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  • Off Topic • Re: Heavy heart June 29, 2016
    Very interesting update Mike. I'm glad you've got something workable. Hope you'll continue to share your pictures with us here. Statistics: Posted by Birma — Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:33 pm
    Birma
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Flowers 2016 June 29, 2016
    Beautiful Irises. Statistics: Posted by Birma — Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:27 pm
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: ND HDR June 29, 2016
    Aster, thanks for your comments. I'm not an HDR guru by any stretch of the imagination and your insights give me something to consider.Statistics: Posted by the_hefay — Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:06 pm
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: ND HDR June 29, 2016
    .Hi Jeff, Interesting processing. I personally enjoy HDR as well but I find that this HDR-processing evened out all shadows and all colours throughout; the greens in the front and in the back are alike as are the shadow intensities. I think this eliminates the perception of distance, hence depth of field, making a 3-dimensional […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: ND HDR June 29, 2016
    Lovely images. Why did you need 3 shots? I will do my own research on photomatix but any information you can provide would be appreciated.Statistics: Posted by jbtaylor — Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:34 pm
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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