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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #57:"So Green Is My Valley"-submissions until July 5th July 1, 2015
    Birma wrote:....I hope here will be some further entires as well. I thin it it a theme for which most people will have pictures that fit.I hope so too, Birma. Nothing like making choosing hard for me! The more the better.. : ) Thanks,YildizStatistics: Posted by aster — Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:31 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Not everyone's cup of tea July 1, 2015
    Recent posts prompted me to upload a few images I have been working on. My apologies that these are yet more images from my trip to Cuba. For some reason the images I took on that trip more than any other seem to cry out to me for some form of manipulation. The "straight" photos […]
    Ossie
  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: A77Mk2 focus settings June 30, 2015
    Can't really help either as I also have a Mk1 A77 and 70-400G. My Mk1 G is a fantastic lens and my only complaint is that the zoom action is too stiff causing it to jump rather than glide.I'm not investing any more in Sony until I see a real commitment to A mount. To […]
    mikeriach
  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Battery power June 30, 2015
    Cholly,I know I'm probably in the minority but if I continue with my hobby in the current mode which involves periods with no access to recharging facilities (up to 5 days) and all that Sony offer is 300 frames on a battery (no future SLT versions), I will be adjusting my expectations over to Canikon.I […]
    mikeriach
  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #57:"So Green Is My Valley"-submissions until July 5th June 30, 2015
    Thanks Yildiz I hope here will be some further entires as well. I thin it it a theme for which most people will have pictures that fit.Statistics: Posted by Birma — Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:03 pm
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Soft strap ideal for Sony Alpha 99

Our Alpha 99 review will be up shortly – but in the meantime, here’s the strap I have been using on the 99. That little wallet attached to the strap has a secure, perfect fit holder for the 99 or NEX-6 flash shoe cover insert or for MS Pro Duo memory cards. Also, it is […] . . . → Read More: Soft strap ideal for Sony Alpha 99

New HVL-F43AM Alpha flash with rotating design

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Sony has announced a new HVL-F43AM flashgun using the same type of rotating body design found in the top of the line HVL-F58AM, to replace the existing HVL-F42AM with its traditional bounce design. At the same time, some more Alpha system accessories have been rolled out. HVL-F43AM ‘rotator’ flash With a powerful output of GN43 (105mm ISO100 […] . . . → Read More: New HVL-F43AM Alpha flash with rotating design

Sony 5″ video monitor for DSLRs

For some time, I have been using a 7″ Lilliput external monitor for my Alpha and other HDMI output cameras. This is fairly bulky, with its external battery pack, and is mounted on a flash bracket holding it to the side of the camera. The main use of the monitor is for interview-style filming with […] . . . → Read More: Sony 5″ video monitor for DSLRs

A-mount autofocus upgrade for NEX-VG10E

Available now for download, a free firmware upgrade adds autofocus support with 14 A-mount SAM and SSM lens models. AF compatibility of the NEX-VG10E with A-mount lenses requires the optional LA-EA1 Mount Adaptor, plus a separate firmware upgrade for the LA-EA1. Man using NEX-VG10E with 18-200mm OSS lens and mic windshield, in Fuerteventura last week. Alphaspotted […] . . . → Read More: A-mount autofocus upgrade for NEX-VG10E

NEX-5 live sound

I’ve been using the NEX-5 with accessory mic – and sometimes, by forgetting to bring it, without. Today we had the Ripon City Morris side in town, and I was taking still shots using the Nikon D3X with the new Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-S G lens. The NEX was grabbed as an afterthought for video. Well, […] . . . → Read More: NEX-5 live sound

NEX-5 with ECM-SST1 mic

Some parts of this were very close to large PA system speakers; others were close to dangerous loud instruments of war, notable Border fiddle and Scottish bagpipes from the Coldstream town pipe band (not the same as the Guards, this is the locals not their namesakes!). Hand-held, mic set to 90 degree coverage not 120 degree. […] . . . → Read More: NEX-5 with ECM-SST1 mic

New accessories for Sony Alpha range

A long-demanded 1.15X eyepiece magnifier – compatible with all APS-C format Sony Alpha DSLRs – is just one of a rollout of new minor accessories for the system. The Magnifying Eyepiece FDA-ME1AM is designed to fit the A700, A380, A330, A230, A350, A300 and A200 and should also be fully compatible with A100, Konica Minolta […] . . . → Read More: New accessories for Sony Alpha range

New skins versus old wine – A350 or A380?

As the generation of Alpha 200, 300 and 350 reaches early retirement age it may be the time to grab bargains. The new Alpha 230, 330 and 380 have plenty of bonus points to win over new users despite the critical lack of video capture. But the older generation has some very tangible benefits. The most […] . . . → Read More: New skins versus old wine – A350 or A380?

Sony Alpha 230, 330 and 380 update

The new Alpha 230, 330 and 380 models are radical ergonomic redesigns of the existing 200, 300 and 350 series. There is a 15% reduction in size (volumetric) and weight, an update to the styling, and a completely revised user interface with graphic representation of setting adjustments – with a built-in ‘handbook’ to accompany the […] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 230, 330 and 380 update

Changing the Alpha 900 focusing screen

This is not a step by step, since the instructions for this operation are very clear and the procedure is simple and nearly foolproof. It is simply a reassurance for those worried about changing their screen, with some tips. . . . → Read More: Changing the Alpha 900 focusing screen