A7r FE24-70 C&C

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A7r FE24-70 C&C
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I'm having a hard time deciding which of these to post on my web site.  If you like any of these 3 images, which one do you think is best?  Thanks in advance for any C&C:

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I like the first one the best.  I find the fence to be a more interesting foreground element than the ditch in the second and third photos.  In the second, I find the ditch to be really distracting; it just leads me off the edge of the photo.  I suppose the same might be said for the fence, but I don't find it so.

I also like the clouds in the first (and second) photos.  I think the tree at the right (in both the 1st and 2nd photos) helps to balance things out too.

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Paul Richman wrote:

I'm having a hard time deciding which of these to post on my web site. If you like any of these 3 images, which one do you think is best? Thanks in advance for any C&C:

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I like the first one best, seems better balanced with the fence in the foreground, I also like the ice on the fence and the additional detail in the foreground.  Fence leads the eyes to the barn in the background. Very nice.

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I will have to agree that the first is strongest. The fence provides a strong geometric diagonal that the creek just doesn't seem to accomplish.

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Agree.

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I like #1 the best; the fence seems to keep the eye circling the farmhouse.

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Paul Richman wrote:

I'm having a hard time deciding which of these to post on my web site. If you like any of these 3 images, which one do you think is best? Thanks in advance for any C&C:

Paul - nice round about way to show us how well this lens is doing for you. I like them all, but if I have to choose, I want to see more of the water on the left, so I'm sort of torn between 2 and 3.

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stevo23 wrote:

Paul - nice round about way to show us how well this lens is doing for you. I like them all, but if I have to choose, I want to see more of the water on the left, so I'm sort of torn between 2 and 3.

You noticed! Yes, I've grown fond of this lens. I shoot it mostly at F11, and then use InFocus to defeat much of the effects of diffraction. Central areas are extremely sharp at all FL, even 24 and 70.  I now also have a Leica Vario-Elmarit-R 28-90 mm F/2.8-4.5 ASPH ROM Lens for midrange use.

I did also want feedback on these shots. I had preferred #3 as it gives a bigger view of the main subject, but was also torn by liking the ice covered fence in #1. I shot these this morning just after sunrise. The snow was all gone by noon.

Thanks for your feedback and insight!

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Nice captures Paul, I like #2 as the composition is the most pleasing to my eyes.

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Awesome you posted the full resolution shots! The quality IMO is really, really, really good. The level of detail throughout the frame on all 3 is absolutely astonishing. It makes me want this really badly.

However, it just costs too much, so I'm going to have to settle on the upcoming A6000. I'm not rushing into it either and might stick with my A3000 for a bit.

That lens must be one helluva lens though! For it to resolve THAT kind of detail (even though it's FF of course).

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kartikjayaraman wrote:

Nice captures Paul, I like #2 as the composition is the most pleasing to my eyes.

Ah, finally a vote for #2.  Thanks!  You see why it's a tough decision for me.

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123Mike wrote:

Awesome you posted the full resolution shots!

Almost.  These are actually about half size, as that's the max DPR will upload.

The quality IMO is really, really, really good. The level of detail throughout the frame on all 3 is absolutely astonishing. It makes me want this really badly.

Yes, I love the detail this lens produces.  I shoot at F11 to pull into focus the corners and edges as much as possible, and then use Topaz InFocus to mitigate diffraction effects.  The result really pops!

However, it just costs too much, so I'm going to have to settle on the upcoming A6000. I'm not rushing into it either and might stick with my A3000 for a bit.

That A6000 looks exciting.

That lens must be one helluva lens though! For it to resolve THAT kind of detail (even though it's FF of course).

I'm mostly happy with it.

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123Mike wrote:

Awesome you posted the full resolution shots! The quality IMO is really, really, really good. The level of detail throughout the frame on all 3 is absolutely astonishing.

Unfortunately, the detail is marred by too much sharpening. Notice the halo around the barn in #1, for example. If you have the raw file, you could develop the shot with less sharpening.

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stevo23 wrote:

Paul - nice round about way to show us how well this lens is doing for you. I like them all, but if I have to choose, I want to see more of the water on the left, so I'm sort of torn between 2 and 3.

You noticed! Yes, I've grown fond of this lens. I shoot it mostly at F11, and then use InFocus to defeat much of the effects of diffraction. Central areas are extremely sharp at all FL, even 24 and 70. I now also have a Leica Vario-Elmarit-R 28-90 mm F/2.8-4.5 ASPH ROM Lens for midrange use.

I did also want feedback on these shots. I had preferred #3 as it gives a bigger view of the main subject, but was also torn by liking the ice covered fence in #1. I shot these this morning just after sunrise. The snow was all gone by noon.

Thanks for your feedback and insight!

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I picked #3 despite less water, but more sky and, as you say, bigger view of the main subject, otherwise the snow-covered field in the foreground tends to dominate in #2. I do agree with stevo23 that more water on the left would have helped that, for sure. In #1, the fence takes the eye away from the vastness of the snow-covered field in relation to the main subject.

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The first. I like the fence in the foreground.

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I like:)

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The first one Paul.

The other 2 have less contrast and that little stream is distracting from the main subject (the barn) and the sky colours are less pleasing.

The first is also ultrasharp to the corners.

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