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    Smile A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    some photos from last sunday to share
    This is my 1st time using 135 STF for shooting a model.

    A900 + 135 STF + Wireless lighting F58 + F56




    Can u see the special bokeh




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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Beautiful.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    girl, lens, bokeh - all beautiful
    have you tried to print big ...

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Lovely Andree
    I especially like the last one.
    So . . . how are you feeling about the A900 after a few weeks, and how much are you using your Nikon gear?

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Hi douglasf13, thx

    Hi Bondo, so far I haven't printed it bigger than A3 size. I only have Epson 4800 right now. Max size A2. I will try to print them soon :P

    Hi Jono,
    Hm... how do i feel about A900.
    One thing for sure, I love the Glass
    Zeiss 135/1.8, Zeiss 24-70/2.8 and STF 135 are really nice.
    I haven't used my Nikon gear since I bought A900. I want to explore and learn a lot more from A900 (it's more than a month already hahahhaa)

    BTW, here are few more pics to share











    pics of me




    with A900 + VG and FL 58
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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Were you using the 58 to trigger the other flashes? If so, I'm curious how well it worked outside, any misfires, etc.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    I'm also curious how you are finding the in-camera AS compensating for the lower max usable ISO of the Sony sensor ?

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Is it me or are highlights more easily blown than with the D3?

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    The pictures of the Sony camera and the photographer at work were taken with a Nikon D60 according to the Exif informations.
    There are many good things to say about Andree and his photographical performance, one of them is that he always leaves the Exif informations intact in the images

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    I wonder if one could adapt Mamiya M645 or Hassy to the Minolta/Sony mount (as you can to Nikon, EoS or Leica R)? Be interesting to see what the 110/2 F or Mamiya 200/2.8 APO would do with that sensor

    Edit - Actually Fotodiox does make a Hassy-Sony Alpha mount adapter. Story still out on Mamiya M645

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Ah yes thanks but the dynamic range does not look that wide on the 2 first pics above either no?

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Quote Originally Posted by LCT View Post
    Is it me or are highlights more easily blown than with the D3?
    Whatever else one can say about the A900, the highlights go on for ever! (you could criticise the shadows I suppose.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Not to criticise at all but i seem to recall nice pics by Andree with his D3 and Zeiss lenses. I wonder if the Sony has not a somewhat narrower DR than the D3 but i may be wrong of course.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Quote Originally Posted by LCT View Post
    Is it me or are highlights more easily blown than with the D3?
    It's you.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    My only real complaint about the A900 so far is the flash compensation ... best you can do is use the CF button to access the menu and then leave the setting on flash comp so you can return to it more quickly than scrolling. It's still a huge PITA and needs to be addressed ... hopefully with firmware.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    fotografz, hopefully Sony will fix this so the rear wheel can control it. In the meantime, another way to get to it is hit the Exposure comp button on top, then joystick once down. Or, use the fn button to select on rear screen.

    ps. To do the first option, you have to change the menu options to quick navi. I don't have the camera in front of me right now, so I don't remember the exact nomenclature.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff stevens View Post
    Were you using the 58 to trigger the other flashes? If so, I'm curious how well it worked outside, any misfires, etc.
    Hi Jeff,
    Yes I was using 58 to trigger the other flashes. It was OK, only few times misfires
    Same thing with Nikon CLS.
    One thing that really bother me about sony wireless lighting.
    It's the power set-up
    It's really hard to control the power of the light.
    In Sony Wireless lighting system, they are using RATIO, such as 1:1 , 1:2 , 1:4 up to 1:16
    or 2:1, 4:1
    This is really confusing
    I prefer Nikon's style, it much more simpler. I just need to adjust the power by set the power to +1, +2 or +3
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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Talking about the Dynamic Range.
    I love the DR from A900, it's really nice to my inexperience eyes i think the DR of A900 is wider than D3 or at least as good as D3.

    Hi Robmac, Sorry I don't really understand ur question. Therefore, please don't be mad if I'm answer your question incorrectly.

    A lot of people said A900 lower max iso (100) has a wider DR than Iso 200. To be honest I haven't notice the differences until today :|
    However since a lot of people said that, it's better for me to iso 100 as many as I could

    Hi Bondo, I'm Glad that my EXIF is useful for you. I think we have the same hobby!! which is looking at the EXIF of the pics hahahaa
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepdiver View Post
    A lot of people said A900 lower max iso (100) has a wider DR than Iso 200.
    I don't doubt what others are saying, but Sony make a direct statement about ISO 100 having slightly less DR. It's in the manual, page 74 in the notes, The available luminosity limits for an image (dynamic range) are a little narrower in the range less than ISO 200.

    I would like to ask a question if I may regarding shooting raw and the D-Range Optimizer and or Custom Styles. With my conventional thinking cap on I would have thought that neither of these settings would have any effect on raw files, but I'm thrown by the statements

    "for enlarged raw images, the effects of the D-Range optimizer other than D-R (standard) can not be checked on the camera." P80

    and with the custom styles, which I suspect only apply to Jpgs

    (Neutral) "The saturation and sharpness are lowered for capturing images in a quiet tone, This is also suitable for capturing image material to be modified with a computer". P81

    Are these two settings having an effect on the raw image, particularly Custom Styles with sharpness and vividness?.

    Lovely images BTW, I know it's early days, but which 135 do you think will be your favorite?.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Andre - No worries.

    I was just curious as to how useful A900 owners were finding the in-camera anti-shake (AS) helpful in stretching the cameras useful ISO limits - the A900 not being knows to be as noise free at higher ISOs as say the 5DII or D3x.

    The idea being you could shoot at a lower ISO with the 900 using AS with shorter FL lenses such as the 138/1.8 than you could under the same circumstances at the same ISO using say the 5DII and 135/2 - thus somewhat negating the need for the higher-ISO capabilities (with still subjects of course.) with the 900.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Andre - No worries.

    I was just curious as to how useful A900 owners were finding the in-camera anti-shake (AS) helpful in stretching the cameras useful ISO limits - the A900 not being knows to be as noise free at higher ISOs as say the 5DII or D3x.

    The idea being you could shoot at a lower ISO with the 900 using AS with shorter FL lenses such as the 138/1.8 than you could under the same circumstances at the same ISO using say the 5DII and 135/2 - thus somewhat negating the need for the higher-ISO capabilities (with still subjects of course.) with the 900.
    Hi Rob
    I think it's incredibly useful - it seems to me to give you around 2 stops, which is more than the noise differential . . . but of course, it's only relevant if your Canikon doesn't have IS, and your subject doesn't have the shakes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCT View Post
    Not to criticise at all but i seem to recall nice pics by Andree with his D3 and Zeiss lenses. I wonder if the Sony has not a somewhat narrower DR than the D3 but i may be wrong of course.
    I can't comment on Sony's DR but it wasn't that great on my D3, I doubt that the Sony is worse, but I do see what you're talking about in the above pictures. You can't judge the camera without knowing the conditions and understanding Andre's exposure choice for the scene and then there's one's workflow and camera settings that can affect things too.

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    Re: A900 + 135/2.8 STF T4.5 (some pics to share)

    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin View Post
    I don't doubt what others are saying, but Sony make a direct statement about ISO 100 having slightly less DR. It's in the manual, page 74 in the notes, The available luminosity limits for an image (dynamic range) are a little narrower in the range less than ISO 200.
    The A900 has a unique, gradual highlight rolloff that gives a very smooth, "filmlike" transition to the highlights. ISO 100 decreases the highlight range, but, in return, it handles shadows better, and has a slightly bigger overall DR.

    Neither creative styles nor DRO adds to raw. I believe the manual is referring to zooming in on the camera LCD when stating only DRO is visable.

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