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by bfitzgerald
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Fast AF Telephoto lens suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Fast AF Telephoto lens suggestions?

Considering options here (s/h of course) I need something that is suited for action shots - think Marathon runners moving towards the camera for some shots The old 70-210mm isn't the best for AF speed it can work but it's hit and miss! Well more miss than hit depending on body So far the 18-135mm ha...
by bfitzgerald
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Should I get rid of my APS-C gear?
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Should I get rid of my APS-C gear?

bfitzgerald These are the first impressions of using a full frame, they pass quickly ... Then, rather, there is a lack of a wide angle in existing lenses, moreover, there will not be enough extra 100mm for lenses with focal 200-300mm, which perfectly turn into 300-450mm on a crop cameras. Of course...
by bfitzgerald
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Should I get rid of my APS-C gear?
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Should I get rid of my APS-C gear?

If you sell your A77 and A57 will it be about enough to get a second A99? Or maybe an A7II (or A7III) with adaptor? Not the bodies but if I dumped all the APS-C stuff it would be enough probably - depending on how you price it and if it sells. At the moment I don't see E mount as viable. The LEA4 g...
by bfitzgerald
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Sony World Photography Awards
Replies: 0
Views: 112

Sony World Photography Awards

by bfitzgerald
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Should I get rid of my APS-C gear?
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Should I get rid of my APS-C gear?

Pondering this since I got the A99, if there is really any point in using the crop system anymore. Currently I have the A57/77 and various crop lenses 17-50mm, 11-16mm Tokina, 35mm F1.8DT, 18-135mm DT Since I got the A99 it's been fairly clear I now have the low light performance I was lacking with ...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

If you have an 85mm lens then might make more sense to go for 100mm
Both lenses are very good - now the MInolta lens is very affordable the one I got is as close to new as you can get
by bfitzgerald
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Minolta 28-105mm RS Review
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Minolta 28-105mm RS Review

I am gradually working through the lens reviews so patience is required :D Have to use them enough to come to conclusions about the performance My video review is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEt7UL5-bpE Conclusions are in short solid zoom lens which will work best for FF users, though it h...
by bfitzgerald
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

To me it doesn't make much difference the 10mm focal length. The Tamron has more recessed front elements so the working distance is closer than the Minolta, both are still a fair bit longer than shorter macros. But I also use lenses like this for portraits. Rather depends on what you have I try to a...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Winter Photos - Open Thread
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Winter Photos - Open Thread

Excellent, location looks great very dramatic
by bfitzgerald
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Let's post some panoramas
Replies: 354
Views: 45291

Re: Let's post some panoramas

bakubo wrote:Nice pano, Barry. Beautiful location and photo. How many frames did you stitch?


Used the auto pana function in camera and cropped about 60% off was feeling lazy that day, slight tweak in contrast :D
by bfitzgerald
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Let's post some panoramas
Replies: 354
Views: 45291

Re: Let's post some panoramas

Sony A57, Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
Dingle, Ireland
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by bfitzgerald
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

Just for fun here is a shot of the Tamron wide open full frame F2.8 and the extreme edge crop tam.JPG DSC00040.JPG If anything the edges are sharper than the Middle which is still very good wide open vignetting is slightly higher on the Tamron v the Minolta Both have very slight/minimal distortion
by bfitzgerald
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro V Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro

I decided to pick up a Minolta 100mm Macro to re-visit what I had tried years ago (ie I came to the same conclusion that at the time for a new purchase the Tamron made much more sense - ie the price I paid was grey import and not much about £230) The cost of the Sony version was IMO excessive for su...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom
Replies: 59
Views: 10069

Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom

I installed it some bug fixes and tweaks thanks for the heads up.. DT's sliders well they are on the small size, the difference say between DT and LR is when you have the pointer near a slider the shade changes so you know it's active, no so DT does nothing! You don't have to be exactly on it, thoug...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report
Replies: 223
Views: 40257

Re: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report

Assume all this comes from the Tony Northrup video about this which as per usual is over simplified though makes some reasonable points. I can only go on my own experience when I tested the Fuji and Sony's with the same lens and I revisited that with the raw files no tone curve straight out of the s...

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