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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Farewell to Summer - Open Thread October 9, 2015
    Thanks Pako ! Statistics: Posted by Birma — Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:47 am
  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Will there really be an A99ii October 8, 2015
    classiccameras » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:25 am They need to dump the A58 and bring out a A57 11 for that section of the market, may be an A37 11 just to keep the body smallerI would applause such a move (not to A37). My A58 takes super pictures, but the buffer is puny […]
  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Will there really be an A99ii October 8, 2015
    'A' mount has been fairly well developed over the years, although there are a few areas that need improving which Sony seem unwilling or incapable of doing, Jpeg out put for one. 'E' mount seems to be the new direction but IMHO is far from fully developed yet and too expensive. I still think 'A' […]
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Farewell to Summer - Open Thread October 8, 2015
    Birma wrote:It is dark on the way to work, and dark on the way home, which means autumn must be well on the way now. The bonus is that sunrise is at a more reasonable hour, and there is more chance of mist in the morning as well.2015 Eades September - Early Autumn Mist.jpgNice!Statistics: Posted […]
  • Jokes and Photo Phunnies • Re: Click Click October 8, 2015
    Statistics: Posted by Birma — Thu Oct 08, 2015 6:09 am

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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 thread, 117mm long […] . . . → 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 on-line […] . . . → Read More: Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

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


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 12-24mm […] . . . → 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 the British […] . . . → 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 a custom […] . . . → 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

NEX camcorder launched

Sony, which has a UK event taking place on Thursday July 15th showcasing new products for the Christmas market, has surprised us by launching its NEX mount HD camcorder with 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and 18-200mm OSS interchangeable lens much sooner than anyone expected. . . . → Read More: NEX camcorder launched

HX1 Cyber-shot with EXMOR CMOS and G Lens

Press release from Sony, March 3rd 2009 – important bits highlighted in bold, uncalled-for comments in italics: The Cyber-shot HX1 by Sony, teams stunning picture quality, lightning-fast shooting and powerful creative features in a stylish, supremely easy to use camera. The new flagship of the Cyber-shot range showcases a range of sophisticated image sensing, optical and […] . . . → Read More: HX1 Cyber-shot with EXMOR CMOS and G Lens