Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
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Joined on Feb 2, 2013
About me:

Goal: develop the proper shooting techniques and technical skills that allow for the most unusual and hard to obtain shots. This necessarily involves using equipment "incorrectly" and modifying or ignoring many accepted shooting styles.

A good deal of my current effort is directed at musicians on dimly lit stages:

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  • Replied in "It depends"
    You specific priorities and use cases will make a big difference in which option is best for you in each case. Sometime the closest Sony version will be more expensive, sometimes less. Sometimes ...
  • Replied in B&H
    I had posted earlier something similar, along with the same B&H content. Now, I'm not so sure, because I notice the text (for 5-axis steady shot) is pretty much identical to what they had for the ...
  • Replied in Agreed!
    I have not done an extensive search, so I don't know if any other posts exist that suggest a focal length menu or not. Steve Huff's appears to be a cut n' paste of the B&H page (or the other way ...
  • Replied in Yes?
    I am wondering about adapted lenses myself, I have an old SR mount lens that I had converted to A-mount... but lacks a chip. It works fine on my a99, but without IBIS. There had (has?) long been a ...
  • Replied in Good thing?
    I had read that later models improved to 1/3 of a stop, but I accept being corrected. It's still a nothingburger.
  • I've taken the "mirror" out of my a99 and held it up to a back illuminated white panel. I could see that the SLT was there, but barely. The issue is a nothingburger.
  • My understanding is that more recent SLTs' mirror diverts 1/3 of a stop, not 1/2. Is that just a rumor or misunderstanding (possible)?
  • Replied in Good thing?
    It's not 30%. It's 1/3 of a stop, which is more like 16%. And the light is not lost, it is used for AF speed and precision. That is often, in fact, "a good thing". Their systems have more sensitive ...
  • Replied in I do
    I shoot in dark places without a flash, I use the current (old) a99. I don't find the low light performance lacking, in fact the a99 (and the SLT) are a real advantage in many ways. And the a99ii ...
  • Replied in f/1.2?
    If shooting at f/1.2 is wrong, I don't want to be right.
  • Replied in Larger issue?
    I think in this case the issue might be a lower quality lens (e.g. unspecified "kit lenses") vs a higher quality lens (e.g. 50/1.8 OSS). While the A7 is nominally speaking a better camera, it ...
  • The flange distance is too great. If such an adapter existed, either you would not be able to focus to infinity, or a "teleconverter" type of adapter would be necessary.

  • Replied in Predecessors?
    The a7Rii is not its predecessor, the a99 is.
  • Replied in Tripping?
    Perhaps there was a tripod tripping tipping point, which is why tripods are not allowed in many locations— the liability insurance just costs too much. I do a lot of shooting from mosh pits in ...
  • Replied in Lots of light?
    Start with a brightly lit scene of limited dynamic range. Then remove anything that moves.
  • The uglier the camera the better, as far as I am concerned. I'm the same with camera bags— lately I have been using a diaper bag.

  • @miggylicious: I regularly use the Minolta 85/1.4G and 35/1.4G on my a99 and get great results in low light. To be fair, I also shoot with them wide open which helps (a lot). I recently shot an...

  • @brendon1000: Perfectly fair, of course! I have the Sigma 35/1.4 Art as well as the Minolta 35/1.4G. On paper, similar specs— but in use, completely different. The Sigma is off the rails sharp, far...

  • I have been using a $100 Minolta beercan on my a99 with great success, I can't wait to use it on this camera! Over 40Mp, plus fully stabilized. No wonder so many of the Minolta gems are going up in...

  • A few disconnected thoughts: (1) Have you considered native FF E mount lenses? There are a number of Sony/Zeiss lenses that are quite good, and if MF is sufficient then Samyang and Mitakon also have a ...
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