A 42Mp sensor brings out all the flaws of glass!

I’ve raved about the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens that I purchased for a song a little while ago.  I’d been using it with my Sony A77ii and was quite pleased with the results.  I decided to try it on my new A99ii. Oh my. What a difference the 42 megapixels does!  Suddenly, I was discovering green and purple fringing that was all but invisible on … Continue reading A 42Mp sensor brings out all the flaws of glass!

Geolocating with the Sony A99ii

I’ve been experimenting with the geolocating capabilities of the Sony A99ii. The camera uses Bluetooth to communicate with a cell phone and gets the GPS location from the phone to write it directly to the picture EXIF. I haven’t had any troubles establishing the connection between the camera and the phone. The PlayMemories app must then be running to send the GPS information to the … Continue reading Geolocating with the Sony A99ii

Hey Sony! How about a retro look A6000?

I’ve always been a fan of the retro look rangefinder cameras.  Here’s a mockup of a silver and black A6000 that I’d love to see.  What do you think? I guess I could purchase a used camera and buy a replacement top on eBay and build this Frankenstein myself.  It would have to be a used camera.  It would be a shame to waste a … Continue reading Hey Sony! How about a retro look A6000?

A new Nikon and renewed fanboy vitriol

Hello to all.  It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I had to mention something that made by blood boil.  Nikon has announced their new D850 which promises to be a great camera.  They’ve thrown every feature possible into this design and I hope the strategy helps them solve their financial woes. What really got to me were some of the user comments I … Continue reading A new Nikon and renewed fanboy vitriol

Who uses the LCD top panel?

I recently saw this question asked in a DP Review forum.  I couldn’t help but reply: Reviewers and purists raked the A700 over the coals because it didn’t have an LCD while the Canikons did.  I think Sony gave in to the pressure to avoid bad press. I still use the LCD occasionally but I don’t think I’d cry over its demise.  Good idea, though, to … Continue reading Who uses the LCD top panel?

Dye based vs. Pigment based inks

I’ve just changed printers.  I’ve gone from a Canon Pro-100 to an Epson P800.  I think the most radical change is going from dye based inks on the Canon to pigment based inks on the Epson. Haven’t printed much yet, but it looks as if the colors are more subtle and muted with the pigment ink of the Epson.  Maybe a touch more realistic transitions … Continue reading Dye based vs. Pigment based inks

Big Prints – New Printer

I like big prints.  I find it differentiates my pictures from the tiny images we show or see on  mobile phone screens.  I’ve been printing with a Canon Pro-100 for a while now, but I’ve always been frustrated by the fact that I can’t print real panoramas.  The printer is designed for 13×19″ prints and the driver can be forced to print up to 26″ … Continue reading Big Prints – New Printer