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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in Seoul and Songdo, Korea   
    Some from Korea with A7RII
        2.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. BW Songdo afternoon-7 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   3.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Gangnam High Street copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   4.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Gangnam High Street-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   5.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. andre copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   6. Cold noodles, a surprisingly good and refreshing end to a good meal   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. cold noodles copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   7. Acorn Jelly, incredibly hard to pick up with korean chopsticks which are metal and shiny and cylindrical   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Acorn jelly copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   8.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. bw Songdo afternoon-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   9.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Songdo afternoon copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   10.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Songdo afternoon-4 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   11.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Songdo afternoon copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from SAR_admin in Some from London   
    A few from London:
      A7RII Zeiss Loxia 35 f/2   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Westminster through the arch copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. trafalgar square copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   Handheld at 0.5 secs holding it against a railing...   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. trains at st pancras copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in Back on the beach   
    One more from the other night:
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Twilight Port Talbot-9 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Brada in Tower bridge at midnight with A7RII and Loxia 35 f/2   
    Was in a camera shop earlier looking for a smaller waist type bag like the Lowe Pro Inverse 100/200 and an assistant I had been chatting to a few weeks ago about the Batis approached me and said although he didn't have the Batis he did have the Loxia 35 f/2 and the Sony fit Sigma 35 f/1.4 (I have the LAEA4).  When he offered for me to have a play with it (he'd given me the 90 macro to play with the last time I was in, but although it's good and sharp, I was unmoved and I now have the Minolta 85 f/1.4 anyway.  My God it's tiny!  It reminds me when I first got the distagon which stayed on my 5D3 for ever.  Just a really nice focal length to have as especially with a fast aperture you can do lots with this FL.  I'd already bought it when he told me he had the Sigma.  I think he thought I would take both!I tried the Sigma and toyed with the idea of returning the Loxia and taking the Sigma.  The Sigma would be easier to use with the AF, and it's sharp - it a great lens (despite Ken "support my growing family" Rockwell describing the 35 f/1.4 Art as a sharp lens from a junk company. ).  What tipped the scales (quite literally) to the Loxia was the weight and balance of the Sigma + LAEA on my A7RII.  The Minolta 85 f/1.4  feels lighter and better balanced.  So although it's £300 more, I took the CZ Loxia.  Here are two images from tonight on Tower Bridge.  
      1. A7R Loxia 35 f/2    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2. The clouds helped me to reduce the brightness of the moon acting like a GND!   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Franky in Back on the beach   
    A few more from the local beach... A7RII
      Tamron 24 - 70   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. S aberavon twilight copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. S aberavon twilight-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   FE 16 - 35   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. S aberavon twilight-3 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Moody in Tower bridge at midnight with A7RII and Loxia 35 f/2   
    Was in a camera shop earlier looking for a smaller waist type bag like the Lowe Pro Inverse 100/200 and an assistant I had been chatting to a few weeks ago about the Batis approached me and said although he didn't have the Batis he did have the Loxia 35 f/2 and the Sony fit Sigma 35 f/1.4 (I have the LAEA4).  When he offered for me to have a play with it (he'd given me the 90 macro to play with the last time I was in, but although it's good and sharp, I was unmoved and I now have the Minolta 85 f/1.4 anyway.  My God it's tiny!  It reminds me when I first got the distagon which stayed on my 5D3 for ever.  Just a really nice focal length to have as especially with a fast aperture you can do lots with this FL.  I'd already bought it when he told me he had the Sigma.  I think he thought I would take both!I tried the Sigma and toyed with the idea of returning the Loxia and taking the Sigma.  The Sigma would be easier to use with the AF, and it's sharp - it a great lens (despite Ken "support my growing family" Rockwell describing the 35 f/1.4 Art as a sharp lens from a junk company. ).  What tipped the scales (quite literally) to the Loxia was the weight and balance of the Sigma + LAEA on my A7RII.  The Minolta 85 f/1.4  feels lighter and better balanced.  So although it's £300 more, I took the CZ Loxia.  Here are two images from tonight on Tower Bridge.  
      1. A7R Loxia 35 f/2    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2. The clouds helped me to reduce the brightness of the moon acting like a GND!   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in Tower bridge at midnight with A7RII and Loxia 35 f/2   
    Was in a camera shop earlier looking for a smaller waist type bag like the Lowe Pro Inverse 100/200 and an assistant I had been chatting to a few weeks ago about the Batis approached me and said although he didn't have the Batis he did have the Loxia 35 f/2 and the Sony fit Sigma 35 f/1.4 (I have the LAEA4).  When he offered for me to have a play with it (he'd given me the 90 macro to play with the last time I was in, but although it's good and sharp, I was unmoved and I now have the Minolta 85 f/1.4 anyway.  My God it's tiny!  It reminds me when I first got the distagon which stayed on my 5D3 for ever.  Just a really nice focal length to have as especially with a fast aperture you can do lots with this FL.  I'd already bought it when he told me he had the Sigma.  I think he thought I would take both!I tried the Sigma and toyed with the idea of returning the Loxia and taking the Sigma.  The Sigma would be easier to use with the AF, and it's sharp - it a great lens (despite Ken "support my growing family" Rockwell describing the 35 f/1.4 Art as a sharp lens from a junk company. ).  What tipped the scales (quite literally) to the Loxia was the weight and balance of the Sigma + LAEA on my A7RII.  The Minolta 85 f/1.4  feels lighter and better balanced.  So although it's £300 more, I took the CZ Loxia.  Here are two images from tonight on Tower Bridge.  
      1. A7R Loxia 35 f/2    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2. The clouds helped me to reduce the brightness of the moon acting like a GND!   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from lizsalander in Tower bridge at midnight with A7RII and Loxia 35 f/2   
    Was in a camera shop earlier looking for a smaller waist type bag like the Lowe Pro Inverse 100/200 and an assistant I had been chatting to a few weeks ago about the Batis approached me and said although he didn't have the Batis he did have the Loxia 35 f/2 and the Sony fit Sigma 35 f/1.4 (I have the LAEA4).  When he offered for me to have a play with it (he'd given me the 90 macro to play with the last time I was in, but although it's good and sharp, I was unmoved and I now have the Minolta 85 f/1.4 anyway.  My God it's tiny!  It reminds me when I first got the distagon which stayed on my 5D3 for ever.  Just a really nice focal length to have as especially with a fast aperture you can do lots with this FL.  I'd already bought it when he told me he had the Sigma.  I think he thought I would take both!I tried the Sigma and toyed with the idea of returning the Loxia and taking the Sigma.  The Sigma would be easier to use with the AF, and it's sharp - it a great lens (despite Ken "support my growing family" Rockwell describing the 35 f/1.4 Art as a sharp lens from a junk company. ).  What tipped the scales (quite literally) to the Loxia was the weight and balance of the Sigma + LAEA on my A7RII.  The Minolta 85 f/1.4  feels lighter and better balanced.  So although it's £300 more, I took the CZ Loxia.  Here are two images from tonight on Tower Bridge.  
      1. A7R Loxia 35 f/2    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2. The clouds helped me to reduce the brightness of the moon acting like a GND!   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. MIdnight at Tower Bridge-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Big Ben in Japan in A7RII recommended settings for long exposures at night   
    Turn the steady shot off in the menu -   Camera (first symbol in MENU)position 8 turn to OFF.  Also make sure that you turn the lens steady shot off too.  I made this elementary mistake last week and many of my shots were soft as a result
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Snowfun in The angry photographer   
    I'm no gear head.  And I have done two 40 mile days back to back, so your judgement about being fat equals unfit is way too generalist.  
     
    You're the one that was condescending.  Grow up.  You moan about others making judgements about you, yet you are the one making the judgements about me and others without demonstrating any basis for that.
     
    I've not watched his videos and the only one promoting them is you.
     
    P.S.  The 'you (third person singular)' was deliberate - not to be condescending but to be crystal clear that the comment was not directed against you personally.  Thanks to the idiosyncrasies of internet conversation, using 'one' can be read as sarcasm.  
     
    Wouldn't you regard it as stupid not to fully use the intelligence one has?
     
    Context is a wonderful thing.   
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from ShotGal in A7RII and Minolta 85 f/1.4 G D   
    My Minolta 85 f/1.4 and Sony 50 f/1.4 arrived this morning.  Haven't had an opportunity to test the 50 yet, but it does work.  
     
    Took the dog up the garden, he doesn't mind being my guinea pig as he gets a run around in exchange for it...
     
    First two are wide open at 1.4.  
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Caesar in garden-8 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr  

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Caesar in garden-7 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    This one is stopped down to f/2.8
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Caesar in garden-9 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    One thing I will say is that you have to be careful with the saturation, as they go all Velvia 50 very quickly and the contrast is very good...
     
     
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in Back on the beach   
    A few more from the local beach... A7RII
      Tamron 24 - 70   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. S aberavon twilight copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. S aberavon twilight-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   FE 16 - 35   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. S aberavon twilight-3 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Franky in Down the local beach at sunset   
    A few from my local beach....
      A7RII Tamron 24 - 70   1.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles-4 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles-3 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   3.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   4. FE 70 - 200   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in A7Rii Performance... Am I Missing Something?   
    I think too many people have sought after this camera for the wrong reasons.  I never ever saw this camera having inclinations to being an action camera....
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from bplet in A7Rii Performance... Am I Missing Something?   
    I think too many people have sought after this camera for the wrong reasons.  I never ever saw this camera having inclinations to being an action camera....
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in Down the local beach at sunset   
    A few from my local beach....
      A7RII Tamron 24 - 70   1.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles-4 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles-3 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   3.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   4. FE 70 - 200   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Looking towards Mumbles copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from puffy in cropping 42 pixel images   
    Right if what you were saying were true, then (and I'm no mathematician or physics master so my calculations mp wise may be off) then by cropping in post a 42mp image would become a 21mp image if you cropped a 35mm image to look like a 70mm image.
     
    1. 35mm cropped
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. test by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    2. 70mm uncropped
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. test-2 by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    the camera wasn't on a tripod, but was held in the same place.  Both shot at f/2.8 on a Tamron 24 - 70 and distortion corrected in LRCC.  
     
    The second was in full size 42mp, the first image full size was 13.3.  So to have it at 21mp there would have been a different view entirely.
     
    Other things also change - both exposure and depth of field.  both were metered in the centre.  35mm image 1/40, 70mm image 1/15
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from puffy in A7R II Initial Impressions/Issues   
    The noise at long exposure is the biggest issue for me.  If you shoot long exposure, you'd best not under expose as it will kill you for it.  I did a 10 minute exposure last night at ISO 200 and f/11.  The shot that came from it was worse than one at 12800 ISO from my 645Z.  I do hope that Sony is able to deal with this in a firmware update, as it doesn't have anything like the flexibility of the Sony sensor in the 645Z.  The shot from last night is unusable - a 7 minute exposure at ISO 50 taken before was useable.  This is the problem with the necessity of using LENR.  
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    Singingsnapper reacted to Big Ben in Japan in A7RII Photos of Cats   
    What is a camera with these specs for if not for cat pictures?
    Here's Katie helping me test the Batis 25mm.

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Katie helps me test the a7r II and Batis 25mm by Big Ben in Japan, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Enormicon in First outing with A7RII   
    Some with my new A7RII
      1. 70 - 200   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Severn bridge from Severn Beach-3 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   2.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Severn bridge from Severn Beach-4 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   3. 16 - 35   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Severn bridge from Severn Beach-5 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   4.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. bw Severn bridge from Severn Beach-5 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   5. 70 - 200   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Severn bridge from Severn Beach copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from Z√© De Boni in Sony is lying about flash sync speed on Sony A7RII   
    I think lying is a bit strong.  They weren't lying if sync flash is 1/250.  It would be a bit like saying that eye detection not working with my Tamron is them lying about that feature.  Not to rub salt in the wound, but when investing in a completely new system, I would never sell old gear that I needed.  If you had to do that in order to afford it, then you couldn't really afford it without taking what I'd consider to be an unacceptable risk.  When I changed from Canon to Nikon, I didn't sell any gear at all until I was sure I was happy with it.  I have since moved from Nikon being my main camera apart from 645D to Sony being my back up to my 645Z.  I held on to a lot of my Nikon gear until I was sure I would say with the Sony...
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from seb in Strange AWB results on Sony A7R II vs. A900/850   
    The 'as shot' temperature in a little different in LR and C1...
     
    For this shot:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Cherhill horse and fields copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    the as shot in LRCC is 4100 and 0 tint
     
    in C1 it is 4725 and -1
     
    I don't really know how to use C1, my experience and most of my software is with adobe, plus my archiving routine is through LR (though trying to figure out how to add further hard drives) so Sony, please get your heads together with Adobe - the camera calibrations are awful, and the adobe standard isn't great....
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from SAR_admin in Chervil Horse with A7RII and 16-35/24 - 70   
    Some from a place called Cherhill.  It's on a major road that's called "Labour-in-Vain Hill."
      Sony A7RII 16 - 35   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Cherhill horse and fields s copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Cherhill horse and fields s-2 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Cherhill horse and fields s-3 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr   24 - 70   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Cherhill horse and fields s-4 copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from saffysnapps in A7Rii first impressions thread (incl RAW downloads)   
    Right - this is a shot taken at Rhossili in South Wales immediately after sunset shooting straight at the light.  Here is a screenshot of the original shot in LRCC untouched:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 00.12.15 by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    Then after some adjustments in LRCC - including maxing the shadows and adding nearly 2 stops of exposure:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 00.12.04 by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    and after processing in PSCC, using a small amount of Dfine NR then Viveza to add some structure and contrast, and a soft grad in Color efex (this shot was handheld at f/5.6 shutter speed 1/500 at ISO 200 with 16-35 at 16mm EV was set at -2 and shot in Aperture Priority.  There wasn't that much noise, but using Viveza and a software grad often amplifies it.
     
    This is the final result:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Worm's Head just after sunset copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    There is some very minor posterisation, but this isn't present in the .psd file, this is something I find with my 645Z files with files like this.  The smaller .jpg compresses these tones further.  As I don't pixel peep, even this level of posterisation in minor and I have seen it stronger in other files with my 645Z.  it's just a matter of being careful what you do to the blues and cyan tones...I could indeed have played safer with the sky and this would probably not have shown its head even in a 1500px jpg.  I always save jpg as full quality.
     
    Hope this helps...
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    Singingsnapper got a reaction from lizsalander in A7Rii first impressions thread (incl RAW downloads)   
    Right - this is a shot taken at Rhossili in South Wales immediately after sunset shooting straight at the light.  Here is a screenshot of the original shot in LRCC untouched:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 00.12.15 by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    Then after some adjustments in LRCC - including maxing the shadows and adding nearly 2 stops of exposure:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 00.12.04 by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    and after processing in PSCC, using a small amount of Dfine NR then Viveza to add some structure and contrast, and a soft grad in Color efex (this shot was handheld at f/5.6 shutter speed 1/500 at ISO 200 with 16-35 at 16mm EV was set at -2 and shot in Aperture Priority.  There wasn't that much noise, but using Viveza and a software grad often amplifies it.
     
    This is the final result:
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Worm's Head just after sunset copy by singingsnapper, on Flickr  
    There is some very minor posterisation, but this isn't present in the .psd file, this is something I find with my 645Z files with files like this.  The smaller .jpg compresses these tones further.  As I don't pixel peep, even this level of posterisation in minor and I have seen it stronger in other files with my 645Z.  it's just a matter of being careful what you do to the blues and cyan tones...I could indeed have played safer with the sky and this would probably not have shown its head even in a 1500px jpg.  I always save jpg as full quality.
     
    Hope this helps...
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