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  • Digital Workflow and PP • Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom August 14, 2020
    I have an extra older computer that I don't use much and that is the one I will sometimes download software to just try out. At the moment I have it packed away so maybe later I will get it out. The last time I downloaded darktable I put it on that one. It also […]
    bakubo
  • Lens Lore • Re: Wow I never thought I'd see a lens.. August 14, 2020
    Yeah, several companies are coming out with rather slow FF lenses which are smaller than the faster FF lenses. IMO, one can't compare to the speed of old film lenses though. In film days ASA 100 was about as fast as I went with slide film -- slide film speeds that were the best were […]
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  • Lens Lore • Re: Fast AF Telephoto lens suggestions? August 13, 2020
    I did toy with the A7iii, at least a grey import one which is more reasonable priced (pros and cons to that take). I'm just not sure it's going to be a particularly good purchase at this time, I gain video features (which are not super important right now 1080p is fine for the videos […]
    bfitzgerald
  • Lens Lore • Re: Fast AF Telephoto lens suggestions? August 13, 2020
    I have a nice selection of A-mount cameras and lenses. I'm not like the Invicta watch collectors. I don't have any of the long tele lenses that you mention in your posts, except for the Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6, which I value, but wish it was much lighter. I use it with the a65. I also […]
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  • Lens Lore • Re: Fast AF Telephoto lens suggestions? August 13, 2020
    I have picked up a Minolta 80-200mm F2.8, it's coming from Germany photo dealer with warranty. Based on the serial no. it looks like a late production one in very nice condition, but it's not turned up yet. I'll let you know how it goes, I have a return if needed 14 days hopefully it's […]
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Nikon launch today – Sony sensors?

Nikon is holding a launch today (June 30th) in London, and presumably worldwide. Richard Kilpatrick is attending for Icon Publications Ltd. As at 1.30am Monday, no press release has been received from Nikon, so we can assume an embargo will be in place but news may be released around 10.30am Monday 30th (GMT).

The launch . . . → Read More: Nikon launch today – Sony sensors?

A flash ‘revolution’ – the Sony HVL-F58AM

Sony has announced the September introduction of the most powerful flash yet for the Alpha system, the Sony HVL-F58AM which incorporates a brand new body design allowing optimum bounce flash illumination regardless of how you hold the camera.

. . . → Read More: A flash ‘revolution’ – the Sony HVL-F58AM

Megapixels and perceived detail

Increases in pixel count are often dismissed because to ‘double’ the resolution of a 6 megapixel sensor you would need 24 megapixels. Indeed, to double it linearly you would – but the human eye judges density of detail on an area basis.

. . . → Read More: Megapixels and perceived detail

Sony’s 60fps imager in astro camera

Following announcements that Sony has developed a backlight technique to enable extremely low noise exposures, we receive this press release which may or may not be related – a Sony CCD astrophotography camera capable of one-hour exposures and programmed sequences. Resolution seems a bit basic though.

. . . → Read More: Sony’s 60fps imager in astro camera

Faking a polarizer using RAW

Here’s a question which came in to my email just now:

“Could I process a RAW file in Photoshop to achieve a similar effect as if I had used a Polaroid lens filter? Or would I be better just using the Polaroid filter?”

The answer is that you can never imitate the effect of polarizing . . . → Read More: Faking a polarizer using RAW

Sony Alpha 350 – a Creative Review

The introduction of a £399 (street price, RRP £449) DSLR with 14.2 megapixels – with or without a useful type of Live View – should have been applauded by reviewers. It’s the single most important point about the camera. No other DSLR approaches this image size and resolution at such a low price.

. . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 350 – a Creative Review

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Tele-Macro LD Di

Our cover photo for the Spring 2008 issue of Photoworld was taken with a Tamron 70-300mm zoom costing less than £120 from most larger retailers or internet shops. The reputation of the lens meant we had to take a look at it, because the current choice in the Sony range is limited to one ‘kit’ . . . → Read More: Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Tele-Macro LD Di

Portrait Professional handles Sony A700 raw files

CLICKING on key mapping points of a face, then adjusting some simple overlaid Bezier curves using movable anchors, it takes only a minute to load a typical headshot portrait into Portrait Professional.

. . . → Read More: Portrait Professional handles Sony A700 raw files