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  • Off Topic • Re: Heavy heart June 28, 2016
    Good luck with your new gear!Statistics: Posted by bakubo — Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:11 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: ND HDR June 28, 2016
    Thanks Sury.Statistics: Posted by the_hefay — Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:56 pm
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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Camera sales still dropping.. June 28, 2016
    I purchased Sony's RX100M3 and A6000 last year for Alamy to replace RX100 (no viewfinder and prefer 24mm max. width) NEX-6 (menu and dark viewfinder). Franky, I am so delighted with these two cameras that I cannot imagine a need to trade up or replace any time soon. I am so amazed at the quality […]
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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #61:"Summer Sun-I walk with Sun on my shoulders.."-ends 02.08.2016-submissions June 28, 2016
    .Hi Ossie; A typical summer day there! Many cities share scenes like this, Istanbul included. Good one actually getting everyone with their full backs to the Sun. : ) Somehow juxtaposes with the topic of the challenge except that they are not the ones taking photos.I have noted in the brief of the challenge that […]
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  • Off Topic • Heavy heart June 28, 2016
    Although I still think the A99 with G lenses is a serious force to be reckoned with in terms of IQ, I just simply can't get the kit I want in A-mount. I've expanded my interests to more wildlife as well as aviation so I'm wanting longer reach than my 70-400G. I can't get Sigma […]
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Voigtländer FE 10mm f/5.6 and 15mm f/4.5 III

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I got to try out the first new Voigtländer Sony FE mount lenses with electronic aperture setting and manual focus control with a quick overnight test during the UK Photography Show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, on March 19th 2016. The pre-production 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar and 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar are two of a . . . → Read More: Voigtländer FE 10mm f/5.6 and 15mm f/4.5 III

My new Sony 85mm…

With extremely expensive Sony-fit 85mm lenses in abundance and beyond my (economically sensible) reach, I’ve done good commercial work last year on the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM and later the Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM on A7RII. Some of my work relies on showing close-up details with strong differential focus, and hardly any lenses are free . . . → Read More: My new Sony 85mm…

Sony’s precision aspherics

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In interviews about the new micron-accurate aspheric lens element moulding process used to increase the resolution of the latest Sony G Master lenses, a visual has appeared which shows the ‘onion ring’ effect that coarser mould machining causes in lens elements.

Working independently, I’ve been aware of this for years – and I have used . . . → Read More: Sony’s precision aspherics

Sony’s Master plan – new 85, 24-70, 70-200 and more

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On Tuesday, February 2nd 2016, Sony UK held a press event to which I was invited. Well, I’m in a different country and about 400 miles from their Weybridge offices, so as usual my trusted English office editor at large (and son) Richard made the still substantial journey from Leicester. The result was a . . . → Read More: Sony’s Master plan – new 85, 24-70, 70-200 and more

A7RII shoots in Iceland’s glacier caves

Wednesday 25th November 2015, Vatnajökull national park, Iceland: Photographer Mikael Buck with assistance from renowned local Icelandic guide Einar Runar Sigurdsson, explored the frozen world of Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland using Sony’s world first back-illuminated full-frame sensor – which features in the ?7R II camera. His images were taken without use of a tripod or any image stitching techniques in photoshop. This was made possible through Sony’s new sensor technology, allowing incredibly detailed low-light hand held photography. Previously images this detailed would have required carrying bulky equipment to the caves, some of which can require hiking and climbing over a glacier for up to two hours to to access.

This picture: Inside the 'ABC cave' - which stands for Amazing Blue Cave.  Guide Einar Runar Sigurdsson is seen taking a photo at the entrance to the cave

PR Handout - editorial usage only. Photographer's details not to be removed from metadata or byline.

For further information please contact Rochelle Collison at Hope & Glory PR on 020 7014 5306 or rochelle.collison@hopeandglorypr.com

Copyright: © Mikael Buck / Sony
07828 201 042 / mikaelbuck@gmail.com

Sony camera sensor technology enables a closer look at some of Mother Nature’s rarest sights that could not previously have been photographed in this way

Story: Sony Corporation UK PR release with high resolution images and full metadata – click to view. All images are copyright and may not be copied or reproduced.

. . . → Read More: A7RII shoots in Iceland’s glacier caves

Capturing Autumn colour better

Upper: unprofiled (Standard) raw conversion. Lower: using a tunsgten-light generated custom camera profile, combined with a polarising filter, gives a more vivid impression.

Most Alpha system users know that some – not all – cameras have a special JPEG mode for Autumn Colours. They’ll also know that if you shoot raw, with no JPEG . . . → Read More: Capturing Autumn colour better

Sony A7R II review by David Kilpatrick

Sony’s A7R II has a unique position in the mirrorless ILC world, creating the largest image files at over 42 megapixels from an in-body five axis stabilised sensor with exceptional performance given by backside illuminated CMOS.

My reviews in print of the Sony A7R II have now appeared, in the British Journal of Photography, . . . → Read More: Sony A7R II review by David Kilpatrick

B&H has Hasselblad HV offer again

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I feel slightly sick… I’ve spent so much on buying and replacing successive Sony A7 series cameras and their lenses that I can’t just buy this outright, which I would love to do. I sold my A99 to get the A7R (subsequently replaced by A7II, and now by A7R II) . . . → Read More: B&H has Hasselblad HV offer again

Low-cost macro for the A7 series

It’s been a while since my last review of Sony products here, and not because I have been inactive. The truth is that I’ve spent so much on Sony kit 24/7 working has been necessary, including a good few reviews and tests of the A7RII and lenses appearing elsewhere. It’s a real issue, I now . . . → Read More: Low-cost macro for the A7 series

Canon’s 250 megapixel sensor – the reality

Here’s this morning’s news:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7 September 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announces that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world’s highest number of . . . → Read More: Canon’s 250 megapixel sensor – the reality