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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Camera sales still dropping.. July 27, 2016
    I bought 3 A-mount lenses this year and that is all I ever intend to buy. -- I've waited 15 years to have the cash for them, and figured retirement was the moment to give myself gifts. One was a Sigma. I don't intend to every buy another one. Some of lenses are from the […]
    Edward
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Our Recent Motorcycle Tour of Kinnaur-Lahaul-Spiti July 27, 2016
    Thanks for providing a glimpse into those less known places.The colors look very saturated on my monitor. Are the places that lush? If not, thesaturation (and perhaps contrast) needs to be toned down tad, IMHO.Statistics: Posted by sury — Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:06 pm
    sury
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Our Recent Motorcycle Tour of Kinnaur-Lahaul-Spiti July 27, 2016
    Three more images from Nako. All taken with A77MII.The ancient Nako village. The old style houses are constructed in such a way that they remain cool in summers and warm and cozy in winter.Another kind of village down in the valley which has a little modernized structures as seen from the Nako village.I thought to […]
    Shelika Gaur
  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Camera sales still dropping.. July 27, 2016
    Nikon images look different not that this is a bad thing they just do at least I found that. For want of a better word more "yellow" dominant. I'm sure if you tweak the images the look can be pretty close.Back to cameras and despite the industry struggling I don't see it as a dead […]
    bfitzgerald
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Schoodik Peninsula July 26, 2016
    Thank you. That is very insightful.SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:35 am
    sury

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Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

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If you want to get a 70-300mm which works on the Sony A7RII, the A7 series body with the best on-sensor phase detection/contrast detection mix, your first choice should be the new Sony FE 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G OSS. But that demands a wallet opened with £1,150 (UK SRP) in it. In return you get . . . → Read More: Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

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

No FE or A mount for new Sigma 24-35mm f/2

We’ve had news of the new Sigma Art HSM high speed wide angle full frame zoom – 24-35mm f/2.

It will be available in Nikon, Canon and Sigma mounts only (release date not yet confirmed) according to Sigma in the UK.

Note that this will be a bit of monster with its 82mm filter . . . → Read More: No FE or A mount for new Sigma 24-35mm f/2

Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

This is a pretty awful case of vignetting and distortion – as you would expect. It’s from an APS-C format wide angle zoom, the 10-18mm f/4 SEL OSS lens for NEX, used on the Alpha 7R full frame mirrorless body. Early in the launch period of this camera, various far more attractive images appeared . . . → Read More: Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

Sigma ultrawide zooms – old and new 12-24s versus 8-16mm

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For almost a decade the Sigma 12-24mm full frame ultra wide angle zoom has been unrivalled by any other makers – not Nikon, not Canon, not Tamron, not Tokina, not Sony. No maker has ventured where Sigma went, to the extremes of over 120° coverage combined with well corrected straight line geometry.

Today, the original . . . → Read More: Sigma ultrawide zooms – old and new 12-24s versus 8-16mm

David and Goliath? Nikon D4 dwarfs NEX-7!

Nikon D4 with 28-300mm VR, Sony NEX-7 with Tamron 18-200mm

Side by side on my light table (which collapses with a ‘pop’ when sixteen tons of Nikon is placed on it), and the NEX-7 is given the foreground role to avoid any accusations of using perspective to make it look tiddly.

I’m writing some reviews of the Nikon and other new professional DSLRs for . . . → Read More: David and Goliath? Nikon D4 dwarfs NEX-7!

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

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…

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 SD (IF) DX

TOKINA lenses – the brand name for optical giant Hoya’s interchangeable range – have always been renowned for their tank-like build quality and resistance to plastic trends. They compare so well with Nikon’s own lenses it is hard to tell the difference by feel, and the current design also matches Nikon more than it does . . . → Read More: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 SD (IF) DX

CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

Continuing to make profiles when time permits, here is a reasonably detailed profile for the Sony DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss zoom (2007) created using the Sony Alpha 550 14.2 megapixel camera using Manual Focus Check Live View at 14X to set the lens focus and ensure the chart is positioned to use 100% . . . → Read More: CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile