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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Camera sales still dropping.. June 24, 2016
    I don't think there was anything unfair about my Minolta 24-85 comments. The sony 24-70 is a great lens, but also over-rated. I do happen to have a "pristine new-old-stock copy" of the Minolta and In low light the sony is better, but in most situations it is not a better lens then the Minolta. […]
    Edward
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Exhibit your B&W shots June 23, 2016
    Nice shots, especially the green houses one (3rd one).SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:39 pm
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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Camera sales still dropping.. June 23, 2016
    Edward wrote:I have a Sony 24-70Z, a Minolta 24-85 and 28-85 and I can't see a serious difference in picture quality with any of them that makes the Sony worth 10 times the cost.Well... probably the Sony-Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 is not "10 times better" than the Minolta 24-85 f3.5-4.5 (I do not have a way […]
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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Challenge #61:"Summer Sun-I walk with Sun on my shoulders.."-ends 02.07.2016-submissions June 23, 2016
    .Hi everyone ! Welcome to our new challenge! Hopefully you'll enjoy the new topic:"Summer Sun-I walk with Sun on my shoulders and take Summer-scene photos."The topic is self-explanatory. It's Summer in the biggest part of the planet and you're the enthusiastic summer photographers! : )You are walking under the Sun with the Sun's rays warming […]
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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Camera sales still dropping.. June 23, 2016
    Edward, I use the Minolta 24-85 which is a FF lens on my Sony A37, it gives superb sharpness because of the crop factor, same with my KM 17-35 f/2.8 D, both bought second hand for under a £100 each, I'm about to get a Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 as my standard kit lens.It was the […]
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Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

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If you want to get a 70-300mm which works on the Sony A7RII, the A7 series body with the best on-sensor phase detection/contrast detection mix, your first choice should be the new Sony FE 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G OSS. But that demands a wallet opened with £1,150 (UK SRP) in it. In return you get . . . → Read More: Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony MFA

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This is expanded from the feature which appears in the July/August issue of f2 Cameracraft magazine. We’ve been using the Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony Multi-Function Accessory shoe since its arrival on May 28th as the first test unit released by Elinchrom. If you wonder why I don’t immediately do a clickbait blog . . . → Read More: Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony MFA

Is retouching acceptable?

Children run into a fountain released by build up of a head of water visible in a tube popular water feature in Alnwick Garden Northumberland UK

There’s been a controversy surrounding Steve McCurry, a photographer I have listened to on the edge of a conversation a couple of times courtesy of Kodak who were always great sponsors and put his ‘Afghan Girl’ on display at photokina 2012 where McCurry’s work was celebrated.

Here’s the story – he’s been changing, or allowing . . . → Read More: Is retouching acceptable?

Photoworld and Image – complete digital 28 issue archive!

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We are able to offer, now, the complete 28-issue digital archive in page-turn format for the final eleven years of Minolta Image and Photoworld (as it became) from 2002 to 2011. For only £10, a one-off payment, you unlock the complete collection of digital versions of the printed quarterly magazine.

This collection forms a . . . → Read More: Photoworld and Image – complete digital 28 issue archive!

New firmware for A7RII, A7SII

Sony has released new firmware 3.20 for the A7RII and 2.10 for A7SII to enable XAVCS video recording on SDHC (rather than the larger XC) cards. The European updater is, as usual, not on line when the US/Americas Sony site has got it all ready to go. They are the same software so it’s safe . . . → Read More: New firmware for A7RII, A7SII

Sony launch UK PRO support

Sony today announced the expansion of its Imaging PRO Support programme to include the UK. The programme is scheduled to start in the UK in September 2016 and continues to gain momentum as an increasing amount of professional photographers are switching to Sony cameras.

Imaging PRO Support offers advice and help to members including a . . . → Read More: Sony launch UK PRO support

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM on mirrorless FF

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With the 24-70mm f/2.8 new Sony GM FE lens selling for £1799 (UK) and the A-mount version two 24-70mm f/2.8 for a full £100 more, the cost of a basic mid-range zoom to use with a camera like the A7RII remains very high. There are good arguments to be happy with the 24-70mm f/4 . . . → Read More: Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM on mirrorless FF

f2 Cameracraft latest issue out now

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The latest edition of f2 Cameracraft contains our reviews of the Voigtländer 10mm and 15mm lenses, and also a review of the superb new Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 VC and 90mm f/2.8 SP Macro VC lenses, plus Sigma’s 20mm f/1.4 and 24-35mm f/2 – all tested on the Sony A7R II which we use for . . . → Read More: f2 Cameracraft latest issue out now

Bad science and dissing the Sony A7 FE concept

No doubt everyone’s seen the article on Petapixel which can best be described as successful clickbait – by Sator, essentially claiming that the whole idea of mirrorless full frame is flawed. Well, the good news is that this article is more flawed than the flaws it’s claiming to point out.

First of, let’s simply dismiss . . . → Read More: Bad science and dissing the Sony A7 FE concept

The best 50mm for A7RII

After testing the Sony Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE in 2014, I was less than impressed. I may have had a decentred example (it happened to dPreview and at least one photographer I trust to know his lens performance expectations). It was, certainly, pin-sharp on a test chart or a brick wall but the moment . . . → Read More: The best 50mm for A7RII