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  1. #101
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    So there is life on the moon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    I am tender with the equipment ... you almost have to be.

    Anyway, here is a "Moon Shot" from last Saturday morning (12:24AM), in Northern Wisconsin.

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    α850 w/ TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD lens
    @500mm - f/11 - 1/800 sec. - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - Manual - Tripod - NR w/ sharpening

    What's with all the artifacts again?

    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    So there is life on the moon...
    That's what I proved!
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    Red face Oven cooked ...

    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    What's with all the artifacts again?
    Over processed ... check again.
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    That's better!
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    Cool A850 & hvl-f58am

    A working combo ...

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    This camera has set the SONY world on its side!
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    I am tender with the equipment ... you almost have to be.

    Anyway, here is a "Moon Shot" from last Saturday morning (12:24AM), in Northern Wisconsin.

    Attachment 48747
    α850 w/ TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD lens
    @500mm - f/11 - 1/800 sec. - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - Spot Meter - Manual - Tripod - NR w/ sharpening

    that lens is severely limiting the camera. you should be expecting a far better shot with a 24mp dslr.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    that lens is severely limiting the camera. you should be expecting a far better shot with a 24mp dslr.
    Yeah the Tamron 200-500mm is a bit soft I must say. Don't you have the F/8 mirror lens? I think it might even be sharper.

    The only Sony mount in that range that is worthy is the 70-400mm G SSM.
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  8. #108
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    Lightbulb Perhaps, adjustments need to be made ...

    Well, you guys can wish in one hand ...

    because my purchase of any further lenses, for quite a while, is over. May all of us have Zeiss & G glass in our bags, since President Obama thinks we are all made of money. "Forced Medical Coverage" ... as if! Where is all this extra cash coming from?

    I suppose I'll just have to suffer through my bag for a while. Sometimes you win, sometimes you ... well, you know the rest.

    There is still the option of using AF Micro-Adjust, but the problem with that lies in the fact:

    "If you perform AF fine adjustment with a lens of other manufacturers, the
    adjustment values of Sony, Minolta, and Konica Minolta lenses may be affected. Do
    not use this function with any lens of other manufacturers."


    This means possible problems with TAMRON & SIGMA lenses, because they do not register.

    After some comparison shots ... the TAMRON 200-500 uses about +2 to get it sharp. Oh, the possibilities, eh?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-10-2009 at 08:15 AM.
    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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    Don, sell that 200-500 on eBay.
    Have a look through your bags for anything that is slightly less than useful and do the same.
    I'd be surprised if you couldn't raise enough for a Sony 70-400 F4-5.6 G SSM.

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    Lightbulb Alternatives to throwing money at it

    I've done enough damage to my bank account, this year. Even I have to be a little frugal. Having the 70-400 G SSM is not that important to me ... and it is a whole lot heavier to tote around than either the 200-500mm or the 70-200mm. Uh, no thanks.

    If I were going to go for a 400 G ... it'd be a Minolta AF 400mm f/4.5 APO G HS, just to get some more light. No matter how you cut it ... f/4-5.6 is still kind of dark, because with the SONY @ 400mm you are forever stuck at f/5.6. I can already get that out of my Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8 APO G HS and a 2x T/C ... and besides, it is a heck of a lot lighter combo.

    Pete, thanks for the suggestions, though. The 200-500mm has been berry berry good to me.


    EDIT: After some preliminary shots (adding the AF Micro-adjust correction of +2), the 200-500 is shooting just fine and has no color fringing. The Minolta 200mm f/2.8 APO with the 2x T/C is revealing some purple fringe on reflected highlights (w or w/o polarizer) ... which is to be expected from pre-digital (film-design) lenses, anyway. Nah, I'm still fine with the 200-500mm pulling its lightweight.
    2x TC + 200mm f/2.8 APO G HS w/ CPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200-500mm f/5-6.3 @ 400mm w/ CPL

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-10-2009 at 11:36 AM.
    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.

    flickr & Sdi

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