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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

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    Rural Street Photography:

    Kids with Attitude:

    Jono,
    There's something wrong with this photo. It looks as if it's (his? her?) head is coming out through the front of my monitor, but when I look on the backside (of the monitor), the rest of the animal isn't there...

    Ok, ok... great photo

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    Jorgen, be careful, you saw that biiiiig black hole ??? Keep away from that !!!
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    Hi Diane
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    I especially like the horse shot from above---but the tea strainer and whatever that is that is stacked--lovely. I'd love to visit your kitchen *smile*.
    Thank you - the stack is weights - you would be most welcome in our kitchen - any time. There's always good coffee on the stove, and on sunny days it streams in through the windows. . . . mind you, to get the good shots you often have to put things on the floor and lie down next to them!

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    I like the one of Emma and---is it Blue??---and the rural 'kids with attitudes' just tickled me. You're on a roll.

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    Dixie - she's a Whippet / Bedlington cross - lovely, but she really has lost the plot over the last year or so (she's 14). Blue is a flat-coat retriever . . .quite a different kettle of fish!

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Jono,
    There's something wrong with this photo. It looks as if it's (his? her?) head is coming out through the front of my monitor, but when I look on the backside (of the monitor), the rest of the animal isn't there...

    Ok, ok... great photo

    Thank you Jorgen . . . I think they're boys . . and I'm afraid they're due for the pot, but not for a year, and in the meantime they're having fun running down fences and the local dogs and photographers! terrorising.

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Springtime in Suffolk
    Just a few from a lovely sunny (but chilly) day.

    Marsh Marigolds


    (Sony 100mm f2.8 macro)

    On Redgrave Fen

    (Sony 100mm f2.8 macro)

    A couple of shots of the old barn in Magpie Green:
    (both with Zeiss 24-70 f2.8)




    The obligatory BIG sky

    Sigma 12-24 zoom

    Anemones and Daffodils


    Zeiss 24-70

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    Jono,
    Rather lovely again, I'm afraid. The flowers in the jug almost gives me associations to national days and other spring celebrations. Very deep, powerful colours in that one. Any pp to get that look, or is it straight out of the camera?

    Lovely b&w too. I like the contrast between the leafless trees and the fluffy clouds in the last one.

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    A couple of quick spring pictures with the A900 and 2.8/100 Sony macro
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Ants eye view of Spring



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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    HI Jorgen
    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Jono,
    Rather lovely again, I'm afraid. The flowers in the jug almost gives me associations to national days and other spring celebrations. Very deep, powerful colours in that one. Any pp to get that look, or is it straight out of the camera?
    What would you like me to say? I did crop it very slightly, and recover the highlights in the jug just a touch - but really, in effect, that's it, straight out of the camera.

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    HI Dave
    Do you have Daffs with blue leaves, or did you do some PP on that one . . . or were the stalks in the shade?

    Quentin - lovely ants view - the old 12-24 does a good job on the A900 I think.

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Really love the Ant's eye view!
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    [QUOTE=Quentin_Bargate;88170]Ants eye view of Spring


    Here's my ant's view but I like yours better!
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    Bill, like the background - your ants have a nice view!

    Jono, thanks, I have been admiring your ambient light and other shots in this thread. I agree about the 12-24mm, I seem to have a decent copy and the field of view is unmatched. I see no reason to buy the less wide Zeiss despite the fact it is probably better optically. I sometimes wonder what Sigma could do if their designers and quality control were told to produce no compromise "Super EX" lenses.

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI Dave
    Do you have Daffs with blue leaves, or did you do some PP on that one . . . or were the stalks in the shade?

    Quentin - lovely ants view - the old 12-24 does a good job on the A900 I think.
    Hi Jono, they were in the shade! Just processed the RAW files with C1 at default and resized in PS. I think I may also have tweaked the contrast a bit in PS with that one!

    I also love the "worms" eye view (even lower than an ant!) of the daffs. I bet you got your knees dirty!
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by dhsimmonds View Post
    Hi Jono, they were in the shade! Just processed the RAW files with C1 at default and resized in PS. I think I may also have tweaked the contrast a bit in PS with that one!
    HI Dave
    It's the perfect example of why using auto-white balance in light/shade daylight situations is so completely ludicrous - any variable amount of light makes it bonkers. I settle for daylight on everything . . . the joy of shooting RAW means that you can always change it later (I very rarely do though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Bill, like the background - your ants have a nice view!

    Jono, thanks, I have been admiring your ambient light and other shots in this thread. I agree about the 12-24mm, I seem to have a decent copy and the field of view is unmatched. I see no reason to buy the less wide Zeiss despite the fact it is probably better optically. I sometimes wonder what Sigma could do if their designers and quality control were told to produce no compromise "Super EX" lenses.

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    Thanks - the ambient light stuff is only because I'm too lazy to learn about 'real' (or do I mean 'unreal') lighting - my sentiments exactly, the 16-35 is now way down my want list . . . . the 135 f1.8 on the other hand

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI Dave
    It's the perfect example of why using auto-white balance in light/shade daylight situations is so completely ludicrous - any variable amount of light makes it bonkers. I settle for daylight on everything . . . the joy of shooting RAW means that you can always change it later (I very rarely do though).
    Ok, OK hands up! I've been caught out being lazy! So here it is again using daylight on C1 this time! It does look a lot better IMHO
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    Ok, OK hands up! I've been caught out being lazy! So here it is again using daylight on C1 this time! It does look a lot better IMHO
    HI Dave
    nothing to do with laziness. Just put it on daylight and leave it there (I reckon it would have improved the other picture as well).

    There was much talk about this around here about a year ago. Basically, it makes one really understand the colour response of the camera (rather like using a particular brand of film), which is a GOOD thing, it's also more likely to be the right compromise in mixed lighting. Finally, you can always change it.

    I can bore for England on this subject, so I had better shut up fast!

    I do the same with all my cameras these days - the only time I ever use AWB is indoors with mixed lighting (setting 3 on the lovely A900 settings).

    Auto ISO on the other hand seems to me to be a wonderful invention

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    I'm very pleased with the typical Zeiss 3D effect from the ZA 135:

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    I'm very pleased with the typical Zeiss 3D effect from the ZA 135:

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    Ouch, you're killing me with those 135ZA pics, Edward. Beautiful. My 85ZA is begging me for a partner....

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglasf13 View Post
    Ouch, you're killing me with those 135ZA pics, Edward. Beautiful. My 85ZA is begging me for a partner....
    Thank you Douglas! It would be a very sound investment in my opinion. I have used the 135 and Sony 70-300G extensively during the weekend, and looking at the files now, I'm quite disappointed with the flat lifeless photos of the zoom compared to the 135 prime which even wide open and with flat dawn lighting produced very sharp photos with high micro-contrast.
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    Edward, I am most envious, that lens is a cracker.

    (As is that photo)
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    Thanks David. Here's another one from the same session.

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    I am getting more and more tempted, what wonderful colours and bokeh, was that wide open?
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Edward- with pictures like this you know that you are going to be responsible for the sale of many more CZ135 lenses to us poor guys!

    It really is a superb piece of glass.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
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    Hi jono, thank you for posting so many excellent images, always a joy for the eye! I especially enjoy this dramatic rendering of the leaning central pillar, it catches perfectly the enigmatic nature of these ancient stone circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    I am getting more and more tempted, what wonderful colours and bokeh, was that wide open?
    Actually it was shot at 1/250 f/2.4

    The first shot of the monk at f/2.8

    It is very sharp wide open but the DOF is so thin that I prefer to stop it down a bit unless I'm looking for a special effect.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Here is one from the 16-35 for a change:

    16mm 1/250 f/9.5 Thai-Burmese border

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    And here's one at 35mm 1/2000 f/2.8:

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    And this is the last one for today, I promise

    ZA 135 1/350 f/2.8

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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    Hi jono, thank you for posting so many excellent images, always a joy for the eye! I especially enjoy this dramatic rendering of the leaning central pillar, it catches perfectly the enigmatic nature of these ancient stone circles.
    Thank YOU Arne - I'm flattered. It's a splendid place, but only worth an hour or so, but if you fancy a look one day, we can take you to the best beach in Europe, a grand pub and home for a meal, all within 5 miles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    Here is one from the 16-35 for a change:

    16mm 1/250 f/9.5 Thai-Burmese border
    Oh Edward . . . I just go out and get the 135, (like today) and then you go and show me this shot with the 16-35 (which I can't afford).

    Anyway, here are a few from the first day with the 135:














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    Nice, Jono. Unfortunately I suffered a major data loss today - including my entire Photoshop installation and email. So it will be a few days before I can offer up any comparison from the 135 STF (Also means my regular email is out of action for a day or two)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Nice, Jono. Unfortunately I suffered a major data loss today - including my entire Photoshop installation and email. So it will be a few days before I can offer up any comparison from the 135 STF (Also means my regular email is out of action for a day or two)

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    I'm sorry about that . . . could this be the time to cut the crap and get a mac?

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    Congrats on the new arrival (ZA 135) Jono , I knew it was only a matter of time before you'd give in . I'm sure the lens will reveal all very quickly in your capable hands and make it's true worth far outweigh the price tag.

    Did you jump to beat the rumored price increase?.
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    Jono, I add my congrats as well! This is a decision you won't regret. Looking forward to seeing more of your work with this lens.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

    Thanks Edward for more details (EXIF) on the photos with the ZA 135 lens, I didn't mean to dwell on the technical aspects of the shots, they are especially beautiful without knowing that. That 16-35 lens seems great as well.

    Jono, congrats on the new lens also. I'm trying to hold back, but it is getting harder.
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    Re: Fun Pictures with Sony . . . .

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    Thank YOU Arne - I'm flattered. It's a splendid place, but only worth an hour or so, but if you fancy a look one day, we can take you to the best beach in Europe, a grand pub and home for a meal, all within 5 miles!
    That's very generous of you Jono, I'll keep it mind
    I would be delighted to offer you the same hospitality should you ever set foot on these shores

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    Happy shooting with the new 135 Jono, welcome to the club!

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    A900 Minolta 100mm Macro

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    Thank you - I was aware that a price rise was likely, but to be honest I'm not sure if I got in in time or not. One of the real challenges of our new office, is that it's 15 minutes drive from Warehousexpress!!! VERY dangerous.

    Edward - thank you - I don't think I'll regret it either. What terrifies me is the lure of your 16-35 . . . I thought you weren't that keen at first?

    David - resistance is useless (at least, mine was, all that happened is that I've wasted 6 months opportunity of shooting with this lovely lens

    Arne - after a lovely week spent in Finland last summer, you never know!

    Bob - thank you - I can see more indiscretions on the horizon

    David - those buds are lovely - what are they? I still think the 100 macro does a decent job with a good bokeh thrown in.

    Not much time to shoot today, but here are a couple from this evening.


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    Very nice, David! I like the composition, colors, and use of DOF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post

    Edward - thank you - I don't think I'll regret it either. What terrifies me is the lure of your 16-35 . . . I thought you weren't that keen at first?

    Let's say that I've had some teething problems with the 16-35. It took me some time to get used to, but now I actually like it. I still believe that in absolute sharpness, the 24-70 is better from 24 to 35mm. (But the 24-70 sharpness drops at 50 and 70mm). Both lenses are significantly better at the wider end and not as good at the longer end. But the 16-35 performs much better in the CA department and both produce equally pleasing colors and contrast. So now I'm very happy with it.
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    Let's say that I've had some teething problems with the 16-35. It took me some time to get used to, but now I actually like it. I still believe that in absolute sharpness, the 24-70 is better from 24 to 35mm. (But the 24-70 sharpness drops at 50 and 70mm). Both lenses are significantly better at the wider end and not as good at the longer end. But the 16-35 performs much better in the CA department and both produce equally pleasing colors and contrast. So now I'm very happy with it.
    Variation is obviously an issue, as far as I'm aware, my 24-70 really doesn't have any CA to mention the 135 does (although it isn't distressing).

    Glad you're enjoying it . . . . for the time being I'll stick to my lightweight 12-24 (not perfect, but quite useable).

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    Jono and Edward, thanks for the comments on the macro shot. The red "buds" are actually the tiny parts of some Christmas Potpourri that was lying in a dish by the window.

    Jono: Regarding the 135, I am hesitant because I do not do portrait photography generally and looking through my photo library I see 135mm is not a length that my zooms get used at very often. I walked around yesterday with the Minolta 80-200mm set to 135mm to see what I could do with it:

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    Jono: Regarding the 135, I am hesitant because I do not do portrait photography generally and looking through my photo library I see 135mm is not a length that my zooms get used at very often. I walked around yesterday with the Minolta 80-200mm set to 135mm to see what I could do with it:
    Hi David
    Lovely photo.
    Well, this is exactly why I don't have the 85 f1.4, and why I waited so long to get the 135.
    Still, the fact that one's zoom doesn't end up there very often doesn't necessarily mean that it shouldn't! I think that with the 70-300 I tend to use the longer end to get the soft depth of field - rather than because it's necessary.

    One of the nice things about the 135 is that it does focus down to a couple of feet - so you can do the sort of shots you've been showing very easily.

    I was also a bit worried about the screwdriver focusing (the 100 macro really can be a pain hunting around). It's pretty good though, and fairly quiet too. I have a pretty steady hand, but my problem is a tendency to sway, which, at f1.8 can be catastrophic - yesterday I tried using continuous focus and it worked really well, the lens made small corrections quickly without hunting.

    You really can take pictures in low light too!

    So, I think you'll agree, resistance is futile (and the price may go up soon!). Warehouseexpress in Norwich had one left the other day

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    Nice job again, David!

    Honestly the 135 FL was not one of my favourites neither. I had the Contax 135 but almost always found myself using the 85 and 180. However, knowing the qualities of the ZA, I find myself reaching for it more often. I think it is a matter of knowing our lenses well, and using them accordingly. I agree with Jono that one tends to use the 2 extremes of a zoom rather than intermediate settings. I'm sure if you had a 35-135, you would find more photos at the 135 setting than now.
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    Jono: The close focus aspect does attract me to the 135. This Minolta white 80-200 HS G has a terrible MFD of about 1.8m and it frequently causes me problems as a result.

    We have a cruise to Jordan, Egypt and Libya coming up soon, but I have to be careful not to take take too many lenses as I don't want to be worrying about having to swop them all the time. At present I plan to take the CZ24-70, 75-300G and the Tamron 17-35 for WA and possibly the Minolta 28-105 for lightness as a general walkaround zoom.

    I may stick the 100 macro in the bag as well, because there is always something to shoot at that scale.

    Just ordered the Zeiss CPOL filter, as my other CPOL is vignetting on the 24-70.

    BTW I found my 80-200 HS G zoom was much better with the UV filter removed, despite being multicoated it added a lot of flare even with the lenshood.

    Edward: You are right, we do use the extremes of our zooms all the time, I am trying to force myself to use the other ranges. Life was much simpler with fixed lenses and simple cameras.
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    You guys are killing me with lens lust for the CZ 135 !!!
    Not sure that I need it b/c I have the Minolta 200G which by far is my favorite lens...but it's sure fun to think about the CZ135.
    I think it would make a beautiful equine lens..see, I just justified it !!

    Here's some with a700+Minolta 200G

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    You guys are killing me with lens lust for the CZ 135 !!!
    Not sure that I need it b/c I have the Minolta 200G which by far is my favorite lens...but it's sure fun to think about the CZ135.
    I think it would make a beautiful equine lens..see, I just justified it !!
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    Love that first shot
    HELP!
    Now I WANT one of these lenses too.
    Where can I find one?

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