ohhh look...another gadget ! lol
ohhh look...another gadget ! lol
is there anything you don't whine about ?
Right now, this device only works on five SIGMA lenses, the "new" 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM ; 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ; 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM ; 30mm F1.4 DC HSM & 18-35mm F1.4 DC HSM
DG lenses are full frame
DC lenses are APS-C only
Currently, this device also only works on Canon, Nikon and SIGMA mounts.
I know of at least six lenses I have had to return to the manufacturer (SONY, TAMRON & SIGMA) to have this nonsense alleviated/corrected (@ $30-50 a lens). That's a lot of "wasted money" in shipping/freight... and that, mate, is not getting any cheaper, last time I looked.
Here, SIGMA has offered a $60 device to "correct" their lens for your camera/cameras. That's pretty cheap, in the long run. Of course, if you only buy a 75-300mm f/4-5.6 or the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 P.O.S. lens... you needn't bother. You're probably not taking anything that would make much of a difference, anyway. :p
I've seen amazing shots by people using lenses you are deriding here. Heck I've seen amazing shots by people using phone cameras. I'll tell you a little secret Don: it's not really the gear that matters most.
I rarely see people pop for a 24-70mm f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8 lens the day they buy their first DSLR/DSLT. Heck, I would go as far as to say most folks do not even realize these lenses exist. Awareness usually happens when they sit down and begin to review the "less-than-impressive" shots they are getting from their gear when they ask that golden question:
"WTF can I do to get a better image? These crappy lenses are not returning what I had expected to get from my brand new $3000 a99 camera."
Hence, the birth of a germ of an idea... better glass. Who knew, right, J.R.?
Look, I have been at this, legitimately, for the past few years. I figure I have as good a handle on how the glass works as most with some level of EXPOSURE. Line them up, my friend... and shoot the glass. You will see the short-fall of low-end 75-300 f/4-5.6 ($150) glass and the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens the manufacturer dumps on you, when you pick up your DLSR/DSLT bundle, to get started. If these were firecracker lenses, why would you even be tempted to buy anything else?
As far as I am concerned, you can take the kit lens and...
Even a bottle bottom will provide some kind of image to the camera.
J.R. -> Please bear in mind that there should be plenty of other SONY DSLR/DSLT photographers in this forum, with plenty of opportunity to share their images with the masses. I really do not see why I always have to be the entertainment around here. Have a heart... someone has to pay the bills. It's not always fun & games in the dark room, my friend.
If you take some time and thumb your way through this forum alone, my contributions to imaging are pretty well represented. Many comparisons have been done making examples of the KIT lens versus the higher-end solutions. I have nothing to apologize for other than not having enough money to keep charging forward with my imagining with even higher-end glass and whatnot.
Even my signature DICTATES what a person should do to improve their photography. So it is written, so it shall be done. http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...%20stuff/8.gif
I shoot at f2.8 or larger regularly and guess how many lens' I have that are micro adjusted ? zero. I guess I must be just very lucky huh ? I used my new sigma 35/1.4 to shoot a wedding only 2 weeks ago, along with my 24/1.4 and 85/1.4 I was at f1.4 or f2 for almost the whole service until I could pull a flash out later. challenging ? yes. did I miss shots ? yes. were some of them OOF ? yes. was it cos of the gear ? absolutely not.
that's not to say that some glass doesn't need the odd tweak...even out of the box. ok...so be it. tweak it and get on with the job rather than yammering about it like a baby with such monotonous regularity.
I think I'm brave enough and old enough to worry about anything I care or dare to, J.R. While I appreciate critique, antagonistic prodding really has no value.
I have tried to discuss the merits of some device additions to my own photography... certainly nothing of yours or the Rooz-meister's. In fact, I may not have offered critique on much of any work presented in other forums.
The SONY forum, as far as I could determine, pretty much had its respective hands full with proprietary flash issues and other third-party incongruities (limited high-end lenses due to mount). Dealing with these issues has not been easy... and has caused enough grief to have many members (not too deeply entrenched in SONY gear) to move off the line and onto the more common approach Nikon and Canon designs.
Personally, I cannot appreciate SONY's continued resistance to sharing lens' mount design and electrical connection/integration. I suppose someone has to object... and I will. I paid to get into this zoo.
Sadly, I have watched the participation level dwindle... and I find that rather amazing, considering how many people own these cameras. I know I have not found anywhere near the interest/experience level on other social networks. At least, not to the level we enjoyed on the DCRP.
Perhaps it is just me... but, I do not believe so.
Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography
This may be pompous... but, hey, it's my nickel. http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...atifiedyes.gif Yes, it is!
One of the bigger knocks on the a99 is its ghastly power consumption. At full tilt, it consumes at levels that might be as much as 200% the consumption of the a900 on its worst day.
Now, of course there are mitigating methods to reduce the power consumption by shutting down certain aspects of the a99 camera, such as "GPS" and the EVF display on the back of the camera.
Now, I must admit, that's what I want to do with my $2500 camera... depower it so it runs just like a $700 model! http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...20stuff/an.jpg Please, stop me from falling over.
I mean, doing this may buy-back levels that would be tantamount to 150% the a900-level. But still, batteries are going pretty fast, by comparison. This may not be such a big deal to those operating in a relatively urban environment, but when you take your "big boy" out to the field... you may consider investing in multiple battery packs, which, of course, you will be obligated to support each battery's charging for each trip -> Get a couple more re-charger units.
"Battery management" rears its ugly head (dig deep)!
Okay, what to do? What alternatives exist to further mitigate this madness?
Here's one: Solar Recharging Panel
Better, yet... how about this baby? Array Solar Laptop Charger Backpack - Solar Bag It'll do your laptop, too.
Either way, the cost of adequate operation just went up. http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...ff/owned-1.gif