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Wednesday, 18 April 2018


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First obvious question...what lens are you using?

[Added now...thanks for the reminder --Mike]

I'm more of a fridge man, Mike. But I do live in a much hotter climate.

"You have an EAR 324? Do you mind if I, um, hate you?"

As with camera gear, I have two words of advice when it comes to purchasing high-end audio gear:

"Buy used."


When looking at learning the menus of the Sony, consider Mark Galer's You Tube videos for set up of landscape and portrait shooting. I reviewed them when I got my Sony A7RIII and found them to be invaluable. I've changed a few things from his recommendations but overall his discussion and the settings are quite useful. I am a former Fuji XT-2 user and am quite pleased with the Sony's IBIS though I've not tried out the X-HI. I agree with Stephen Scharf that the Fuji lenses are sweet but when I look at eye focus, 42MP files, to say nothing of the 168MP equivalent pixel shift files, I am in love. I'm, still a lousy photographer but I've got great files!

A great idea to sprinkle the salt on the stove instead of on your food. Guess that was on doctor`s orders.

Art. That's why "You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties"

The 750 is four years old not valid comparison !

I wonder when Fuji will get the message about IS? I'm looking at Panasonic for just that reason. My X100T is perfect for my use, but I'm getting too many blurred images, hence looking at OIS as an answer.

Oh look it's the Porsche 550 Spyder #55 driven by Hans Herrmann to win the 1954 Carrera Pan Americana.


For what it is worth last summer I was trying out the a7II at B&H with a Vivitar 600mm Solid Cat that a friend sold me. It was as sharp as can be at 1/4 second handheld. I need 1/2000 to shoot handheld without IBIS with that lens, and it's hard to even see what you are doing.

My camera/lens tests always include this...

Nice texture and plenty of fine detail.

It's for the best - trust me, you don't want to see the state of my kitchen!

I have Sony A mount camera's and a NEX6 E mount camera with the pancake lens. All is good with them. However I recently looked at the new A7 camera's with the new E mount lens and found the weight on the E mount to be quite heavy. Causing concern for how long the mount will last. Any feedback available on that issue? I do like the raw files from my camera's, but not sure about moving to an overworked E mount.

Actually, Bracaglia declined to make a recommendation yet. And his headline said "could be" not "is." This is the way misinformation gets strewn across the Internet, so you really need to fix that statement.

As for the "chasing cameras" part, I understand the reasons we all get into that mode. But what I've found is that chasing lenses is more important.

The D750 certainly wouldn't be a valid comparison if Nikon had a D760 on the market to replace it. But as it stands...

Please take some shots where the subject is strongly (and perhaps not so strongly) back lit. There's quite a discussion around banding or striping that occurs with this camera under these conditions. Apparently it happens with some lenses more than with others. Your experience would be valuable.

Combining Sony and Zeiss OIS lenses with the A7rII and most certainly the latest iteration of Sony cameras is amazing. I recently took some photos with the Batis 135mm f/2.8 at 1/10" and got excellent results. Admittedly, I braced myself against a wall to steady my posture.

@hugh crawford: It is indeed; really beautiful 1:16 die-cast by Autoart and quite affordable at about $130.

@Moose: Moose, it's great to see you posting here again. You raise some very good points that always seem to be forgotten in discussing IBIS: it only works on *stationary subjects*. A lot of the subjects I shoot, as most of the gang here likely knows, moves. So, I didn't buy the X-H1 for its IBIS.

I bought it for the stiffness & tolerances of its lens mount; the forthcoming Fuji 200mm f/2.0 will weigh at least 4.4 lbs. I also bought it for the strength of the camera body: I need a camera that can take an occasional smack against the K-wall at the track & not get cracked through the frame.

Robustness, reliability, and durability are way more important to me than "eye control" or 693 AF points.


"But what I've found is that chasing lenses is more important."-Thom Hogan

What Thom said...

"My ulterior motive in trying out the Sony is that I'm giving it a chance to pull me away from my attraction to Micro 4/3."

I can't figure that one out. You know, of course, that I'm deep into µ4/3.

But I also have an original A7, no IBIS, but perfect for my use. I use it for my Alter ego, working the side of the photography street where super and swirly bokeh, softness of various sorts, selective focus, funk, abstract and their shadowy cohorts hang out.

Almost all the (many) lenses I have for this were designed for FF and are at their worst, i.e. best, on FF. I've been having a lot of fun lately with the fastest standard lens for 35mm SLRs when it was introduced in Feb, 1962, a Canon 58/1.2. Glow wide open, oh yeah!

But for sharp, clear, full of the conventional photographic virtues photos, it's µ4/3.

The Sony and it's shady friends couldn't get VISAs for Bhutan, so I came back with 3,800 mostly wonderful photos and 183 videos from Bhutan and Bangkok.

If I had the best possible A7III kit for me, and were leaving tomorrow for a trip like that, it would stay home and the µ4/3 gear would go again. The quality of the files and resulting photos is wonderful, at least up to some 17x22" prints I've had made of earlier files, and will be great in the coming photo book(s).

The Sony kit would be three times the weight, at least, and do fewer of the photographic things I do. I have so far no native E-mount lenses, although the 100mm STF would be tempting, if not so expensive.

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