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    Well, it came out really nice. Not to start an old people story like walking to school uphill both ways in the snow, but in the film days I've wasted more sunsets than I care to mention, trying to spare the film and wait for a bird to fly in front of the damn lens. Sure, I brought home shots but I brought home more, better shots when I forgot about the effing birds.

    Bravo, it's a nice composite!
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    Thank you very much for the compliment, Iím glad that you like it.

    Ken

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    Got up semi-early this morning and took a few pictures out behind the house:



    ...and some of the last few Pasque flowers of the year:



    Both of those are five-shot focus stacks, but especially in the first, I should have stacked more, with focus points closer together.

    Edit: Maybe one more for good measure:

    Last edited by jcoffin; 7th May 2011 at 12:05. Reason: Added another picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    newworld666, I have been shooting my NEX5 with Legacy lenses since it first came out .... (unless I have missed a even newer update than I have) I have seen not one advantage for those using these lenses in these 2 software updates. It has helped using the Nex lenses and Alpha lenses but my manual focus legacy glass shooting is the same now as it was on day one. What am I missing? How have the upgrades helped your manual focus shooting?
    No, with new firmware it's memorizing the last manual focus place when you zoom, so it's more comfortable to switch between zooming MF and full picture or multi shots for various apertures (before it went directly to centre of the picture .
    The best would be a NEX7 like GF2 with a touchscreen to zoom directly to the place you want to focus (I played 2 weeks with a GF2 that Panasonic gave me for a test, and that's a big improvement for manual focusing)

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    Some portraits with the great combo, a900 / CZ135, on an early summer day in the city.


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    Cannot stop shooting portrait without my a850.


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    Is 135 the sharpest alpha mount prime

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    I really have to say that this is one of the most valuable NEX threads ever! I came here by accident few days ago, in the meantime I read page by page... really good insights + amazing pictures!

    I definitely had fun with the NEX5 in Thailand... bought it the day before I left to my vacation and got familiar with it quickly. I haven't had a camera for a while, my previous one was a Ricoh GX100 which was quite nice, but I sold it after a while; low dynamic range/very prone to blow highlights plus lots of noise. Now the fun is back, with only a slightly bigger package...

    18-55 kit lens and 16mm wide angle lens:








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    The CZ135 must be the sharpest prime. With low DOF, but perfect sharp and good contrast at F1.8.

    Sharper than my Min Apo 200mm and Min 100mm f2.0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dekie View Post
    The CZ135 must be the sharpest prime. With low DOF, but perfect sharp and good contrast at F1.8.

    Sharper than my Min Apo 200mm and Min 100mm f2.0.
    I definitely need an eyeglass but these ZA lenses are gems of all alpha mount optics.
    I have to admit the shallow DOF makes perfect focusing more difficult.
    Here is a bad sample

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    Another one, with some more pp.



    a900 / CZ135

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    One more ZA135.

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    Nice ones! Do you have some other Hexanon lenses apart from the 85/1.4? I'm considering the 40/1.8 as well as the 50/1.8 in search of a compact manual lens for the Nex.

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    Since May 15 was the 135th day of 2011 we did a day 135 on Dyxum. Lots of pics with the CZ135/1.8 and Minolta 135/2.8. However there were also some other interesting lenses used, Ever heard of a Marep 135/3.5 "preset" M39 lens? Well I didn't, but if you look here you can see some examples. Obviously there was also a Takumar and an STF in the mix.

    Here's three of my shots, all with the CZ , the only 135 I have, but there's a lot more from many others in the thread linked above:






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    40,1.8 is okay but no match to (slightly more expensive lenses such as) 57,1.2 and 85,1.8. I have all three and I mostly use 57 because of its speed and IQ.

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    Hey everyone. Found this forum doing some research on medium format, but I'm really impressed by the positive tone and the relaxed egos here compared to some other forums. Seems like most everyone here is confident enough in their talent level not to have to pull themselves up by pushing others down, which I think is a great testament to the people here.

    Anyway, thought I'd contribute a shot that I took with my NEX (NEX-5, kit 18-55) on a trip to europe last year and I look forward to seeing more of everyone's work.


    "Sanctuary"


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcoffin View Post
    Got up semi-early this morning and took a few pictures out behind the house:

    ...and some of the last few Pasque flowers of the year:

    Both of those are five-shot focus stacks, but especially in the first, I should have stacked more, with focus points closer together.

    Edit: Maybe one more for good measure:
    The flowers in the second pic came out nice, but I especially like the third. Something I noticed while scrolling is that cropping the bottom away to arrive at a square format really changes the feel of it. What do you think?
    Quote Originally Posted by dekie View Post
    Some portraits with the great combo, a900 / CZ135, on an early summer day in the city.
    Dekie, some very nice shots there! The bokeh on all of these is great. The "human statue" shots show lot of subtle tones, very nice. Nice use of thin DOF on #3.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
    I definitely need an eyeglass but these ZA lenses are gems of all alpha mount optics.
    I have to admit the shallow DOF makes perfect focusing more difficult.
    Here is a bad sample
    That will probably print great at postcard size though. It's still a good pic for some uses even if you didn't nail the focus.

    Quote Originally Posted by LoSenior View Post
    One more ZA135.
    Love the B&W flowers! How was it lit?

    Quote Originally Posted by pegelli View Post
    Since May 15 was the 135th day of 2011 we did a day 135 on Dyxum. Lots of pics with the CZ135/1.8 and Minolta 135/2.8. However there were also some other interesting lenses used, Ever heard of a Marep 135/3.5 "preset" M39 lens? Well I didn't, but if you look here you can see some examples. Obviously there was also a Takumar and an STF in the mix.

    Here's three of my shots, all with the CZ , the only 135 I have, but there's a lot more from many others in the thread linked above:
    Thanks Pegelli, I'm going to have to thumb through that link! At first I kept wanting to crop your first pic, but it didn't work... You've struck an interesting balance there. The third is intriguing, interesting choice of focus point.
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    EXIF intact on all... These from a car GTG on the 7th

    135Z:


    16-35Z:



    Original Minolta 85 f/1.4, still crazy(good) after all these years:



    135Z:
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    This is my first post on this forum. Please forgive any noob mistakes, for which I apologise in advance. This is a bridge in Paris, shot with a NEX 5 and Zeiss ZE 35C f:2.8, a combo which offers tremendous IQ for the size IMHO.

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    My friend's young son.

    A900 ZA85 at f/2. Direct conversion with IDC, Neutral style. No PP.

    I like the subdued contrast and saturation of Neutral, they work well in this case, even though I would normally boost both for different subjects.

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    Welcome Philippe! Nice work as usual
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    Edward, Very nice portraits, the 85 is the one I use the most.

    Dave, I enjoyed your last post, excellent as always.
    Thanks for the comment on the Tulip. The picture was taken 5 days after Mother's Day. The Tulips were sitting on a table in front of the sofa with window light coming over the top of the sofa. It was a grey cloudy day.

    There have been a lot of great pictures lately and more new names, Thanks to all of you.
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    Thank you Jerry!

    I'm also glad to see more people posting here recently. Nice shots everyone.
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    Ed, very nice... you almost have me convinced to give IDC one more try.

    Thanks Jerry, and you captured some very nice light there. Well done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Anderson View Post
    Ed, very nice... you almost have me convinced to give IDC one more try.
    God forbid!
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    I installed it, not sure why explorer is not making thumbnails for my RAWS like it did with the earlier version on XP. I was hoping to get at least that much out of it. Tried fooling with my same low-key test shots that I posted on Dyxum, obviously I have to take a closer look tomorrow... something's not right.

    All is well with my camera and LR though... caught this little guy this evening, handheld 400mm 1/160 f/8 ISO 160... and cropped to about 4MP.

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    Dave, Very well done, excellent focus and lighting. Jerry

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    The AMGEN Tour 2011 rode past my house on Sat.









    This was about 15 min from the start, they were still in single pack.

    Ken
    Last edited by kgior; 23rd May 2011 at 07:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoSenior View Post
    Dave, Very well done, excellent focus and lighting. Jerry
    Yep, beautiful!!!

    As for the thumbnails, I remember I had the same problem when I switched to Windows 7 64 bit. Now it works but I forgot what I exactly did
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    Thanks Jerry & Ed.

    Ed, would you mind exporting your registry at and below HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.arw and emailing the resulting file? Also the file association info might be helpful, that's at Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_Anderson View Post
    Thanks Jerry & Ed.

    Ed, would you mind exporting your registry at and below HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.arw and emailing the resulting file? Also the file association info might be helpful, that's at Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations
    Sure, will do this evening.
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    Dave,

    You have to install the Sony Raw Driver:

    http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/..._GB&f=raw_drvr

    Cheers,
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    I am very poor using Nex5 with manual focusing lenses and most are out of focus
    Here is one

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    Fantastic image. Love the square composition too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo&Henry View Post
    Hey everyone. Found this forum doing some research on medium format, but I'm really impressed by the positive tone and the relaxed egos here compared to some other forums. Seems like most everyone here is confident enough in their talent level not to have to pull themselves up by pushing others down, which I think is a great testament to the people here.

    Anyway, thought I'd contribute a shot that I took with my NEX (NEX-5, kit 18-55) on a trip to europe last year and I look forward to seeing more of everyone's work.


    "Sanctuary"

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    Thanks Ed, that did the trick!
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    Last edited by edwardkaraa; 17th October 2012 at 09:05.
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    Every year about this time, the American tax-payers in their infinite generosity (or complete lack of say in the matter!) put on an air show for my exclusive benefit (though, being equally generous, I let the people across the way at the Air Force Academy graduation watch too). Perhaps, since most of you helped pay for it, some of you would like to see a few pictures! :-)











    My youngest son seems to find them at least somewhat interesting:



    [All with Alpha 700, Tamron 70-210/2.8]
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    I've been away from this thread doing MF photography but today I had a visitor to my home and so the Sony 70-400 had to come out. (The wire was for Xmas lights and is not live!)
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    The 70-400 continues to impress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post

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    Love the colors in these shots. Thats what brought me to Sony from Nikon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
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    Love the colors in these shots. Thats what brought me to Sony from Nikon.
    Joe
    Thank you very much Joe

    I have been using Neutral style in IDC recently, and I actually have discovered some color nuances that are impossible (for me) to get from ACR. I like the colors of Neutral so much that I'm revisiting older files and re-processing them.
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    Been away a bit recently - here a couple for some shorter adventrures. Both are a850 with sony 20/2.8 processed in C1.




    Cheers,
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    I borrowed a Nex 5 from a friend and (with an adapter) mounted an early 60's Leica M summaron 35/2.8
    Here are some results taken in the Amsterdam Public library. I was very positively surprized by the IQ. Maybe I should get my own Nex




    exif inside, aperture ~ 5.6

    Also tested it with a Leica M Elmarit 90/2.8 from the same vintage. Will post some of that later.

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    Loving the pictures!

    Quick question: Are there any NEX lens adapters that allow the green dot (focus confirmation) to work?

    Hope this is ok to pose this question in this thread, any answers much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaman View Post
    Loving the pictures!

    Quick question: Are there any NEX lens adapters that allow the green dot (focus confirmation) to work?

    Hope this is ok to pose this question in this thread, any answers much appreciated.
    sony said they would work with manufacturers to allow that.

    but with focus peaking with the new firmware it is not necessary.

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    Thanks for your reply, can you expand on how focus peaking works?

    I'm probably going to put a Leica M lens or a Contax G lens on my NEX, do you have any suggestions as to which one would be better operationally?

    I kind of favour the Contax G as it is more affordable, but it has been suggested to me that focusing may be problematic as the lens was never meant to be used manually and the focusing ring on the adapter is a bit of a "fiddle".

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaman View Post
    Thanks for your reply, can you expand on how focus peaking works?

    I'm probably going to put a Leica M lens or a Contax G lens on my NEX, do you have any suggestions as to which one would be better operationally?

    I kind of favour the Contax G as it is more affordable, but it has been suggested to me that focusing may be problematic as the lens was never meant to be used manually and the focusing ring on the adapter is a bit of a "fiddle".
    here's more about focus peaking
    http://sonyalphanex.blogspot.com/201...oser-look.html

    I prefer M's since I can use it on my M camera.

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    That is just so cool!

    Thanks for that info, great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaman View Post
    Thanks for your reply, can you expand on how focus peaking works?

    I'm probably going to put a Leica M lens or a Contax G lens on my NEX, do you have any suggestions as to which one would be better operationally?

    I kind of favour the Contax G as it is more affordable, but it has been suggested to me that focusing may be problematic as the lens was never meant to be used manually and the focusing ring on the adapter is a bit of a "fiddle".
    The Contax G adapter that I use works very well. The 35/2 Planar is a great match for a ~50mm effective focal length.

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