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  • DSLR system • Revisiting an old friend May 29, 2015
    I decided recently to bring my old Olympus E-510 (my first DSLR) and 14-54 F/2.8 lens out of retirement to see how it stood up to my Sony Alpha A-57 with standard 18-55 kit lens and my Canon 550D with standard 18-55 STM kit lens. I haven't quite mastered posting pictures but the results surprised […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Antique Snowmobiles May 29, 2015
    sury wrote:Oh, wow. I did not know those things go way back to what? 70s?SuryNo, some snowmobile from 1954... (by click on the picture - more snowmobiles).This model is the first front engine "Polaris" 1960~62. Statistics: Posted by ValeryD — Fri May 29, 2015 6:45 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Antique Snowmobiles May 29, 2015
    Oh, wow. I did not know those things go way back to what? 70s?SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Fri May 29, 2015 6:22 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Flowers 2015 May 29, 2015
    JB, Jeff, Thank you for your kind words.JB, I see what you meant by blurring the foreground. It was not intentional. Where I was standing, the mostlogical place was to focus on the second one and that caused the foreground blur. Good observation. Somethingto keep in mind. Also, did you forget to attach an image […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Antique Snowmobiles May 29, 2015
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Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens

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Sometimes you find a chunk of glass which just works. One of the problems with lenses is that you can never have too many. They overlap, they duplicate each other, and yet they can be so different that you need every single one. The new Samyang 12mm f/2 for mirrorless APS-C systems is one of […] . . . → Read More: Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens

A77 B&H price goes through the floor

Just got this link from B&H, ideal for our US readers – http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/817858-REG/Sony_SLT_A77V_SLT_A77_Digital_Camera_Body.html It’s for the original A77, body only, at $549. This is a ridiculously low price for a body with GPS which, bar a small improvement in high ISO performance stated to be 20% (I think it’s a bit more) is not far from the A77 […] . . . → Read More: A77 B&H price goes through the floor

The Fotodiox Tough E-Mount

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Machined from brass and chrome-plated, in the tradition of lens mounts from 50 years ago and not necessarily the best solution for precision or lifetime wear, Fotodiox’s TOUGH E-mount is a replacement body mount bayonet which you can fit to your existing A7R, A7, NEX-7, A6000 or any other metal-mount E-mount body in a few […] . . . → Read More: The Fotodiox Tough E-Mount

Sony’s BIG system future at photokina

I’m using my RX10 to report. This camera is my big Sony dilemma. It’s actually all I really need for 95% of my daily work. Well, here we are reporting from photokina 2014, the major trade fair in Cologne. I’m only here for the day and a brief stop in tomorrow morning en route to the […] . . . → Read More: Sony’s BIG system future at photokina

Sony roll out Pro support in Europe

Professional photographers in Europe can benefit from valuable help and extra peace of mind with the launch of Sony Imaging PRO Support. There’s no membership fee for the service, which is offered to professional photographers who own qualifying Sony α camera bodies and lenses. Following its successful launch in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, […] . . . → Read More: Sony roll out Pro support in Europe

Capture One Express bundled for Sony raw handling

Capture One Express (for Sony) RAW converter and image editing software will be bundled with Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras in future. The ‘Capture One’ RAW converter and image editing software from Phase One has been newly adapted for Sony. ‘Capture One Express (for Sony)’ will be provided at no extra charge to users who purchase an […] . . . → Read More: Capture One Express bundled for Sony raw handling

B&H double Zeiss Touit lens deal for NEX

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I guess that Zeiss must be working right now on full frame Touit lenses, because this is unprecedented value for those able to buy in dollars without steep shipping charges, duties or taxes – however, the links they emailed out today led to a wrong page on their USED section, and after a lot of […] . . . → Read More: B&H double Zeiss Touit lens deal for NEX

Sony confirm silent mode in A7S

Today, Sony confirmed a rumour – no doubt started as a result of pre-production tester leaks – that the A7S would have a completely silent all-electronic shutter mode. This is not the same as the Electronic First Curtain shutter found on the A7, A99, A77, A6000 and so on but conspicuously absent on the A7R. […] . . . → Read More: Sony confirm silent mode in A7S

Alpha 77 II announced

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Sony’s successor to the Alpha 77 improves all-round performance in line with the enhanced 24 megapixel sensor also found in the new A6000 E-mount camera. Key points are that the AF array now covers most of the image area (this is a mixed blessing as Canon 7D owners quickly found out, having active AF points […] . . . → Read More: Alpha 77 II announced

Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

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I guess it’s time to publish another field test review of the Alpha 7R despite rarely having used the camera in anger, or in any state other than anger. It arrived in late November and caught me at a time when I was not going anywhere or doing anything, nothing was happening and the weather […] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera