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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

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

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

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

NEX-7 close cousin reaches astronomical value

A crowd at a charity auction in Florida couldn’t believe their eyes as two brand new Hasselblad Lunar cameras with a joint retail value of around $14,000 suddenly rocketed in value to $54,500 (from Hasselblad press release this afternoon). Two photo enthusiasts at the world-famous three day-long annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance exotic car festival began […] . . . → Read More: NEX-7 close cousin reaches astronomical value

Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

This is a pretty awful case of vignetting and distortion – as you would expect. It’s from an APS-C format wide angle zoom, the 10-18mm f/4 SEL OSS lens for NEX, used on the Alpha 7R full frame mirrorless body. Early in the launch period of this camera, various far more attractive images appeared on-line […] . . . → Read More: Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

Free software and a cut-price lens

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You have until November 3rd to grab a free download of a truly excellent utility for Mac OSX, created by DxO Optics Pro software team – DxO Perspective. It normally costs $19.95 (or local equivalent) as an Apple App store download, but they have made it free for a few days. It’s a fully working, […] . . . → Read More: Free software and a cut-price lens

Sony A7 merges NEX and RX lines, RX10 revives classics

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Although some of my information back in September was off-mark (writes David Kilpatrick), the post which I put up here was definitely right about the new A7 or rumoured ‘full frame NEX’ being based on the RX body design. I gather it was not the Alpha division, or the NEX division, which handed the prototype […] . . . → Read More: Sony A7 merges NEX and RX lines, RX10 revives classics