Sony Alpha

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  1. onepixel

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    I'm starting this thread, because I/we kinda got carried away and hijacked the Nikon Z thread. My apologizes to the Nikon folks.

    I made this scale comparison chart for myself and a friend that is looking to purchase one. I also shared it with a Sony Alpha group on Facebook. I've attached the image and linked image to a larger one. Just in case.

    This chart only includes the higher performing native Sony lenses. That were an interest to me and a specific audience. By far not complete. Sony, Tamron, Sigma, Voigtländer and many others make fine lenses. Sony makes the Zeiss lenses.

    At the time, I was looking for a compact, light weight lenses for travel and street photography. Creating the chart help me visualize what fit my needs. I got the little 35mm Sony/Zeiss at end. It's excellent and I got it used. I also have the 16-35 GM. It's the sharpest lenses I've ever used, but it's a boat anchor.

    My friend was considering the 24-70 GM, but because of the high cost, size and weight, he is getting the Tarmon 28-75. Less expensive and a lot smaller with excellent reviews.

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    Here is a low light test image with the little Sony Zeiss 35mm, f/2.8 and Sony A7riii. Click on it to see the full image. Its big brother is even sharper. It's actually a little over exposed. That one shop interior is washed out. You should be able to see the stuff inside. The blur is from the slow shutter speed and being hand held.

    1/25 sec at f/5.6, ISO 4000. Processed in Lightroom.

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    The 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and Sony/Zeiss 35mm, f/2.8.

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  3. whyaskit

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    I think I’ve been on that street. Front street? Walked from the banyan tree to Aloha Mixed Plate.

    Nice photo. Good detail, especially for night
     
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    Yup. The banyan tree is to the left just out of the picture. Here is another shot of the same intersection from another angle.

    I got the 35mm lens before Christmas and I was testing to see what it could do. Tricky low light will definitely test the lens and camera. Image processed in Lightroom.

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    Size matters. Especially because I often shoot with one hand. I was saving up for a Nikon D850 DSLR. Then Sony got awesome, and their lens selection got bigger. The timing was nearly perfect. If I would've waited a couple of months, could've saved $300 when Sony dropped the price. No regrets and having a blast!

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    Sony has a 55mm on and Nikon a 35mm. Sony's 35mm f/2.8 is the same sizes at the Nikon's.
     
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  6. kray

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    Awesome! i use to shoot professional for years and was a nikon guy. i've thought about getting back in part time, and seriously looking at Sony. One of my friends that's a big time pro photog switched and loves it.
     
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  7. onepixel

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    A lot of people and pros switched. Especially from DSLR to the Sony's Mirrorless cameras. There will probably be more shuffling around, since recently Nikon, Canon and others released their full frame, mirrorless cameras. But they have a lot of catching up to do with lens selections. Adaptors work, but the native lenses perform much better.
     
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    Interestingly Sony has always made Nikon's sensors. I can do everything with those lenses, outside of a telephoto. My ATF lense for outdoor portraits was the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII (somewhat unconventional, but...)
     
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    Sony hasn't been sitting around either.

    60MP AND 36MP SENSORS WITH 8K VIDEO COULD BE COMING TO THE SONY A7III, A9II AND A7RIV

    The 42MP on the A7RIII is unreal.

    https://www.diyphotography.net/60mp...d-be-coming-to-the-sony-a7iii-a9ii-and-a7riv/
     
  10. kray

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    True...which for certain shooting is a major plus but wedding photography. too many pixels = too big files, going thru 3000 42mp files is a PITA
     
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    I don't have any problem with my work flow and editing files on my set up. And I do it from an external hard drive. Plus being able to crop in is great plus.
     
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    Example of extreme cropping. Original image size is 7952 x 5304 pixels. The inset image is at 100%. The images did get a bit fuzzy with the upload.

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    You editing RAW or JPG? What mp?

    I always shoot raw and use Lightroom
     
  14. onepixel

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    I only use RAW and process with Lightroom and Photoshop. I use compressed RAW which is a little over 40MBs. Uncompressed RAW is just over 80MBs. For compressed RAW, tests showed only when you "pixel peep" 400% and larger, is when you can tell. I couldn't tell at 100%. You might see something in astro photography. I'm going to test that out in a couple weeks. When the Moon, Sun and Milkway will make for an interesting image.
     
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    Ah now you bring up one of the major complaints about these cameras - the lack of a lossless compressed RAW option. I don't understand how they don't have this yet. Seriously, how hard can it be?
     
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    I'll take and post some test images in uncompressed and compressed RAW.
     

     

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    Thanks!

    I’m sure there is minimal difference. It’s more just the idea of lossy compressed that many (if not most) photo nerds don’t like.

    Heck I even know of folks who won’t use the lossless compressed option on Nikons because they think they will lose something, even though its explicitly called lossless.
     
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    I agree. You'll have to wait for the test images. It's all gray and raining today.
     
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    Nice thread! I will be picking your mind in the next few months. :) I have till April :)

    That sony is one sharp looking device! the build quality looks great!
     
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    I've already done a lot of homework. :)
     
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