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Shooting stars with Canon 1Dx and 5D3

Published by Diana Tula · August 4th 2012

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their wonderful photos. If you have a story, a photo, DIY or a tutorial to share feel free to email us. We’re open to your ideas and photo experiences. Here is a story by Ben Canales of his first experience with the new Canon 1Dx and 5D3, and a great shot that resulted that night.

Hi. Hello. by Ben Canales
Hi. Hello. by Ben Canales

Last week the production company I work with took the new Canon 1Dx and 5D3 up to the stars to have a test to see which camera handles High ISO's the best, and therefore determine which one is the best night shooter. We also took up the 1D4 and 5D2 to compare the old with the new. I took the results and wrote up a blog post showcasing all the cameras at various ISO's side by side and how the RAW images hold up in post processing and eventually make a determination of which Canon DSLR is the new reigning champ of night photography. I do not think the 1Dx or 5D3 represent a “game changing” jump in night shooting. Years ago the 5D2 and Nikon D90 were literal game changers in their ability to controllably shoot much higher ISO’s than previously possible. Those cameras literally changed what was thought possible. The 1Dx and 5D3 provide substantial, exciting progress, but they won’t turn the world upside down.  

On that same trip last week I shot my new favorite star shot and I like it so much that I want to share it. It's not my usual glowing tent, or lake reflection- in fact it's empty of just about everything. So, new for me, but I can't stop looking at it.

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Thanks Ben! To see more of his work head over to Ben’s page or check out his tutorial and learn how to create fantastic night orbs. Leave a comment below, we love your feedback.

     

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Orlin Bertsch  about 2 years ago
Outstanding and great blog writeup. Tho shoot D90 and not canon.
Really loving this shot as fresh and creative to many of the night tent glow shots.
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
Thanks Orlin! I'm working on getting a comparison with the Nikon D4.
The D90 is a great night shooting body!
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Catalin Vutcariov  about 2 years ago
super
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
Thank you!
StefanEtienne
Stefan Etienne  about 2 years ago
I'm using a Pentax K-30. Do you do anything else other than just taking the shot?
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
"Taking the shot" is really juts the tip of the iceberg into an entire form of photography. Give it a shot and see if it excites you for more.
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Ed Cave  about 2 years ago
I use a k-5 and get some good shots up to iso 3200. Check out his video tutorial on vimeo its what got me into shooting stars!
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John Frankel  about 2 years ago
To get this shot what settings did you use?
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
ISO 8000, 30 sec, f/3.2 I believe
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Owen G  about 2 years ago
Great work.
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
Thanks Owen!
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Manuel Auer  about 2 years ago
Absolutely stunning!
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
thank you
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tinne croisiau  about 2 years ago
super
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
:-)
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Thibaud Chosson  about 2 years ago
Awesome shot!
Thank you for sharing your experience.
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Ben Canales  about 2 years ago
My pleasure :-)

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