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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Our Recent Motorcycle Tour of Kinnaur-Lahaul-Spiti July 24, 2016
    Nice Set. I do find first one a tad overexposed. I found the same with some of my A77MII shots of Machu Pichu.I had the Exposure Compensation dialed to +2 by accident. Rear dial default setting in any mode except M. The mountains and water look like a water color in the 3rd one - […]
    sury
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 23, 2016
    Thanks.I see why you would think of that shot. Different styles for different people. You are more of a people person than I.Statistics: Posted by jbtaylor — Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:28 pm
    jbtaylor
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Our Recent Motorcycle Tour of Kinnaur-Lahaul-Spiti July 23, 2016
    In the second half of the month of June I along with my husband Arun went on a two week motorcycle tour of Kinnaur-Lahaul-Spiti. I am posting three images taken at Dhankar. The first two have been taken by me using Sony A77II. The third one is by Arun using his Nikon.I took this shot […]
    Shelika Gaur
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 23, 2016
    jbtaylor wrote:A lesser traveled portion of Acadia National Park is captured with the a99 and the ZA 24mm f 2.0.Nice photos! Thanks for posting. I hope to someday visit Acadia.That last one reminds me a bit of a photo I took in 1986 at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in California on a foggy morning. […]
    bakubo
  • Lens Lore • Re: How wide is wide enough? July 22, 2016
    Thank you classiccameras. Since I have not done any wide angle photography (at least knowingly), the intent is toexplore the genre, for want of a better term. Essentially learn what to do and what not to do. I always used panostitching as my answer to UWA lenses or lack thereof, and that is not always […]
    sury

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Sony launch UK PRO support

Sony today announced the expansion of its Imaging PRO Support programme to include the UK. The programme is scheduled to start in the UK in September 2016 and continues to gain momentum as an increasing amount of professional photographers are switching to Sony cameras.

Imaging PRO Support offers advice and help to members including a . . . → Read More: Sony launch UK PRO support

Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM on mirrorless FF

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With the 24-70mm f/2.8 new Sony GM FE lens selling for £1799 (UK) and the A-mount version two 24-70mm f/2.8 for a full £100 more, the cost of a basic mid-range zoom to use with a camera like the A7RII remains very high. There are good arguments to be happy with the 24-70mm f/4 . . . → Read More: Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM on mirrorless FF

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

Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV – making everything else obsolete

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(Updated June 15th after press conference)

The new Sony A7R II is the camera I’ve been waiting for, which everyone has predicted, and which seems to tick every box without having a huge price label on its own. I find the $3,200 (UK coinfirmed £2,600) matches its stated specifications well. Others may disagree, but . . . → Read More: Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV – making everything else obsolete

Sharp vintage glass – and subject

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Twenty years ago I was operating one of the first full service digital photo studios in the world. I had already published, back in 1986, the world’s first desktop published commercial periodicals and won the UK Printing Industries Research Association inaugural DTP Awards, in 1987, for this. We’d bought the first Apple laser printer in . . . → Read More: Sharp vintage glass – and subject

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 . . . → Read More: A77 B&H price goes through the floor

The Fotodiox Tough E-Mount

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Machined from brass and chrome-plated, in the tradition of lens mounts from 50 years ago and not necessarily the best solution for precision or lifetime wear, Fotodiox’s TOUGH E-mount is a replacement body mount bayonet which you can fit to your existing A7R, A7, NEX-7, A6000 or any other metal-mount E-mount body in a few . . . → Read More: The Fotodiox Tough E-Mount

Sony’s BIG system future at photokina

I’m using my RX10 to report. This camera is my big Sony dilemma. It’s actually all I really need for 95% of my daily work.

Well, here we are reporting from photokina 2014, the major trade fair in Cologne. I’m only here for the day and a brief stop in tomorrow morning en route . . . → Read More: Sony’s BIG system future at photokina