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  1. #181
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    Wink Christmas foolin' around - POTD

    Here's a f/2.8 infinity focus bokeh shot of the Christmas Tree. Kind of cool and makes you think and appreciate the art side of photography:

    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  2. #182
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    Sweet! Love the blues.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  3. #183
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    Same shot as the last, but this time with my new for Christmas Beercan.



    Camera: Sony DSLR-A300
    Lens: Minolta 70-210 f/4
    Exposure: 1/100th sec
    Aperture: f/4 -.3EV
    Focal Length: 260 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Date: 28 December 2008

    Kinda fun for comparison sake. Bokeh is certainly better, but I think this goes to show that the beercan is great, but not magical compared to newer lenses.
    Jason Hamilton
    Selective Frame

    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  4. #184
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    It looks an awful lot better to me, but then the lighting and colour is completely different.

  5. #185
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    It looks an awful lot better to me, but then the lighting and colour is completely different.
    Yeah, I think the brighter sunlight helped a lot.

    I think I like the colors of the beercan better though. Thats one thing that is really selling me on older Minolta lenses. I like stronger colors in photos, and the older Minoltas seem to really saturate well.
    Last edited by laydros; 12-28-2008 at 05:51 PM.
    Jason Hamilton
    Selective Frame

    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  6. #186
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    That elusive "something" in which Minolta excelled.

    Pity their business acumen was equally elusive.

  7. #187
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    Red face Night shot of my Friend

    Good evening! I've recently acquired my A700 after using a Nikon P80 for 4 months. Im in love with my cam but still stuck with kit lens due to budget constraints. Here's a hand held night shot of my friend and his to be wife (they got married the next day and I was the best man) beside the pool. I love night shots, have to rely on high iso and flash and dislike pp. Only applied resizing in this pic. Im still amateurish so be nice

    Camera Make: SONY
    Camera Model: DSLR-A700 v04
    Image Date: Friday, December 26, 2008, 6:01:08 PM
    Flash Used: Yes
    Lens: Sony DT 18-70
    Focal Length: 18mm
    Exposure Time: 1/2 sec
    Aperture: f/3.5
    ISO equiv: 800
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Center Weight Average
    Exposure: Manual



    --------------------------------------------------------

    Miggylicious <miggyt.multiply.com>
    Sony A700
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Last edited by miggylicious; 12-29-2008 at 05:23 AM. Reason: included multiply homepage

  8. #188
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    Nice shot Miggy. I think a tighter crop to remove the table in the lower right corner would help this shot. And try to soften the bright light from the building. Welcome to the forum,
    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  9. #189
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    Not bad with the kit lens at all, pop up flash or flash unit? Like Frank says, tighter crop to lose some of the distraction, see more detail on the subjects, and get that damn floodlight out of there LOL and maybe the ladder into the pool if your good at cloning, which I am not. closer zoom, tighter crop, Nice colors out of the kit. oh and welcome!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  10. #190
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    Hope you don't mind here is a quick edit and crop. I didn't know how to deal with the light.

    Frank

    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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