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    To be honest this has sat in my camera bag for the last 6 months without being used. It is a great lens on both A77 and A99 but I'm just not getting the use of it. So I'm contemplating selling both it and the 1.4X converter.The lens is in very good condition with a […]
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    In good condition, glass is clean with no scratches or fungus. Was used on the wife's A580 before it was sold. Was serviced last year but the focus is still a little stiff but it works on my A77. Complete with all original caps, lens hood, box and paperwork. Also has a Jessops UV filter […]
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    Not getting used since I got David's 17-35 for my full frame.In mint condition with all original caps, lens hood, box and paperwork. Will include the Hoya Pro1 UV filter currently on it.First offer of £210 delivered in the UK by special delivery (sorry UK only please).MikeStatistics: Posted by mikeriach — Fri Jul 03, 2015 […]
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    Here is one from atop Mt. Vesuvius looking at Napoli and Herculaneum. From a different view point, same location. I choose this to showcase the contrast of "barren" land atop the dormantvolcano and the the green of the land beneath the mountain. Technically not a valley since other side is a body of water,so I […]
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Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

This video was made on December 23rd using the Alpha 55 (AVCHD recording) hand held, with SS enabled, and the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm zoom. This video has been uploaded in full 1080p HD and can be viewed at high resolution if you have a fast enough connection. The soundtrack is a classical guitar piece I wrote ten years ago, on the last day of the year 2000, when snow was falling by moonlight which I guess the music represents a bit better than mid-day.

Some camera-mic sound has been left in place for two of the takes, and the shot of the stone wall uses active phase detection AF during video. This was not possible for most takes, as the snowflakes falling made the focus constantly change as they passed the focus zones!

Hope you enjoy it! The camera got very wet with snow – you can see where flakes landed on the lens filter – and ended up being wiped down many times. Eventually, after going into a shop for a few minutes, everything steamed up. But it seems fine after letting it dry out and warm up. It was not very cold, around 1°C for snow to be falling like this.

– David

2 comments to Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

  • admin

    Manual focus, as commented in the text. The snowflakes kept changing the autofocus as they passed the AF sensor positions. You can have all the snow you like!

  • tfd

    Beautiful video and music. Has me inspired to do some winter photography – we just need a little snowfall here in NY (Long Island). Were you using manual focus for most takes?