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by bfitzgerald
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: LA-EA5 adapter is official!
Replies: 3
Views: 2103

Re: LA-EA5 adapter is official!

Some of the user reviews on Sony
https://www.sony.com/electronics/conver ... ws-ratings
Seems quite a few people bought it, and didn't know it about the lack of support for most bodies for screw drive AF.
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: SAL 30mm F2.8 Macro
Replies: 1
Views: 632

Re: SAL 30mm F2.8 Macro

Here's a quick example of an extreme crop at F2.8 Despite reading a review saying it's "a bit soft wide open", I'm happy to report that is not the case very good wide open performance I'm finding it quite useful when you don't want a longer focal length macro or want something lighter. Bar...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom
Replies: 95
Views: 42469

Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom

I may have a look, however I don't see MRW format support. I have converted some to DNG, though not all I've given up entirely on Darktable it for me is king of un intuitive software. I'd rather use RawTherapee for conversion if I needed to, way easier to get to grips with and superior results IMO. ...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: User hacks LEA4 adapter to provide AF on screw drive lenses with no SLT mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 2911

Re: User hacks LEA4 adapter to provide AF on screw drive lenses with no SLT mirror

A quick look on eBay shows they want $200 just for the electronics, which are evidently easy to install.
Looks a bit overpriced IMO and a no go if you buy the adapter as well. Overall cost it too high
by bfitzgerald
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Give it Your Best Shot
Topic: My attempt with Minotla 500f8 Reflex Lens
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: My attempt with Minotla 500f8 Reflex Lens

I always wondered about this lens it looks quite good, but I was never sure I'd have a lot of use for it. Interesting shots
by bfitzgerald
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Brexit reality will bite in 2021
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Brexit reality will bite in 2021

Being a UK citizen but not resident for most of the time. Things have changed quite dramatically since the so called trade deal was announced. Due to import charges on non UK made goods (that basically covers most electronic items and goods including camera gear) as well as hitting many other types ...
by bfitzgerald
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Death of the camera industry...
Replies: 11
Views: 8343

Re: The Death of the camera industry...

Camera makers are the victims of their own making. They just don't seem to have any answers other than ramping up prices.
Post pandemic, whenever that is - will be quite revealing about where things are heading
by bfitzgerald
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Olympus is out...
Replies: 29
Views: 8170

Re: Olympus is out...

I'd be surprised if Pentax make it, they've had plenty of problems over the years in particular QC issues. They were a bit too late to FF, having had a mostly crop system. I suspect the new crop K3 III body will be interesting, but a sign of where they are going. I think higher prices (which was nev...
by bfitzgerald
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: LA-EA5 adapter is official!
Replies: 3
Views: 2103

Re: LA-EA5 adapter is official!

Looking at the reviews on Amazon, it seems buyers are confused about which models it works with for screw drive AF Still only supporting 2 models for screw drive AF is strange, as many share the same logic/processor it's a mystery why they have not expanded support, and why even new cameras are not ...
by bfitzgerald
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Olympus is out...
Replies: 29
Views: 8170

Re: Olympus is out...

Hmm I was a while back thinking about an RX compact, but since I got a better phone it has IMO rendered them pretty much pointless for a travel camera. Unless you're doing low light video or something these premium compacts are on the way out probably. I can see complaints about that problem for a f...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble
Replies: 12
Views: 1448

Re: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble

Google have updated their camera app to 8.1 and it seems to have improved some of the processing, so I'll try to get out a bit once this lock down is finished. At the moment it's a 5km limit which isn't ideal for photography!
by bfitzgerald
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Olympus is out...
Replies: 29
Views: 8170

Re: Olympus is out...

People have so far looked at what JIP has done, and based on that I wouldn't expect a whole lot to happen. They might corner a niche segment perhaps, I wouldn't expect major things to happen. Probably something like A mount and Sony - trickle out a few things now and then for a while - then likely l...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Nov 03, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble
Replies: 12
Views: 1448

Re: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble

Interesting I should have send you the 80-200mm as that was having grease/gear issues. I'm still digging around to find the right one, though it's not urgent as photo work in basically non existent here, into a 6 week lock down 5km limit. Fortunately I have videos I can make and products to review, ...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble
Replies: 12
Views: 1448

Re: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble

The torches top one is with the DOF effect in portrait, the second is the one without (it is close ish so show some background blur though not as much) It seems to always say a normal shot too for portrait, I assume in case it messes things up or you want a non blur shot. I sold the A57, I still hav...
by bfitzgerald
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble
Replies: 12
Views: 1448

Re: So I got a Pixel phone, yes the camera makers are in trouble

Xiaomi are quite good their processing isn't as cooked IMO, though not quite up to Google's they might get there. If they can make smaller handsets I'd consider them in future, most are way too big for me. The A3 was about the size I'd look at, and you can hack install Gcam evidently. The DOF effect...