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    Something Different with the A900

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    I'm still playing . . . and still enjoying: here are a few shots from today.

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    And another crop:


    taken with the 70-300 G Sony lens
    and here is the 100% crop


    It really isn't shabby!

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Not half bad at all.
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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Not half bad at all.
    -bob
    Hi Bob
    It's hard to show it on reduced web shots . . . but there is a kind of zing in there.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Jono,
    Is it perhaps fairly high local contrast (to be technical about it)?
    thanks
    -bob

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Glad you are enjoying and even happier that you don't have to struggle with color. You are a camera shop owners dream....

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Jono,
    Is it perhaps fairly high local contrast (to be technical about it)?
    thanks
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    Hi Bob
    The Zeiss philosophy certainly seems to be evident.
    But I'm not sure if that's what I'm seeing.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Glad you are enjoying and even happier that you don't have to struggle with color. You are a camera shop owners dream....
    Compared to the guys in the MF forum . . . . I'm not even interesting!

    The colour certainly seems to be good though.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    The 100% zoom on the number "2" seems really "plasticky" and digital to me.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Brad,
    I think that it IS plastic.
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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    What raw processor is being used here
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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Bob, you might be right, but I was referring to the barcode label with the dew on it. There's something over-processed about it.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Jono, I forgot to mention that I love your portraits here.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    What raw processor is being used here
    Hi There Guy
    Aperture (it seems to me to be doing quite a good job, even though there isn't full support yet).

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    Bob, you might be right, but I was referring to the barcode label with the dew on it. There's something over-processed about it.
    Hi There Brad

    As Bob said - it IS plastic (and so is the bar code label).

    I have done a little sharpening (no noise reduction though, and it's turned off in camera as well).

    Certainly, plasticky is the last thing I'd use to describe the files. Do you feel the same about the crops in the other threads?

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Jono, I don't see any plasticky look. I do see Nikon cam prices taking a nosedive.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    So maybe it will be a contender
    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2370
    Hi Jono
    Must confess the name Zeiss T* brings back fond memories from my Contax 137MA, RTS 11 days. So if I need to go full frame the Sony with the 24-70 and 135 f1.8 have to be a good option. I'm not a "Wide" boy, despite what some say but the Zeiss is on the way and there is some good old minolta stuff out there If I needed it.
    I might be stepping into realm of portraits and the 135 would be great. I usually shoot portraits around 200mm in full frame terms so full frame on Nikon only has the 200 f2 with VR. That's too big and expensive for the job. Currently the 70-200 on a D300 is what I use but I'd like a fixed focal length and the Sony has the advantage Image stabilisation built in, if I need it. Actually I do these days. Nikon do have the 135 f2 DC but that's not VR and is a screw driven lens. Also that extra defocus issue would only confuse me. You'll be surprised to hear the last portrait shoot I did I ended up drinking red wine until 2 in the morning and had to stay over. So confusion is to be avoided, along with the red wine I guess.
    I can tell your model is getting fed up with you. "All I want is a walk and a swim and he's got another dam camera he's trying out on me." Think I saw the cat on your site but she gets little exposure, except when I'm around.
    Our cat has nicked my new Tibetan shirt as a bed and I can't have it back.
    I know your not a "Flash" kind of guy but have you any idea how the Sony flash system is?
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    Re: Something Different with the A900

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    Hi There Brad

    As Bob said - it IS plastic (and so is the bar code label).

    I have done a little sharpening (no noise reduction though, and it's turned off in camera as well).

    Certainly, plasticky is the last thing I'd use to describe the files. Do you feel the same about the crops in the other threads?
    Hi Jono,
    I think the A900 is the bargain of the decade. Very impressive.
    -Brad

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    jonoslack, love them all, but the sshot of the water...it looks so very WET, excellent image

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    Jono, these are wonderful. I especially like the first two of your dog as well as the portraits with the 50/1.4. Excellent stuff!

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Hi Brad
    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    Hi Jono,
    I think the A900 is the bargain of the decade. Very impressive.
    -Brad
    It certainly does seem to be a good bang for the buck in the present market.
    Not much plastic in the camera either!

    Hi Lili
    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    jonoslack, love them all, but the sshot of the water...it looks so very WET, excellent image
    Hi Lili
    Thank you - there's nothing like wet water!
    There's a nice 3d feel about the images - at least, I think so. I'm not sure how you do justice to 24mp files at 900x900!

    Hi David
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    So maybe it will be a contender
    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2370
    Hi Jono
    Must confess the name Zeiss T* brings back fond memories from my Contax 137MA, RTS 11 days. So if I need to go full frame the Sony with the 24-70 and 135 f1.8 have to be a good option. I'm not a "Wide" boy, despite what some say but the Zeiss is on the way and there is some good old minolta stuff out there If I needed it.
    You are right - some of the old minolta stuff has come 'forward' to Sony. I tried to buy a 50mm f1.4 on ebay, but it went for nearly 200, so I bought a new one for $240 - it's lovely, nice bokeh, small etc.

    the 135 f1.8 is a big beast - lovely for portraits, but too much for me. I've got the Zeiss 24-70 though, and the Sony 70-300 G - both seem sharp, quit and responsive - lovely

    As for the cats and dogs - well, they're all urinating in the wrong place and causing trouble.

    I hope all is well with you.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by asabet View Post
    Jono, these are wonderful. I especially like the first two of your dog as well as the portraits with the 50/1.4. Excellent stuff!
    Thank you Amin . . . it's kind of cheesy to take pictures of the dog . . . . and children are even worse!

    It's nice of you to be so understanding (especially when they aren't as cute as your kids!)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Thank you Amin . . . it's kind of cheesy to take pictures of the dog . . . . and children are even worse!
    I guess I'm just cheesy, because I love both. In fact, I think that most landscape photos could be improved by including at least one dog or child in them .

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    Jono, these are really beautiful. This is the best photo of Blue that I have seen. The portraits are very nice. How are the colors coming out compared to your Nikon and Oly?

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by asabet View Post
    I guess I'm just cheesy, because I love both. In fact, I think that most landscape photos could be improved by including at least one dog or child in them .
    I suppose I do agree. Certainly lots of mine have a dog somewhere . . . well, a tail or a leg of a dog at least!

    As for the children - ours are not at an age where they spend a lot of time in landscapes. So I have to provide alcohol, and then, begrudgingly, I can take pictures of them in the kitchen. They also bring home pretty girls, but it's rather important not to seem like a dirty old man (which, of course, one is), so care is required!

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Jono, these are really beautiful. This is the best photo of Blue that I have seen. The portraits are very nice. How are the colors coming out compared to your Nikon and Oly?
    Thanks Cindy.
    The biggest tribute I can give to the colour, is that, like the Olympus colour, I don't give it much thought - it seems to be effortless right - greens are especially good.
    For me at least, if I notice something wrong with the colour, then it's wrong, if I don't . . . it must be right!

    There is a nice transparency (3D look) about the files though.

    I'm shooting daylight WB (sunny symbol) outside, and tungsten inside as usual.

    Has your new toy arrived yet?

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

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    Thanks Cindy.
    The biggest tribute I can give to the colour, is that, like the Olympus colour, I don't give it much thought - it seems to be effortless right - greens are especially good.
    For me at least, if I notice something wrong with the colour, then it's wrong, if I don't . . . it must be right!

    There is a nice transparency (3D look) about the files though.

    I'm shooting daylight WB (sunny symbol) outside, and tungsten inside as usual.

    Has your new toy arrived yet?
    Yes, Jono. It showed up this afternoon, but I didn't have time to play yet.
    My new toy: Olympus E3, 12-60SWD, 50-200SWD and a 1.4x extender. This should give me coverage from (35mm equiv)24-560mm in two lenses f/2.8-f5.6(w/extender). It all should fit nicely in my Domke F2. Oh, and did I mention built-in IS? Now all I need is a fast prime for portraits.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Yes, Jono. It showed up this afternoon, but I didn't have time to play yet.
    My new toy: Olympus E3, 12-60SWD, 50-200SWD and a 1.4x extender. This should give me coverage from (35mm equiv)24-560mm in two lenses f/2.8-f5.6(w/extender). It all should fit nicely in my Domke F2. Oh, and did I mention built-in IS? Now all I need is a fast prime for portraits.
    Excellent - I think you'll love it. I guess you'll be thinking along the 24mm f1.4 route for portraits? If you don't need it QUITE so fast, then the 50mm f2 does a grand job, is much smaller, is weather sealed AND is probably the sharpest macro lens I've ever used!

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    (...) You'll be surprised to hear the last portrait shoot I did I ended up drinking red wine until 2 in the morning (...)
    I somewhat doubt that Jono will be surprised to hear that, considering his excellent family portraits which not rarely includes the taste of undoubtedly excellent red wine as well as lively conversations until the early morning

    Congrats with your new system, Jono. The actual pixels crop looks very crisp to my eye.

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    Re: Something Different with the A900

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    I somewhat doubt that Jono will be surprised to hear that, considering his excellent family portraits which not rarely includes the taste of undoubtedly excellent red wine as well as lively conversations until the early morning

    Congrats with your new system, Jono. The actual pixels crop looks very crisp to my eye.
    David and Steen.
    Steen, what you won't know is that David bought some Nikon gear from me a couple of years ago . . . he arrived at lunchtime and left the next morning (and would have stolen the cat if Emma hadn't wrenched it out of his grip).

    As for the red wine - keep thinking it's all the best claret if you like, but with three 20 something year old kids and their friends lurking, you'd better believe it's just cheap plonk! David will be witness to this, as he's also spent time in the kitchen with a glass in his hand.

    So, Steen - it must be your turn . . I've a 25mm Zeiss ZF lens and a couple of CV nikon fits (58 and 40mm) - pop over and pick 'em up!

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