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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #57:"So Green Is My Valley"-submissions until July 5th July 5, 2015
    Really nice photos, Sury. The last one is my favorite.Statistics: Posted by Marcell Nikolausz — Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:23 pm
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: 6 year old camera and 60 year old lens July 5, 2015
    Looks like it is working pretty well on your A900.Yes, I remember the Vivitar Series 1 90mm f2.5. My recollection is that it was from the late 1970s or maybe early 1980s. My first recollection of a Vivitar Series 1 lens was, I think, the first lens they came out with. It was the 70-210mm […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • 6 year old camera and 60 year old lens July 5, 2015
    Well, I am not sure about the age of the lens but it is quite old, I am told.A900 with Vivitar 90mm/f2.5 VMC (I believe this is Tokina made), I pickedup on eBay for $60.00. MD mount, used MD/MA adapter with glass. The lightwas bright enough that the loss of quality did not impact adversely, […]
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  • Alpha NEX system • Re: Post about the A7R II up now July 4, 2015
    You could say that Sony wins whatever happens. Neither Nikon or Canon have the fabrication facilities or IP that Sony has accumulated, let alone the broad range of sensor packages whether for phones, video or still photography.The camera production is not of absolute critical importance but does give them extra insight into market end use, […]
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  • Alpha NEX system • Re: Post about the A7R II up now July 4, 2015
    For Sony to take on Canikon and may be even move one of them from pole position is not going to happen over night if at all. Canikon are experiencing marked fall off of DSLR sales world wide and I suspect Sony are as well, but for the time it might take Sony to catch […]
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A77 B&H price goes through the floor

Just got this link from B&H, ideal for our US readers – http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/817858-REG/Sony_SLT_A77V_SLT_A77_Digital_Camera_Body.html It’s for the original A77, body only, at $549. This is a ridiculously low price for a body with GPS which, bar a small improvement in high ISO performance stated to be 20% (I think it’s a bit more) is not far from the A77 […] . . . → Read More: A77 B&H price goes through the floor

Firmware updates for Alpha 77, Alpha 65, NEX-7, NEX-5R, NEX-6

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Sony has released internationally valid firmware updates for both the Alpha 77, Alpha 65 and NEX-7. Both updates have similarities, mainly adding a menu item to lock the Movie button and prevent accidental video takes. This is more important than it might seem, as the Sony memory card structure only permits video or stills to […] . . . → Read More: Firmware updates for Alpha 77, Alpha 65, NEX-7, NEX-5R, NEX-6

Alpha 77 and 65 Firmware 1.05 released

A new firmware update further boosts operability of the α77 and α65 Translucent Mirror cameras from Sony. Available for free download from 29 March 2012, firmware version 1.05 adds several enhancements to both cameras. Alongside heightened responsiveness, it improves operability of both cameras with a wider choice of A-mount optics by Carl Zeiss and Sony. March 29th […] . . . → Read More: Alpha 77 and 65 Firmware 1.05 released

hireacamera.com invest in Alpha and NEX gear!

The UK’s top camera and lens hire company, hireacamera.com, has invested in a whole new stock of Sony Alpha and NEX gear right up to the 500mm G – their A77s come with 16-50mm SSMs… here, Guy Thatcher explains their enthusiasm for Sony, filmed at the PhotoVision Roadshow in Edinburgh on Tuesday March 27th. It’s a […] . . . → Read More: hireacamera.com invest in Alpha and NEX gear!

Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM

I’m about to offend myself. I own this lens, and I know how upset owners of brand new lenses get when someone says it’s not perfect. Well, the 16-50mm SSM is far from perfect and if you know how to check out lenses, you’ll agree should you be lucky enough to own one. It’s a […] . . . → Read More: Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM

Using Adobe Bridge/ACR for ‘film looks’ controlled by your Alpha

It’s now easy enough to find camera profiles – image looks created by independent photographers, as Adobe and Sony do not provide any – which make a big difference to raw processing using Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. There are also many fine adjustments you can make within these programs, able to customise the image […] . . . → Read More: Using Adobe Bridge/ACR for ‘film looks’ controlled by your Alpha

Sony Alpha 77 & 65 Firmware v1.04 download

The download is approximately 65MB of data in a Mac .dmg mountable disk image, or some other stuff for Windows. The process will take about seven to ten minutes overall including downloading, opening and completing the procedure. You need a battery for the camera with at least three bars showing – preferably fully charged – and […] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 77 & 65 Firmware v1.04 download

Sony UK’s live Q&A webcam sesssion

A recording – advance for half an hour or so to miss the lengthy setting-up process – is available of the web Q&A which Paul Genge of Sony handled tonight for a UK and worldwide audience of over 450 web-browsers. Here are some resumé details and comments made during watching the webcast: Paul failed to understand the […] . . . → Read More: Sony UK’s live Q&A webcam sesssion

Sony launches new range Alpha, NEX

All the predicted new models from Sony were unveiled today – the Alpha 77, Alpha 65, NEX-7, NEX-5n and NEX-VG20. Full details are up on Sony’s websites. The A77/65 cameras will be on sale from October 2011 onwards. View Sony press information online. Those who grab the cameras will find the virtual 1.09X 100% field of view […] . . . → Read More: Sony launches new range Alpha, NEX

Watch the birdie – will Sony’s GPS surprise?

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Before reading this article, which has attracted a lot of traffic and attention, please remember this is my personal speculation and could be entirely wrong (I’ll be very disappointed if it is miles off target and they omit GPS… or my reading-between-the-lines turns out to relate to a different product like a superzoom pocket camera […] . . . → Read More: Watch the birdie – will Sony’s GPS surprise?