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  1. They are exceptional lenses. The 90 macro was Tamron's flagship lens going way back and they have been improving them through several iterations. There are two versions at the moment, one with stabilistation (VC for vibration control in Tamron speak) and one without at a very reasonable price for the quality of the optics. Mine is the previous iteration of the VC one which have now almost doubled in price since I got mine but they are still a lot cheaper than the Canon 100L. If one was buying for copying and/or use on a tripod only, then I expect the non-VC version would be a good choice but the VC is excellent and invaluable when using as a portrait lens or for handheld closeup even. The AF is excellent as well.
  2. In relation to the problem of holding medium format file flat as discussed above, a better solution might be to focus on different parts of the film and use focus stacking. That would be the first thing I would try in any case.
  3. Well I got some of the extenders from China and have had a quick play. It's been a busy weekend so not had a lot of time to experiment but I can happily report that the Tamron 90mm (1:1 macro lens) works very well with the ES-1 with about 80-90mm of extenders in front of the lens on my D810. Surprisingly the AF works extremely well (using back button focus for what it's worth) which is a major benefit, as accurate manual focusing is always a problem at these distances. I am not sure if it is down to accurate focusing or the lens itself but the results are even better than with the 55mm Micro-Nikkor. I will post some examples later hopefully. For anyone with a full frame Nikon and probably Canon camera wanting to digitise 35mm slides only and in possession of or willing to spend the money on a quality macro lens such as the Tamron 90, then the ES-1 (or ES-2) is the no-brainer choice in my opinion as it completely alleviates problems with alignment of slide and camera.
  4. I always think of Wem-bel-ee. Which could bring us to sports photography and back to the original subject of the thread. And even predicting the future again - like who will win the FA Cup this year?
  5. Interesting. I have often seen the term lighting cameraman but never thought to check it out.
  6. OK. I am no expert on this (my expertise is in stills photography) but I tend to think of the cinematography as the whole visual experience of a film of which the photography is a subset. So in my mind the term cinematography covers all the visuals including titles, special effects, CGI (not relevant to old movies obviously) and so on. This is a purely layman's view and I may be wrong. I have not checked it out before writing this. If that is correct, then I should not have said cinematography and photography as it was unnecessary given that the photography is already covered under the more general term cinematography. Perhaps it would have been more correct to say something like I love the cinematography, especially the photography. To me, Psycho is a particularly brilliant example of amazing use of lighting in black and white motion photography.
  7. OK. Here is a summary. Alamy has been sold to PA Media Group. Nobody has any definite idea of what is going to happen. The future might be dark, bright or somewhere in between. It might be good for some people, bad for some people, indifferent for some people. It is all pure speculation and there is not much more to say until further developments occur at some unknown point in the future. Meanwhile words are flowing out like endless rain ....................................................
  8. I get full frame or thereabouts with the PK-13 and Nikkor 55 but pulling back a little is no problem. The file size might be a bit smaller but still more than ample. In fact it might even be a wise move if the lens being used for the copying is not from another world (such as the Nikkor 55) with excellent edge to edge and corner to corner sharpness. The lens is old in terms of its design but is still being manufactured by Nikon amazingly. I am still waiting for my stuff from China to try other lenses.
  9. That's drifting around in my head now. A candidate for the most profound song ever written for me. Thank you from the far side of the Earth 😎
  10. Looks like it but a lot of what went before was fantasy as well - trying to predict the future and all that. It looked to me like it was fading out as there was nothing new on the original topic since yesterday. Anyway sorry for contributing to the diversion.
  11. I love movies/series about New York. Too many to mention. I love the accent. As well as Hitchcock I have several Martin Scorsese movies to watch at the moment. I have only been there once back in 1980, leaving the day John Lennon was murdered, which is why the date sticks in my mind.
  12. Yes. Brilliant movie. Not sure if it is available at the moment on the services I have but I will keep an eye out for it.
  13. Yep. Me too. Not just British though - there are some great American ones too. I love this new series genre (not sure what to call it) that has made popular by Netflix, where a whole season or even a number of seasons form an ongoing story. It allows for slower development of plots and characters than movies which have only a few hours to get the story across - stuff like Fargo (the best IMO, related to the original movie by the Minnesota accents and brilliant plots and acting), Breaking Bad, Ozark, and loads more. The BBC has made some excellent series as well - Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders to name two. The danger is binge watching, as Netflix often release a whole season at once and they can be hard to put down. As for the oldies, I have been having an Alfred Hitchcock mini-season this week: Rear Window and Vertigo so far the last two nights. Tonight intending to watch Psycho which I haven't seen in years. I love the cinematography and photography. And I love being able to choose from a vast range of movies and TV series.
  14. OOPS. Brain not fully engaged yet today. 😀
  15. Harry - you are wasting your time. Betty is not for changing. She already has the CC subscription and she uses Lightroom to process the raws but refuses to try the cataloguing. Why?????Good luck with that 😀.
  16. Yes it only works on the active layer. I can't envisage how it would work any other way. Yes I have the AI version. There is an alias to a plugin in that location in a TopazDeNoiseAI folder. The actual plugin is held within the app package. Right click on the Topaz Denoise AI app, show package contents - Contents - Resources - PS_Plugins - TopazDeNoiseAI.plugin. Any further info you should really ask on the Topaz forum as it is well above my level of knowledge. As I said above I have no intention of getting into a discussion about color spaces. I have neither the time nor inclination to do so. If you are happy with sRGB then that is fine. I recommend you read Martin Evening and other authoritative, peer-reviewed authors like Jeff Schewe.
  17. I understand Betty. I march to my own beat as well if I am not blasting out some good ole country music when I'm driving. I was only trying to make life easier for you though. It was all well-intentioned. 🤣🤣🤣
  18. Yes is the short answer. Some contributors prefer Bridge as it preserves the keyword order in the metadata whereas Lightroom puts keywords in aphabetical order. However, keyword order has no weight in the Alamy search engine, although keyword proximity might have a minor effect. You might hear otherwise but that is recent and from the horse's mouth, the horse being James Allsworth of Alamy. If you are managing a large image collection, then Lightroom is a lot better than Bridge in terms of metadata management although this is a subject of occasional debate here on the forum. You have some nice pics there by the way. Best of luck.
  19. Yes but if you are doing any work on the raw images then you have to do it all over again. Even spotting an image twice could be a big pain and I often do extra work in Photoshop which I definitely do not ever want to have to redo. For me the jpeg is the final stage and I don't usually keep them. I keep the raws and the psds. Having said that I understand what you mean. I work in AdobeRGB in Photoshop as I have a wide gamut monitor. I used to work in ProPhoto before I got the new monitor in 2014 but changed to AdobeRGB then for similar reasons to what you say. However, AdobeRGB is huge in comparison to sRGB. Also ProPhoto files can look pretty awful outside of a colour managed application if I forget to convert. Nowadays a lot of devices such as iPhones and iPads are able to display colours well outside of sRGB space as well and most people seem to be using phones and tablets rather than computers now. I don't convert to sRGB at all anymore for pics I am putting on my website. Having checked on various devices I think AdobeRGB is better than sRGB on phones. You can't please everyone and you have no control over what device somebody uses to view your images. My wife's work Win 10 laptop dispays everything in a horrendous shade of blue as the default white balance is up in the 9000s so images look quite horrible.
  20. Had a quick look but too busy right now to do read it properly and do it justice. I will in any case stick with the conventional wisdom - just because you can't see the information doesn't mean it isn't there and one should not throw it away just because it is not detectable to the subjective eye.
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