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  • Digital non-SLR • Minolta appears again! November 17, 2018
    Perhaps KM sold the rights to use the name://www.minoltadigital.com/Don't get too excited though they just look like re-badge cheapo cameras that are flying around under other namesPerhaps one day they might put something interesting out there.Statistics: Posted by bfitzgerald — Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:51 pm
    bfitzgerald
  • Digital Workflow and PP • Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom November 14, 2018
    I have not tried ON1, but they seem to be making steady progress. I have heard that early adopters were often unhappy, but I have also heard that they have continuously updated it, fixed bugs, and added new features. I see today that they have a new major version out.ON1 Photo RAW 2019 arrives with […]
    bakubo
  • Digital Workflow and PP • Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom November 12, 2018
    With Darktable there is so much going on it's not very intuitive. Biggest problem so far is loading images they seem to have an odd tonal curve (I know it can be adjusted by default), but I'm not overly blown away with the raw conversions. It's quite slow even on a 6c/12t up to date […]
    bfitzgerald
  • Private FS posts • Re: Another big closet clearout November 11, 2018
    Hi Barry,The wheels turn but are stiffer than they should be. They still operate the selected action such as aperture and shutter speed.To be honest, I haven't used it since I put the post on. I kept the 17-35 for extra wide shots but have since acquired a Nikon 10-20 which was a bargain at […]
    mikeriach
  • Lens Lore • Re: A mount s/h lens prices have "bombed" November 11, 2018
    I've not seen prices this low for some time for s/h lenses. Bodies is similar across brands ie they tank once they reach a certain age even if the cameras are in great condition. You can barely give a used A200 away nowadays or A700 as they are so old in terms of tech, some […]
    bfitzgerald

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Sony A7RII versus Nikon D850 – noise

There’s a lot of noise about the Nikon D850 right now but few direct comparisons. One problem I have with some early reports is that new D850 owners are most likely to be existing D810 or perhaps D750 or D5 owners. Any comparisons are therefore being made with earlier Nikon sensors.

Recently a Nikon ambassador . . . → Read More: Sony A7RII versus Nikon D850 – noise

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

Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

I guess it’s time to publish another field test review of the Alpha 7R despite rarely having used the camera in anger, or in any state other than anger. It arrived in late November and caught me at a time when I was not going anywhere or doing anything, nothing was happening and the weather . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

20/20 vision – Sony Alpha 58 review

In the last year two cameras have been through my hands and impressed more than any others with the quality of their sensors. Those cameras were as different as they could be – the full frame Canon EOS 6D, and the pocketable Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100. They have one thing in common, 20 megapixel sensors.

. . . → Read More: 20/20 vision – Sony Alpha 58 review

Sony’s Alpha 99 – mastery wrapped in dilemma

The launch of and initial reaction to Sony’s Alpha 99 has been spoiled, for many, by the overpricing of the camera generally and to a greater degree in some key markets. The promise of the SLT design, and Sony’s move away from flapping mirrors and optical prisms with their associated collimation and alignment, was . . . → Read More: Sony’s Alpha 99 – mastery wrapped in dilemma

Sony NEX-7: the high-end hybrid

The Sony NEX-7 is not a NEX at heart. It’s part of the rest of the Alpha system in every respect except its lens mount, and even that can be converted with a choice of two adaptors. A NEX-7 with an LA-EA2 phase detection autofocus adaptor is little different from an Alpha 65.

The . . . → Read More: Sony NEX-7: the high-end hybrid

Sony’s Zeiss 24mm f/2 Distagon ZA SSM T* reviewed

The Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2 SSM Distagon ZA T* is probably the best, or equal to the best, in its class. It may perhaps be the best ever 84° angle fast lens ever made for the general SLR system market, and I would happy to pitch it against any of the current equivalent offerings for . . . → Read More: Sony’s Zeiss 24mm f/2 Distagon ZA SSM T* reviewed

Sony Alpha 77 review – tomorrow today

It must be two years ago, at least, that an Australian sports photographer confided he had seen a Sony prototype which would blow away everything – an Alpha which could shoot at incredible frame rates (he mentioned 15fps) and follow focus. It may have been something unlike the Alpha 77, which follows focus 12fps . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 77 review – tomorrow today

Tamron 18-270mm – a hero, but no VC…

After using Sigma’s 18-250mm optically stabilised zoom on Alpha bodies for a year and more, the first thing which strikes about the Tamron 18-270mm for Sony mount is the lack of the VC (Vibration Control) stabiliser found on the same lens made for Canon or Nikon.

Tamron’s lenses come without a case, but with . . . → Read More: Tamron 18-270mm – a hero, but no VC…

The Alpha 580 – a three-way view

Once I had a quarterplate hand-and-stand camera, vintage 1920s. Attached to the front standard was a small reflex viewfinder, giving a miniature composition you could use at waist or chest level. On the same standard was a folding wire frame, with a companion eye-sighting window flipping up from the side of the body. This gave . . . → Read More: The Alpha 580 – a three-way view