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by bfitzgerald
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Olympus is out...
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Olympus is out...

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53165293 It's not unexpected, perhaps accelerated by the Covid outbreak. It's far from clear if the investment company will keep making products, who can say. I think this is the start of the clean out, more are probably going to follow. Again out yesterday, not a...
by bfitzgerald
Sun May 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Film SLR systems
Topic: Is film dead ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1389

Re: Is film dead ?

I don't think it's dead, but niche and has a bit of a cult/hipster type following (least from what I can see) Not that everyone shooting film is a hipster ;-) I have a roll of HP5 to develop, been there for a bit I was thinking of doing film for the "post Covid-19" project I am working on,...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom
Replies: 85
Views: 30306

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

I did try Exposure X5, performance good, layout is pretty decent (bit overkill on the filters) It does support lossy DNG, but the highlight recovery is trash it just can't recover colour information. NR is also sub par and no support for GPS in metadata (doesn't even read the GPS info in files) Migh...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: User hacks LEA4 adapter to provide AF on screw drive lenses with no SLT mirror
Replies: 0
Views: 1073

User hacks LEA4 adapter to provide AF on screw drive lenses with no SLT mirror

:shock: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SonyAlphaTalk/permalink/1388000578057048/ Very interesting came across this just today Summary: Update:This is a Re-engineered Sony LA-EA4 named the MonsterAdapter LA-EA4r that just comes out for a few days developed by a friend of mine Mr Zhou (web name gurur...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 188
Views: 31387

Re: Future of A mount

Latest figures are out and it's really bad as expect. With Covid 19 wiping out shipments across the board. https://petapixel.com/2020/04/24/cipa-report-shows-camera-sales-fell-off-a-cliff-in-march/ http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-202003_e.pdf Be interesting to see how they respond, with incom...
by bfitzgerald
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report
Replies: 230
Views: 51793

Re: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report

It's not inconvenient, I base my own findings on what I find simple as. If you disagree I don't mind/care. I for one won't try to defend any maker for over inflated high ISO numbers. You can try to technical discussion around it, but it's pretty open and shut. Some makers lie more than others. As an...
by bfitzgerald
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report
Replies: 230
Views: 51793

Re: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report

I've used neither camera my only experience is with more up to date ones. What happened with ISO back then v now might not tie up at all. I think Fuji and Olympus were singled out as being way off their quoted ISO figures. I've no hands on use of Olympus in recent years, with Fuji it was very obviou...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report
Replies: 230
Views: 51793

Re: Sony Alpha A99 Field Test Report

I get what the articles are conveying, however there is no real substitute for practical hands on results. Having compared all the A Mount cameras, I have seen that they all vary when set to the same ISO value. This is done using the same lens, shutter speed, aperture and ISO value. The KM5d is prob...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 188
Views: 31387

Re: Future of A mount

Hard to say what will happen, guess it depends on how things progress "after" the lockdown has finished. As the industry was in a steep decline before this happened (as shown in the figures), it's obviously only going to hurt it even more. If they pile on austerity measures. (which I think...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: A77II ramblings and thoughts
Replies: 17
Views: 3394

Re: A77II ramblings and thoughts

All good here Mike everything working as it should so far! Problem is I can't do any AF testing as the run was postponed, and sadly we're in a 2km lockdown! Hope all is well your end!
I think I've got the hang of things on the A77II
by bfitzgerald
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 188
Views: 31387

Re: Future of A mount

CIPA shipments numbers are out for Feb 2020 and show another big decline: http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/dw-202002_e.pdf http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-202002_e.pdf As expected it's also hitting lens shipments/production http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/s-202002_e.pdf And this is b...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 188
Views: 31387

Re: Future of A mount

Mirrorless to me has one appeal, using other mounts lenses. ie a bit of fun with adapters It breathed new life into those older lenses, which is a good thing. With the A to E adapters there is a better solution that can be done, it comes down to if they bother to do it. If not then that's a good sig...
by bfitzgerald
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 188
Views: 31387

Re: Future of A mount

Perhaps I'll pick up an A99II later on ;-D Once the price drops down! I did try a Z6 the other week a friend bought, it's quite a bit nicer in the hand v the E mount Sony's I've used. Still it didn't really blow me away either. Nothing so far has, just not feeling the vibe with these new cameras. I'...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Future of A mount
Replies: 188
Views: 31387

Re: Future of A mount

With recent events I think the title should now be "future of camera industry" as a whole. Where I am there is a full lockdown (2km no non essential trips), almost all shops are shut, there is of course a heavy reliance where I am on tourism -which is non existent as you'd expect. Bar food...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Scanners
Topic: Why I sold my Plustek 7200i
Replies: 6
Views: 4870

Re: Why I sold my Plustek 7200i

Bit late on this one. I had a monster slide scan job. Kodachrome stuff Yes it supports multi scan on the V550 with Vuescan, and I tried a few with it works well. Obviously adds quite a bit of time to the scan I did a 4 pass scan on a difficult slide, and I managed to boost the shadows and hold the h...

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