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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
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  • 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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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