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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Luminar 4 September 27, 2020
    Yes indeed. It has been true ever since digital dark rooms came into being. The later versions have become more sophisticated. The paintings were always the artist's interpretation for that matter. SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:30 pm
    sury
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Luminar 4 September 27, 2020
    This reminds me of the age old discussion of whether enhancements enrich photography or detract from it. RAW files have too much capacity for one to set the camera perfectly. So we have programs like Lightroom and Capture One to provide the rest of the settings. Luminar 4 seems different. I guess the end product […]
    jbtaylor
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Luminar 4 September 26, 2020
    You can replace any element in your photo with one of your own. If you have a beautiful sky and need to replace the ho-humbeach, it can be done. It is not a preset of enhancement/adjustment. It is literally replacing the original sky with a new image.The AI portion detects where the horizon is, and […]
    sury
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Luminar 4 September 26, 2020
    Is there a stock beach that you could use as well? Is the stock sky a preset of enhancements to your original or is it a replacement?Thanks,JTStatistics: Posted by jbtaylor — Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:36 pm
    jbtaylor
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: A99-2 September 26, 2020
    A99-II + 500F8Statistics: Posted by ValeryD — Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:11 am
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Wireless flash home aquarium shots

IT IS not a good idea to have flash cables trailing around an aquarium, and the typical home setup will not be suitable for available light shooting

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Want your Alpha to look like an EOS?

DxO OPTICS PRO 4.1 is the latest version of a clever raw file processor which includes lens lookup tables to auto-correct distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration. It also lets you alter the look of Dynax or Alpha images so they match popular films – or other DSLRs by Canon and Nikon!

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No chance of widening my horizons…

SOME time ago I got hold a Soligor Pro 0.75X converter – a front-of-lens job. This is not something anyone should consider using on a DSLR. The Soligor was a bit different because it cost nearly as much as the ACW-100 wide angle converter for the Konica Minolta A1/A2/A200, which does an excellent job, and . . . → Read More: No chance of widening my horizons…

16-80mm filter vignetting – myth or fact?

THE PROBLEM of darkened extreme corners with the 16-80mm CZ Sony lens definitely exists. They are there in many of my shots, with or without SSS anti-shake enabled, significant softly darkened corners. Everyone is saying this must be due to filters, and at least one of Forum regulars has emailed Zeiss about this issue (and . . . → Read More: 16-80mm filter vignetting – myth or fact?

When memory eludes me…

Here’s a thought for today, in the absence of Microsoft’s new Vista operating system. Don’t want to break the Dell which does all necessary PC stuff and seems happy on XP Home Edition, even if that makes people laugh. The last pre-Intel Mac OS and presumably the current Intel incarnation have a Find function in . . . → Read More: When memory eludes me…

Sony Carl Zeiss SAL 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 T* ZA DT

A review by David Kilpatrick from Photoworld Spring 2007 with additional updates

MY SONY Carl Zeiss 16-80mm “superzoom” arrived from Warehouseexpress – the best price I could find and one of the very best dealers in terms of service – packed rather minimally for a £465 purchase.

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Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II IF-LD

THE NEW Tamron 18-250mm has some importance to Alpha system users. It is almost certainly the optical basis for the forthcoming Sony SAL 18-250mm version, and as a APS-C 13.7X zoom with an equivalent 27-375mm (in full frame terms) range is uniquely suited to the SSS-enabled Dynax 5D, 7D and Sony Alpha 100

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