105 owner and I've learned a lot

    --
    M Stewart
    Milton Keynes, UK
    www.megalith.freeserve.co.uk/oddimage.htm
    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/ms1938/



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    <eawckyegcy@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    observation:

    This is not very good news for those of use who (like me) were considering
    the D70 as an alternative to the Canon 300D.

    Although the D70 looks like a great camera for daytime shooting, its
    insensitivity in the H-Alpha region, the (albeit fixable) problems in the
    "Noise Reduction" mode and the significantly higher CCD noise compared to
    the 300D make the D70 a lot less interesting for long exposure
    astrophotography. Too bad.

    Jeroen.



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    Default Canon 10D vs. Nikon D70 for astrophotography

    Jeroen Smaal wrote:
    Unfortunately, Nikons digital slr's have tended to be noisier than
    Canons, despite recent improvements in their sensors.
    Though I bought my Nikon D1X primarily for wildlife photography, I had
    hoped to use it for long exposure astro imaging, but initial tests a
    couple of years ago indicated that anything more than 20 seconds in my
    light polluted sky would be a waste of time.
    Having learnt a bit more about dark frames, stacking and so on, I might
    have another try sometime in a dark sky just to see what can be done,
    but for now, it looks as if Canons are the ones to go for.
    Interesting article anyway, thanks for posting the link.
    Phil


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    Default Canon 10D vs. Nikon D70 for astrophotography

    "Jeroen Smaal" <jsnews@REMOVE-THIS.zippy.xs4all.nl> wrote in message news:<ko6hn1-bb2.ln1@linux01.smaal.info>...

    That's odd. The exact opposite is cited in the June 2004 issue of SKY &
    TELESCOPE. If you examine their table on page 134, only 3 DSLRs are given
    three stars (for deep-sky astrophotography):

    1. Canon EOS-1Ds (at $7,000)
    2. Canon EOS 10 (at $1,500)
    3. Nikon D70 (at $1,300)

    The Canon EOS 300D (aka Digital Rebel) only rates two stars and has "limited
    functions". The Nikon D70 is stated "low noise".

    Basically the same is stated in Digital Photo's 100+ page review of the D70
    in which it's also compared against the Digital Rebel (EOS 300D) at URL:

    <http://wwww.dpreview.com/> (select D70)

    I would tend to believe S&T's assessment more than some translated document
    which is at odds with two (2) respected journals: S&T, and Digital Photo.

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    Phil <phil.bishop3@ntlworld.com> wrote in message news:<hEppc.729$3M5.665@newsfe6-gui.server.ntli.net>...


    Dave Ireland posted his findings about D70 use for long exposures.
    In brief, according to him the problems with RAW files and noise of
    the chip are very much exaggerated.

    Dave, can you elaborate and write here about your experience as
    detailed as possible? Thanks for advance.


    Valery Deryuzhin.

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    Default Canon 10D vs. Nikon D70 for astrophotography

    On 15 May 2004 11:28:10 -0700, thad@thadlabs.com (Thad Floryan) wrote:


    The one and only useful feature the 10D has that the 300D does not (for
    astroimaging) is shutter lockup. I have no idea what "limited functions" means
    to S&T. I do know that I've used both the 10D and 300D, and (other than the
    mirror lockup) there is absolutely no difference in how the cameras are used or
    in the quality of the image produced.

    I've never used the D70 for astroimaging, but I did take a 30 second dark with
    one and found that the noise level is much higher than I see with the Canons.

    You can now get a 300D body for under $600. That's tough to beat!

    _________________________________________________

    Chris L Peterson
    Cloudbait Observatory
    http://www.cloudbait.com

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    Default Canon 10D vs. Nikon D70 for astrophotography


    "Thad Floryan" <thad@thadlabs.com> wrote in message
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    document

    I've read both the S&T and the dpreview.com articles you're refering to.
    Unfortunately AFAIK in the S&T article no actual imaging tests have been
    done with cameras other than the Canon 10D and D60.

    The review on the dpreview.com site does test long exposure timing and
    associated image noise, but not of astronomical objects; it would not
    uncover the Noise Reduction problem referred to in the French article.
    Otherwise it makes a convincing case for the D70 as an astrophotography
    platform.

    I agree the D70 looks very good on paper, and it's still a prime candidate
    on my list. Its usability and daytime image quality seems to be superior to
    the 300D and I would very much like it to be good enough on astro
    capabilities to compete with the Canon DSLRs.

    But, at the moment, only the Canon 10D/D60/300D range has proven to offer
    the low noise and usability needed for long exposure astrophotography. This
    is demonstrated by VERY impressive astro-images that can be found all over
    the internet. I have not found a single astro image taken with the Nikon D70
    that would prove its suitability as a long exposure astrophotography
    platform. Granted, the Nikon is fairly new, so this might just be a question
    of time.

    Jeroen.



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    Thad Floryan wrote:


    I think you should carefully read the French website - The main problems
    are not really noise.

    Chris

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    Maflu <teddymaflu_nospam@fastmail.fm> wrote in message news:<40a70aa5$0$31375$626a14ce@news.free.fr>...

    I did, and the article's conclusions include the obvious solution: hack the code
    (or, if demand warrants, Nikon provides a modification). The firmware can be
    uploaded into the camera (though I don't know how to do it).

    What puzzled me were the 18 diffraction spikes in several of the photos; seems
    like the choice of lens wasn't the best given several Nikon telephoto assemblies
    tout 3 ED lenses and there's obviously no spider to cause the spikes. Is that
    (the spikes) something inherent with camera telephoto lenses? Curious why they
    didn't shoot through a telescope.

    Please note I'm a photography dilettante. :-)

 

 
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