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by peterottaway
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony A-99 11
Replies: 90
Views: 12990

Re: Sony A-99 11

I do think that classic camera is over gilding the lily with his comments about Sony, because I can easily find the same criticisms not only about Canon and Nikon but about Olympus and Fujifilm as well. It is just a matter of accepting the compromised offerings that best suit you. It is very frustra...
by peterottaway
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony A-99 11
Replies: 90
Views: 12990

Re: Sony A-99 11

You probably have as much choice now as there has been for some years. To my mind if you are one of those who are the Leica type then you can buy a Fuji X-T2 and 2,3,4 primes or the 10-24 zoom for a lot less money. Or in m43 you can get the Olympus Mark1 16 MP with a 12-40 zoom for two thirds the pr...
by peterottaway
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony A-99 11
Replies: 90
Views: 12990

Re: Sony A-99 11

Some have moved, some have added Sony to their equipment list and many of the true believers will die with their Canon or Nikon in their hands as you can't go to Valhalla without it. Those that the dementia ward at the local care facility doesn't get first ! It is really up to Sony to keep up the ru...
by peterottaway
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony A-99 11
Replies: 90
Views: 12990

Re: Sony A-99 11

Imaging Resource summary on the A99 II is now published. One thing I have noticed is that the IR published photos for most reviews seem to be a lot more real world to me than some I could mention. The same criticism goes for Photo Zone lens reviews, too many what I consider to be simple snaps that d...
by peterottaway
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony a77II discontinued
Replies: 66
Views: 10973

Re: Sony a77II discontinued

I probably should have said that my usual A68 kit is made up of the 16-50 / 2.8 and the Sigma 50-150 Series 1 zoom. Never say never but I can't see myself adding to my Sigma collection any time soon. The 18-35 is a very nice lens but I just can't make a case for buying it. Well not without Sigma mak...
by peterottaway
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony a77II discontinued
Replies: 66
Views: 10973

Re: Sony a77II discontinued

I purchased the A68 because of the difference in price with the A77 II. I can't say that there are or are not any differences in sensor, but the rear LCD doesn't matter to me as I use the EVF for composition with this camera. In the short time I have had the camera I've had no problems and the handl...
by peterottaway
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Turkey trip photos
Replies: 70
Views: 11964

Re: Turkey trip photos

A comment made many years ago to a very young, extremely immature history undergraduate by a somewhat elderly mature age post graduate student during a Friday night Geek Out. " The past is waiting in ambush in the future to gain revenge on the present." So it seems that we are coming at th...
by peterottaway
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Turkey trip photos
Replies: 70
Views: 11964

Re: Turkey trip photos

My last post was at 3am local time and doesn't read as well as I had hoped. This is going to sound like the old german joke that ends " but some of my best friends WERE Jewish. :) We tend to be as a family quite combative and forceful in our opinions especially when family members or close frie...
by peterottaway
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Turkey trip photos
Replies: 70
Views: 11964

Re: Turkey trip photos

Yildiz, I did comment about real or perceived grievances. But just as there is a tendency in Japan to portray themselves as the victims of US aggression and somehow not responsible for their own actions, Turkey has shown no willingness to acknowledge let alone address the wrongs of either the past o...
by peterottaway
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: Turkey trip photos
Replies: 70
Views: 11964

Re: Turkey trip photos

Military power projection capacity may have always been part of the definition of being a Great Power. But only part of the definition and can be argued that the build up in military strength often is needed to defend a countries interests from others. It requires a reasonably stable political syste...
by peterottaway
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Just Blew the Rest of My A99 II Money
Replies: 2
Views: 1555

Re: Just Blew the Rest of My A99 II Money

I did have quite a long initial comment to make but it appears I took too long to post and got logged out. Salient points were I'm not in a position to devote much time at the moment to extensive testing so it may take some weeks to have a decent idea about the lenses in practical terms and if they ...
by peterottaway
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Just Blew the Rest of My A99 II Money
Replies: 2
Views: 1555

Just Blew the Rest of My A99 II Money

After several weeks debating with myself whether to buy into the Batis or Loxia lens range, I am now the owner of the Loxia 21 and 35 lenses. So at the moment I am spending my spare time relearning how to properly manually focus a wide angle lens on a hand held 42 MP camera. Both composing and focus...
by peterottaway
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: I Didn't Buy An A99 Mark 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2637

Re: I Didn't Buy An A99 Mark 2

I'm not really sure you can describe such a thing as an Australian market given that Australia has a population of 22 million spread over an area of the lower 48 of the USA. The local market apart from what local camera stores, is really Australia, NZ, Singapore, Hong Kong, China,Taiwan,Korea and Ja...
by peterottaway
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: I Didn't Buy An A99 Mark 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2637

Re: I Didn't Buy An A99 Mark 2

With the Fuji or M43 systems the fact that there are few if any offerings from the high end third party lens manufacturers isn't that important. There is enough decent offerings to put together a first class kit whether that be primes. zooms or a combination of both. just go with what suits you. My ...
by peterottaway
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: I Didn't Buy An A99 Mark 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2637

Re: I Didn't Buy An A99 Mark 2

I remarked when Fuji released the X-T1 then that was the type of camera design that I would prefer. But lets be honest even the new X-T2 which is slightly larger does not cope well with larger and heavier lenses like the 100-400 zoom.For me. But as I like dials, the Fuji shape is much more functiona...

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