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    On the basis of very favourable test reports by Photodo and Pop Photo, I picked up the Sigma 70 mm f2.8 EX DG Macro lens. I'm quite impressed with it - very sharp in the centre at full aperture and very good indeed at f5.6 at all distances.

    Of course, the day I tested it the wind was howling, but ISO 320 enabled me to keep things relatively still!

    I'm going to do some serious stuff with orchids tomorrow and I'll post the results if the wind dies down!
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    Those are lovely Bill - good luck with the Orchids!

    here are a couple with the humble 24-105 Minolta:




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    Shelby,
    Nice vintage-grainy look. I like it.
    Are most shots using the siggy 50 or CZ 24-70?
    Is that lens flare in the two shots with both models wearing the anchor t-shirts?
    Like the 1st and the 4th shots the best.

    Jono,
    Love the B&W Bier lane shots. Those tree-covered lanes in the English countryside are the best and a great place to walk the dog. Wish we had some here. Looks like your dog is smart like mine and looks the other way just when he knows you are going to take the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayne_s View Post
    Shelby,
    Nice vintage-grainy look. I like it.
    Are most shots using the siggy 50 or CZ 24-70?
    Is that lens flare in the two shots with both models wearing the anchor t-shirts?
    Like the 1st and the 4th shots the best.
    Thanks Wayne,

    All the shots, with exception of the interiors are with the 135/1.8... LOVE that lens.

    Even though it looks like flare, It's actually greenery in the foreground. I was trying to frame the models with some abstract blurriness such that the garments/models stood out a bit more... plus just trying to make the shots a bit "different" to support the catalogs look a bit.

    Fun stuff.

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    Thanks for the kind words
    Shelby - again, these look splendid.
    Peter - your puppy looks wonderful

    Here's another maligned lens - the humble Sony 20mm f2.8
    and

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post

    here are a couple with the humble 24-105 Minolta:
    You're doing very well with your maligned lenses Jono! I think that what it comes down to is the pleasant rendering of these lenses, they might not be as sharp as Zeiss but they still have many pleasant and endearing qualities. I'm beginning to see now what Minolta groupies were talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    You're doing very well with your maligned lenses Jono! I think that what it comes down to is the pleasant rendering of these lenses, they might not be as sharp as Zeiss but they still have many pleasant and endearing qualities. I'm beginning to see now what Minolta groupies were talking about.
    Thank you David
    Yes - they don't quite have the zing of the zeiss lenses, but these to both have reasonable bokeh and decent colour. They have the advantage of being very small and very light.

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    Continuing the theme of Minolta lenses, this is with the Minolta 28-105mm (not the 24-105 that Jono has). EXIF F/6.3 @ 105mm



    50mm f/9 SilverEfex

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    Lovely David
    I touch of pincusion distortion? (or is it your windows )
    I'm still grateful for the heads up on that lens, it's hardly a competitor for the zeiss, but it's so tiny and neat, focuses fast, and is generally a gas to use!.


    Shelby - I never imagined for a second that your lovely greenery was flare! Great shots.

    Wayne - thank you - we have our own tree covered lane I love it, but I've got too many pictures of it!

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    Not my Windows Jono so can't say, but quite probably the lens!

    I have always been a fan of the old Minolta lens look. I had some of the Minolta tele zooms like the Beercan 70-210 and the Big Beercan 70-300, but have gradually sold most of them to finance the modern lenses like the 70-300G and the CZs. I have however hung on to my 50/1.7 24-85 and 28-105, for my film 5 and occasional use with the A900.
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    Last one for tonight:

    60mm F/5.6 Minolta28-105mm

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    grandchildren...

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    and the parents

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    You should try the old Minolta Rokkor 58 1.2 which has excellent bokeh and sharpness wide open and has great Leica like colors. It is a close 2nd to the NOCT-Nikkor 58 1.2 with very similar design. It is an exceptional environmental portrait lens.
    Minolta pioneered some unique lens technology back in the past, STF(smooth transition focus) and VFC(variable field curvature), etc. Even called Leica of the East.
    The Rokkor files website is a nice read on these old Minolta lenses.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Thank you David
    Yes - they don't quite have the zing of the zeiss lenses, but these to both have reasonable bokeh and decent colour. They have the advantage of being very small and very light.

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    grandchildren...
    John - that first shot of your grand-daughter is glorious - and doesn't she look like her mum.
    Wonderful

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    John - did you male a new purchase? If so, congrats and enjoy it.

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    he he. i was at Calumet for a reason...and thanks jono, those girls are irresitable
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    This is one ugly dog right out of a Dr. Seuss story.



    Sony A900, Zeiss 85mm

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    The wind wasn't too bad today so here are a few Yellow Lady-Slipper orchids which grow like weeds around here in June!

    All with the Sigma 70 macro at f18, ISO 320. Still very impressed by this lens.

    As a matter of interest, how does one separate pictures on this forum, instead of them abutting each other?

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    And here is Red Eft, about an inch and a half long, but taken with the ZA 24-70 at closest focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    he he. i was at Calumet for a reason...
    Wow....

    Well as you can see, and as I stated might be the case, your 14-24 didn't stick around too long after my visit to Calumet. I took it out of the box for the "for sale" picture .

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    Playing "Hopscotch"

    Nothing is easier than watching the girls play from the front porch

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    Albert - beautiful kids and light.

    I have been processing some of my holiday shots in monochrome:

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    Very nice David. Where were you? Greece?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    Albert - beautiful kids and light.

    I have been processing some of my holiday shots in monochrome:

    David,

    Really nice image Great conversion...

    Thanks for your post & the comments about my girls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by APY_JR View Post
    Playing "Hopscotch"

    Nothing is easier than watching the girls play from the front porch

    Albert
    Lovely Albert
    Your girls are so fab, I hope you were sitting on the front porch with a beer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Very nice David. Where were you? Greece?

    Hi Edward (and Albert), Thanks both.

    That particular shot was taken at Leptis Magna in Libya. We also were in Jordan, Egypt, Crete, Delos, Mykonos, and finally Athens, quite a variety of sights.

    More photos from some of those places on my Galleries
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Lovely Albert
    Your girls are so fab, I hope you were sitting on the front porch with a beer?
    Thanks Jono

    They are a treat for sure
    A glass of Rosso... you guys have all the best beer

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    It rained all day today...this is the best I could do!
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    I love it.... very nice Bill.... I like the minimalist feel...makes the spectecular cloud stand out

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    Weather did not pick up here either, so I decided to excercise some stitches at the spot where I go with my dog every day. Today was rather unpleasant because of swarms of midges attacking once you stand still for longer than 30 seconds.

    One of these days I hope to get this scene in the right light.... 12 stitches, Zeiss 24-70 @24mm, F13.

    Interesting stuff with that thumbnail option, I sized it for 30 inch screens.


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    I like yours better than mine, Georg!
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    Too bad the midges where that bad, hence this one here is messed up unfortunately, but I think it is a stronger composition. These Pano Robots must come in handy in such situations, let him do the work, while you keep moving and the bloodsucking pest away.


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    The alpha poses a serious problem!

    ....Insomnia.

    Somehow the messed up Panos were bugging me last night and I was pondering that something just has to be in there. I think I found something...



    The rugged landscapes of NW Ireland and Sotland are typical post glacial landscapes, V-shaped Glens cut into mountains, big bolders scattered over the landscapes, and of course bog land and meadows. The predominantly subtrpoical wet clima is ideal breeding ground for midges. Scotland delacred war on them, because they are causing great losses for the tourist industry in certain areas. I did the same and invested in a mosquito-magnet, a maschine that chemically attracts the females, as they are the ones who bite, and sucks them into a net by significant numbers. A full net can have 1/4 million midges. Considering that one female lays around 600 egs every 6-8 weeks, catching these numbers you cut into the breeding cycle and after using the maschine for one year, we are midge free in an area round about one acre of size. Of course, this has to be done every year during the season.

    This is a great lesson to me. Shooting handheld Panos with a high resolution camera provides material that is easily overlooked by judging only the full size panorama. On careful inspection interesting material might be found and isolated.
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    St. John's Point - Looking -S- to County Sligo and Mayo.


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    Great pics Georg. I can't wait to see the pics when you have had the camera for a couple of months<G> To have those views within even driving distance of a couple of hours for me would be something, never mind what you have.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Where are the great images and pros that previously appeared in this Sony forum?

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    Some recent wedding work...



















    Cheers!
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    Shelby, it is always a treat to view your work. You could make beautiful images with a $200 digicam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tex View Post
    Where are the great images and pros that previously appeared in this Sony forum?
    You sure know how to make friends and influence people

    and as Douglas says Shelby, lovely shots, I especially like the spoons.
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    Wonderful pics, Shelby!

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    Shelby,
    Very nice shots!
    I can recognize the bokeh and sharpness signature of the CZ 135 1.8 in a lot of them.
    I really like the 5th shot of the couple with the green dreamy landscape on the left.
    Which lens did you use for that?
    The food shots are great and I was taking similar shots of rows of cupcakes with the 135 last friday.

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    Here's today's contribution. 70-400 G. The bird is a Bobolink. Good test of DR!
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    Thanks guys...

    If I'm correct... every shot, with exception to the first one, was taken with the 135/1.8

    The first was with the siggy 50.

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    Few more...











    And, even though i NEVER do it during the actual ceremony... I did sneak behind the groom during the processional to get a shot of the bride's face as she came down the aisle.


    Cheers!

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    BTW... a few of these have a very subtle "S" adjustment curve applied on the blue channel... which, in essence, runs the highlights a bit yellow and the shadows a tad blue, while leaving the skin fairly intact. I happen to like, in moderation, the effect it has in rendering wedding images a bit less "clinical" while not taking them into full-on faux-vintage.

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    Wonderful work, Shelby.

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    Lovely images Shelby. Cracking photographer, cracking (ZA135) lens, cracking camera!!
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    wow... you guys continue to amaze me with your kindness.

    a quick correction... the s-curve I alluded to earlier is actually a reverse s-curve on the blue channel (in the curves dialogue). It boosts blue a tad in the shadows while subtracting blue (and seemingly pushing yellow) in the highlights.

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    Shelby, you always manage to get your wedding stuff done before me ...

    Here's a few from this Saturday's wedding done with the A900.

    85mm on the twin ring bearers and top down candid of the B&G kissing. 135mm on the Bride's flowers.

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    Marc and Shelby's wedding pics are simply beautiful. Kudos, guys.

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