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  • Alpha A-mount System • Re: Future of A mount August 20, 2019
    Early digital couldn't compete with film, but I had a few cheap models so that I didn't have to scan photos and load them to the web. Of course, even though the internet was becoming a thing - I used to run a dial in BBS, if anyone remembers them - it was slow, we […]
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  • Alpha A-mount System • Re: Future of A mount August 20, 2019
    pakodominguez wrote:classiccameras wrote:I think Sony have scored an own goal with the E mount system, the market is shrinking for E mount because of cost...The market is shrinking. Period. Canon and Nikon are not doing better.Cellphones are "good enough" for what most people need.More resolution is always good, but 61 MP is not "that thing" […]
    Dusty
  • Alpha A-mount System • Re: Future of A mount August 19, 2019
    bakubo wrote:bakubo wrote:classiccameras wrote:I'm still wondering why there are no more 3rd party m/4/3 lenses, Sigma, Tamron and the others must think there is still a market for their lenses in cropped and FF but as you say they are really no longer a budget option.m4/3 3rd party lens makers:SigmaTamronVoigtländerSamyangRokinonKowaKodakTokinaVenus OpticsKamlanZonlaiOptekaMeyer Optik GoerlitzSLR MagicYILensbabyZhongyiYasuharaJackarHolgaZeissHandevisionA useful […]
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  • Alpha A-mount System • Re: Future of A mount August 19, 2019
    Thanks for the info, many names I have never heard of and are not in my local camera stores either, On line is a wonderful thing butStatistics: Posted by classiccameras — Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:15 pm
    classiccameras
  • Alpha A-mount System • Re: Future of A mount August 19, 2019
    bakubo wrote:classiccameras wrote:I'm still wondering why there are no more 3rd party m/4/3 lenses, Sigma, Tamron and the others must think there is still a market for their lenses in cropped and FF but as you say they are really no longer a budget option.m4/3 3rd party lens makers:SigmaTamronVoigtländerSamyangRokinonKowaKodakTokinaVenus OpticsKamlanZonlaiOptekaMeyer Optik GoerlitzSLR MagicYILensbabyZhongyiYasuharaJackarHolgaZeissHandevisionA useful website […]
    bakubo

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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

Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

The Sony E-mount (not FE) 10-18mm f/5 OSS lens can be used effectively on full frame for creative work and within limits for technically more demanding shots. Below, an uncropped A7R shot of the concourse at Abu Dhabi Airport, taken at 13mm setting, f/6.3 with my lens profile as provided below. Check the straight lines . . . → Read More: Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

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

NEX, A33, A55 support – new ACR 6.2/LR3.2 final

The final release of Adobe Camera Raw 6.2, DNG Converter 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2 includes raw conversion support for the Alpha 33 and 55 models as well as the NEX-5 and NEX-3, Alpha 290 and 390 which were included in the Release Candidate versions. These August 30th releases are final version, RC versions are a . . . → Read More: NEX, A33, A55 support – new ACR 6.2/LR3.2 final

ACR/LR Profile for A900+MinRS 24-85mm

Although it’s far from a perfect lens, this small 1999 Minolta RS optic is my favourite for general travel and everyday use on the Alpha 900. It is a convenient size and weight, performs well when stopped down a little, and has exactly the range and minimum focus I need.

Mouseover image to see . . . → Read More: ACR/LR Profile for A900+MinRS 24-85mm

Adobe Lens Profile for 16mm f/2.8 NEX

I have made a simple (f/2.8 and f/8 chart set) Adobe Lens Profile for the 16mm f/2.8 NEX E-series pancake lens. It seems to work well for closer distances, because that’s how it had to be made; CA is reasonably well corrected, vignetting is eliminated, and distortion of closer lines – maybe if you are . . . → Read More: Adobe Lens Profile for 16mm f/2.8 NEX

Lightroom 2 tackles all Alpha RAWs

The latest release of Adobe Lightroom, v2, handles all Sony Alpha and earlier KM digital camera raw formats including the Alpha 700, 200, 300 and 350. It is also updated, along with the final release of Adobe Camera Raw 4.5, to handle Nikon D700. Because Canon appears to have left their filetype identical to the . . . → Read More: Lightroom 2 tackles all Alpha RAWs