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by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: DSLRs pre-2006
Topic: New Memory Sticks
Replies: 21
Views: 2157

Re: New Memory Sticks

I've been waiting for the memory capacities to go up and the price down so that we can finally make the switch to flash memory for computers. I just updated my laptop my replacing my 120 GB drive with a 250, at a cost of $85. When I can put flash memory in there of that capacity, even at twice that ...
by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Film SLR systems
Topic: Any idea what this is ?
Replies: 4
Views: 3375

Re: Any idea what this is ?

That's one of the program modules for the 2nd gen Maxxums. They had different modules that would let you 'program' your camera for sports, portraits, etc. It was supposed to let the amateurs get pro results by letting the camera do the settings according to the type of shot you were taking. Nowadays...
by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: DSLRs pre-2006
Topic: Will All Future Alpha and CZ Stuff be Made in China?
Replies: 20
Views: 2955

Re: Will All Future Alpha and CZ Stuff be Made in China?

A lot of good points have been made here, and while I am willing to admit that the Chinese CAN make good quality products, there is a problem with Chinese manufacturing that often gets overlooked. The Chinese, even more than Corporate America, are all abut the bottom line. And not JUST form a corpor...
by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: High ISO Question For Sonolta
Replies: 17
Views: 1429

Re: High ISO Question For Sonolta

May be we should start a thread where we can share our favorite technique(s) for low light and available light shots. My shooting technique comes straight from the US Marine Corps rifle and pistol shooting technique. (Yes, I'm a proud Jarhead). First, get good bone support: tuck your right elbow in...
by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: New Trends
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: New Trends

Digital zoom is nothing more than cropping. I don't see the advantage to it being in-camera. That's why I always go for the high MP count and high optical zoom, because if I need to enlarge a portion of the frame, I can do it better in software than the camera can.

Dusty
by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: Aster's Photo Challenge
Topic: Challenge 1: Wheels within Wheels- Open to Interesting Ideas
Replies: 49
Views: 9389

Re: Challenge 1: Wheels within Wheels

I dug through the archives and found one that I made work. The pulleys, flywheel cover and even exhaust pipes, placed between the drive wheels, satisfies the challenge. Had I been taking it for the challenge, I would have been directly behind and lower. wheels2c.jpg Having just bought my A350, and g...
by Dusty
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Which lens / Telephoto zoom
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Which lens / Telephoto zoom

You have to ask yourself what type of shooting you do to determine what type of lens is best. Are you working close to your subjects, where you need to get them all in? A wide angle prime or wide zoom is what you need. Need to bring that moose up close from across the valley? Get a tele or tele zoom...
by Dusty
Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: The "INFO" key or "INFO" Menu selection
Replies: 18
Views: 2309

Re: The "INFO" key or "INFO" Menu selection

While information can be readily compressed, both the creation of that information in compressed form and a method of display can add greatly to the cost. Camera LCD displays aren't optimized for use as readers, and the addition of decompression engines and display/menuing mechanisms would add much ...
by Dusty
Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Manual Focus Lenses for a700
Replies: 15
Views: 2446

Re: Manual Focus Lenses for a700

If these are the old MC/MD mount lenses, which they appear to be by your description, they will NOT work without an adapter.

Dusty
by Dusty
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: A cheap lens brings good results
Replies: 1
Views: 675

A cheap lens brings good results

Went to my my daughter's "WinterFest Concert" (Christmas is too exclusive) with my camera to pop a few pics of her and show fatherly support. Couldn't see her, as she was behind others, but I took a few snaps of the sax player who was being backed up by his dad. I used my A350 with my Quan...
by Dusty
Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:45 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: A200 power lead
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: A200 power lead

Wow! $150 for a dual battery charger/ power out lead, and no separate power lead only listed. This is one of the reasons that aftermarket companies flourish. The flash power pack is $250! And it's simply an external battery pack that takes 6 "AA" batteries, not a sealed lead-acid gel cell!...
by Dusty
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Minolta 135mm f/2.8 on the way...
Replies: 37
Views: 5089

Re: Minolta 135mm f/2.8 on the way...

Zeb, tell your wife it's wonderful to be "insane" from time to time. :lol: Example: if a patient pays a visit with a camera on, I will deal with him much better... Just tell this to your wife. :lol: That's funny! When I went in to the OR for my wife's C-section w/ my A350, the nurse said ...
by Dusty
Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:55 am
Forum: DSLRs pre-2006
Topic: 20 MP Cell Phones by 2012 = 40 MP APS-C and 60 MP FF?
Replies: 14
Views: 2230

Re: 20 MP Cell Phones by 2012 = 40 MP APS-C and 60 MP FF?

What we will see is constant gradual increase in No. of MP's. The main reason is that it will make more money for the manufacturers, bacause it will translate to more uprades by the consumers. How much will people be willing to upgrade? Do I need a camera with so much resolution that I can take a w...
by Dusty
Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:44 am
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Online Tutorials?
Replies: 5
Views: 1156

Online Tutorials?

Are there any good online tutorials for handling digital photos? I'm a recent convert from film, so I'm not used to (non-darkroom) image manipulation. I'd rather not re-invent the wheel, and although I'm willing to spend time to learn, I'd like to learn from others mistakes and long hours of pioneer...
by Dusty
Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:30 am
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Raw Cropping?
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Raw Cropping?

That's too bad, as I often find myself cropping images, and I feel that having a cropped RAW file would speed the post-processing quite a bit.

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