AlphaPhotography

AlphaPhotography

Lives in United States CT, United States
Works as a Professional Photographer
Joined on Jul 17, 2015
About me:

Love travel and ??

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momo: I tested Halide on my iPhone 7 Plus. The depth mode takes about 2-3 seconds to snap a picture. There is no difference between Apple's native camera app and Halide's depth mode. Maybe I am getting it all wrong but I do not see any value in using this app at all. I hope I will get my money back.

I'm also a bit dissapointed in the speed and have been having focus issues, especially at close distances. The camera appears to hunt for focus and constantly attempt to reacquire. When testing it on an object on my desk at various distances the stock camera app had no problem immediately acquiring focus while the Halide app was quite sluggish and can't seem to acquire focus at all with distances under 1ft. Is anyone else experiencing these issues? I also emailed Halide support about it

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 06:04 UTC
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AlphaPhotography: The photo in this article reminded me how much I miss my Sony Zeiss 24mm f1.8 + A6000/A6300. Moving to the A7II then A7RII still feels like a downgrade in some ways because I haven't found a suitable replacement for that lens. Beautiful rendering, sharp, super close focus distance, fairly portable, crazy fast silent AF.

That's my most recent and most used lens (the FE 85mm). It is excellent. 85mm is a bit long on APS-C but pretty close to 135mm FOV for those that enjoy that FL. I think I may ultimately end up with a two body combo, the A6300 + 24mm for wide/walkaround and A7RII + 85mm for portrait. Unless Sony/Zeiss/Sigma finally release a 35mm f1.8 soon

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 19:50 UTC
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AlphaPhotography: The photo in this article reminded me how much I miss my Sony Zeiss 24mm f1.8 + A6000/A6300. Moving to the A7II then A7RII still feels like a downgrade in some ways because I haven't found a suitable replacement for that lens. Beautiful rendering, sharp, super close focus distance, fairly portable, crazy fast silent AF.

The Sigma 30mm f1.4 is supposed to be superb, I just wish it was a 23mm/24mm. I find my current 40mm on full frame just a bit tight in terms of FOV

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 19:20 UTC

The photo in this article reminded me how much I miss my Sony Zeiss 24mm f1.8 + A6000/A6300. Moving to the A7II then A7RII still feels like a downgrade in some ways because I haven't found a suitable replacement for that lens. Beautiful rendering, sharp, super close focus distance, fairly portable, crazy fast silent AF.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 6th comment | 10 replies
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alexandermol: in regards to the CONS : "... Radio signal not so reliable when the flash is close to the X1.."

It is in the manual:

Q: Why X1 can not trigger in near distance
A:
... long press the TEST button and turn on the power simultaneously until STATUS blink for 2 seconds,0-30m remote control can be selected...

It works for me as expected.

What is considered "too close" in normal mode? I initially only had an issue when the flash was a foot or less from the transmitter but recently I've had some misfire issues with my AD200 where it stopped firing completely at a distance of 2 meters or so. The only way I got it to fire again was to switch from channel 1 to channel 2 on both units.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 02:20 UTC
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AlphaPhotography: I was going to pick up the Zhiyun Crane in the next few weeks but very curious to see how this compares first

The Crane is $650 here in the states, so only $50 more. But the Gudsen has a higher weight limit and the dual grip

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 14:52 UTC

I was going to pick up the Zhiyun Crane in the next few weeks but very curious to see how this compares first

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 19:33 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies

The real question is, how does it compare to the Sony FE 90mm macro?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 02:57 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Wonder how the Canon version will perform now on the A6300

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 00:38 UTC as 25th comment
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jorg14: I've heard this before but it's worth repeating. For the last year I've heard nothing but news on the A7 series. How many of us need or even want full frame? Much less pay $3k plus for the body not to mention the lenses. I wonder how many a6000's have sold in the meantime? This wonderful APS-C camera came out almost two years ago at a very reasonable price. There just hasn't been anything new since and I think this is Sony's main market. Unless of course full frame drops below $1000. Even then I'd personally stick with APS-C due to it's size advantage.

Ohh I see. No experience with FD lenses but they should work great on the A6000. I've used many EF lenses (manually focused) with great results. I guess that is true about the fan boys. Personally I think every brand really does have its own pros and cons, none being perfect. Sony's lens lineup and accessory compatibility still leaves a lot to be desired but that seems to be changing. I have actually toyed with the idea of getting a D750 which is a phenomenal camera and perhaps the best overall FF value. And Canon has cameras like the 7DII which are superb for wildlife and sports. Every manufacturer has their place. I just don't think I'd personally be able to go back to a DSLR after using mirrorless extensively. If I was shooting a wedding, needed fast AF in low light with lenses like a 24-70mm f2.8 or 70-200mm f2.8, 85mm f1.4, two SD card slots, etc. then perhaps. I'm still fairly certain my next camera will be the A7RII. Its feature set is perfect for my current use

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
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jorg14: I've heard this before but it's worth repeating. For the last year I've heard nothing but news on the A7 series. How many of us need or even want full frame? Much less pay $3k plus for the body not to mention the lenses. I wonder how many a6000's have sold in the meantime? This wonderful APS-C camera came out almost two years ago at a very reasonable price. There just hasn't been anything new since and I think this is Sony's main market. Unless of course full frame drops below $1000. Even then I'd personally stick with APS-C due to it's size advantage.

@sh10453
You should enjoy the Canon L 50mm f1.2 lens on the A6000. However, my experience is that Canon lenses work "much" better on the A7II, especially after the recent update. AF is fast and accurate on the A7II compared the A6000 which hunt constantly. If you want to manually focus, the viewfinder is much larger and brighter. IBIS allows much slower shutter speeds and better ISO capability. Unfortunately, as you know, at a higher cost (about $1,100 more). I wish Sony would implement the same great "FF" features into an APS-C body, as the long awaited A6100/A7000 is rumored to do, while hopefully still keeping the price down. It isn't even so much the full frame sensor for me as the many other features that often come with it. My A6000 was a phenomenal camera for the price but I can't wait to get the A7RII. The A7II has already impressed me in ways I didn't think possible. I'm still baffled at the people who hate on Sony. I always wonder, have they even tried them?

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 05:31 UTC
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jorg14: I've heard this before but it's worth repeating. For the last year I've heard nothing but news on the A7 series. How many of us need or even want full frame? Much less pay $3k plus for the body not to mention the lenses. I wonder how many a6000's have sold in the meantime? This wonderful APS-C camera came out almost two years ago at a very reasonable price. There just hasn't been anything new since and I think this is Sony's main market. Unless of course full frame drops below $1000. Even then I'd personally stick with APS-C due to it's size advantage.

I didn't think I would need or want full frame for at least a few years, if ever. However, after using an A7II side-by-side my A6000 extensively for the past year, I definitely can see the benefits in IQ when both are paired with top of the line lenses. In this case, the A6000 + Sony Zeiss 24mm ($1650) and the A7II + Sony Zeiss 55mm ($2700). The full frame sensor, when paired with great lenses, achieves things that the A6000 APS-C sensor simply can't. When adding in IBIS and the larger, brighter viewfinder, it offers some tremendous advantages. Low light (high ISO) performance is a significantly better. When paired with a fast prime wide open such as the 55mm f1.8, the images are just superb. The A6000 performs very well with a lens like the Sony 50mm f1.8 or Rokinon 85mm f1.4. But the super shallow DOF and perhaps ~20% better IQ makes "upgrading" worth the expense for me. The weight of the A7II + 55mm is ~29.5oz while the A6000 + 24mm is ~20oz. Size is not as different as many think.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
On article High Speed Sync with YN560 flash (54 comments in total)
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GeorgeTX: This post is a bit aged.
I consider HSS quite valuable, and while I use a Nissin i40 with my Sony A6000 for TTL and HSS, in order to move off camera, i needed another approach.

I am looking at a Yongnuo YN685C (HSS with built in receiver) fired from a YN-622C (HSS) on-camera trigger. While this is Canon, mounted on Sony, the camera should initiate the HSS start pulse (single contact) and from there, the HSS trigger/flash communicate radio wireless. This is one step up from optical.

Adding another YN685C will allow you to have a key/fill setup, and you can adjust power from the camera.

You could then take your basic flash, and set it to optical for any rim light needs.

It looks promising, and about to move on it myself.

It is my understanding that the YN-622C cannot be used with HSS and Sony cameras. I have been looking for an inexpensive radio HSS solution for some time and have not found one. The Phottix Odin or Pixel King appear to still be the only solutions

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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AlphaPhotography: How limited are the free and VIP passes? Is there plenty of time to purchase them? My girlfriend is unsure if she can get work off but I do not want to miss the opportunity to register. Is there a return policy someone can point me to? And what is the cancellation policy for the free passes? Thanks

I meant purchase in regards only to the VIP pass. I cannot seem to find any information regarding cancellation/returns from EventBrite, DPReview, or PIX 2015. Nor can I find any info on when the "early bird" discount ends. Does anyone have this information? Thank you

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 03:44 UTC

How limited are the free and VIP passes? Is there plenty of time to purchase them? My girlfriend is unsure if she can get work off but I do not want to miss the opportunity to register. Is there a return policy someone can point me to? And what is the cancellation policy for the free passes? Thanks

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 02:08 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1565 comments in total)
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jamesfrmphilly: i have the MK III.
i have money in my pocket.
i shoot only still, no video.
i can't find any reason to upgrade.

How did you receive a "heavy discount" on the IV?

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 04:04 UTC
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