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  • Birthday 09/02/1960

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    Canoeing/kayaking, cross country skiing, longbow archery, travel, being outdoors.

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  1. Sometimes the moon comes out as a blurry orb because of moisture in the atmosphere. My best results have come with manual focus and an aperture of between f/8 -F16. Try auto exposure, then increase or or decrease using the exposure compensation, or going manual - follow XKAES advice. I've found I get best definition of the moon's features just before or after full moon - as the sun is casting shadows on the crater walls.
  2. For Longevity I use archival papers and spray them with UV protection spray. For hanging, I cut a card mount to keep the print from touching the "glass" of the frame - following archival techniques. None of my pics have been hanging for more than twenty years - so I've no proof as to how long they will last - but if the information I've been given is correct, they'll out last me and even my grand children. Archival materials are no more expensive than "regular".
  3. Yep, isn't this what discussions do? After you very succinctly answered Krill88's question the discussion developed. Now, have you seen what they are designing in Mongolia?.....
  4. Just wondering how many people print any of their photos - or how frequently. What size do you generally print at, and any particular paper? To start the answer, I seem to print an average of 1 photo a week (about 1% of those I have on my computer) - generally A3 on semi gloss "Pearl" paper. (I find the quality far more pleasing than viewing them on a computer screen, even though they are about the same size). Every so often - usually after a trip - I get a booklet printed up, as this gives a nice way of sharing with friends and relatives, and makes a nice momento.
  5. Thanks for these useful answers. Fortunately for me, I'm only likely to use manual Primes - my Zooms being fully integrated. But hopefully, by asking the question it will help others.
  6. I know you should read the manual (have you seen how thick it is, and the small print?) but I have only just discovered that you can and should change the settings for IBIS depending on the focal length of your lens. I assume this is done automatically on lenses with electronic connections and certainly for lenses with OSS. But I was interested to find out I needed it for my manual (Laowa) lens. There seems to be a bit of conflicting advice as to what you set it for, if you have a zoom lens- do you set it for the shortest focal length, the longest, or the median?
  7. Yep, I've still kept my adapter and Minolta AF500 (it's so light I can carry it when not planning on using my GM long lens.)
  8. There seems to be an expectation that Chinese equipment is always either a "knock off" of Euro/Japanese/American designs or cheap quality. However, this is not always the case. Laowa Venus are producing some novel lenses of very good quality and I'm also impressed with my Leofoto tripod and monopod.
  9. When I started taking an interest in photography, when film was the only option, all lens were manual, the only electronics were in metering, but you still set the aperture, shutter speed and focussing manually. Then, after a bit of a break - dabbling in video and taking on the ease of "point and shoot" digital for skiing and canoeing/kayaking pictures - I started again with DSLR and discovered the wonders of steady shot and autofocus. Yes, I've upgraded my kit, adopting mirrorless technology with it's wonders of eye AF and the like, but...I've also been tempted by a manual 15mm zero distortion lens, which I really enjoy using. AF etc is great for action shots and where time is not on your side, but there is something nice about slowing down and "crafting" a photo manually. With the price of so many quality old lenses being so low, I might get some more - who knows.
  10. Seeing how long the A-mount has been successful and E-mount proving successful for the mirrorless system, I Don't think Sony are going to bring in a new mount for a very long time. With R&D being so expensive, why would they? While they are converting so many Canon and Nikon users with the combination of camera technology and a range of very good/excellant lenses at varying price points I think E-mount is here to stay for a long time. I also think a lot of people will continue to buy up great A-mount lenses at bargain prices and Sony have been cunning in producing pretty decent adapters so A-mounters can be tempted to buy E-mount bodies (like me).
  11. I take my hat off to anyone getting pics of small birds flying erratically. I get the impression that some of these images are got by using high FPS, blasting off in the general direction, then picking out any frames that happen to be caught. For the larger birds flying high, I understand Xkaes' view point. I'm no birder, but I've filled my frame with a Red Kite or two using my old A99 and 100-400mm zoom. I'm getting better results with my recently bought A7Rii and FE 100-400 G lens. From what I gather, talking to various people, the downside to high res cameras is that the speed of rendering is not fast enough to get a long blast of photos if using the "click and hope" method (NB: There is more skill in this than the nick name suggests.) I've not tried your options, but I reckon it would prove better than the bad reports suggest - just not as good as premium "sports" bodies like the A9 or A1. I've never shot with Canon so I've got no idea how that gear performs.
  12. Whilst playing with my latest "long" lens - (100-400mm G master) I locked on focus to a flying bird. Concentrating on following the bird, I didn't realise it had gone behind the trees - the subsequent image came as a pleasant surprise with the bird in a Bokeh ring.
  13. A couple of photos with my new toy! 15mm f/2 Laowa manual lens. Lens was almost touching the flowers, but virtually no distortion to the background and building! Lots of playing and experimenting to come! And with filters easy to fit who knows what madness will happen!
  14. I've finally moved across to E-mount. The focussing technology and higher resolution on the A7Rii and the compactness of the A6500 seduced me. The trade in I got for mynkit allowed me to buy 3 excellent lenses I still have my Amount Minolta 500mm AF Reflex (and an adapter) which gives me the option of a lightweight, compact, 500mm lens (good when hiking with a possibility of wildlife - rather than going out specifically looking for birds and critters with my 100-400mm GM lens). What i'll miss most is the simple GPS on the A99 and the custom knob on the front, which I used for selecting AF modes. The controls were nicely spaced as well. I had fun with the A mounts and took loads of photos I enjoy, and some have acquired some acclaim - one is being printed up as a 3 x 1.5m wall print - for the eating cabin at work!
  15. Having joined in conversations on this site, and making a number of gaffs bases on what I have read in books, magazines and on-line. I have a couple of observations that might help people in a similar position to me. 1. Reviews tend to Not tell you the date of the review (particularly on-line) As fellow contributors to this forum have pointed out, technology pushes on, so a lens (for instance) that was top-of-the-range when reviewed may have dropped down by the time you are reading it. It would be great if, when a piece of kit is upgraded or superseded, if reviewers could show how the older version was graded at the time, and how it would be graded against the new version. 2. A lot of reviewers compare the kit with that of another system - This may be of interest to professionals with numerous systems and of passing interest to others, but it is frustrating to people who have a Sony system to hear a lens being compared to the Canon or Nikon equivalent - that's irreverent to most of us! 3. Does anyone understand or care about the technical stuff, like how many elements in how many groups there are in a lens? I like to know how things work but what I want from a review is how well it works. Anyway - enough of a rant, I'm off to take some photos!
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