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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Sony a77II discontinued December 4, 2016
    The sensor point is a valid one A77/A77II not much difference of course other reasons might be there to consider the II. If there is a III then the high ISO could be quite a lot better hence appeal more. Even at a knock down price unless you need the snazzy AF and buffer it's […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Visiting the past in Virginia (Olympus/Panasonic m4/3 gear) December 4, 2016
    Yesterday I discovered a new thing in the PEN-F menu. Now there is an option to set the EXIF lens info when you attach a non-electronic contact lens to the camera. That, of course, includes any adapted lenses, but also the 2 inexpensive Olympus bodycap lenses:9mm f8 fisheye15mm f8Fortunately, the new menu item already has […]
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  • DSLR system • Re: KM Maxxum/Dynax/Alpha 7D jpegs December 4, 2016
    bakubo wrote:The Great JPEG Shootout! (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, iPhone, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic)Everyone loves to talk about the quality of different camera manufacturer's color and straight out of camera JPEGs. We decided to do a blind(ish) test, to see which images photographer's really preferred in a variety of situations. Which camera's SOOC images are really […]
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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Sony a77II discontinued December 3, 2016
    Interesting topic which I am following, I guess as its been said we all have our own priorities concerning camera performance, sensors can end up making you paranoid as seen on some other forums. I currently have and old 10 mp Olympus E-510 with the rather good F/2.8 14-54 zoom, a A-37 with kit lens, […]
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  • Sony Alpha 100-900 • Re: Sony a77II discontinued December 3, 2016
    Actually I'm not the one to bring up the DxO claims about sensors for the latest M43 cameras.However I'm now going out to do a tour of the local garden centers to see if I can find a couple of showy Bouganvillaea for the courtyard part of the garden.Statistics: Posted by peterottaway — Sat Dec […]
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Sony A6500 – IBIS, touch screen, 200k shutter, €1700 body

Sony’s official press release – we’re working here on magazines with deadlines tonight so this is unedited hot news. Enjoy!

Sony today introduced its new flagship APS-C sensor camera, the α6500 (model ILCE-6500). As the latest addition to Sony’s line-up of award winning mirrorless cameras, the new α6500 shares the same unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ . . . → Read More: Sony A6500 – IBIS, touch screen, 200k shutter, €1700 body

Sony launches A99II at photokina

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Sony has today released the details of the updated A99II, using a 42MP sensor and 5-axis stabilisation to match the A7RII. It does not appear to have retained GPS and the paragraph highlighted in red later on indicates a weasel-worded possible get out for this – it may not embed GPS in the image . . . → Read More: Sony launches A99II at photokina

Sony FE Macro 50mm f/2.8 – only $500

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Sony has just announced yet another 50mm, and this time it’s different – a truly affordable 50mm 1:1 macro, only $500 US. We reckon this will become the most popular standard 50mm lens by far, even more so than the budget 50mm f/1.8. Now you can photograph your food properly at last!

It certainly . . . → Read More: Sony FE Macro 50mm f/2.8 – only $500

Sony UK cashbacks end Sept 4th

Some worthwhile Sony lens cashbacks – some applying to in-stock lenses which may not have suffered the August price-hike yet – can be found from UK dealers such as WEX Photographic.

Amazon.co.uk has a reasonably good list of lenses too and the 70-200mm f/4 FE OSS G can still be found for under £1k . . . → Read More: Sony UK cashbacks end Sept 4th

Free! July-August f2 Cameracraft magazine

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It’s still current (published in June, but it’s our July/August edition) and it’s free to read now! Includes Sony EL-Skyport Plus HS, Samyang 135mm f/2, Sigma MC-11 EF-E, Cullmann Titan 935 tripod, Nikon D500, Canon 1DX MkII, Fujifilm X70, brilliant steampunk book project story, NYC Dance Project portfolio, five top photographers on Industrial Photography and . . . → Read More: Free! July-August f2 Cameracraft magazine

Sony new RF wireless flash system

Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system to meet the growing demands of professional and advanced amateur Sony photographers.Designed for compatibility with Sony’s α interchangeable lens cameras[i] and external flash units[ii], the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless . . . → Read More: Sony new RF wireless flash system

Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

A quintessential wide-aperture 50mm “normal” lens, the new ZEISS® Planar F1.4 offers high resolution, high-contrast and overall exceptional performance

Sony today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL50F14Z). (Press release 2pm UK time)

. . . → Read More: Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

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If you want to get a 70-300mm which works on the Sony A7RII, the A7 series body with the best on-sensor phase detection/contrast detection mix, your first choice should be the new Sony FE 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G OSS. But that demands a wallet opened with £1,150 (UK SRP) in it. In return you get . . . → Read More: Tamron’s super value 70-300mm USD on the A7RII

Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony MFA

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This is expanded from the feature which appears in the July/August issue of f2 Cameracraft magazine. We’ve been using the Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony Multi-Function Accessory shoe since its arrival on May 28th as the first test unit released by Elinchrom. If you wonder why I don’t immediately do a clickbait blog . . . → Read More: Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS for Sony MFA

Is retouching acceptable?

Children run into a fountain released by build up of a head of water visible in a tube popular water feature in Alnwick Garden Northumberland UK

There’s been a controversy surrounding Steve McCurry, a photographer I have listened to on the edge of a conversation a couple of times courtesy of Kodak who were always great sponsors and put his ‘Afghan Girl’ on display at photokina 2012 where McCurry’s work was celebrated.

Here’s the story – he’s been changing, or allowing . . . → Read More: Is retouching acceptable?