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by Heidfirst
Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Is this what Sony did with A230/A330/A380?
Replies: 14
Views: 1762

Re: Is this what Sony did with A230/A330/A380?

AP seemed to reckon that the A380 was competitive in this week's test ...
by Heidfirst
Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: More Sony SAM lenses (FF and DT)...
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: More Sony SAM lenses (FF and DT)...

Hmmm, well I thought they were trying to get more market share? but not at the cost of losing money I would imagine, it's a balancing act between growing volume & profit. Sony doubled their DSLR market share last year as it is which is a manageable rate of growth. Why not sell a Sony 70-200mm f...
by Heidfirst
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: More Sony SAM lenses (FF and DT)...
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: More Sony SAM lenses (FF and DT)...

Perhaps they are more interested in profit than just volume? It's quite interesting to see just how many more units you have to sell to recover lost profit once you start cutting prices. & remember that they are giving you extra hardware (AS) in the body but not charging for it compared to CaNik...
by Heidfirst
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: DSLRs pre-2006
Topic: Rumours ramping up.
Replies: 18
Views: 2380

Re: Rumours ramping up.

on another UK forum there is a chap who certainly seems to be in Sony's good books & he says that there will be an A800 (no spec. details divulged by him though) this year.
he also says that according to Paul Genge Sony are working on an A900 firmware update.
by Heidfirst
Sun May 31, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: In lens motors..how long do they last??
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: In lens motors..how long do they last??

aren't your professionals more likely to be using pro quality Ls though & therefore ring motors.
Micromotors seem more prone to fail?

I believe that Pentax have had failures with 2 SDM lenses in particular prone to it.
by Heidfirst
Thu May 28, 2009 1:26 am
Forum: Alpha Spotting
Topic: Small sample size survey on a ferry
Replies: 7
Views: 1736

Re: Small sample size survey on a ferry

recently was out photographing red kites & of the 4 DSLR users in the hide 3 were Alpha users (2 A700s & 1 A900, all were previously Minolta users) & 1 Nikon. Not a Canon to be seen! :lol:
by Heidfirst
Sat May 23, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG
Replies: 4
Views: 752

Re: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG

harvey wrote:What are the economics of producing such a lens?

tbh I don't believe that they are a problem - I believe that it was a product requested & probably funded by government agencies etc.
by Heidfirst
Sat May 23, 2009 10:45 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: SAL-70400G---First impressions
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Re: SAL-70400G---First impressions

Kurt Munger has his review up
http://www.newcamerareview.com/sony_70_400mmid272.html

Synopsis "The Sony 70-400mm F/4-5.6 is an all-around winner and worthy of the fairly hefty price tag. If you have the cash, get this lens! "
by Heidfirst
Sat May 23, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: SAL-70400G---First impressions
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Re: SAL-70400G---First impressions

I've been waiting for this lens for a very long time as it is ideally suited to aviation photography as Heidfirst will no doubt testify. absolutely, as far as I'm concerned it's pretty much perfect for my needs. Only (minor) gripes other than those already mentioned would be I would have preferred ...
by Heidfirst
Fri May 22, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: SAL-70400G---First impressions
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Re: SAL-70400G---First impressions

I should perhaps clarify - the zoom creep on my copy isn't bad at all but nor is it totally absent.
by Heidfirst
Wed May 20, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: A700 battery life
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: A700 battery life

mikeriach wrote:I was out and about at an airfield yesterday and shot 510 frames on a fresh Sony battery with an end of life remaining of 48%.

Kinloss/Lossiemouth?
If so I'm the other chap with an A700+70-400 G. :)
by Heidfirst
Wed May 20, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sigma 100-300mm f/4 (D) EX DG IF lens
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: Sigma 100-300mm f/4 (D) EX DG IF lens

So what did they improve other than just coatings, many of their lenses appeared to keep the same optical layouts?
by Heidfirst
Tue May 19, 2009 2:20 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: SAL-70400G---First impressions
Replies: 24
Views: 4393

Re: SAL-70400G---First impressions

I've had mine since February (1 of the first in the UK) for use on A700/7D & agree that it's best in class - I have plenty of friends with the Canon 100-400 IS L & the G is better, no doubt imo. I've also used the Nikon 80-400mmm & again imo the G is better overall. The silver finish doe...
by Heidfirst
Tue May 19, 2009 2:10 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sigma 100-300mm f/4 (D) EX DG IF lens
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: Sigma 100-300mm f/4 (D) EX DG IF lens

The performance of this lens is WAY better than even the 70-200mm f2.8 and it is probably one of the best lenses made (absolute - one of the best lenses, from any make). I have the older non-DG version of this lens & despite it's stellar reputation I've never been that impressed by it - possibl...

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