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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Jeff, I think the image needs an overall pop. May be you can punch up the contrast a tad and deepen blacks a bit might do the wonders.Was it you or Ken who has Portrait Pro? You can try LR presets or even Photo Effects 9 is available for FREE (or at least it was) […]
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    sury wrote:One thing I noticed is that her eyes are becoming "smaller" withher smile and if you can get the smile while eyes are wider openit will enhance the images, IMHO. I have a same situation with mywife too, hence the observation.SuryHer Dad does the same. I tried to get her to keep her eyes […]
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Looks like the first one has more contrast (due to vignetting?).Though it is a nice capture with a very relaxed subject, there is nothing in the images that draws me to them.May be you are feeling the same too. On the other hand, if I am a family member,it has everything for me to like […]
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Thanks for the insights. They are much appreciated. Here's a black an white with and w/out vignette. I did lighten the eyes some. The mother really likes this one with the vignette. So I guess that counts for something. I however, am not that impressed with it, but can't put my finger on why.Statistics: Posted […]
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Birds 2015 May 25, 2015
    Thank you Pitter and Ossie. Pitter, since I had a 70-400 that gull was upset with myvoyeuristic behavior. Ossie, I knew it was not a bird I came across before, but now I know it is called Coot,thanks to you. SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Mon May 25, 2015 5:41 pm

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Photokina new matte box, 55-300mm

Made by Sony according to girl on photokina stand after asking bloke. But closer examination matte box/rig says Genius as the maker so pretty sure it’s third party. Similar shown on other cameras.

55-300mm SAM DT.

We were allowed to take test shots briefly with the Alpha 99 and 28-75mm SAM lens. The camera is just a little bigger than the A77 but feels much the same. The viewfinder seems slightly improved, maybe it’s just the optics used and not the OLED display – coatings or details of the assembly.

This is an ISO6400 in-camera JPEG, click it for full size. Shots with face out of focus look awful, the noise/NR on skin tones is not as good as on the dress made of flowers. Colour is excellent under tungsten with AWB, as usual.

Here’s an ISO 25600 image, same in-camera output. Not bad at all considering the ISO. In both cases, you can click on the image to get a full size version (5-6MB).

This is a 100% crop (click for full size) slightly overexposed, at iSO 400. The A99 showed a green face recognition square in this case, and focused at full f/2.8 aperture of the 28-75mm lens – sharp image core, but lots of softness glowing round it. Exposure was too generous for the dress, so I’ve cropped that out and just taken an 1800 pixel wide detail to show the quality at 400.

We were able to handle the RX1, it’s wonderfully smoothly engineered and feels great, but no pictures were allowed. They have no pre-production models able to produce an image they are happy to share. We saw a thumbrest which slots into the hot shoe (below the optical finder only, improves ergonomics; and an EVF for the RX1 –

Apart from that there was a great launch from Panasonic for a GH3 capable of 78Mbps video, waterproof, dustproof, magnesium body, new X-series lenses f/2.8 constant 24-70mm and 70-200mm equivalents; a funky new XF camera from Fuji which might appear a bit retro-consumer but actually is good to hold and use; and Samsung’s quite amazing Galaxy Camera, which has the biggest rear screen (and one of the best) ever seen plus a 21X zoom but won’t make phone calls. Yet…



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