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  1. Another alternative (and one I use) is buy the alamy lightroom plugin that allows you to upload / download metadata. It's not made by Alamy but it is very handy (see link below) 1 - I then upload all files to Alamy without any keywords and then add them there with the 2.4 manager system. 2 - Once done and they are present in the Alamy search engine (available to buy) go to the plugin, select the files in lightroom that you have just keyworded at Alamy. 3 - Under the library module, select "Export" and choose the Alamy Fetch Metadata. Make sure the settings state replace keywords IPTC data and select "Selected Files" only. If you select all it will update your entire collection. 4 - Sit back while it updates all your files. This includes the following headers. Description, Keywords, Alamy Essential Keywords, Alamy Main Keywords, Link to Alamy File, Alamy Reference and licence type as well as some other key Alamy data. The reason I add the data at Alamy and not in lightroom is down to the issue you highlighted. When you keyword in LR in bungs them all in Comprehensive. If you download the metadata with this plugin it adds the specific Alamy fields for keywording etc but also takes the contents of the two fields (essential and Main etc) and adds them to the main keyword field. After this, the only thing I have to do is update the Headline field before upload images to my website with correctly synced keywording. I got the plugin here. You can trial the plugin for free but it will only update about 3 files at a time. Hope this helps
  2. Use the same keyword(s) for all the images you want to have more underneath. Remember that the last image you submit will be the first to appear. Do not send your best image first. wim Also, I have discovered that images appear in the order in which they are keyworded. I noticed it because I left three for last and they were done the following day. They showed up together even though one of them had been separated by another image when I submitted them. So I don't know if it matters if you keyword all on the same day - probably they stay in the same order they have appeared in Manage Images. But if there is one you want to be on "top" perhaps keyword it on the next day. Hope I'm right. I just noticed that happening the last time I keyworded. Paulette I wonder if this would happen if you amended the keywords?!?! Could be useful
  3. No, I'm definitely not going to trade my X100 for the S version, I'm very happy with the original. I might consider buying an S if there were any real advantages, which I don't really think there are Duncan. Don't get me wrong, I think the XP1 is a very good camera. I enjoy using it, and importantly, it has produced quite a few pictures that have sold. To be fair, I think my gripe is more with the software manufacturers, not least Adobe. The RAW conversion software just hasn't made the grade so far in terms of demosaicing (I think that is the right term) The watercolour effect on out of focus foliage, for instance, is particularly irritating, I am surprised that QC haven't objected to it. This phenomenon also appears in other software, including Silkypix to an extent. If I am faced with a picture that is going to include foliage I tend to reach for my Sony NEX. The very smooth, plasticky look is another source of annoyance. I have recently found that this can be avoided to some extent by setting the ISO between 500 and 800. Great for lower light levels, but a bit of a handicap in bright, sunny conditions, not that we see a lot of that in the UK! Overall, the XP1 is a great camera, but I only use it for certain subjects and use the NEX 6 or 5N for situations where I know the XP1 is likely to struggle. A lot of people complain about focus speed, and whilst it isn't blazingly fast, I find it fast enough for what I do. The 35mm is pretty good focus speed wise and has exceptionally good IQ. The 60mm is adequate on focus in good light and again has good IQ. I had the 18mm for about a week, but found it to be of very poor quality in the IQ department. Focus was a bit unreliable, and hit and miss until I recently adjusted the focus box (in EVF mode) to the size just above the smallest, having tried both largest and smallest, the medium setting is giving me the most reliable and consistent result. It should be noted that my NEX's have never, ever, let me down on focus, they never fail to lock and lock accurately. As the XP1 was going on twice the price, I think one might reasonably expect the same. The XP1 has been a steep learning curve to get the best out of it, for me anyway, but it is coming right. All the best. Rich. I seem to have lost some of the plastic look and gained more detail by setting the in camera NR to -1 or -2. I noticed a couple of other people complaining about the same thing and that's what they advised to help it. Like yourself, I have set the focus area to be a lot smaller and that makes a difference to speed. I am still stunned that I can set the auto iso to 3200 and know that the images will be useable. The Nex 7 used to be more a less a right off after 800. I think I may also start using LR5 Beta as my main software package, hopefully there're aren't to many bugs in it. Thanks again
  4. Cheers.... i will try some raws from the X Pro1. I downloaded LR5 Beta the other day but haven't had much of a chance to play with it.
  5. No experience with the X100S but interested to hear what problems you've had with the X Pro 1. I've had mine for the last week. I use it with LR 4.4 for both jpg and Raw. So far I've been very impressed with the quality and even the autofocus isn't that bad at all. Occasionally hunts but not to bad and it seems to be very accurate. Using the 35mm and 18-55 at the moment and both are very impressive lenses indeed.
  6. With regards to the colour, it may be worth searching the internet for an improved colour profile.... infact, check out here, this guy creates the best ones. Is the focusing a deal breaker? Are you able to return it if your not fully satisfied? Focusing with the Nex 7 was a bit like this at times. I always had to double check the image to make sure it was ok. The other day, I picked up a Fuji X Pro1 to try out and while the autofocus is a little slower (not much though) than the Nex 7, it is far more accurate. Very happy with it.... so much so all my Nex gear is up for sale and selling all but a couple of studio lenses for the 5dmkii.
  7. The sensor is the same size but it is different. The new one is a X-Trans CMOS II sensor that has the AA filter removed. The DPReview shows it as being a significant improvement over the x10. The only question for me would be the 12mp size. That gives it a 4000x3000 max resolution which doesn't leave much room for cropping or downsizing to tighten up quality if sightly off. It also means it falls well below the 5000px min required by some of the other agencies I submit to. The X-Trans sensor on the X Pro1 is nothing short of remarkable. In terms of quality it outperforms my 5dmkii, especially at higher ISO's and while the focusing maybe marginally slower than the Nex, it is a lot more accurate. I am on the look out for a small fixed lens camera that can partner the X Pro1 and was looking at the X20 but I think the RX100 will win out in the end.
  8. Looking at the stats for that Camera, I would expect it to be on the suitable list, the X Trans sensors are really good due to the lack of AA filters on them. Picked up a X - Pro 1 the other day and have been testing it and the 16mp sensor is far cleaner and sharper than images I have been getting with the Nex 7.
  9. The links won't improve their ranking here (not now anyway). Alamy use "No Follow" in their links which prevents the passing of any link juice that will improve ranking. Before the updated forum, Alamy didn't use "No Follow". As Dustydingo said, ignore the posts then they will be pushed down the list as we reply to others posts.... after a short time they are at the bottom of the pile
  10. I can't imagine why they would take the Nex 6 off, can't be described as anything other than acceptable. Someone must have missed it off the list or deleted it in error. It has a better sensor and all round image quality when compared to the 3 & 5 and the RX100 I would imagine.... and, it out performs the 7 at higher ISO's as well with better autofocusing!
  11. Some nice sales coming in there! Can't compete with that but I did get $75 for a 1/4 page magazine shot on RF.... more than double some full page shots were getting last month!
  12. What a bad deal, Linda. Please be careful to not overdo. I fell out of bed a couple of months ago (a first for me), and bruised my rib cage. It took a month to heal. Thanks for the comments on my Central Park image, people. Duncan, I can use the NEX-6 at ISO 1,600 and fix the noise in LR4. I could reduce it in CS5, too. Cheers Ed.... I took a look at a Nex 6 the other day, nice finish to them and there didn't appear to be any colour cast using a Voigtlander 12mm lens (tried mine on a nex 6 at the shop). I'm very hesitant about the RX1. I would like the quality but I feel I would miss the tilt screen the most for low angle shots. I have about 8 weeks before I head off to Peru and if no 7n appears before hand I think I will pick up a Nex 6 Body as a second camera. I think I will end up with the 7n though rather than the RX1. I do like the 24mm and the new 18-200 is performing really well. These two lenses with the 12mm are the lenses I use the most so I will end up with the 18-200 on one body and one of the others on the second I think. And, I will have a fair bit of cash spare!
  13. That sounds nasty...... hopefully the new RX1 will help ease the pain.... apart from the bank balance anyway I'm very close to going for it as well, just looking for the best deal in the UK. Thanks David.... I would probably start off with the Camera on it's own then decide whether I want the EVF. I do like the one on the Nex 7. GPS is very useful, I use an app on my phone (android) called Geotag Photos Pro. It records locations every 15 seconds (you can change the timing) and email the GPX to lightroom. Lightroom then applies the co-ordinates to each photo. I leave the app running all day and it hardly uses any power from the phone! It's a good alternative! Stunning shot Ed.... it is a fantastic lens, as you say, the best they currently have for the Nex. I've had some real nice shots with mine. Just missing the higher ISO performance.
  14. Thanks David, toying with the idea of selling the 24mm Zeiss and going for an RX1. Crop for longer FL's and stitch for wide angle views. How did you find the screen in bright light? My end goal is to have a high quality compact system Nex plus RX possibly, and to sell my Canon 5Dmkii, 100-400, 17-40, sigma 150mm macro and a couple of other lenses. That would more than enough to finance the new gear.
  15. Same here, would love to here from someone who has the RX1 and Nex 7 (with 24mm Zeiss) for a comparison!
  16. 4 sales for $120... all magazine publications, $30 each..... Would be nice to see some bigger sales!
  17. Received a 18-200mm Sony lens.... unfortunately it was the new version. Sharpness wise, the 18-200 is very similar to the 50-210mm. I was about to take it back but thought I would give it a test today when heading over to the Lake District to see how it performed in the real world. This is what I found 1. The likeliehood of obtaining the best sharpness with the 18-200 seems significantly better. The autofocus is better, faster and more accurate than the 50-210. 2. With the manual focus ring being nearest the camera it meant using DMF was a lot easier. Cradle the lens with you left hand / fingers leaving your thumb to make minor adjustments. The manual focus ring for the 50-210 is on the outside and is awkward to adjust when half pressing the shutter button for DMF. I feel this is a big improvement / benefit, so easy now to make minor adjustments. 3. The optical steady stabiliser seems a hell of a lot better on this lens, so much so I'm wondering whether my 50-210 is a bit of a dud. The 18-200 really steadies the image a lot and makes it very easy to use DMF when it zooms in. Holds it very steady even at 200mm. The 50-210 bounces around still, all be it a lot less than without the stabilisation but no where near to the same extent as the 18-200. 4. Decent weight and size. When on a Nex 7 I can still fit the lens and camera into my map pocket of the jacket if it starts to rain. Normally it's attached to my backpack strap with the Capture Clip System by PeakDesign. This I also rate very highly, brilliant piece of kit. Even with challenging light, low contrast early on, it came up with plenty of keepers and when the light improved it was a pleasure to use.... nice and sharp. Softens slightly on the extreme edges but not horrendously so, very acceptable. It looks like the 50-210 will be up for sale shortly! David.....thanks again for your help earlier with this, much appreciated!
  18. Not one of the newer ones but I do have the original one. From what I understand, the optical design remains unchanged but they have improved autofocus as well as the looks of the lens. Looks a bit more like a sony lens and less plastic looking. Optically, the original 19mm is great, nice and sharp. The manual focus ring was a bit sticky so hopefully they have improved this when tweaking the case.
  19. So do I understand right, someone viewed one of your images, which "water splash" was used and your own keywords do not have either of those words anywhere. Do people go day by day and look at every image search that someone does on ones own images? How did you find this error? I look at what people searched for and whether the images presented are correct - good way to weed out errors. Can't say I do it every day, but try to do it as often as possible, doesn't take long. I'll also try to see whether the images presented are the 'best' ones. I've also seen a few strange views that I can't explain. Can't recall previously ever seeing an error in the search terms I can usually find why an image has been portrayed when I wouldn't expect it to. Essexps I do exactly the same. Each day check searches and make sure my keywording is relevant with no typos etc. Also, you need to pay close attention to description and location as the search will take into account what you put into these two boxes. I have found a few images in the past that have shown up in a search without the keywords but the words searched for were either in the description or the location. Careful wording in both of these is required to avoid false positives! I think you will find that the Description is NOT searchable but the Location IS. This means that it is safe to put extra info in the Description field that you don't want searched. Sometimes I put the location in there if it is only slightly relevant to the image i.e. if a buyer might want to know where a still life or portrait was taken but I don't want it to come up in searches. Pearl Interesting, I think what you'll find here is duff info.... from me I meant to say "Caption" not "Description". Force of habit as I use it to provide a brief description.
  20. Cheers... would that be Sony's 18-200? Did you try it before taking up the Tamron version? Thanks The original OSS 18-200mm was launched with the first NEX-5. It costs abour £700 but used examples can be found for around £300-400. It is a much bigger lens, but in a completely different optical class. The new 62mm thread lightweight Sony model is actually just the Tamron (they even have the same firmware identity on the camera and use the same corrections in-camera), so I naturally have the cheaper alternative - the Tamron! But if you want a lens which exceeds the quality of either of these, the 'old' big lens is the only choice. It's the one they use on their much more expensive video rigs. David Thanks David.... The two 18-200's that I have found for sale are The original silver one that was designed for video (i believe) - Here And this newer version for stills and is black - Here I'm hoping it is the former..... as I have ordered one at Jessops at that price (£547). Not paid for yet so I can try it out in the store first! They heard rumours that the 7n maybe announced in May but may cost up to £2k..... seems a little high.... unless they have opted for a Foveon Sensor that has also been rumoured! Now that would be interesting. I've seen some Raw files for the Sigma DP2M and they were stunning, very sharp and almost 3d like..... but, I was put off by the battery life (20-40 shots when in good conditions)..... problematic up a mountain in cold conditions
  21. Cheers... would that be Sony's 18-200? Did you try it before taking up the Tamron version? Thanks
  22. I have the same dilema with the 55-210mm I know it can produce good shots but the autofocus on it seems below par. I am currently looking at alternatives before heading off to Peru in July so if anyone can put forward some recommendations I would really appreciate it. For instance, 1. legacy zoom and adapter 2. New Alpha zoom with either the LA-EA2 oe EA1 adapter. 3. Or emount 18-200 from Sony or Tamron Cheers
  23. So do I understand right, someone viewed one of your images, which "water splash" was used and your own keywords do not have either of those words anywhere. Do people go day by day and look at every image search that someone does on ones own images? How did you find this error? Yes I check each day. Click on each search term so you can see which images of yours were viewed. Click on the image are check the keywording, description and location to make sure it is correct.
  24. So do I understand right, someone viewed one of your images, which "water splash" was used and your own keywords do not have either of those words anywhere. Do people go day by day and look at every image search that someone does on ones own images? How did you find this error? I look at what people searched for and whether the images presented are correct - good way to weed out errors. Can't say I do it every day, but try to do it as often as possible, doesn't take long. I'll also try to see whether the images presented are the 'best' ones. I've also seen a few strange views that I can't explain. Can't recall previously ever seeing an error in the search terms I can usually find why an image has been portrayed when I wouldn't expect it to. Essexps I do exactly the same. Each day check searches and make sure my keywording is relevant with no typos etc. Also, you need to pay close attention to description and location as the search will take into account what you put into these two boxes. I have found a few images in the past that have shown up in a search without the keywords but the words searched for were either in the description or the location. Careful wording in both of these is required to avoid false positives!
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