Great capture Don. If you stop by New England Moments can you check out my post in the odds and ends section. I took a series of six shots 3 with my Sony kit lens and 3 with my Minolta 35-70 can you let me know what you think. I was told my shots were soft so I bumped up the sharpness.
I offered my own sample for you to evaluate using that same lens on the A100. While not a super dramatic shift, if does make a definite difference in appearance. When you can add highlights to an object ... it tends to make the focus look keener.
a Rutgers Fan
Tamron AF 70~300mm Macro
Just snapped a few macros - hard to get focus on the maple picture due to movement from the wind and lack of tripod.
Okay ... I just shot this TAMRON AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD MACRO ... handheld and manually focused
It is as it comes out of the α100 ... with the pop-up flash
for lighting, with the following EXIF data:
180mm - f/5.6 - 1/60 sec. - ISO-800 - Manual - WB: Flash -2 - Dist: 2.5 feet
And here it is, straight out of the TAMRON SP AF 180mm f/3.5 MACRO lens with the identical settings. Still HH & MF.
You tell me which lens shoots brighter with the pop-up? Really something pretty peculiar about that. E-TTL ... isn't it wonderful?
Probably needs to be shot under a standard strobe ... not the pop-up ... but still, looks like 2/3rds to a full f-stop of light
difference ... with just a lens change.