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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 […]
    Fotogeorge
  • 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 […]
    bfitzgerald
  • Digital Workflow and PP • Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom August 13, 2020
    I might dare to try it. After reading the nonsense that Aurélien Pierre posted about processing being an "art" (ie trying to make it as complicated as possible), the only hope I have for DT is if they've kicked him off the development team! We shall see anyway lolStatistics: Posted by bfitzgerald — Thu Aug […]
    bfitzgerald
  • Lens Lore • Re: Wow I never thought I'd see a lens.. August 13, 2020
    Perhaps I spoke too soon!//www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-produ ... 4-6.3.html//www.canon.ie/lenses/canon-rf-600mm-f11-is-stm///www.canon.ie/lenses/canon-rf-800mm-f11-is-stm/Statistics: Posted by bfitzgerald — Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:48 pm
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Sony A7RII versus Nikon D850 – noise

There’s a lot of noise about the Nikon D850 right now but few direct comparisons. One problem I have with some early reports is that new D850 owners are most likely to be existing D810 or perhaps D750 or D5 owners. Any comparisons are therefore being made with earlier Nikon sensors.

Recently a Nikon ambassador . . . → Read More: Sony A7RII versus Nikon D850 – noise

A7RII versus Pentax 645Z

At a workshop given by John Denton for The Flash Centre, with Elinchrom lighting and Pentax 645Z demonstration. model Laura posed for a comparison pair of shots using the Pentax with 90mm macro lens and the A7RII equipped I regret to say with a much inferior lens, the basic 28-70mm.

To compare the quality bear . . . → Read More: A7RII versus Pentax 645Z

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!

Minolta 70-210mm f4 versus Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS

The Canon 5D MkIII arrived, but I will not be reporting on that here – it is with me for a British Journal review, and that will take a little time and will also be exclusive to the BJP in print and on iPad App. So no sneak preview anywhere else!

However, with the camera . . . → Read More: Minolta 70-210mm f4 versus Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS

Crop or cram? Pixel density versus the big view…

The Alpha 900 offers an unrivalled view through its 100% prism finder. The extra brightness, as well as the size and clarity, make most subjects far easier to photograph well. For some users, however, the full frame camera brings a disadvantage in terms of reach and resolution. You need lenses 50% longer (and thus twice . . . → Read More: Crop or cram? Pixel density versus the big view…

Sony 70-400mm vs Minolta 400mm f/4.5

Gustav Kiburg has done an extensive test between these two lenses, posted in a Dyxum.com forum thread:

//www.dyxum.com/dforum/comparision-test-sony-70-400-vsminolta-400mm-f4_topic46212.html

It’s well worth checking out.

– DK

Sony Alpha 900 and Nikon D3X raw file noise comparison

Like Mike Johnston writing in The On-Line Photographer, I’m aware that any attempt to line up one or more cameras and show comparison images or make judgements is on to a loser from the start. And any webmaster who puts an external link in the first half dozen words of a new post is losing . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 900 and Nikon D3X raw file noise comparison

Studio comparison A900, 5DMkII, D3X

This set of full size shots was taken with the still life left set up, because the Nikon and Canon cameras were not here at the same time. It compares the A900, 5DMkII and D3X using the converters supplied by the makers – Image Data Converter SR2, Digital Photo Professional, and Capture NX2. Each small . . . → Read More: Studio comparison A900, 5DMkII, D3X