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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Now it looks fabulous, Bill, and in my opinion even surpasses the Phase shot, resized and webified as they both are.
    The Sony colors look much more realistic to my eye, but of course I wasn't there
    Thanks - though as you imply, "webbified" pix are very hard to judge. The Phase shot has way more detail on my 30 inch screen. The shot you see has no pp - just C1 defaults.

    The amazing thing is that at small print sizes, say up to 16 by 20, the Sony files really do give outstanding value!

    Bill

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    Las Medulas , Roman gold mines in the north west of Spain , Leon .
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    Lovely light, James - perhaps you could use a grad filter in LR to give a bit more detail in the sky?
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    thanks Bill , I'll try that .

    cheers

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    I did with vivezza , I don't have LR
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    a couple more from Leon , Spain

    CZ 85 1.4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    The amazing thing is that at small print sizes, say up to 16 by 20, the Sony files really do give outstanding value!

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    No argument there! I really do like the Sony and on the whole it is the best 35 mm camera I've owned. I just feel like the images lack real color depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_Green View Post
    No argument there! I really do like the Sony and on the whole it is the best 35 mm camera I've owned. I just feel like the images lack real color depth.
    IMO, that is that flat Mid-tone thing I've talked about here before. I've since solved it for color files and almost for B&W conversions.

    I now have a mid-tone lift action in my PS actions palette that was included in a set from Jeff Ascough that works well as a one click solution with minor tweaks in most cases with the A900 files.

    Best 35mm color depth for me so far has been from the Leica M9. WOW!

    Back to work ... 1000+ files to process ... Yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_Green View Post
    No argument there! I really do like the Sony and on the whole it is the best 35 mm camera I've owned. I just feel like the images lack real color depth.
    I am no pro by any means but there is something off about the look I see with sony pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    IMO, that is that flat Mid-tone thing I've talked about here before. I've since solved it for color files and almost for B&W conversions.

    I now have a mid-tone lift action in my PS actions palette that was included in a set from Jeff Ascough that works well as a one click solution with minor tweaks in most cases with the A900 files.

    Best 35mm color depth for me so far has been from the Leica M9. WOW!

    Back to work ... 1000+ files to process ... Yikes!
    very interesting, would you share your mid-tone lift processed image, with the original image? thanks

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    It's rutting time in the New Forest here in England. This Fallow Deer Buck at about 7 to 8 years old is in his prime and roaring and grunting his head off to keep the young bucks at bay. You could just sense the tension and smell the testosterone in the air! He would charge at anything so I had to keep downwind and stay well behind a tree! A900 with Tamron 200-500 at 500mm
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    Great shot, Dave! Really a 3D effect too.

    Here's a bugling, rutting bull elk from Jasper NP here in Canada. Though in the interests of honesty, it was not taken with a Sony!
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    Great shot Bill. I would be interested to know how close you were and what camera /lens combination were used please?

    There is something very fascinating about these creatures, especially now at the time of the Rut. Numbers are controlled in the NF to about 500 Fallow Deer which is the indigenous breed, 200 Sika, 500 Roe and 200 Red Deer. The Monkjacks are shot on site as they are considered an absolute pest. Each breed keep to their own area of the Forest

    Normally very shy creatures, the Stags and Buck's are not so much shy as potentially dangerous at Rut time!
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    New here and thought I'd post a few photos from recently and say Hi. All taken with the A700










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    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    Great shot Bill. I would be interested to know how close you were and what camera /lens combination were used please?

    There is something very fascinating about these creatures, especially now at the time of the Rut. Numbers are controlled in the NF to about 500 Fallow Deer which is the indigenous breed, 200 Sika, 500 Roe and 200 Red Deer. The Monkjacks are shot on site as they are considered an absolute pest. Each breed keep to their own area of the Forest

    Normally very shy creatures, the Stags and Buck's are not so much shy as potentially dangerous at Rut time!
    TX Dave,
    It was a C**** 1D with a 300mm f4 lens. This is the full frame - but I was inside my vehicle, in Jasper Park campground where he was searching for a female! These animals are quite dangerous when in rut. One does not get in their way!
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    Dave Wagstaff, that is some weird - but fascinating! - stuff you posted!
    Thanks!
    Bill

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    Thank you Bill.

    That's what my girlfriend said about me years ago, so I resemble that remark. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    TX Dave,
    It was a C**** 1D with a 300mm f4 lens. This is the full frame - but I was inside my vehicle, in Jasper Park campground where he was searching for a female! These animals are quite dangerous when in rut. One does not get in their way!
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    Stpid question, but why did you * out Canon?

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    Just as a joke - this IS a Sony forum!

    For the record, I think very highly of Canon, I am a CPS member and I've probably shot more frames with a Canon than any other camera!

    Bill

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    Let me try attaching some links to my A850 shots
    This one was taken using Minolta 100/2.8 variosoft

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    Figure some of my Sony shots from Oregon should end up on this thread.....



    You guessed it the 135





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    love the boat one and the forrest ,

    cheers

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    Terry,

    All of your pictures are excellent, keep posting.
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    Terry

    I was getting a bit worried about the lack of posts in this section until I read yours! Great images, keep up the good work....I also like the boat and forest best though.
    Cheers, Dave
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    Photographs of the old with the new (A900) and Sony 50mm lens (plus close-up filter):

    Kodak Signature Brownie:




    Voigtlander Bessa I:




    Crystar:


    Yashica Electro:


    All taken in natural light and processed using LR3 Beta. I have just taken delivery of my first studio lighting set-up and looking forward to trying it with the A900.
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    Nice collection of cameras Mark. Doubtless you have gone for the Zeiss lenses to use with your A900!
    Cheers, Dave
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    Thanks. When funds allow the Zeiss lenses will be coming. I am quite impressed with the Sony 50 and 28 though I must say.
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    Japanese Garden in Olympia,WA. ZA 135

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    Madrid's sky


    Cheers
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    Hi guys,

    Just one test shot...

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    Mark, if it's not a secret, would you care to share your processing of these B&W. I love the toned effect you are getting. TIA.
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    Runners... just a little different than the rest of us

    full rez here:

    http://www.pbase.com/apy_jr/image/118928523/original

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    Mark, if it's not a secret, would you care to share your processing of these B&W. I love the toned effect you are getting. TIA.
    Thanks, Eoin. It's not a secret

    I use Lightroom 2 (now trying 3 beta). I convert to monochrome and create a warm tone using the split tone filter. My settings are Highlight 51/18 Shadow 37/17 with the balance at 0. I crank up the clarity to about 50. I add a post crop vignette (with a lot of feather in LR3) and boost the blacks. I then adjust the contrast curve to get the look balanced.

    Hope this is useful.

    I have started experimenting with the high contrast BW preset in LR3 with the same warm tone and clarity boost. I like the look of this also.
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    A few snapshots with the 135 Sonnar:









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    Love the first one, Edward - and love that lens - but the other three are not showing.
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    Thank you Bill! Did you try to refresh the page? I have no problem seeing them on 2 PCs.
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    Love # 2, Edward - (and I want that lens ) - it's the only picture I can see from here, the other four are not showing, despite refreshing.
    Funny thing is that # 2 is the only one that has an url starting with http: //ic2.pbase.com/ ... etc.
    The other four have urls starting with http: //i.pbase.com/ ... etc.
    Could it be that it makes a difference whether the files are located at ic2 vs. i ...

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    Thank you Steen. Pbase works in strange ways, and I've had this problem quite often. I am uploading the photos directly to getdpi.

    Attachment 24425

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    Thanks for that Mark, I'll dust off LR and have a go.
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    Thanks for that Mark, I'll dust off LR and have a go.
    Hi Eoin
    . . . . and then, I guess, you'll head straight back to Aperture (like I've just done!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Eoin
    . . . . and then, I guess, you'll head straight back to Aperture (like I've just done!)
    ......well, I wasn't contemplating a total switch. Just a play in LR . I'd rather wait for Aperture X before considering any move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    ......well, I wasn't contemplating a total switch. Just a play in LR . I'd rather wait for Aperture X before considering any move.

    Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
    moi? throw stones?

    Well, as you'll have gathered from my recent posts, I do think LR3 has things to recommend it. As for Aperture X - however good it is, I don't suppose it'll address the dreadful slowness with which Apple update their cameras though.

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    My favourite is C1 v5, because I find LR2 quite poor at raw conversions - though great at pretty much everything else. I like Aperture too but not as much as C1.

    BUT - I see great improvement in LR Beta 3, both for Sony and Phase files. Still exploring it...
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    Peapod at the Wooden Boat Center, Seattle, WA. ZA 24-70.
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    Just back from a vacation in KL and Bali. Family holiday, so Photography was not a priority, but whay trip to KL would be complete without shots of the Petronas Towers?

    first shot tsake with the A900 and Sigma 12-24mm in DxO Optics Pro V.6, which I am pleased to say is much improved over version 5, and now has support for the Sigma 12-24mm on the A900. Perspective corrected in CS4.



    The second two shots are details taken with the Sony 70-300G SSM 4.5-5.6 I think these towers are quite magical, like giant upended space ships



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    Very nice shots Quentin. Did you shoot these with a tripod?
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    Yes, Edward, a neat little Induro I purchased while in Canada; light enough for travel, but sturdy enough for serious stuff - just!

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    Wow, Quentin - you outdid yourself, again!
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    Thanks, Bill.

    Incidentally I was intrigued by your comments on the P45 Canadian Shield shot compared with your excellent Sony version. I keep mulling medium format digital over. I have a ZD camera and at pixel level its sharper than the A900 but the A900 is more versatile, and of course the ZD "only" has 22mp, wheras a P45 has 39. Then I look at some 24x36 prints I have had framed from the A900 and think they look great with plenty of detail - why would I need more?

    Then there is the cost, of course.

    I always end up concluding that a re-entry in to a higher end MF system would be an expensive mistake. I'm pretty handy at post processing. I guess its a debate with no firm conclusion.

    So the A900 still gets my vote at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Thanks, Bill.

    Incidentally I was intrigued by your comments on the P45 Canadian Shield shot compared with your excellent Sony version. I keep mulling medium format digital over. I have a ZD camera and at pixel level its sharper than the A900 but the A900 is more versatile, and of course the ZD "only" has 22mp, wheras a P45 has 39. Then I look at some 24x36 prints I have had framed from the A900 and think they look great with plenty of detail - why would I need more?

    Then there is the cost, of course.

    I always end up concluding that a re-entry in to a higher end MF system would be an expensive mistake. I'm pretty handy at post processing. I guess its a debate with no firm conclusion.

    So the A900 still gets my vote at the moment.

    Quentin
    I'd have to agree with you on this. MFD will no doubt provide better IQ ... but in my honest opinion unless you have piles of spare cash or do paying commercial photography (especially studio type work with strobes), or want to use tech cameras, MFD is an expensive, less versatile proposition.

    However, the incredible IQ will still haunt you

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