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DonSchap
01-08-2009, 04:42 PM
How about this?

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sparkie1263
01-08-2009, 05:46 PM
Looks great, what did you crop it at?

Thanks
Frank

DonSchap
01-08-2009, 05:59 PM
I just eyeballed it ... but its at 756 x 603 (roughly an 10:8 ratio)

sparkie1263
01-08-2009, 06:02 PM
I re-cropped it this is what I got.

Thanks
Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/28-200%20Lens/SamsDockHDRPS8x10.jpg

dr4gon
01-08-2009, 06:31 PM
Looks great! Did you use a tripod? I really like all the blues, they really syandf out wel.

sparkie1263
01-08-2009, 07:38 PM
No hand held I was surprised they came out that good. Steady hands and SSS.LOL

Thanks
Frank

DonSchap
01-08-2009, 07:59 PM
How about that SONY ...?

sparkie1263
01-08-2009, 08:05 PM
I took five images. I think I will try it with all five and see how it is.

Frank

Here is a five image HDR.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/28-200%20Lens/SamsDock5ImageHDR.jpg

laydros
01-09-2009, 04:19 PM
Gosh, it's so nice to be able to look at an image at 100% and it's sharp.

More bragging about the baby here of course.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3513/3182710745_5c4895b806_b.jpg

Camera: A300
Lens: Minolta 28-85mm f3.5-4.5
Focal Length: 60mm
Exposure: Auto - ISO 400
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed - 1/100th
White Balance: Auto
Flash: No
Date: 09 January 2008

DonSchap
01-09-2009, 04:23 PM
Explain what you changed?

BTW: Looking good! :D

laydros
01-09-2009, 04:44 PM
Explain what you changed?

BTW: Looking good! :D

My primary lenses are now the 28-85 and beercan instead of the Sony kit 18-70 and 75-300.

I lost the wide end (and still have to use the kit for that) but gained a little in speed and a lot in IQ.

Although GotToyota is shooting some pretty stellar stuff with his kit lens.

dr4gon
01-09-2009, 04:56 PM
It's the photographer that makes the lens.

And it's the damn thieves which take your .... stuff.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3081/3180119513_ae513d8990.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3180119513/)

Yesterday morning, I found my car ramsacked. Someone had gone through all my stuff and left a mess. Among the missing were my favorite pair of Oakley sunglasses and I think a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (can't find em anywhere in my house, didn't think they were in my car), 2 LED flashlights, and an ashtray full of change.

I'm guessing it was some punk kid who did it. Some people seriously have NOTHING better to do. It was partially my fault for probably leaving the door unlocked (which makes it all the more difficult). Moreover, this was right behind my house in the driveway outside the garage. More than likely I was probably home while this happened. *sigh....

Hard lesson learned, LOCK YOUR DOORS! (And take your valuables with you).

sparkie1263
01-09-2009, 05:04 PM
Sorry to hear that. Good thing the camera wasn't in the car. That is my biggest fear about having my camera with me all the time. I always lock the doors but they can always break the window. Locks are for honest thieves.

Frank

DonSchap
01-09-2009, 05:11 PM
This is precisely why I put up the surveillance system. It has really cut down these type of "attacks." The cops are just waiting for a clean "ID"

I also like being able to instantly survey the property when I hear something ... unusual. The snow really enhances the lighting.

Big Moon tonight ... Apogee!

dr4gon
01-09-2009, 05:35 PM
Sorry to hear that. Good thing the camera wasn't in the car. That is my biggest fear about having my camera with me all the time. I always lock the doors but they can always break the window. Locks are for honest thieves.

Frank

Yeah when the police came to take a report. They asked if there was any GPS or radar detectors in the car that were stolen (luckily don't have any). They said thieves are pretty bold and if something happens, they usually break the glass and snatch it. That way the car alarm doesn't go off.


This is precisely why I put up the surveillance system. It has really cut down these type of "attacks." The cops are just waiting for a clean "ID"

I also like being able to instantly survey the property when I hear something ... unusual. The snow really enhances the lighting.

Big Moon tonight ... Apogee!

No snow here obviously, but I would love to have a surveillance system up and running. I guess the cost and installation are keeping me back. The ease of installing it doesn't seem like it would be too easy. Even if we had wireless cameras going to the network. I wouldn't know how to wire and power them.

One thing we do need though is a motion sensing flood light out back. Gives things a bit of light even when the moon isn't out ;).

I'm glad my camera wasn't in there or anything else. We also take our garage remotes in just in case. Otherwise, it would be like a firesale in there! :eek:

sparkie1263
01-09-2009, 05:36 PM
My shack is waiting for a moon shot. It is too cold for me tonight.
Frank

DonSchap
01-09-2009, 06:19 PM
Texas may see the moon ... how about it, Dr4gon?

dr4gon
01-09-2009, 07:13 PM
Big Moon tonight ... Apogee!


Texas may see the moon ... how about it, Dr4gon?

Perigee (http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/pacalc.html) Don! :p

It's tomorrow night. Biggest of '09 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28581233/)! I'll see what I can get.

sparkie1263
01-09-2009, 07:16 PM
My shack might be snow covered and full moon. Might have to brave the weather.

Frank

sparkie1263
01-10-2009, 01:21 PM
Fastest Mailbox in Town
I was driving and see this mailbox in front of a auto repair shop.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/DSC04192.jpg

seanhoxx
01-10-2009, 04:03 PM
The 'biggest" moon of 2009 and I doubt will see anything between the clouds, the snow and the rain!! oh and a bit of fog starting to rise off the snow/slop. Should have a few good 'moons' this year, the corn moon or harvest moon don't recall which one is to be rater 'large' this year and will seem to spend more 'time' low on the horizonmight be good for some colors.

seanhoxx
01-10-2009, 04:05 PM
P.S. dr4gon just FYI if your car is NOT parked on your property, say out on the city street or in a public parking lot and your doors are UNLOCKED and you get stuff stolen lots of ins. carriers will NOT pay a claim. So if not in the drive or the garage look up!

dr4gon
01-10-2009, 05:08 PM
P.S. dr4gon just FYI if your car is NOT parked on your property, say out on the city street or in a public parking lot and your doors are UNLOCKED and you get stuff stolen lots of ins. carriers will NOT pay a claim. So if not in the drive or the garage look up!

Good to know, thanks! Will keep it locked up regardless everywhere from now on.

dr4gon
01-10-2009, 08:35 PM
Moon at perigee. Please don't shoot me, it was cloudy and this is what I could come up with while I was standing outside freezing by butt off, LOL.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3354/3186862912_bf1a16404d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3186862912/)

Peekayoh
01-11-2009, 05:09 AM
Shoot that man for taking a picture of a street light!

Peekayoh
01-11-2009, 05:13 AM
USK ROAD BRIDGE

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
Exposure: 1/200th sec
Aperture: f/8 -1.3EV
Focal Length: 28 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 03 December 2008

dr4gon
01-11-2009, 09:14 PM
Nice shot of the bridge. I understand why you did -1.3EV but it's probably a bit too much as the water and shadows are a bit too dark (at least for me as I see it).

It could easily be saved (image mask at the least) for the bridge in photoshop ;).

Peekayoh
01-12-2009, 02:55 AM
Yeh, didn't have an ND Filter with me.

DonSchap
01-13-2009, 08:51 AM
What can you get with a TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD lens?

I don't know ... maybe this ...


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EXIF: 35mm - f/8 - 1/750 - ISO 800 - M - Sun in the west


Just for scale ... see that little dot on the lower left of that orange expanse. Yes ...a human.

DonSchap
01-13-2009, 09:00 AM
So ... there he is ... just for scaling ... LOL

43614

It's my understanding that you are not suppose to
climb on this site ... but, then again, some people
will do just about anything to get on the DCRP forum.

Elisha
01-13-2009, 09:11 AM
doesn't look like he has any gear on him. is he attempting a vertical walk?

DonSchap
01-13-2009, 09:38 AM
I suspect he might have had some "mountain goat" in him, or maybe at least a couple of beers, but I was nowhere close enough to ask or really know. People do a lot of crazy things when they are on vacation. It was a warm April day and there was a large number of people around.

sparkie1263
01-13-2009, 12:50 PM
Foul Ball

I was driving looking for some birds to shoot and seen this ball stuck in a tree by the edge of the woods.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/FoulballPS.jpg

laydros
01-13-2009, 01:18 PM
Thats a cool, fun picture Frank, nice job.

dr4gon
01-13-2009, 04:19 PM
Wonder what the story is behind that one!

laydros
01-13-2009, 04:41 PM
This is from my trip to NYC in early 2008, and off a P&S (although it was Sony). I ran into it today, and I pretty much like the composition of it as much as about anything I have shot with the a300. I wish the line in the middle was straight through the frame... but I'll know what to try to shoot next time I get to go to NYC.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3467/3194690019_722a2415f3_b.jpg

dr4gon
01-13-2009, 05:34 PM
Wow neat! I like the perspective and lines running through the picture. It looks very old fashion actually. It looks as if it could have been taken some time in the last 40+ years....

Peekayoh
01-13-2009, 05:44 PM
Saw this on the way home. The sun was reflecting off the cliff on the other side of the river.
Meant to set ISO400 but grabbed ISO800 instead!!

BOAT ON THE WYE AT CHEPSTOW

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta Beercan
Exposure: 1/800th sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 210mm
ISO Speed: 800
Date: 14th January 2008

dr4gon
01-13-2009, 09:15 PM
Neato find. I wonder how long that's been there?

GotToyota?
01-14-2009, 12:07 AM
Took this little number while visiting the University of North Texas.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3534/3195525549_221ae919b5_o.jpg

Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Lens: Kit lens
Exposure: 1/60th sec
Aperture: f/25
Focal Length: 22mm
ISO Speed: 100

Let's see if I get ripped apart like before. ;)

-Matt

dr4gon
01-14-2009, 08:59 AM
It's a nice shot. Looks pretty straight to me, maybe a touch (a hair) off.

Any idea why you chose f/25? large DOF? There are a couple spots on your sensor. It's probably time to put that A100 in cleaning mode and blow the sensor.

laydros
01-14-2009, 09:11 AM
GotToyota, I like it, but you do need to clean the sensor.

Unlike film, if you can get away with f11 or so, you are better off, on digital you actually start to lose a little sharpness if you go much smaller.

You have some nice skies in many of these shots, are you using a CPL?

Peekayoh
01-14-2009, 09:39 AM
Happy to oblige!

DonSchap
01-14-2009, 09:59 AM
I gotta admit ... that cracks me up. :rolleyes:

dr4gon
01-14-2009, 10:08 AM
LMAO that was fast! Peek was so eager to rip it up!



_____________


Perhaps worthy of a new thread for this can of worms.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3529/3196126054_0aebb71510.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3196126054/)

Filtration.

Top drawer filters for top lenses ;). Guess I wouldn't have it any other way. I use the UVs for protection and the CPL for the occasional shot where I deem it necessary and have it with me.

Left to top to bottom.

Hoya S-HMC 55mm UV Filter (Brand New) - wanted to see what all the buzz was about regarding the S-HMC line's 99.7% light transmission (versus Pro-1D's 97%) and 6 coatings on each side (versus the Pro-1D's 3 on each).
Hoya 55mm UV Filter (Purple) - Gift from cousin, featured on kit lens, led to a great discovery.
Promaster 67mm UV Filter - Multicoated, supposedly Hoya made, came free with my Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8
Hoya 62mm Pro1 Digital UV Filter
Hoya 77mm Pro1 Digital UV Filter - Lives on my Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8
Hoya 77mm Pro1 Digital Circular Polarizer (CPL) Filter - When needed ;)

I also have a step ring set which coveres I think 45 or 49mm to 77mm :D

So what do you use, if any, and why?

GotToyota?
01-14-2009, 10:25 AM
GotToyota, I like it, but you do need to clean the sensor.

Unlike film, if you can get away with f11 or so, you are better off, on digital you actually start to lose a little sharpness if you go much smaller.

You have some nice skies in many of these shots, are you using a CPL?

I'm going to charge up the battery right now and then give it a good 10-20 cleanings (the manual way from the menu).

I see, I didn't know that. What is a CPL? I am using a standard Tiffen UV filter, which might've been dusty so that may be causing the spots you see. I haven't took off the lens since the first day I got it so I doubt it's the sensor itself that's dusty.

-Matt

DonSchap
01-14-2009, 10:28 AM
My filter selections are listed near the end of my GEAR LIST out.

dr4gon
01-14-2009, 10:39 AM
I'm going to charge up the battery right now and then give it a good 10-20 cleanings (the manual way from the menu).

I see, I didn't know that. What is a CPL? I am using a standard Tiffen UV filter, which might've been dusty so that may be causing the spots you see. I haven't took off the lens since the first day I got it so I doubt it's the sensor itself that's dusty.

-Matt

circular polarizer - sunglasses for your camera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_polarizer#Polarizer

do you have an air blower?

GotToyota?
01-14-2009, 10:41 AM
Unfortunately no. :( I need to get one.

-Matt

dr4gon
01-14-2009, 11:24 AM
Unfortunately no. :( I need to get one.

-Matt

I would get the Giottos Large Rocket blower I think the model is AA 1900 or AA1900.

Until then, I wouldn't touch it.

Peekayoh
01-14-2009, 11:59 AM
Gotta some Hoya SMC and a bunch of Carl Zeiss Jena SL. Not sure of the quality now though.

Peekayoh
01-14-2009, 12:06 PM
Here's another view of the boat. I was stood on the old Iron Bridge and suffering severe camera shake from the passing traffic.

BOAT ON THE WYE AT CHEPSTOW

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta Beercan
Exposure: 1/500th sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 210mm
ISO Speed: 800
Date: 14th January 2008

dr4gon
01-14-2009, 10:40 PM
If you were wondering what that brand new 55mm S-HMC filter was for, it was for the new SAL-50F14. It was a birthday gift for my birthday today (Jan 14).


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3198684454_6f765449a0_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3198684454/)

# Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80) [+]
# Aperture: f/1.4 [+]
# Focal Length: 50 mm [+]
# ISO Speed: 100 [+]
# Exposure Bias: 0 EV [+]
# Flash: On [+]

Beautiful bokeh!

Peekayoh
01-15-2009, 02:51 AM
Great present and great Bokeh. So we couldn't count the candles, I guess.

sparkie1263
01-15-2009, 05:37 AM
Happy birthday.
Frank

laydros
01-15-2009, 06:28 AM
Must be something about today. It's also my boss and my sister in laws birthday. Hope it's a good one!

dr4gon
01-15-2009, 08:45 AM
Great present and great Bokeh. So we couldn't count the candles, I guess.

LOL, you know you love the F/1.4 :p

Yes, laydros it was excellent! So far this lens looks great. I can't wait to compare it with the 17-50mm!

DonSchap
01-15-2009, 09:34 AM
Nice gift. You should be able to get a lot of indoor mileage out of that one.

dr4gon
01-15-2009, 10:34 AM
Yup, one piece of my bag which fulfills that low light (non flash), small DOF requirement ;)

DonSchap
01-15-2009, 10:36 AM
You, perhaps, should have shot the above image with the candles LIT! LOL ... get that bokeh going! Try it out. ;)

dr4gon
01-15-2009, 11:26 AM
You, perhaps, should have shot the above image with the candles LIT! LOL ... get that bokeh going! Try it out. ;)

I did with the candles lit, but it was a dark (lights out).

I'll go see what I got!

seanhoxx
01-15-2009, 10:00 PM
Now thats some bokeh!! or you were taking shots after doing shots LOL Do I see raspberries on that cake? tastey.

dr4gon
01-15-2009, 10:06 PM
Now thats some bokeh!! or you were taking shots after doing shots LOL Do I see raspberries on that cake? tastey.

German swiss madrisa cake (fruit cake)

Peaches, Strawberries, Kiwi On top. Pineapples/cream layers inside. And shaved white chocolate on the outside (can also get shaved almonds).

It's my favorite birthday cake. It's just so moist and creamy, just really yummy. :D

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For don ;)

seanhoxx
01-15-2009, 10:32 PM
Thats a cake! put on the coffee and break out the brandy!

GotToyota?
01-15-2009, 11:01 PM
While it's not a cake, it's a close-up of my friends SKS rifle. The story he told me about it was pretty cool, the marking you see was the carving of whomever the rifle was issued to in the Russian army.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/3201054038_1f7b875aeb_o.jpg

Peekayoh
01-16-2009, 04:12 AM
Dr4gon, that's some cake and, for me, the image works much better by candlelight; but you know that I prefer low key as a general rule.

Peekayoh
01-16-2009, 04:40 AM
Matt, the shot of the SSK is almost a good one. The metalwork to the right needed to be inside the DOF and sharp. Needed a bit more light as well.

sparkie1263
01-16-2009, 05:27 AM
Matt I think the lightning is fine but, as Peek said the Dof is off. Maybe f/8 would have helped.

Frank

Here is the EXIF

Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:01:12 01:23:11
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 60.0mm (35mm equivalent: 90mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO equiv: 100
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

Peekayoh
01-16-2009, 12:22 PM
Here's that "shaky" Iron Bridge I mentioned. It was opened in 1816 to replace a Norman 13th Century Wooden Bridge.
It won't last as long; look at the deflection just under the second lampost from the left. To be fair, modern traffic conditions could not have been predicted when it was built.

CHEPSTOW'S OLD CAST IRON BRIDGE

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta Beercan
Exposure: 1/320th sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 75mm
ISO Speed: 800
Date: 14th January 2008

DonSchap
01-16-2009, 02:10 PM
Similar things could be said about bridges in Chicago. Man, I see river below when I go over some of them ... with a truck! :eek:

I sure hope the highly touted "Obama Infrastructure Plan" has targeted some of those. real soon ... or like Minnesota ... a lot of people are going swimming soon, from neglect and old age. That will make for some weird looking images. Thanks for sharing ... and reminding us: "We're on shaky ground."

dr4gon
01-16-2009, 02:14 PM
london bridge is falling down?


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/3202371960_f1d588ab8b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3202371960/)

cold day....

GotToyota?
01-16-2009, 09:21 PM
Another gun picture:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/3200209969_4ba22002f4_o.jpg

seanhoxx
01-16-2009, 10:54 PM
UUMM are your sure thats a Russian SKS? hard to tell from the shots but I don't think the Russian ones have the numbers 1-2-3 etc on the flip up peep. also that receiver in the first shot wouldn't be chromed, it could be refurbed or a new assembly I guess. If it is Russian very cool as not many in the U.S. lots of Chi Com's out there and Romainian. And much rarer yet are the Yugoslave SKS made on Teakwood stocks. Still a cool weapon, and from what I cand see looks well used may be a very good bet it was a issued weapon. And like the M1 get your thumb out of the way when loading that box mag!

GotToyota?
01-17-2009, 07:15 PM
I attempted to get some more night shots tonight, taking some of the advice you guys have given me.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3204591505_fb77ef0068_o.jpg

laydros
01-17-2009, 08:26 PM
I attempted to get some more night shots tonight, taking some of the advice you guys have given me.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3204591505_fb77ef0068_o.jpg

I like when blur occurs for part of the image, but most of it stays static. I'd say this image feels a little off balance because its only the flags. It would be interesting to see that same thing with people walking across the sidewalk.

Otherwise, I like it.

DonSchap
01-17-2009, 08:55 PM
I still like it looking straighter and crop a little tighter.

43748

GotToyota?
01-17-2009, 09:40 PM
Alright, how about this one?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/3204591413_c3ed9b8a65_o.jpg

DonSchap
01-18-2009, 12:21 AM
You mean, like this?

43750

Rooz
01-18-2009, 12:50 AM
It would be interesting to see that same thing with people walking across the sidewalk.

thats a very good idea. i never thought of it like that until you mentioned it. thanks for the tip.

GotTurbos?
01-18-2009, 01:25 AM
I'm pretty sure its a Yugoslavian SKS, Matt. Looks like you're using your camera a lot more than I have been recently!

seanhoxx
01-18-2009, 12:05 PM
Matt, nice clean bright night shots, I like the look and feel of them, and good job on the crops etc guys.

sparkie1263
01-18-2009, 12:13 PM
These ducks scare easy. I went back twice to the same spot and this is the best shot I got.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/BuffleheadDucksinFlight.jpg

laydros
01-18-2009, 01:40 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/3206785207_67791efebc_b.jpg

A300
Auto White Balance
1/6th
ISO 400
50mm f/1.7

DonSchap
01-18-2009, 01:53 PM
The DOF is just a little too "noticeably" shallow ... I would have preferred to see this at f/2.8. Look around his upper ear. Probably should be a bit sharper. If you could have tripod'd this, at 1/3 or 1/2 sec at f/2.8 ... if get another shot at it. I know it is asking a lot out of Milo.

"Stay boy. Stay."

laydros
01-18-2009, 02:28 PM
Yeah, I got in about 5 shots before he moved, and this was the only sharp one.

When I was doing PP on it I noticed a little too much was out of focus. Not to mention that lens is WAY sharper at 2.8 than at 1.7.

DonSchap
01-18-2009, 04:26 PM
Well, the edges definitely soften up with that lens ... the SONY AF 50mm f/1.4 is a little more forgiving ... but, I am hearing the new AF 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM by SIGMA has some impressive performance, too. At $439 (Adorama) ... it had better. ;) It is exceptionally wider than the regular 50mm lenses, at 77mm and more than double the weight, at 18 oz! Unfortunately, It is also my belief that because this is a HSM lens, it will only Manual Focus on the SONY DSLRs, not AF.

It's always something with these guys, ain't it? :confused: :mad:

GotToyota?
01-18-2009, 05:30 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3468/3208273458_96d1850cca_o.jpg

I went to the lake today and thought this was a cool one.

laydros
01-18-2009, 05:50 PM
Well, the edges definitely soften up with that lens ... the SONY AF 50mm f/1.4 is a little more forgiving ... but, I am hearing the new AF 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM by SIGMA has some impressive performance, too. At $439 (Adorama) ... it had better. ;) It is exceptionally wider than the regular 50mm lenses, at 77mm and more than double the weight, at 18 oz! Unfortunately, It is also my belief that because this is a HSM lens, it will only Manual Focus on the SONY DSLRs, not AF.

It's always something with these guys, ain't it? :confused: :mad:

I thought HSM was Sigma's version of what Sony calls "SSM." I think that new Tamron 10-24 is listed as HSM also, does that mean it will be MF?

Edit: I think not supporting HSM is older film cameras. I know that was one of the complaints about the Maxxum 9, it was in theory the best film camera Minolta ever made, but it was just a hair too early to support SSM. However the Maxxum 7 does support SSM. I may very well be wrong, but I think any body that supports SSM will support Sigma's HSM.

Edit 2: Here are some forum posts about it... they seem to indicate the same thing, SSM compatible == HSM compatible.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1037&message=26587762
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=585866&forum_id=84

dr4gon
01-18-2009, 08:01 PM
I thought HSM was Sigma's version of what Sony calls "SSM." I think that new Tamron 10-24 is listed as HSM also, does that mean it will be MF?

Edit: I think not supporting HSM is older film cameras. I know that was one of the complaints about the Maxxum 9, it was in theory the best film camera Minolta ever made, but it was just a hair too early to support SSM. However the Maxxum 7 does support SSM. I may very well be wrong, but I think any body that supports SSM will support Sigma's HSM.

Edit 2: Here are some forum posts about it... they seem to indicate the same thing, SSM compatible == HSM compatible.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1037&message=26587762
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=585866&forum_id=84

No, I'm pretty sure it will be AF on the Sigma 50mm. They have HSM lenses (70-200mm) and they obviously AF just fine.

As for the Tamron. It's just a regular screw drive AF for the sony mount. And I'm guessing the Nikon will be motor-driven so it will will AF on the D40/D60 cameras out there (why they didn't include a screw drive is really, beyond me!)

sparkie1263
01-18-2009, 08:53 PM
My grandson was feeling very patriotic and wanted to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I shot this with the Minolta 50mm. I used on camera flash. Go easy I forgot what settings I was told to try. I need to start taking notes.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Minolta%2050mm%20Lens/MatthewSinging.jpg


Camera Make: SONY
Camera Model: DSLR-A100
Image Date: 2009:01:18 20:24:39
Flash Used: Yes (Manual, red eye reduction mode)
Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75mm)
Exposure Time: 0.017 s (1/60)
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO equiv: 400
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual

GotToyota?
01-18-2009, 09:05 PM
Which 50mm did you use? I'm looking at the 1.7 and was wondering if it was any good.

sparkie1263
01-18-2009, 09:08 PM
It was the Minolta 50mm f/1.7. It is great lens even though my shot don't show it.

Frank

dr4gon
01-18-2009, 09:14 PM
That's one of your better shots! ;) well done! Bit too aggressive still on the curve. His nice shiny hair has lost detail and his eyes are nearly solid black. Getting better (not over-over doing the PP).

The flash though is quite obvious and the shutter is pretty good (but I would still go to like 1/20 - 1/40 to let more light sink it) or try using slow sync flash, that will turn down the shutter for you.

Frank, we need to add our respective 50mm primes to our sigs! ;)

sparkie1263
01-18-2009, 09:22 PM
It is in my Sig!!! Thanks Dr I will try that next time.

Frank

dr4gon
01-18-2009, 09:56 PM
Was it there before? perhaps I wasn't looking in the middle, ah.... anyways, time to sleep!

GotToyota?
01-18-2009, 10:52 PM
Nevermind.

laydros
01-19-2009, 07:52 AM
The 1.7 is cheapest, but the 1.4 is going to be a better lens. However, the $250 difference is probably better spent on other glass. The sigma gets good reviews, but its even more expensive, which is what Don, dr4gon, and I were discussing in the last page.

The only catch to this is the current rumors that Sony is going to announce a new 50mm f/1.8 at PMA. If they do, the price of the 50mm f/1.7 on ebay will probably drop.

Canon and Nikon sell their "thrifty fifty" for ~$100, and used they go even cheaper. The only reason the MinO sells for ~$130 used on ebay is because there isn't a cheaper alternative. The only new one is the f/1.4. If Sony does release a cheaper 50mm, it will at least bring the prices down on the old ones, but also the new one might be in the $100 range, and have digital coatings, plus you get a warranty.

I picked up my 50 along with a 28-85 that I wanted for $50, then spent $40 fixing the 50. I think it was totally worth it, but you might want to wait until PMA, which is only 1.5 months away.

dr4gon
01-19-2009, 08:56 AM
I'm still skeptical about a Sony 50mm F/1.8. There's even some talk about a Zeiss maybe 50mm F/1.4 (even more ridiculous) or an f/1.2 (okay yeah, taking the rumor way too far here).

If they did release such a thing. I would expect it to be in the neighborhood of $150-$200.

It would probably be a rebadge of the 50mm F/1.7 RS as well.

laydros
01-19-2009, 09:22 AM
Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but I think we might see Sony release a 50mm f/1.8. I spend (too much) time going through stuff like the "Whats in my camera bag" pool at flickr, and it seems like everyone (CaNikon) has the f/1.8. Right now it kinda feels like Sony has beginner kit stuff, and then pro stuff, not much in the middle. In order to get people to buy the pro stuff, they need to fill in that gap.

On the other hand, I could totally see them release a CZ or G f/1.2. I think they are really making some big steps to have a system as strong as Canon's 5D/1D with L glass, and that would be a nice addition.

GotToyota?
01-19-2009, 09:37 AM
I just want a 50 1.7 as well as a Beercan and I think I'll have all the lenses I'll need for awhile.

dr4gon
01-19-2009, 10:11 AM
I just want a 50 1.7 as well as a Beercan and I think I'll have all the lenses I'll need for awhile.

That's what they all say!

laydros
01-19-2009, 10:46 AM
Dr4gon is right. Using two good lenses like that will make you want more.

Getting those two plus the 28-85 has helped reduce my lens envy. I feel like I can take a decent shot now. Considering you seem to have a good copy of the kit lens AND the ability to get a decent shot out of it, those two should do a good job of filling out your line-up. You might want to look into either the Tamron 17-50, or a Minolta 24-85, or 24-105 to replace that kit lens down the road. Considering the wider shots you have been taking, the Tamron might be the best bet.

DonSchap
01-19-2009, 12:07 PM
Guys... uh, why is this discussion taking place in a PICTURE thread? Create a new one or something. Geez ... I suggest we try to restrict additional non-picture post to comments/critique/adulation.

In other words, "Get a room!"

This was a progression strip (or grid) of the local METRA pulling into Des Plaines station.


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Elisha
01-19-2009, 01:04 PM
i have to say that the 50mm F1.7 has been my most useful lens so far. i have yet to use the beercan for anything useful but then again it is winter at the moment.
the 35-70mm F4 is a nice lens but it's MFD is a pita for indoor use sometimes.

GotToyota?
01-19-2009, 09:36 PM
Homemade lightbox at my friend's house, I thought you might like what's on the car.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3431/3211199519_56c6398b56_o.jpg

I have a few more on my Flickr if you care to take a look.

sparkie1263
01-20-2009, 08:16 AM
Here is the hunting shack again after the first snow of the year for us.

Frank


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/28-200%20Lens/HuntingShackintheSnow.jpg

laydros
01-20-2009, 02:46 PM
He's been a good subject lately.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3213810722_fdf66d7eaa_b.jpg

Sony A300
Minolta 28-85mm 3.5-4.5
28mm
1/400th f/3.5
ISO 100

seanhoxx
01-20-2009, 09:23 PM
Get that dog a agent!! LOL 'cool' photo, jason that looks like a fair bit of snow for Raleigh!?

laydros
01-21-2009, 03:54 PM
It sure was. I haven't seen this much snow for about 2 years. It was nice because it was mostly snow, not a bunch of icy junk, so the roads didn't get too bad.

GotToyota?
01-21-2009, 04:38 PM
Another from the lightbox set:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3115/3212044700_a7f92c08a3_o.jpg

DonSchap
01-21-2009, 05:33 PM
The WB seems a trifle yellow ... meaning the light temperature (Kelvin) is set too high for the lighting.

What do you think ... a little more TRUE to the "Gull-wing's" color?

43814

GotToyota?
01-21-2009, 06:42 PM
You've always got something to say about my work, huh? ;)

But yeah it is, I didn't like how the white balanced looked as it was taken so I changed it to auto (in Photoshop). I shoot in auto because I'm not knowledgeable enough to change it in different situations.

dr4gon
01-21-2009, 07:46 PM
And that's fine. In you RAW browser, scroll through the different presets and find the one or two that are closest to the actual colors.

If it's two, find the temperatures and choose something in between.

GotToyota?
01-22-2009, 09:41 AM
Taken at Grapevine Lake.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/3207427891_cd8c2a174c_o.jpg

dr4gon
01-22-2009, 10:45 AM
LOL, the lake's gone :D

I barely see something.

sparkie1263
01-22-2009, 11:38 AM
These ducks were trying to stay out of the wind.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/DucksinaStream.jpg

Peekayoh
01-22-2009, 11:39 AM
Frank must have had his "sneakers" on!

sparkie1263
01-22-2009, 12:31 PM
I shot this from the car. I stopped on the little bridge and snapped away.

Frank

DonSchap
01-22-2009, 01:43 PM
I shot this from the back of the house ...

43839

43840


after about 300 pounds of ice "let go" from each of our aluminum window canopies.

This ice chunk was small and nearly 10-lbs.
43841

This larger one ... too heavy to hold in one hand ...
43842

This stuff does not shatter into little pieces ... but other big ones. Any of which can probably send you on ... so to speak. :o

dr4gon
01-22-2009, 01:49 PM
damn, watch out! that's lethal!

sparkie1263
01-22-2009, 02:24 PM
You need to put up hard a hard hat sign. Hod much snow did you get hit with last week? Ours is almost gone.

Frank

DonSchap
01-22-2009, 02:57 PM
We are still continually getting a weekly snow, Frank. That's part of the problem ... the weight builds rapidly ... with no melt. Oh sure, it it is evaporating, without melting ... but when the air warms up to around freezing ... the canopies begin to warm and shed the ice ... two to three inches thick! Rumble-rumble ... ba-BOOM!

The nice part is, that once this occurs, it'll take a month to do it again ... unless nature piles another ten inches of snow. The lawns still have four inches on them, at this time.

sparkie1263
01-22-2009, 03:27 PM
Snow Ball!!!

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/SnowBallintheTrees.jpg

Peekayoh
01-22-2009, 03:45 PM
Nice use of Dramatic Diagonals, Don.

sparkie1263
01-23-2009, 01:41 PM
Cat Tail on the side of the road.
Frank



http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/CatTail.jpg

Peekayoh
01-24-2009, 09:46 AM
SUNSET OVER COPHILL

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 28-135MM F4/4.5
Exposure: 1/250th sec
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 28mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 20th January 2009

DonSchap
01-24-2009, 09:54 AM
Nice job, Peek. This one has some "fire."

GotToyota?
01-24-2009, 10:26 AM
Wasn't shot with my Sony DSLR (my crappy Black Friday Samsung) but I figured I'd post a good picture from the AC/DC show last night.

http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/MattVinson/SDC10315.jpg

Peekayoh
01-24-2009, 11:28 AM
Wow, who dreamed up that set? Good pic as well. It looks like Angus is about to lose his nuts to a giant hand.

laydros
01-24-2009, 01:07 PM
Fourty-two, thirty-nine, fifty-six.

sparkie1263
01-24-2009, 07:43 PM
I was sorting through all my images and found this Butterfly in flight.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/ButterflyInFlight.jpg

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 08:40 PM
BIF, nice!

GotToyota?
01-24-2009, 08:41 PM
Taken with the kit lens:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3323/3223683081_acd270c2bf_o.jpg

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 09:15 PM
Nice composition. Try this again with your 50mm at F/4 and it will have even nicer bokeh and will be sharper!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3084/3223742741_a751c44f1e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3223742741/)

Trying something new.... it's way harder than it looks to write in the air, backwards, while the shutter is open!

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 09:15 PM
Hi guys haven't been reading on here for a couple of days, looks like some good steady shots going up. Frank nice ducks, Don deadly ice man! not much new snow here, but still COLD!! is about 8* F. as I type this!! Peek fire in the sky, nice shot, and Toyotalet there be rock! how was the show, and put up more pics, Rosie's looking good on the rock and roll train! I put up a bunch of basketball on my flickr page, playing around with the settings again and trying some new stuff so there not that good LOL! but all for fun. How do you post the little red and blue flickr icon link in your signature?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoxshotz/

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 09:16 PM
Think you've mastered the hole DOF concept. Looks like you got closer and zoomed more!

sparkie1263
01-24-2009, 09:21 PM
Good job Dr4gon I like it. Sean You got it now great image.

Frank

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 09:26 PM
Thanks guys, I tried to shoot 'faces' as much as possible the last 2 games, I think the DOF is somewhat under my control now LOL! but maybe ISO 3200 was a wee bit much, and I'm not sure if i should leave SSS on or off

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 09:29 PM
no action but look at that background LOL

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 09:31 PM
can't see anything! = :D

SSS is always on for me ;) Can't hurt if my hands are on the camera!

DonSchap
01-24-2009, 09:43 PM
Sean, is there any particular reason you cannot make due with a monopod of some kind? Relying on 'SSS', if you do not have to, may be a mistake with longer glass. I usually take my Manfrotto 682 (hidden tripod foot) with me and if I did not use it, fine ... but, it is there if I need it.

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It also makes one hell of a 'billy-bat' in a riot! :D

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 09:49 PM
Sean, is there any particular reason you cannot make due with a monopod of some kind? Relying on 'SSS', if you do not have to, may be a mistake with longer glass. I usually take my Manfrotto 682 (hidden tripod foot) with me and if I did not use it, fine ... but, it is there if I need it.

43932

It also makes one hell of a 'billy-bat' in a riot! :D

Is it really that bad for longer lengths?

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 09:51 PM
I know we had talked about the those low light high ISO settings, but I keep forgetting if it's SSS on or off! so much to make a habit of knowing. And the 682 is on my things to buy list, along with the pistol grip quick release head. They now make it with the grip action horizontal to the ground instead of vertical, any opinions?

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 09:54 PM
Dr4gon my understanding that the long glass is more suspect even to the internal vibrations of the camera when fully extended, also with the "cranked up' settings I have been playing with it is one more thing to introduce or enhance noise to the shot. next game I will shoot half with on and half off and see if I can post differences.

DonSchap
01-24-2009, 09:57 PM
Did they really stop making the vertical one? I know at one time BOTH were available. Personally, the vertical one works for me. :cool:


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dr4gon
01-24-2009, 10:01 PM
Dr4gon my understanding that the long glass is more suspect even to the internal vibrations of the camera when fully extended, also with the "cranked up' settings I have been playing with it is one more thing to introduce or enhance noise to the shot. next game I will shoot half with on and half off and see if I can post differences.

I see. I wonder if optical lens IS has this same issue? I would think not since it's built into the lens?

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 10:02 PM
Just looking around on ebay and what not the only ones i am seeing are the horizontal, the vertical just seems to make more sense to me, and would be more natural.

sparkie1263
01-24-2009, 10:02 PM
I have been sorting through my old images and found this unknown orange flower.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/OrangeFlower.jpg

DonSchap
01-24-2009, 10:08 PM
Sean ... try looking for Manfrotto part number 3265RC2 and see what shows up.

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 10:39 PM
Nice shot Frank! Looks like some paintbrush flower, dunno lol. We need someone here who can identify animals and plants!

sparkie1263
01-24-2009, 10:48 PM
Thanks Dr4gon. By the way I don't know if you ever posted your name.

Frank

dr4gon
01-24-2009, 10:50 PM
There was a post, go look for it! LOL it was one where you or sean asked earlier, guess no one saw it :rolleyes:

ryan

sparkie1263
01-24-2009, 10:55 PM
LOL I never seen it.

Frank

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 11:16 PM
So then, Don is Don, seanhoxx is Sean, sparkie is Frank, dr4gon is Ryan, got toyota is Matt, laydros is jason, elisah82 is I think Elisha, Now what about peek, panda bear, and a couple of others? so much for the anonomous mystique of the internet eh!

DonSchap
01-24-2009, 11:18 PM
A regular "Who's who?" in SONY Photography. LOL :D

sparkie1263
01-24-2009, 11:28 PM
Good detective work Sean.LOL Did you know Dr's name was Ryan?

Frank

seanhoxx
01-24-2009, 11:35 PM
I knew he mentioned it in a posting, but wasn't very open about it! I couldn't remember what it was though. I think he might be up to something, we better keep a eye on him.

millz
01-25-2009, 06:52 AM
millz = Jason....... i'm a nobody i understand just thought you all should no. Im not on nearly as much as i want....work sucks and long.... i guess thats a different discussion but i do Ty all for your help i read most of the posts dont input much cause nothing to add and half the time dont no what ur talking about but im learning and appreciate it very much

sparkie1263
01-25-2009, 07:18 AM
Hang in there Jason you will get it sooner or later. Just keep posting and we will keep giving advice (I use the I loosely) LOL
Frank

GotToyota?
01-25-2009, 03:19 PM
Just playing around with the 50mm. No post processing, just saved as JPEG and re-sized.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3454/3226874470_2ab0215870_o.jpg

sparkie1263
01-25-2009, 03:44 PM
Here is an image I took a few months ago.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/DrangonrflyCrop.jpg

dr4gon
01-25-2009, 04:25 PM
peekoyah (sp?)

peek, anyway is peter.

GotToyota?
01-25-2009, 07:09 PM
And you guys already know I'm Matt.

I think since a lot of these threads go off-topic, maybe we could make a chat thread in this subforum?

sparkie1263
01-25-2009, 07:16 PM
Here is a red and yellow dragonfly.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/RedDragonfly.jpg


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/Drangonfly.jpg

seanhoxx
01-25-2009, 09:03 PM
Good photos as always guys, Frank I like the double wing dragon fly and the great blur of the grass, very nice. Millz hang in there man and hang out with us, post away, if your not sure whats being talked about ask, opens up another discussion that way. I am self taught with all of this, and the info. and advice I got here has been of HUGE help! There are times when life work money the weather etc. sucks for all of us, but I have a little escape room called DCRP LOL So two Jason's eh, laydros and millz, hope that isn't going to cause any confusion, o.k. just kidding guys. heads up everyone, enjoy the ride cause no one here gets out alive!

dr4gon
01-27-2009, 04:04 PM
doh we skipped a day (2nd one I believe)

totally, did not see that....

Here's something y'all might try doing. Reverse your 50mm primes backwards on the lens, set your camera to M mode, meter as usual, open the aperture with your finger and take a few shots. Focus by moving in and out. You have to get pretty close!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3363/3230055333_ab91df323c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3230055333/)

# Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40) [+]
# Aperture: wherever my finger was holding it open :D
# ISO Speed: 400 [+]

Peekayoh
01-27-2009, 06:09 PM
Not enough hands for that so I cheated.

seanhoxx
01-27-2009, 08:27 PM
So dr4gon 'ryan' what made you think to do that? neat

laydros
01-27-2009, 08:38 PM
First big homework assignment of my last semester of college. Bunch of "big-O" stuff for C++ Data Structures.

Remember the Stone's song "Mother's Little Helper?" This is daddy's little helper.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3075/3233301876_216dbe6c9e_b.jpg

dr4gon
01-27-2009, 09:11 PM
Not enough hands for that so I cheated.

How? You have a ring?


So dr4gon 'ryan' what made you think to do that? neat

Macro monday's group on flickr for the theme of something "numerical"

monday is my macro day, wednesday is usually bokeh wednesday (HBW)

seanhoxx
01-27-2009, 09:18 PM
Laydros thats waaaayyyyyy to many ice cubes in there! was it you that got the Markers mark for the holidays? or was that someone else here? Still a nice winter warmer, as I look outside at the snow pounding down on me here, 7 to 9 inches by morning! arghhhhhh!!!!

DonSchap
01-27-2009, 09:20 PM
Snow is barely missing Chicago, THIS TIME! About an inch or two. :p Geez, what a year! I knew it!

dr4gon
01-27-2009, 10:54 PM
We're getting a big ice storm today!


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3509/3233551472_454d805ee8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3233551472/)

Ice storm came through this afternoon with much more to come tonight. Fortunately, I got to go home early this afternoon before things got really bad. Right now there's a good layer of ice outside.

I'm really not sure what happened here other than the fact that this SUV was run off on the wrong side of the road in a one-car accident on this narrow two-way street. The front was pretty banged up. I was surprised to see anything because at this point, it was borderline freezing and I didn't see or feel any ice on my way home.

Anyways, I'm glad I'm home where it's nice and warm!

Perhaps I will have some pretty icy pictures tomorrow :).

GotToyota?
01-27-2009, 10:54 PM
Everyone loves pool.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3483/3232707471_6becc45ec6_o.jpg

I've got a whole series of pool related pictures on my Flickr if you care to look.

dr4gon
01-27-2009, 10:57 PM
Love pool when I get a chance! Are the balls really that yellowish? I think it might need some WBing.

GotToyota?
01-27-2009, 11:02 PM
I based the WB'ing off of the table rather than the balls. But the balls are actually like an off-white, so it's actually pretty close.

Peekayoh
01-28-2009, 01:38 AM
No ring, dr4gon. Used a macro.

dr4gon
01-28-2009, 09:16 AM
No ring, dr4gon. Used a macro.

Oh ok, which lens was that? You should fill in your gear in your sig!

Peekayoh
01-28-2009, 11:41 AM
Minolta 50mm Macro. I didn't bother with the sig 'cause I'm going through a complete kit re-organisation. I think I said before that I'm having an eBay clearout to fund new lenses, so kit's in transition.

DonSchap
01-28-2009, 12:37 PM
Way to go, Peter! There's nothing like a good shuffle to get the dust out of your bag! :D

GotToyota?
01-28-2009, 01:09 PM
Minolta 50mm Macro. I didn't bother with the sig 'cause I'm going through a complete kit re-organisation. I think I said before that I'm having an eBay clearout to fund new lenses, so kit's in transition.

What is your Ebay page? I'd like to see what you have.

GotToyota?
01-28-2009, 01:11 PM
Another pool picture.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3403/3233557502_e31b3e43cd_o.jpg

dr4gon
01-28-2009, 01:20 PM
I want to see what you have too. Hell, I don't even remember what camera you have, A700? lol....

Put the stuff in your sig! :p

laydros
01-28-2009, 01:31 PM
Laydros thats waaaayyyyyy to many ice cubes in there! was it you that got the Markers mark for the holidays? or was that someone else here? Still a nice winter warmer, as I look outside at the snow pounding down on me here, 7 to 9 inches by morning! arghhhhhh!!!!

Yeah, my dad brought a handle for me when he came down for Christmas.

Peekayoh
01-28-2009, 04:42 PM
I want to see what you have too. Hell, I don't even remember what camera you have, A700? lol....

Put the stuff in your sig! :p

The eBay listings have finished until I put some more up.
So far I've sold some Minolta and all of my Bronics SQ stuff apart from two lenses; 80mm standard and 50mm wide angle Zenzannon-S Primes.

Next up on eBay will be;
Minolta AF Zooms: ◊ 35-70mm f4 ◊ 35-105mm f3.5/4.5 RS ◊ 100-200mm f4.5 ◊ 70-210mm Beercan.
Minolta AF Primes ◊ 24mm f2.8 ◊ 50mm f1.7 ◊ 50mm Macro.

I've not made my mind up about the MC/MD stuff until the adapter arrives from the Far East so I can try them on the A700.
I know, I know, I've got a lot of stuff, but remember It's been accumulating for 30-odd years.

What I'm keeping is the ◊ KM 17-35mm f2.8/4 D ◊ 28-135mm f4/4.5 ◊ and I'm adding the Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G SSM
(I just missed a second hand 17-35 G.)
With what I sold already I've replaced my ageing Manfrotto #055 Tripod and Monopods with their Carbon Fibre equivelents (less weight for an old fogey).

When I've completed the mission my "Sig" will be less embarassingly large.

sparkie1263
01-28-2009, 05:18 PM
We got 3 inches of snow over night and by 3 oclock this afternoon it is all gone. Gotta love that the lord bring it the lord take it away.LOL

Frank

seanhoxx
01-28-2009, 08:07 PM
Peek you should get plenty of interest and bids on the beercan, anything considered for advance sale to fellow members of the forum?
Frank we got 3 to 4 inches yesterday afternoon and night, then at about midnight it started raining, raining hard till about 8 a.m. then the snow returned and dropped about 3 more inches! what a mess! wet heavy packed down snow, about a inch to inch and a half of ice, then snow on top of it, it has not been a good day! laydros I got a bit of Bushmills and water beside at the moment, so it's getting better!

GotToyota?
01-28-2009, 08:12 PM
Peek you should get plenty of interest and bids on the beercan, anything considered for advance sale to fellow members of the forum?
Frank we got 3 to 4 inches yesterday afternoon and night, then at about midnight it started raining, raining hard till about 8 a.m. then the snow returned and dropped about 3 more inches! what a mess! wet heavy packed down snow, about a inch to inch and a half of ice, then snow on top of it, it has not been a good day! laydros I got a bit of Bushmills and water beside at the moment, so it's getting better!

Yeah I'd like an idea of how much you want for the 100-200 depending on price.

seanhoxx
01-28-2009, 08:16 PM
Keep in mind shipping costs from the U.K. is there vAT or anything like that if it's personal excahnge, etc.

dr4gon
01-28-2009, 08:22 PM
What are you going to get in place of the 50mm macro?

Peekayoh
01-29-2009, 04:59 AM
What are you going to get in place of the 50mm macro?

I've got 50mm and 100mm MD macro lenses. I'm figuring to use those instead always providing the adapter I've ordered does the business.

BTW I'll start another thread so as not to "clog up" this one

DonSchap
01-29-2009, 06:44 PM
Tonight's sliver of the Moon was rather clear, so ...


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A100 w/ TAMRON 200-500mm f/5-6.3
@ 500mm - f/6.3 - 1/160 sec - ISO-400 - Spot Focus - Spot Metering

dr4gon
01-29-2009, 06:54 PM
Where's venus? :eek:

lol nice shot!

sparkie1263
01-29-2009, 07:12 PM
nice job

Frank

seanhoxx
01-29-2009, 07:41 PM
nice Don, nothing but low heavy clouds here again

DonSchap
01-29-2009, 07:59 PM
Well, I got Venus ... but it is nearly unrecognizable @ 100% ...


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Here's a proximity shot ... at 200mm

Venus is way up here! ----------v


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dr4gon
01-29-2009, 09:04 PM
LOl I see ;)

dr4gon
02-01-2009, 11:37 AM
noooo how many days did we let lapse, lol.....

I don't think I posted this from the ice storm earlier in the week, shot with the Tamron 70-200mm :)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3346/3234019819_585cbd0748_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3234019819/)

sparkie1263
02-01-2009, 11:42 AM
Very nice image.
Fank

dr4gon
02-02-2009, 08:17 PM
Sunset from last week.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3423/3226916945_d3b6c7126f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3226916945/)

sparkie1263
02-02-2009, 08:22 PM
Very nice image.

Frank

sparkie1263
02-02-2009, 08:23 PM
Here is father time.

Frank


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/FatherTime.jpg

laydros
02-02-2009, 09:17 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3040/3248917909_84bb1c0267_b.jpg

(From Flickr) Driving home from work, saw this, rolled the window down, and fired off a few shots. I've been avoiding doing too much PP lately, but did a lot of messing around with colors on this one. It's very desaturated, but not quite monochrome. I'm hoping this image is the end of a recent bout of shooters block.

dr4gon
02-02-2009, 09:56 PM
Here is father time.

Frank


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/FatherTime.jpg

I'm sure he really appreciates that! He missed the keep out sign!




(From Flickr) Driving home from work, saw this, rolled the window down, and fired off a few shots. I've been avoiding doing too much PP lately, but did a lot of messing around with colors on this one. It's very desaturated, but not quite monochrome. I'm hoping this image is the end of a recent bout of shooters block.

I really don't know what to shoot either recently.... 365 has drained me.

sparkie1263
02-03-2009, 06:13 AM
Be like me and shoot everything.LOL I had to start looking for signs that is bad.LOL
Frank

Elisha
02-03-2009, 06:39 AM
Be like me and shoot everything.LOL I had to start looking for signs that is bad.LOL
Frank

Frank there was i time i shot everything too. i would even kill a fly and do macro shots on it :D
i want to do more outdoor shots but i'm afraid i'd slip on ice and crack open the camera.
waiting for spring impatiently.

Peekayoh
02-03-2009, 01:58 PM
Nice Sunset dr4gon.
And nice one Frank. "Tell it to the Birds".

Had a bit of snow today.

SNOW IN USK

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/640th sec
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Date: 03rd February 2009

dr4gon
02-03-2009, 06:02 PM
I like how the sky looks like an oil painting :) Something you would see on the top of some cathedral lol. I wouldn't be surprised if some angels popped out!

Peekayoh
02-04-2009, 02:53 AM
It's hard to get a decent sky. The right place at the right time, luck and patience.

Peekayoh
02-04-2009, 03:06 AM
Talking about luck. The camera "went off" by accident (almost shot myself in the foot) and got this "Abstract". Question is; "does it work"?


SNOWY ABSTRACT

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/100th sec
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Date: 03rd February 2009

sparkie1263
02-04-2009, 10:29 AM
Hunting Shack in the Snow.


Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Hunting%20Shack%20Snow%20Pano/HuntingShackintheSnow2.jpg

seanhoxx
02-04-2009, 05:50 PM
Peek, maybe try bending, twisting, swirling etc. on the 'accidental' shot, see if some kind of cool pop art image, well.... pops out!

dr4gon
02-04-2009, 06:27 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3479/3254388136_f9f22e831c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3254388136/)

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 @ F/2.8, rest of exif on flickr.

sparkie1263
02-04-2009, 06:30 PM
I need one of those lenses. Nice image. Did you use flash?

Frank

dr4gon
02-04-2009, 07:41 PM
Yeah, HVL-F58AM I think on the camera pointed toward a wall with omni-bounce on it. That, or this was done wirelessly. I'm pretty sure it's the former.

Really wanted to do it with the SAL-50F14, but didn't get it today. Hopefully tomorrow or Friday at the latest.

Peekayoh
02-05-2009, 10:50 AM
Here's a couple of shots of the Wood behind my house.

COCKSHOOT WOOD IN THE SNOW

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/60th sec and 1/80th sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Date: 03rd February 2009

DonSchap
02-05-2009, 11:13 AM
That snow really has you excited, huh? I heard the UK has really been surprised with it all. I like that sunlight on the leaves ... offering some variation in the color. What lens?

Elisha
02-05-2009, 11:28 AM
did you HDR the second shot Peek?

Peekayoh
02-05-2009, 12:09 PM
Yeh, Don! First real snow in 18 years, I think. Lens is Minolta 24mm f2.8

Elisha. No HDR (handholding) so gave it a boost with "Curves"

Peekayoh
02-06-2009, 07:53 AM
We're still snowed in here and my Son can't get back for the weekend because both road bridges into Wales are shut due to ice falling from the structure onto the road below.
The amount of snow is not that great, about 2/6" although Oakhampton in Somerset had 22" last night. The big problem is that the LA's are running out of salt to spread on the roads (Gloucester used in 3days half of what was needed for the whole of last year) and as a consequence only major roads are being treated; you can imagine the chaos. To make it worse temperatures are predicted to drop to -5C/6C overnight and -10C/12C in rural areas so there's going to be a lot of black ice around. I'm staying in!

Anyway, here's a pic of my house from the woods behind.

COPHILL IN THE SNOW

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/500th sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Date: 03rd February 2009

sparkie1263
02-06-2009, 08:51 AM
Nice images
Frank

seanhoxx
02-06-2009, 02:37 PM
From Wrestling meet, lots of bokeh, maybe to much? Shot with out flash indoors under less then great lighting.

Peekayoh
02-06-2009, 03:50 PM
Thanks, Frank.
Sean, didn't know you could have too much Bokeh! Does it hurt?

dr4gon
02-06-2009, 06:18 PM
You can never have too much bokeh!

seanhoxx
02-06-2009, 10:44 PM
Well it tingles more then it hurts....... LOL I thought maybe it was to um blotchy? not as silky creamy bokeh as I have seen in othe photos, but still cool.

Elisha
02-06-2009, 10:50 PM
yeah it is not creamy but still looks good. i'm sure you can use some Gaussian Blur to make it look more appealing.

seanhoxx
02-06-2009, 10:53 PM
Thanks Elisha, I still had the ISO jacked up to like 2500 maybe even 3200 when I shot it, I wonder if I had backed it down if that would have 'smoothed' the bokeh a bit?

Elisha
02-06-2009, 11:02 PM
this was a RAW convert right?
what program do you use for RAW? Sony IDC?
also does high ISO NR on/off have any affect on RAW?

seanhoxx
02-06-2009, 11:07 PM
So far all my sports shooting has been in extra fine JPEG, then some cropping, and often just 'auto correct' on some that I really like I do a bit more work. I have got to make the effort I have elements 6 and lightroom 2 both loaded on the computer and just sitting there! I don't know if it's lazy, or fear of trying to learn something else new while still trying to learn what the camera can do, or what!

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 04:20 AM
Thanks Elisha, I still had the ISO jacked up to like 2500 maybe even 3200 when I shot it, I wonder if I had backed it down if that would have 'smoothed' the bokeh a bit?

The short answer is "No".
If you'd backed down on the ISO, you'd have needed to decrease the shutter speed which doesn't affect DOF.
Theoretically you could have increased the aperture instead which would affect the DOF and therefore the Bokeh, however you were already at f2.8 so that's a non starter.

DonSchap
02-07-2009, 09:42 AM
Hey, if you guys find a way to increase aperture, on a zoom, from f/2.8 to something wider, please share. I haven't, yet. :(

sparkie1263
02-07-2009, 12:30 PM
Having a heat wave this weekend the temp shot up to 50 degrees from 22 last night. I took a ride down by the bay and seen two Great Blue Heron's Here is one in flight shot.

Frank


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/GreatBlueHeronInFlight.jpg


Here is another one I just edited.

Frank

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/Sony%20A100/GreatBlueHeron.jpg

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 02:41 PM
This is where isolating the subject using DOF and Bokeh saves the day. Not so much on the second image though which is pretty well OK anyway.
This is just a rough manipulation to demonstrate the possibilities.
And forgive me for mutilating your stuff.

sparkie1263
02-07-2009, 02:47 PM
I did blur the background a little. I didn't want to make it look obvious.LOL I shot it at f/8like most of my images. I should have shot it at f/4.5.

Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 03:11 PM
That would help but you'd have to zoom in as well. A focal length of 90 would not give the required DOF; 300 might.

sparkie1263
02-07-2009, 03:16 PM
Gotch ya I forgot I zoomed out when it took off. The second one was at 300 f/8.

Thanks
Frank

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 03:26 PM
Very often there's no thinking time. Anticipation is the key.

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 03:33 PM
Yesterday It was a shot at the back of my house, today it's the view from the front (usually minus the snow).

COPHILL IN THE SNOW

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8
Exposure: 1/500th sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100
Date: 03rd February 2009

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 03:34 PM
___________________________

sparkie1263
02-07-2009, 03:43 PM
Wat a strange color sky. Are those sheep?

Frank

Peekayoh
02-07-2009, 04:52 PM
It was a bit washed out so I boosted the saturation. Yes, Sheep.

DonSchap
02-07-2009, 04:57 PM
I shot this one, today ... out in Evanston, IL.

The Grosse Point Lighthouse ... in winter

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EXIF: A700 w/ TAMRON 28-75mm f/2.8
@ 50mm - f/8 - 1/125sec - ISO-200

I shot it for a kind of "Hey, will ya look at that!" kind of effect. Anyone can step out into the clear and get this baby.

Just walk right up and ... in your face! :p

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EXIF: A700 w/ TAMRON 28-75mm f/2.8
@ 28mm - f/16 - 1/30sec - ISO-400 - Manual

dr4gon
02-07-2009, 11:22 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3373/3262555972_df5a388364_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr4gon/3262555972/)
Tamron 17-50mm @ 50mm, F/8.0 ISO100, 1/30 with HVL-F58AM Flash

Well since Verizon Voicewing (http://verizon.com/voicewing) VOIP (voice over IP) is discontinuing next month, we needed a "land line" to use with the home phone.

We decided to try magicJack (http://www.magicjack.com) and so far setup has been extremely easy and the calls are even clearer than Verizon so far.

The cost is $39.95 (bought from Best Buy) and the break down of that is $20 for the "jack" and $20 for the first year of service. It's $20/year after that. It includes unlimited local, long distance to the USA and Canada! Other countries are only a few cents/minute.

The only catch is that you have to plug it into a computer that has to be always ON so that it routes the calls to your phone. You also lose your existing phone number (they cannot port it over at this time). And of course, they could go out of business and you lose your ~$40.

I will see how this goes... so far, I love it and would recommend it.

DonSchap
02-07-2009, 11:41 PM
And that's POTD? Uh, okay ... and now, back to our regularly scheduled program. :rolleyes:

Peekayoh
02-08-2009, 03:17 AM
Where's the XIF data , you guys?

DonSchap
02-08-2009, 08:25 AM
Okay ... tacked it on ... sorry :rolleyes:

laydros
02-08-2009, 09:25 AM
Don, that top scene looks like something from Europe, not Illinois. Very cool.

Peekayoh
02-08-2009, 09:47 AM
One thing about these frosty evenings, it makes for some spectacular Sunsets.

SUNSET OVER A SNOWY COPHILL

Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Minolta 24mm f2.8 with Polariser
Exposure: 1/400th sec
Aperture: f/2.8 +1EV (corrected)
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 200
Date: 06th February 2009 (corrected)

Peekayoh
02-08-2009, 09:48 AM
Something I had to deal with in Photoshop were some ugly Electicity Cables.
If I'd had the time I would have walked up the field at the back to avoid them but by the time my Missus told me to look out the window, the Sun had already dipped behind the hill and there was little time to spare. As it was I didn't have time to put on a coat and nearly got frostbite.

DonSchap
02-08-2009, 09:54 AM
Excellent imaging, Peter. She has an eye, that's for sure.