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  1. 2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    To sum up: I feel the lost of an f-stop or so is not going to be an important factor, but the 70mm max will occasionally be a problem.


    I meant to say thanks for this too Ed. I'm leaning towards the RX100-7 now, as I probably will get a bit frustrated at times with a 70mm max. I've been looking at sample images from various people using the RX100-7 and it looks like a very capable little camera. I read that there is good eye tracking in it which is good for animal photography, and that appeals to me too.

  2. 52 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

    I find it is easier to handle the RX100 cameras with the hand grip.




    Thanks Allan. I'll certainly get the grip if it feels a bit too slippery or unsteady without it.


    After weighing up which model to get, I'm now going to postpone it for a bit, as I'm starting to lean towards the RX100-7 which is more expensive and I will need a bit more money first. Hopefully I will sell a few Alamy pics that might help pay for it 🙂


    Thanks to you and everyone above for your helpful comments. It is much appreciated.

  3. 2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    I suspected that might be the case, but I saw no hint of you looking for an additional stock subject on your 4 pages. To sum up: I feel the lost of an f-stop or so is not going to be an important factor, but the 70mm max will occasionally be a problem. My RX100-6 is out of order at the moment.


    I would love to expand my subject choice. Without a car, that's hard. And the only thing I really know about birds is they can fly and I can't. 🙂


    Yes it is harder without a car Ed. I feel lucky to have one, as I can head off easily to different locations for photography. My brother manages without a car though, and I don't think has any intention of getting one anytime soon. I guess one advantage of being on foot with photography might be that you notice more details in your environment and you create a thorough catalogue of images of your local area. You certainly already have many great pictures of Liverpool. I hope the RX100-6 is back in order soon!


    I am planning to expand my images beyond my favourite nature subjects into the future. I had planned to earlier, especially with regard to street photography and events, but the lockdown put that on the back-burner. However, they have just lifted most restrictions here so life may be getting back to a sort-of normal, and I should have opportunities for more variety of subjects.

  4. 3 minutes ago, NYCat said:

    I keep the wrist strap on and also have the grip for easier steady holding. Holding steady was my main problem when I got it.




    Thanks Paulette, yes I imagine being so small it is a bit more difficult at first after a DSLR. It's like the DSLR is more solid and therefore less easy to move around when shooting. It seems like such a nifty little camera.

  5. Many thanks Ed. Yes, birds, wildflowers and landscapes are favourite subjects of mine, and I think I will still be largely using my DSLR for those. I was thinking of the RX100 more as an additional camera for spontaneous moments when I'm not carrying the DSLR, such as candid street photography or out on a walk but wanting to travel light. Having the extra reach would be helpful though. For example, I was out on a walk a couple of days ago, and a Nankeen Kestrel which is a small bird of prey landed nearby. The RX100-6 is also something to think about, as it is a little less than the RX100-7. That's good to know about the depth of field control being better with the longer lens.


    It looks like you are getting some great shots with the RX100 Edo!



  6. 5 minutes ago, ReeRay said:

    Regards slipping from the hand - the camera comes with a wrist strap and neck strap. I've been using my V5 for years like this and never any fear of it slipping away and far more secure than a hand grip IMHO. 


    Thanks Ray, that's good to know. I'll definitely be keeping the strap around my wrist. I could see how I go with that first, and opt for a grip later if I think I need it.

  7. 7 minutes ago, sb photos said:

    I bought the RX100 VII around the beginning of March this year. Bought from E-Infinity for best pricing. I had previously borrowed the V version for a day and hardly used it through lack of time. I went for the VII due to the lenses further reach, but normally shoot at no more than 120mm. Must get around undertaking some tests to see where the performance drops off at the long end. Previously I've used cameras with zoom lenses around 24-120mm, finding that focal length more versatile than 24-70mm if only carrying one camera and lens. Other reasons for picking the VII were improved autofocus and intending to start shooting some video. Just about to order a Zhiyan Crane M2 Gimbal for it. I bought the Sony grip, seems expensive for such a tiny piece of plastic, but it does feel better in the hand. Certainly cheaper than risking it slipping from my hand and the subsequent repair. Re its slower lens, if expected to produce OOF areas I would take my D750's. Final reason was I had the spare cash. Am very pleased with it.


    Thanks very much for that Steve. E-Infinity are offering it $80 cheaper than the place I was looking at. Good to hear your thoughts about the VII. Yes, a DSLR I'm sure still performs best for nice OOF areas. I have to think about whether I will get frustrated only going to 70mm. The difference is about $500 between the two, so for me at the moment the VII might be just a bit too expensive.

  8. 38 minutes ago, MDM said:

    This article is very useful as a comparison of all the RX100 models. I had the same dilemma last year and opted for the VA. Aside from the longer focal length which may or may not be an advantage, the main advantages of the VI and VII appear to be with video. If you just want a tiny high quality camera for stills, then the VA might still be the best choice. 


    Thanks Michael, yes that is a helpful article. I think stills will be mainly my thing, so the VA seems the best option for me.

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  9. 59 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

    I can't answer your first post as I only use the original RX100 and the later mkIII.


    I would say that I found a grip to be extremely useful. I bought the Feniac grip for the original RX100 and found it made holding the camera much easier/steadier. When I got the mkIII I took the grip off the original and fitted it to the mkIII as I use that camera most of the time now.


    I am not sure if the Feniac grip is still made or not. It came from the States.




    Thank you Alan. I just read that those grips are no longer made, but I found that a Sony store here has grips for the RX100s. I think it would be a good idea. It would be devastating to drop over water or concrete! At first it will feel strange holding such a tiny camera too.

  10. I am currently feeling an overwhelming compulsion towards purchasing a Sony RX100. I have read some of the threads on here with interest. I am tossing up between the latest model VII, or the earlier VA.


    I am leaning towards the VA for a number of reasons:

    1) Cheaper price - can afford to buy sooner

    2) Brighter, faster lens because of reduced focal range (24-70mm vs 24-200mm)

    3) I am guessing slightly better/nicer backgrounds when using a shallow depth of field

    4) Integrated ND filter


    I'm interested whether anyone who has used both has found one better than the other? The main advantage of the later model seems to be the extra reach, but I think I like the idea of the faster lens more.


    I'm certainly not wanting to replace my DSLR, but just love the idea of a high quality compact that I can have with me pretty much all the time and it just fits in a pocket. There are times when I want to head out on a walk or a bike ride but not carry my DSLR gear, and love the idea of the little Sony. I also like the idea of being in urban environments, for example maybe commuting through the city, and just being able to spontaneously capture something I come across.


    I'm also noticing about a $200 difference between the VA model and the earlier V model. I understand the VA has a different processor, but not sure how much real world difference this would make? 







  11. 14 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    Feet and ankles started swelling. Doctor had blood sample taken. All normal.  (That is the good bit.)


    Now arranging two ultrasound scans.




    Hi Allan,


    Are you by any chance drinking liquorice root tea?


    My feet and ankles started swelling 4 years ago. I had no idea what was causing it. The doctor asked me if I'd been drinking liquorice root tea. I said yes, I'd recently bought a herbal tea that had liquorice root in it. I'd only had about 3 cups over a couple of days. She said she knew a case of a woman who had heart failure after drinking it and immediately sent me for an ECG and chest x-ray. Fortunately my heart was fine. By stopping drinking the tea the swelling disappeared and never came back.


    I don't know if eating the candy liquorice can also cause it, as I have eaten that and never had a problem, but perhaps it doesn't contain that much liquorice. I hadn't had tea with liquorice root in it before though, and its effect was dramatic. So I just thought I'd mention that in the remote possibility that it has anything to do with it. It does not effect everyone that way, just some people.


    Take care and hope they solve it for you soon.

  12. 3 hours ago, riccarbi said:

    I give my 2 cents. As a (very small) web magazine publisher, I can say that for most publishers - apart form the big names that usual have special agreements with one or more photographic agencies - the procedure to find suitable editorial photos for an article is as follows:
    1) Go to Flickr (usually, in the portfolio of some photographers you already know) and see if you can get the pictures for free.
    if you don't find anything useful, then:
    2) Go to SS or AS and see if you can buy your photos for pennies.
    if you don't find anything useful, then:
    3) Go to Alamy (or G.).

    if you don't find anything useful, then:
    4) contact a specialized agency or photographer for a quotation.

    With the contantly falling advertising revenue, you always try to spend as little as possible in photographic fees.
    Long time ago, a reputed magazine didn't give a damn about saving some tens of dollars for a picture,  it was too time-consuming. Now things are very different and also large publishers look for very cheap photos on microstock.


    I think I am seeing increasing examples of this pattern. I have noticed that our national broadcaster here in Australia (ABC) are increasingly using images from the various free stock image sites on their website. I can see that they are going to these places first and finding what they want.


    They have had funding cuts from the government and are having to reduce staff, and you can see the logic when trying to work within a particular budget that they may no longer go to even micro sites, let alone mid to macro ones, if they can get what they need for free.


    My brother tells me about trends in the audio industry where an individual may choose to regularly design plugins and release them for free, but then blog about their work and provide the option of donations. He was telling me about one such audio plugin designer who makes enough to live on from the donations because people really like his work.


    I think the reality is the nature of trying to make money from creativity is morphing in relation to technologies and the way they're used, and so creators have to morph as well to keep up. I personally made a decision to withdraw from microstock because I felt increasingly ill at ease with a model that pays photographers such tiny amounts, and I'm glad I made that decision. I also realise though that I will have to be proactive and creative in looking at alternative ways to make money from photography if that is a goal I have for the future. At the moment my time is limited, so just uploading to Alamy when I can. But I know I cannot rely on a relatively passive process of uploading and hoping people will see images and buy them, if I want to do more than just make a bit of extra money from photography.


    I'm really glad Alamy still exist and also continue to offer RM images, as I think what may work in their favour is that they offer something that is disappearing elsewhere, a non-subscription based model which may actually appeal to some buyers because it is not like everywhere else, along with their editorial focus. But I will have to be proactive and think creatively as well as greatly increase my output and variety of images if I want to do well. So I think a lot of it is adjusting to a changing landscape, and finding new opportunities.



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  13. That's interesting Betty. My Dad was born hundreds of km from the ocean and saw it for the first time when his uncle took him there at age 5. It must be quite a thing to see when you haven't seen it before. He didn't really learn to swim properly, but could sort of float. A friend of mine had a lovely woman from the Papua New Guinea highlands staying with her who had never been out of her village before and had come to Australia. The three of us were at the beach and I remember her saying "let's run!", because it was just so exhilarating and exciting for her to be there, and we ran along the beach. It was great seeing it from her perspective.


    I have to say I quite like deserts too. We took my Dad back to his hometown in 2013. It is quite desolate country but it has its own beauty. I reckon I could live out there a while, but would eventually want to be near the ocean again I think.



  14. On 14/06/2020 at 00:39, Will Lawson said:



    I am seventeen years old and after taking photos (mainly of wildlife) for several years decided to try Alamy. I have only uploaded about 60 photos but have noticed that I have no zooms per about 160 views so was wondering if there is something I am doing wrong or something to improve on.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. 



    You have some beautiful wildlife images Will, including a nice, shallow depth of field that brings attention to the bird/insect/flower. I don't think you are doing anything wrong in terms of image quality. I think as Colblimp says above you just need many more images and that it takes time on Alamy for sales to get going. I made my first sale at 3 and a half months and that is still the only one so far, though I have a few zooms. You could also try a few different subjects perhaps, to increase the variety of images, but it is also good to photograph what you love as it keeps you inspired. Best of luck and hang in there!

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  15. 14 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Sally, whatever happened with the big typhoon that was headed for Perth? Maybe it blew all the virus germs away. 


    It really wasn't too bad. It was classified as an ex-cyclone by the time it got to us, so some strong winds and big ocean swell. Maybe it did blow our germs away. We are very lucky here that covid is well under control. We are helped by being relatively isolated. Our state premier is getting criticised by other state and federal politicians for not opening the state border yet, but I think he's doing the right thing by approaching things gradually.


    I took some pics on the day after the stormy weather by the ocean. Would have been more impressive the day before. The coast here has been eroding more and more with a gradual sea level rise, so when storms do happen the dunes are further washed away. In the first pic below, many of the access points to the beaches along here are closed because the walkways, steps etc are no longer considered safe by the council. The second pic is the beach I learned to swim at as a kid. You can see how exposed the disability access ramp is. It hasn't been used for it's intended purpose for a long time now. The worst thing for some people in coastal towns, is their home is being threatened by the ocean and they cannot sell. They have built a sea wall at the town of Seabird north of Perth to keep the ocean at bay.


    I imagine it is nice being by the ocean at Liverpool. I do love the ocean and have always lived within half an hour's drive from it. I could live away from it for a while but I think I'd always want to come back and be near it again.






  16. 4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Good morning, all!




    Stay safe.



    Enjoyed your blog post Edo. You are not the only one doing clumsy things. I managed to fall down some log steps on a local bushland walk recently. Fortunately only bruises and nothing worse. I think times are so strange at the moment that it easy to be a bit distracted. Keep writing your posts, take care and keep safe.

  17. 16 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    You are right about photography being therapeutic. If I wrote my story, I would have to relive some very dark times. Yet it is those dark times that would be interesting to a reader, I suppose. What’s weird is I can remember back to when I was just walking. Granted, only one memory then, the next being when I was about 2 1/2 or 3 years old. My mind took snapshots. I remember a lot from 4-5 years old.

    I really respect what your dad went through. What doesn’t kill you, makes you strong.

    Thanks Betty. You could always just write some short stories about the happy memories, the things you want to share and enjoy writing about. I also have very early childhood memories that are like snapshots. I actually remember my second birthday, the two orange candles and my Mum telling me I'm 2. I even have an earlier one of me sitting in my high chair in the kitchen. My Dad was going past with his camera. I didn't really understand what it was or about photographs, but I had a sense if I did something to get his attention he would point the camera at me ( I must have seen him point the camera at things before). So I poured my bowl of yoghurt on my face. It worked! So I have a very unflattering photo of myself covered in yoghurt. I remember things that no one else in my family remembers, not by trying to, my brain just seems to encode the pictures and they stay there.

  18. On 11/06/2020 at 23:58, Cal said:

    there is an excellent tweet from Alamy that I have just seen on the dashboard which I agree with:



    Cracking photo as well.


    I agree with it too Cal. It's good advice. I love the photo too. Animals often seem to find cameras interesting. My favourite photographer is an Estonian named Sven Zacek. He has done a wonderful job focussing on what he knows and has access to in Estonia, especially wildlife and landscapes. He has an image of a Great Grey Owl on one of his Nikon cameras, which I thought of seeing the penguins curious about the camera https://www.zacekfoto.ee/en/image/nikon-fan/

  19. Congratulations Colin! Really enjoying seeing everyone's green images. These are my three:


    The green mountainous landscape in the Haa district of western Bhutan. The building is Dobji Dzong built in 1531.




    A greenbottle blowfly.





    An Australian Ringneck Parrot.



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  20. On 12/06/2020 at 08:08, Betty LaRue said:
    On 12/06/2020 at 07:57, Michael Ventura said:

    Betty, if you wrote a novel about your life growing in the old Midwest, I would read it! You are a good storyteller.  

    Michael, that’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I love to write.  I did start a novel once, but gave it up for photography after getting breast cancer.


    I think so too Betty. I really enjoyed reading your stories. They remind me of things my Dad told me about growing up in a small mining town. The school was as you describe, all the ages together in the same class. They lived in small houses of corrugated metal with dirt floors. There was running water at the mine, and that's where the men went to shower, I think once a week, while the women washed at home from water in a trough/container. One year they had 99 days in a row at 100 degrees Fahrenheit (about 38 degrees celsius), and they thought they were going to get 100 days at 100, but it dropped just below on the 100th day. My Dad was one of 13 kids, though that was from two marriages, as his mother died when he was a baby and his father remarried. His mother's mother had 16 children, not all of them surviving. It was an incredibly tough existence.


    I think it would be great to write your story. I understand about turning to photography though. I find photography is like a therapy. I find I can always do it, no matter what else is going on in my life, whereas writing takes a bit more energy somehow. Though I think writing can be therapeutic too.

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