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by mikeriach
Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: (From DPR) Best high ISO settings for A700
Replies: 37
Views: 8518

Re: (From DPR) Best high ISO settings for A700

LOL....Not a chance in the world I am using those settings! DR+ and zone matching - at the same time, high ISO NR set to high and -2 brightness, etc,etc.... :lol: I will stick to doing it my way....those JPG settings are CRAZY! :shock: I will shoot raw or use my own JPG settings...Whomever claims t...
by mikeriach
Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: A 70-400mm sample for you
Replies: 23
Views: 3985

Tamron 70-300

Gents I usually use it to shoot aircraft and occasionally wildlife. It is a reasonable lens (excellent value) with good overall performance as several others have mentioned here. The biggest drawback for me is relatively slowish focusing compared to the Minolta 100-300. It is fine for static or slow...
by mikeriach
Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: A 70-400mm sample for you
Replies: 23
Views: 3985

Re: A 70-400mm sample for you

Both main competitors equivalents are a smidge under £1k at Warehouse Express so I'd expect similar for the Sony. Admittedly it's a fair jump from the 70-300G in cost, weight and size but I find that when shooting aircraft, I work better with "substantial" lens rather than a compact one. T...
by mikeriach
Sun Sep 21, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: A 70-400mm sample for you
Replies: 23
Views: 3985

Re: A 70-400mm sample for you

[quote="David Kilpatrick Also, I won't have access to the 70-400mm for another six months - when they release the final version.

David[/quote]

I take it you are suggesting a spring release?
Any idea of cost? Similar to the C 100-400 or N 80-400?

Mike
by mikeriach
Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:21 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Wedding as a guest
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Wedding as a guest

At the weddings I've guested at I used a Tamron 28-200 (film) and a Sigma 18-125 (digital). Not much good for indoors (without a powerful flash) but fine outside giving the chance to do wide groups and also zoom in for candids etc. The last thing you want to be doing is juggling lenses, pick one and...
by mikeriach
Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Which 18-250 Zoom?
Replies: 7
Views: 1499

Re: Which 18-250 Zoom?

David,

Did you find any significant difference with the focusing between the Tamron and Sony 18-250?
It seems optically there is little discernable difference.

Mike
by mikeriach
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: DSLRs pre-2006
Topic: buying into flash
Replies: 8
Views: 1775

Re: buying into flash

Just to update you guys I have been looking for a new flash since last September and I have at last managed to get hold of a Sigma EF530 DG Super flash for the Sony system. They appear to be as rare as hens teeth however Sigma UK have been very helpfull and hopefully either later today or tomorrow I...
by mikeriach
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sony 18-250
Replies: 2
Views: 1225

Sony 18-250

I understand that the Sony version of the Tamron 18-250 has different focus gearing making the focus faster.
Anyone confirm this?

Mike
by mikeriach
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: 500mm F8 Reflex (SAL500F80)
Replies: 9
Views: 2375

Re: 500mm F8 Reflex (SAL500F80)

I borrowed a mates Minolta version and found the same vignetting. Yes it is small and light but I'm not that impressed. I have my own Sigma 170-500 (pre DG) which is actually quite good but the focus is very slow. I usually use it hand held (aviation) but have used it on a monopod when on the Farne ...

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