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    Jerry, was that snow & swing photo really shot at f/1.5? Or do I understand your description all wrong? Because I'd expect the DOF to be much more shallow at that aperture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emr View Post
    was that snow & swing photo really shot at f/1.5
    Hi Emr!
    Yes, it was at f/1.5. The swing is not so small, so I had to move back significantly. And from other side - background is not so faraway.

    But to be sure, I took camera and shot the scene similarly at f/1.5, f/2, f/4, f/5.6. The same effect at f/1.5.

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    I did my first concert on Friday, actually a dimly lit club where my Niece and nephew were performing live in their band "The Industry".

    I bumped into a music journalist who had turned up without his photographer, so offered to take some photos for his review of a couple of the bands.

    Shot it with the A900 plus 135/1.8 and 24-70/2.8 zoom, mainly at 1250 ISO. Thought the Sony handled it well. The lighting was awful, dim, predominately RED spots on the vocalist. Still...

    I really enjoyed the experience, getting too close to the speakers and fumbling in the darkness to change lenses.


    Put together a couple of slideshows on Zenfolio:
    The Industry (slideshow - royalty free music, not theirs):

    http://braeside.zenfolio.com/the_industry/slideshow

    The Deco Arcade band slideshow (slightly more headbanger music for them).

    http://braeside.zenfolio.com/deco_arcade/slideshow







    Some of the more unusual shots:
    Monochrome conversions worked where sometimes the red was too much:





    Also some colour monochrome on this one

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    Some self portraits.






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    Love both of those, great choice of colours - Lovely!

    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    A900, 24mm F2, ISO 320


    f2.0
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitsVA;261869[url
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    Hi!
    I found below sentence on your Flickr:

    "Slowly begining to enjoy manual focus with Rangefinder lens on my NEX. I took several person Portraits with kits lens and Zeiss and I wish I took all the pictures with Zeiss but the pressure to capture kids pictures forces me to use Auto-focus for them"

    Maybe try to close down your lens and use zone focusing.
    If you use kit zoom - it ist closed down already anyway.

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    David,
    I really like your band pictures. The first conversion is excellent.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by newworld666 View Post
    I used 3 weeks for a japanese trip my NEX5 + FD85L1.2.. and little by little I gave up because MF was like a pain compared to my 5DMKII..
    Results were almost acceptable, but without the new firmware I wouldn't recommend NEX5 ..
    I find MF much easier/more reliable on Nex than my DSLR. It's the zooming MF assist that makes a difference.

    I didn't try the new firmware.. but actually I won't recommend the NEX5 for travelling !!! MF is like a pain compare to MF with a 5DMKII and standard zoom is really to weak compared to MF lenses (Tokura, Canon FD, Samyang, etc etc)
    Even compared to my cheap a-mount lenses, I can see that the kit lens suffers in the comparison, but I do have to really pixel peep. And overall, the sharpness is adequate and the bokeh is pretty good. I find it usable, and then I rarely need to mf (although I have dmf set on for that purpose).

    But I find it a great travel lens/camera as I get better quality than a p&s but the kit lens is compact enough. If I were a pro or needed the best results, I'd be more concerned, I guess. When I have the space or time to use adapted lenses, it's great to have that option, but for now, the kit lens is the default.

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    Thanks Jerry, I enjoyed the event very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by LoSenior View Post
    David,
    I really like your band pictures. The first conversion is excellent.

    Jerry
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    NEX + Zeiss Sonnar 1,5/50 ZM
    PS: when you go with such a small combo whole day - it is hard to remember aperture for each photo. I was palying between f/1.5 and f/4.



    (ISO 200)



    (ISO 1600)



    (ISO 1600)


    (ISO 3200)



    (ISO 800)



    (ISO 800)

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    David,

    Very nice images, very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry_R View Post
    NEX + Zeiss Sonnar 1,5/50 ZM (fully opened), ISO 800

    Jerry,

    Beautiful image and lovely atmosphere!

    MG

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    Salt And Pepper - Rock Salt and Black Pepper. Shot with Minolta 1x-3x Macro Zoom at 3X, stack of 37 images. Subject was on Minolta SC-1000 slide copy stage, illuminated from above and below with Minolta RS-1200 ringflashes at 1/32 power. This is one of my first shots goofing around with the new toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Anderson View Post
    Salt And Pepper - Rock Salt and Black Pepper. Shot with Minolta 1x-3x Macro Zoom at 3X, stack of 37 images. Subject was on Minolta SC-1000 slide copy stage, illuminated from above and below with Minolta RS-1200 ringflashes at 1/32 power. This is one of my first shots goofing around with the new toy.

    That is pretty darn fantastic.

    When you say 'stack of 37 images', what did you do with them? Combine them all into the final image? For what purpose?

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    Thanks Scott. At this magnification, DOF according to an old table from the film days(when this lens was made) is less than 0.5mm at f/64. I feel that the DOF is quite a bit less on this sensor(based on my own notion of what the CoC ought to be). The 37 images were taken at different distances, so each frame had the thin slice of "in focus" subject area covering different parts of the subject. "Focus Stacking" is a process whereby the sharpest part of each frame is selected and they are combined to create more DOF than is possible with the optics.
    α900+VG|F20|2xF58|16-35,24-70,135Z|STF|70-400G|50,85 1.4|16,20,28,100M,80-200APO f/2.8|28-135|500f/8|1x-3xMacro|2xMFC-1000|Tiltall+RRS, Bellows, etc.

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    Ah yes, that is what I was thinking. It reminds me of astronomy photography.

    What software are you using to do the merge?

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    In this case I used CS5. I sometimes use Helicon Focus but for this set of images CS5 gave me a better starting point.
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    "Beautiful image and lovely atmosphere!"

    THAT'S for sure!

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    One with Contax G Planar 35mm f2


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    here is an image captured with Nex 5 and 18-200mm lens. Loving it!





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    so good that my 5D found it hard to keep up with its heavy 100-400L lol

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    My first test with the new firmware .... It's starting to be more convenient for manual focus addicts like me ..
    I am just missing an AF confirmation like on my Canon DSLR and it would be .. let's somebody will manage to program it.

    At least for macro work, the NEX5 becomes much much more usable, and for the first I got better results with the NEX5+FD50F1.4+VivitarTC2Xmacro than with my 5DMKII+85L1.2II+tubes.
    Moreover, it was no more a pain, due to the new firmware and it new way of 5X,10X magnification memory.

    So some samples with the first cold days in my garden this morning
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    WOW !

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    a little 8mm

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    Having fun with textures




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    Thank you all for comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by newworld666 View Post
    macro work, the NEX5
    Wow!!


    * * *
    Here is a photo taken during testing 16mm with my colleague Waldek, also NEX user:


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    nex-5, rokkor 24mm f/2.8, handheld twilight.

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    I was looking for a place to introduce myself as "newbee" on this forum, but didn't find a specific place where to do that.

    Since I'm having lots of fun with my Sony (and also Konica-Minolta and Minolta stuff) this might be a good place to start.

    I'm very active on the well known A-mount forum Dyxum (with the same nick) and you can read more there about my background in photography : Linky
    I also post some on Luminous Landscape as well as the small Dutch site "FotoMateForum"

    Hope to also have a good time here.

    Here's some recent B&W's I did with my Sony A900 and old (but trusty) Minolta 50/1.7:

    Antwerp Railway Station:


    Two from the Shanghai 2010 world fair:




    And a street shot from the little back streets outside the hotel where I stayed in Shanghai:


    Hope you like them, and C&C more then welcome

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    Welcome Pegelli! I especially like the railway station and the street shot. The hats are kind of interesting as well... were those hats some sort of special for the event?

    BTW, I don't think the Sony section is the most heavily-trafficked part of this forum but even so there are lots of great people here(one more now )
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    Yep, good to see you here Pegelli. Enjoy!
    M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2

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    Winter has arrived in Ontario and with it the creatures of the season. Shot today, a900, 70-400G lens at ISO 800. Definitely faster focussing with v2.0.

    Incidentally, the greenish/yellow caste on the Ermine's underparts is real - not a processing error!



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    Bill, wonderful pic and nice to see green underpants that need not be feared.

    What is that under his/her chin? Looks too sharp to be sensor crud at f/8.
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    Wonderful picture Bill, I love the intensive gaze and how it all fits together in the picture.

    I'm always lusting for the 70-400G, but I also noticed my old 100-400APO became a lot more responsive with V2 and with pictures like these I feel I just need to learn to use that one right and stop blaming my equipment

    And by the way for those who commented on my first post above, thanks. It's indeed a not very busy part of this forum but as long as the quality is good and people are friendly it's still a worthwhile place to be. And yes, the hats are special "Shanghai "Better City, Better Life" memorial hats. Not a lot of people wearing them though (I didn't convert that picture to B&W for nothing )

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    Thanks Dave & pegelli,

    You're right, Dave, about the speck under the chin. On the tiff at 100% I can see it is a speck of something hanging on to an-out-of-focus whisker!

    The autofocus had difficulty with this shot - it was very dull and a white critter against white snow isn't easy on the system! I was using a single center spot but the animal moves so quickly it's hard always to be aiming at the area of the face where there's some contrast to lock on to.

    This was one of a dozen shots!

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    ZA 85 @ f/2.8

    M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2

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    ZA 24 @ f/2.2

    M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2

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    ZA 85 @ f/2.5

    M262 ZM 25/2.8 35/1.4 50/2 85/2

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    Death Valley near Zabriskie Point - early morning
    A900 24-70 Zeiss


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    Nice shot Rand, wonderful light!

    Here are a few snaps I took of a friend's newest addition to his collection of italian vehicles.

    All a900, EXIF intact.

    Minolta 20mm f/2.8:



    Minolta 16mm f/2.8:



    135Z:



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    Picture was taken using UWB.

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    "Warholing" with lifeless stills.




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    A900 CZ 135/1.8



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    Sony A850 + Minolta 80-200 APO



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    Cooling Tower #3,2010. Jerry

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    These are of Diskit Gompa in Ladakh, India - a 15th century monastery. Shot with a Contax 35-70/3.4 on A900.

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    Minus 10 today, so took the Sony A900 with an old Minolta 50/1.7

    Jack Frost:-



    The old dyke:-

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    David
    That's completely splendid
    It's been nearly that cold here, but I've been playing with 'toy' cameras!

    Just this guy you know

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    Thanks Jono, Yes it has not been above -6 for a long while and down to -14 at times.

    Trouble is I seem to have been ultra busy and had little time to get out with the camera until today.

    Fantastic frost today:

    Frosty Gate:


    Enjoy your new 'toys' !
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    man this camera is tempting!!! nice stuff on here

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    Testing picture upload,Cooling Tower

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