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  1. Currently using Camera Raw/PS for image development and awaiting PS Cloud price increase for 2020. Thinking of moving to Imaging Edge for my Sony A6000/RX100M3 if increase unacceptable. I am uncertain about PS intentions. Looks like newly released Edge has fringe adjustments in Lens Correction section. Has anyone been using Edge with one of the free photo applications such as Luminar 4 and/or GIMP with good results? I actually purchased Luminar 4 at the discounted price and find it useful as long as moderation is employed. It installed itself as a separate program as well as a plug-in to PS so transferring an image from PS to Luminar 4 and back is seamless. With the depressing sales revenue now available, there comes a time when operating costs will have to be looked at. Alamy has licensed perfectly good pictures of mine at less that $2 and most are below $5. The $40-60 and above images are getting fewer and fewer. Definitely not viable to pay serious money to go taking stock images. I am really only taking images mostly as an adjunct to leisure except locally. I don't see any improvements in the future.
  2. What's the consensus on the Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 lens? I have been shooting with primes since I got my Sony A7rii about a year and a half ago. I have the Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, the Sony Master FE 90mm f/2.8 macro, and a Rokinon 12mm fish-eye lens, and have also been using legacy Nikon and Olympus lenses with a couple of different adapters (the Zuiko 50mm, 28mm and 200mm's from my old OM-1 film days and my Nikon 20mm, 50mm and lensbaby). I like using primes and find that my favorite lens on the camera is the Nikon 20mm, with the 90mm Macro a close second. The 35mm is a great walking around lens since it's so light. Love the ultra wide fisheye too but it's heavy and not something I'm going to lug around all day. Both of the 50mm's have beautiful bokeh - the Nikon is an f/1.4 from the 1970's, around the same age as my legacy Olympus Zuiko's. There's something about those old film lenses I really like... but carrying a bag full of primes along with assorted adapters defeats the idea of going light - that's where my Oly and the Sony differ since the Oly mirrorless lenses I have are all so tiny and light. So, I need some advice. Is the convenience worth the price? Will I regret not filling my bag with primes? I resisted buying the 24-105mm or one of the 24-70mm's when I got the camera, but now I'm thinking it would be nice to have a lens that covers so many situations. For example, if I'm headed into NYC for the day, I usually pop on the light 35mm and zoom with my feet, but I'll be doing a photo walk during PhotoExpo in a couple of weeks and realize that it might be really nice to have one lens that will cover so much ground. Can it satisfy a pixel peeper? Is it worth the price for the convenience and is it a good lens or will I find myself in pixel-peeping hell? Alamy has made me into a pixel-peeper, so I worry that I might not find a lens that covers so much ground is going to hold up under such scrutiny, but it would really cover nearly any situation. Is Weight an issue? I think it weighs a tad more than the camera, but less than any of the zooms I used regularly with my Nikons. I made the switch to mirrorless to keep my kit light, and have a bad neck and back, but I don't think it would be too heavy, especially if it was the only lens I took along for the day. Is it fast enough to shoot at night? I like the fixed focal length and given Sony's low light capabilities, I'm thinking it would be fine to use even at night. Thoughts on whether you can use it all day and at night too, without a tripod, also appreciated. I'm used to some fast primes but I think that f/4 will be okay, especially if I use it toward the wider end at night. Sony anti-shake isn't as good as IBIS on the Olympus, but I'm guessing between cranking up the ISO and taking advantage of the OSS, night shooting sans tripod isn't an issue. Am I right? Advice welcome. Thanks!
  3. Has anyone had success using the Transfer and Tagging App for Imaging Edge on an android phone for live news (or stock)? Is there a way to test the metadata transfer and FTP functions of this app on a windows 10 local machine?
  4. My RX100 M6 is showing version 1.0. Can anyone tell me if this is current as I can't find it on the Sony website. John
  5. Just wondering if any of you have opted for the RX100 M6 yet and if so, what's your verdict so far? I've been using the RX100 cameras for a number of years now and nearly all of my 5000+ Alamy images were taken with them. Second question - which version of Elements has RAW support for the M6 yet (if any ) ? John
  6. So here it is https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-hx99/specifications#features Sony's new compact camera with a tiny sensor, 8.82mm across, and able to do the 'impossible' as per the specifications. It even has RAW output. I wonder if Adobe will bother. I would love such a camera for a 'walk about' if a longer reach is required than my RX100M3 can achieve. I guess Alamy's immediate response will by Njet, Nein, not in our backyard. Will be interesting to see full size images when they become available. At some point Alamy will probably have to retreat to 'if they pass our quality control' pose. I never imagined, when I started with Alamy, that the quality available with say an RX100 and one inch sensor would ever happen.
  7. Hey guys, I'm upgrading to the full frame mirrorless Sony A7iii. I've been debating what lenses to get. I currently mainly use a 16-80mm and 70-200mm on an aps-c camera. I shoot a variety of subjects, mainly landscapes and cityscapes, but also some events and some portrait shots. So here's my thinking. The Sony 24-70mm f2.8 G Master is a great lens, but £2,100 and 950g so really expensive and the camera would be front heavy. So Tamron has just bought out a 28-75mm f2.8 for £800. It's not as wide as the Sony, but considerably cheaper and lighter at 550g. So I thought I'd go for this and the Sony F4 70-200mm. Anyway..... I was just talking to a fellow photographer (btw a lot more professional than me) and he says his go to lens is the Nikon 24-120mm. Ok. So I looked at the Sony equivalent: 24-105mm F4 £1,200 650g. I thought the image quality wouldn't be so good for such a zoom range, but apparently it is and the bokeh is ok. The ISO is so good on the latest cameras that you can boost it to compensate for slower lenses without noticeable noise. So..... Do I get the 28-75 and 70-200, or just the 24-105mm (which would mean I probably don't change lens so often)???? Decisions decisions!!! Has anyone got any thoughts? Maybe an entirely different suggestion even! Stephen
  8. I've just passed the 5000 images milestone. At least 95% were taken on a Sony RX100 M1 or more recently a secondhand Sony RX100 M3. I have no other photographic equipment and just use Adobe Elements 14 for editing. Most were taken on days out/holidays which is where the small Sony comes into it's own. I can snap away while out with family and friends without disrupting the day or appearing rude. Anyone considering one of these cameras should look at my portfolio by clicking on the total images figure on the right. Stock photography on a shoestring maybe, but I have sales every month which are a useful boost to my state pension. John
  9. Just thought I'd say Thanks, I've wanted a small camera for ages that had good quality and after finally buying the RX100 mk3 and taken a few shots, it is exactly the type of small pocket style camera, I've been after, perfect for when I don't want to carry my Nikon. So thanks for those who have recommended it, obviously their are some things it won't do, but it's pretty impressive, from a few test shots I've taken so far and as I've just been told, my small batch have passed quality control, I'm looking forward to taking more photos with it, when out and about on my bike and stuff. Ta Chris
  10. Hi is anyone still using sony RX100 mk 1 in 2017? Does is still pass the QA with Alamy? I am interested in both extremes, the wide end at aperture wide open, and long end with apperture wide open. I am considering a purchase. Thank you.
  11. I've recently purchased a Sony A7r and am now considering lens options. My main interest is FL 35/50mm with 75mm occasionally. The Zeiss "top of the range" selection is out of my budget and I wonder what would you consider a suitable quality lens (or two) within the "more affordable" bracket. Maybe a zoom, maybe primes. I have no idea of Sony lenses and your advices would be most appreciated. Thanks Ray
  12. I recently acquired a used A7r which is in need of a sensor wet clean. There's a few large spots that the camera shake and indeed a blower can't remove. I'm aware that the shake mechanism of the camera needs locking down and how to do it. I'm also fairly comfortable with wet cleaning sensors as I've been doing this for some years on both Canon and Leica cameras ( without doing any damage). What I can't seem to establish is the swabs and fluid that are considered safe. I've always used isopropyl 70% with Invisible Dust orange swabs and wonder if anyone can advise from experience what they use. Thanks p.s. No Sony outlet within miles from my home.
  13. I've been reading mixed reviews about the Sony 35mm f2.8 za Although I am considering renting it for the weekend, I'd like to find out what lenses find the best balance between portability and size (i.e., small & light) (A7rii)
  14. Popular Photography magazine has an article saying Sony will be bringing out 3 new primes and a zoom this spring and summer. 28mm f/2, ($450.00) 35mm f/1.4, ($1,600.00) 90mm f2.8 macro, ($1,098.00) and a 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3. ($998.00) All optimized for the a7 line, but works on APS-C format ILC. I don't shoot with these cameras, but am aware one of Sony's weaknesses were their lack of good glass forcing the use of adapters. I will be curious to know how good these lenses are. Betty
  15. I need some input from those of you shooting the Sony A7 mirrorless camera, if there are any on the forum. I currently use the Fuji X system, (X-T1 & X-E2). I primarily use the 18-55mm for everyday use and the 35mm f1.4 and 60mm f2.4 for close-up work. I love my Fuji's and the image quality they produce, but, I am having a problem with camera shake. This is accentuated by the fact the cameras are small and Fuji uses an APS-C sensor. I am coming from full frame Nikon. For close up shots with my Nikons I used the 105mm VRII lens. Fuji does not have OIS in any prime lens and the OIS on the 18-55mm is not very good. It actually adds shake to any image shot over 125th/sec, in my experience. So, I am considering buying the new Sony A7II with IBIS. I realize the lens selection is rather limited at this point but they have what I would need, (24-70mm f4, 16-35mm f4, 55mm f1.8). I am perfectly happy with using those lenses for the type of stock photography I wish to do. My question, though, is what do you think of the image quality? I have read that the A7s is perhaps the best low light sensor on the market right now but that is not the sensor in the A7II. I have looked at a few examples, on-line, of A7 RAW files but most do not seem to be properly exposed. Perhaps this was done on purpose to expose noise and the short comings of the sensor. I'm not sure. Believe me, I do not have "GAS". I am not thrilled about changing systems again. I love my Fuji's but I am finding myself taking up to four (4) shots of the same image, hoping I get one sharp. And, I am trying to use 1/500th sec as my minimum shutter speed, but that is not always possible. Any input will be welcome. I do plan on renting the A7II and the 24-70mm f4 lens from Borrowlenses next month but would still welcome the input.
  16. Is anyone one else thinking what, Wait, another a7 series camera? One word WoW. Okay it's more of videographer camera but at least sony is on the right line for ideas. ISO upto 409,600 35mm 12.2MP 4k recording http://www.sony.net/Products/di/en-us/products/vq5f/index.html Cant wait to see what sony is going todo in the all new a77ii (the replacement for the A77)
  17. Since there is a fair bit of interest in the Sony RX10 as a lightweight stock capable camera, I thought it might be good to have a thread to compile reviews. Here's one from Steve Huff: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/11/11/the-sony-rx10-review-one-amazing-superzoom/ My 5DIII and three full frame lenses are on eBay. I have a little SL1 with the kit 18-55 and 55-250 STM zooms, capable performers, but I have a feeling I know where part of the eBay proceeds are going.
  18. http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/03/new-sony-qx-lens-style-cameras-revealed-in-leaked-press-release-will-retail-for-250-500/
  19. I have now had my RX100 for six months so I now have an informed opinion of it to share: It is a very small and inconspicuous camera easy to carry everywhere all the time. In the six months I have uploaded 696 images to Alamy of which 454 or 65% were taken using the RX100. They say the best camera is the one you have with you. I took some time to decide to buy the camera as I had never before had one without any kind of eye level VF and found rear screens unusable in any kind of bright light. In fact the RX100 screen has been clearly visible in all weather conditions. I was initially very unhappy with the IQ with edge and corner softness all round but much more so at the right hand side of the image. This was corrected by Sony under warranty repair and is now much better. The sensor is evidently much more capable than the lens. Sony warranty repair service was excellent fast and courteous. I shoot aperture priority usually at f5.6 with RAW+J with Jpeg set to “Vivid”. In the good weather we have had recently the jpegs are usable for Alamy, with good colour, and sharper than I can get from RAW. The biggest cause of failed images is camera shake so I use Auto ISO set at 200-1600 to keep shutter speed up. The power zoom is too fast for accurate framing and I have the front ring set as zoom control, or often shoot wider than needed and crop. Experience so far is very good. I will have to learn how to deal with the darker weather to come..
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