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  1. Sony FE 100-400 GM. If you had it and used it you would know. It is without doubt the best long zoom lens I've ever used. It's sharp from wide open across the frame at all FL's and is very fast to focus. Shooting action is a breeze with it and it tracks very well. It also has superb micro contrast and has lovely OOF rendering. It is one lens I'd buy in a heartbeat again if I had too. My main goto lenses are the FE 12-24 G f/4, FE 24-105G f/4 & the 100-400GM. I save the primes for working in the studio now and the zooms for high quality convenience. As for OP. Save your money on the Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 and go for the A6500 and pair it with the 70-200 f/4 . It has IBIS and will help with stabilise all lenses inc which ever long lens you go for. The 70-200 F/4 is a very capable as well and unless you're shooting a lot in low light, the constant f/4 will be more than enough. It's also a lot lighter to carry around. (duh, misread and thought you said a6000 :-) and you've bought the f/2.8 ....I need new glasses I think )
  2. I've used the 15 on a flight but it\'s a bit more of a squeeze. Still using Sierra on the Laptop as there are a couple of apps I need that won't run on High Sierra. The Mac Pro 2013 is on Hi Sierra now (last couple of weeks). Tried a couple of times before that but had some significant issues with it. Seems more stable now. Hopefully there will be fewer issues with the next version.
  3. Excellent.... I'll be running my 2015 15" for a while yet but I think it will be replaced by a 13" given it's not my main working computer! At one point, I did have a 11" MacBook Air.... really light and powerful for it's size!
  4. The Sony version is exactly the same as the Capture One Pro full version. I transferred to the Sony one after C1 Pro 10 (all cameras) when I sold the Olympus camera to fund a 2nd Sony and now use C1 Pro 11 Sony version. Because they are working with Sony, most of their main features all work with them. I use the tethering a lot, I don't think it's available to all Sony Cameras but it is for a lot of the newer cameras. Tethered without live view means you can control the camera from the laptop and the image is transferred to the laptop directly and not on the camera. Live view gives you the extra benefit of being able to see any changes to the scene on the laptop. ILCE-A7III Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support ILCE-A7II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7R Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support ILCE-A7R II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7R III Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7S Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7S II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A9 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View SLT-A99II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support SLT-A99 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support SLT-A77 II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View a6500 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a6300 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a6000 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a5100 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a5000 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support
  5. It works really well. There are a lot of controls to manage NR. I tend to turn it down a lot when at base ISO as the Sony sensors are very clean. I can quite easily process images at ISO 6400 (a7riii), maybe a little more and still sell them. Just need to make sure you over expose a little when at higher ISO and then dial back to make the shadows cleaner. If your coming from LR, it will take a little getting used to but they do have a load of video tutorials! CA is managed well. They are very quick to get lens profiles out (made by Phase One) and don't just rely on Sony's manufacture profiles. Also, the diffraction correction is very affective. I guess a lot will depend on lenses used as well though. The good thing is, for the $79 for the Sony.... plus another 10% off if you pickup a discount code from Sony Alpha Rumours, it's yours and if you don't upgrade camera or lenses, then it's good for 2-3 years really. They normally update the current version to work with the new OS before the new version of C1 Pro is released. Best thing to do is try it out for free for a month. You have a choice of using Catalogue or Sessions (mini catalogues). I prefer Sessions, easier to manage.
  6. I dropped Adobe CC in favour of Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer. I already had Capture One Pro both 10 (all cameras) and 11 for Sony only. Paid for not on sub. Affinity apps are great as you pay £49 (or £32 when there's a discount ;-) and all updates are free!!! For Mac users it's great. Stick on 2tb iCloud and you have a workflow that's available on all computers (synced) so you can go from one computer to another and the updated files are there for you. Affinity is geared up to work with iCloud and Capture One sessions work excellent on it too! Only there software I use is FCP X & Motion 5.
  7. Some decent sales at the beginning of the month and two are C & D.... in fact, looking back over the last couple of months or so and I was surprised at how many were D.... a lot!
  8. Hope your enjoying that new laptop!! While I like the 15 (which I was using as my main computer when I bought it) I'd be tempted to stick with the 13 for the reduction in weight and bulk.... they're very light in compared to the 15 :-)
  9. Cheers... yeah, we don't eat much meat.... red meat virtually never. About once or twice a year..... chicken, turkey and fish aren't quite so lucky though :-)
  10. I think you've misunderstood. You register an interest in the paid version and they send you a link for the free one in an email. No money exchanges hand at all
  11. You need to go to the download page, enter your email to be updated about the new paid for app. Once you do this you will get an email with a link to download the free version.
  12. High Sierra has potential to be very good and.... quite unstable depending on the hardware. I was running 10.13.2 Beta 6 for a while on a 2015 dual graphics MacBook Pro and the current Mac Pro. On the Mac Pro it seems to run very well with Adobe CC, Capture One Pro 10, Affinity Photo, FCP X and Motion 5. The CS6 installer would not work however but, if the software was already installed when updating, it would work fine. Just didn't like the installer app. The MacBook Pro was a different storey though. Random reboots, beachballs and lag were common. The software (as with the MacPro) seemed to work, as in it loaded and ran ok but was subject to lag and beachballs and random intervals. After running the 10.13.2, as well as earlier versions for a couple of months, I've now returned to Sierra. I'm normally one of the 1st to run new OS X's but this time, I'll be waiting till end of 1st Q 2018 before trying it again, just a little too unstable at the moment. Its probably best to set it up on a bootable USB drive first to give it a good testing before disturbing your existing system. That said, it has great potential. When the lag wasn't there it was very quick.... they just need to do some fine tuning! Edit. With regards to Nik Software. If you have problems, re-install it after removing the existing copy from the system. Just use the uninstall app that comes with the software. After that you shouldn't have any problems. When updating to High Sierra it can mess with an established installation but it does work if you re-install it.
  13. I haven't used Sony's 85 1.8 but I do have the Basis and can confirm it's a beautiful lens. Lovely colouring and micro contrast in a weather sealed light weight form and is sharp as hell wide open. I wouldn't replace it even for the G Master. I also use it with the A7rii.
  14. I'll post occasionally.... but after working on photography / videography all day it's nice to look at non work stuff. I try not to frequent forums of any type while I'm working.... I'm trying to become less distracted.... there are so many ways to fail at this
  15. yeah, submitted a separate list of ISBN numbers but obviously not enough to make a big difference.
  16. Yes.... preparing for the worst :-( It does seem that agencies think it's theirs to claim and those dam pesky image creators keep trying to take it from them! They'll not be happy until they take it all in exchange for a credit and a pat on the back ;-)
  17. Yeah.... although this bit doesn't sound quite as good. "Although DACS received the majority share of the monies available, you may notice a proportional decrease in your overall royalty payment. This is because the overall monies available this year to visual artists from the CLA has reduced from previous years. Also, other visual representative organisations were eligible for a share of the monies this year. However, every claimant is still guaranteed a minimum royalty of £25. "
  18. Nope. Getting close to the end of September now!
  19. It's been months rather than weeks now. The only way I can get in is if I clear cookies everyday. That means I have to go through about a dozen or more captchas at other websites JUST because Alamy can't be bothered to correct their problem. Not very professional.
  20. Exactly. Staff responsible for buying pictures at companies also cannot JUST install a new browser to get around the problem. The companies IT department have to do it and often they won't as it does create extra work to maintain it company wide. The last place I worked at had an old version of Explorer and it took an age to get them to update it, never mind installing a new browser. Most end users don't have privileges set up to install so they can't go behind IT's back to do it either!!
  21. Well, that's it.... I can't login at all on 4 computers, iPad and laptops. I guess I'll just have to sit here and wait for the wind to change before I can login.
  22. What they don't appreciate is some browsers are very inefficient on the Mac. Chrome, for example, has a tendency to send too many wake-up requests. Far exceeding the 150 per/sec max. Normally this isn't an issue when using software that has a lower CPU/Ram requirements, however, Final Cut Pro x needs as much of it as possible when working in 4k. If google (and X-Rite) happen to go into a Wake-Up frenzy when you're processing a 4k file then bang (most of the time)...... the beach ball of death appears and you lose complete control of your Mac and have to force a shutdown. This happens all the time with a top spec dual graphics card MacBook Pro. I no longer have chrome installed and will never install it on my work computers with FCP X. So, the lazy response of, use a different piece of software as we can't be bothered to fix the problem, is not an option for me. Clearing cookies (for separate reasons) often caused the "Never ending Catcha cycle" to begin in my experience. A professional company should have no problem in providing a HTML5 compliant website. I have zero problems with Captcha on every other website..... just here.
  23. This morning I could login, this afternoon I couldn't..... then it logged me out of both forums and my alamy.... I've been allowed to login to the forums again but still no go for My Alamy ...... for the love of god Alamy, sort it out.... or, employ someone who knows how to fix it!!! This is a daily routine and it's becoming tiring... I hope to god customers are not having the same problems!
  24. +1 ...Yeah.... I started here and built a port here first before building a micro port as well. Two different markets that do well on two different styes of imagery. How long does it take for an image to sell, depends on when that person needs it!
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