a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

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DaPonti Contributing Member • Posts: 523
a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300
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This was my first experience with the 55-300 (except one evening of F1 shots) and I enjoy it a lot. I'm essentially a snapshooter, taking records of places I visit, and for this the a58 + kit doesn't do much more than a point of shoot, just better.

The telephoto however opens up new possibilities and I found myself using it more than I expected (lots of family portraits of course). I'm not sure whether it's just the novelty effect or whether the longer focal length forces me to think more about the picture, but for the moment I'm quite happy with it.

I shot in RAW + JPEG but ended up using only the JPEGs which are "good enough" for me. There are just a few pictures where I feel like carefully processed RAWs would really help, either at high ISO or for blown highlights.

Now my big problem is consistency. For the moment it's "good focus, steady hands, good composition... pick 2 :-D". Comments welcome.

Longshan Temple

Ciyou Temple

Ciyou Temple. 3200 ISO - either too much noise reduction or bad focus

Ciyou Temple. 1/20 sec at 270mm equivalent, proof that IBIS works.

Changing of guards at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial hall. I underexposed the whole series by mistake

Miaokou night market, one of the most famous in Taiwan

Mandatory neon signs snapshot

Xiahai Chenghuang Temple, Jiufen

Jiufen old street

Queen's head rock in Yehliu. Great focus on the pathway in front...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Sony SLT-A58 Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Pixelmator Chameleon
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Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony SLT-A58
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romicva Contributing Member • Posts: 575
Re: a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

Very nice series.

garyinhere
garyinhere Contributing Member • Posts: 569
Re: a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

I think you did a fine job, it felt like I was touring right along side of you!

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PORTRAIT
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Re: a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

Wonderful images! Gotta love the Sony colours 

Thanks for sharing!

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Vikas Rana Contributing Member • Posts: 916
Re: a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

Nice shooting, Great pics!

thanks

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DaPonti OP Contributing Member • Posts: 523
Re: a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

Thank you all for your nice words.

PORTRAIT wrote:

Wonderful images! Gotta love the Sony colours

I'm not sure what the "Sony colors" are as I don't have anything to compare to. My only comment is that I think the reds saturate a bit more than the other colors (quite obvious on those temples with red paint).

Now this is strange, 5 pictures disappeared from my original post (the five below). Do you see them above?

Spider in which I almost bumped

Moiré test

Wenwu temple - ceiling detail

Wenwu temple

Wenwu temple

 DaPonti's gear list:DaPonti's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 Sony SLT-A58 Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Pixelmator Chameleon
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