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  1. Hello everyone. I just recently got started on Alamy and was wondering: do you think my Pentax Q7 has what it takes to meet Alalmy's quality criteria? I have taken plenty of pictures which I believe were great until I tried submitting them and having them rejected with a message that said "Sorry, but this camera doesn't produce images of high enough quality for our requirements". I have seen an amazing photographer whose work I like a lot; his name is Mark Phillips and has the same vibe that I wish I could express with my pictures. Anyways, I thought maybe it was a matter of resolution, which my camera has set in 4000x2248 and 300dpi, but then I checked that his photos are almost all in 3600x2400 and 300dpi so relatively similar. I then thought maybe some of my pictures had blur or were overexposed but I have submitted a photo with a clear sky that is not overexposed and saw that some of his photos emphasize on the blur so I don't know what I need to be looking for. Should I put on more effort on the postediting or is it perhaps the fact that my camera has a 1/1.7" sensor? My Q7 is the only camera I have available so if it is indeed my camera's fault I have no idea what I would do. Hope you can help me, any feedback is endlessly welcomed. Thank you for your attention.
  2. I'm looking to buy a Canon M3 to go with my Canon 77D. The blurb is pretty explicit about not using non-dslr cameras when submitting, but the M3 quality is good. Anyone know if these would be accepted? Cheers Mike
  3. 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.
  4. I was thinking about fine art photography, large prints and medium format at the weekend. Then it struck me, MF mirrorless could be the way to go for several sound technical reasons: Gets rid of the huge mirror box and the vibrations from a big mirror. So the camera could be much more compact, easier to lay out and lighter. Would get away with a lighter tripod as well. MF not usually used for high-speed action photography, so AF speed and and EVF would be less of an issue. Especially if EVF was high resolution and fast as with the Fuji X-T1. Few are faster than 1-2 frames per second. Manual focus with focus peaking and other aids such as magnification is easier on a bright EVF than a dim glass screen In the studio many MFD cameras are used tethered with a big EVF - a laptop screen. I love the idea of 50+MP MF camera smaller than a Mamiya 7 with AF especially if it had that undefinable "something" (micro-contrast?) that Leica and Fuji seem to have. If Phase One were to do it they would have access to all the lenses they use with their AFD and the old Mamiya AFD cameras - including a huge pool of manual focus lenses from the Mamiya 645. (and Fuji have GX680 lenses (not so many around) and designs from their MF compacts) Apart from cost (and the Pentax MF is not much more expensive than top end FF Canon/Nikon) I don't see any real downsides. The only problem is that the MF market is tiny so thge budget for RE&D will be limited. From a conversation with a pro dealer in the UK the market was probably only a few thousand cameras a year. Which is why Hasselblad has been financially tight for many years and no one else has entered the market, Pentax had a low key launch of their "new" camera. Just a thought. Could it cause a resurgence in enthusiast/semi-pro MF like we saw with 645 introduction? Just noticed David K suggested something similar in Cameracraft No 7. I don't recall reading it at the time but ...
  5. I've just got a Fuji XT1 and 18-55mm kit lens and am using Lightroom 5.6 for processing. I'm wondering what standard import settings people are using, particularly Clarity/Vibrance; & Capture sharpening. I've been playing about and I'm not convinced that I've got the ideal combo yet. My settings are usually; Clarity +20/Vibrance+16. Standard LR sharpening. These work great with the Canon 5DMKII and the Fuji X100, but seem a bit soft with the XT1. Also I see that Adobe do not have a lens profile for the 18 - 55mm Fuji, any thoughts re this? TIA Phil
  6. Given all the discussion on mirrorless cameras, fuji's etc, I thought I would post my blog on my recent experiences testing the X-T1 with a selection of lenses lenses... Warning - contains geekery and lovely images in equal measure ;-) http://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/festival-no-6-without-a-mirror
  7. At the weekend I experimented with shooting a couple of sports events with my Fuji X-T1 and 55-200mm. The archery was OK but I did not have the reach (I did not have accreditation to go inside the competition area) but was poor to hopeless shooting powerboats. I used the morning practice sessions for just, to try the Fuji with the 55-200mm and with a MF Tamron 300mm f2.8 (and 1.4x & 2x converters). The latter works but I would have to work on my manual focus technique again, it also has significant purple fringing around highlights - a lot of that in the spray of powerboating. So it could not use the JPEG as is for news purposes (needs timely submission) The Fuji 55-200mm hit rate (for focus) was about 60- 70% and very much less when clouds came over and it went dark and the lighting went flat. At the archery I noticed the lens hunting slowly for focus and I wondered whether it was the battery getting tired as I changed it about the same time. The following day at the powerboats the lens was its usual self until dark cloud came over and it became unusably slow for all but static subjects. So I rediscovered the pleasure of working with a top end DSLR. My 1Ds3 (not snappiest Canon for AF) came out for the first time for months and my hit rate (for focus) was 90+% even when the light was poor; I had forgotten just how snappy AF can be, it is making me think about my equipment strategy. The weight was not too much of an issue as I did not have to carry it very often, to and from the shore and occasionally to new positions but for travel it is too bulky and heavy. I am grateful the way the Fuji has reinvigorated my photography. I am now wondering whether to just use the Fuji for travel (we will be doing quite a bit next year) and for the more relaxed out and about stuff and undemanding news coverage, To that end I will try the 18-135mm and if I am happy with it I am thinking I might sell the 18-55 and 55-200 to downsize to the X-T1, 10-24mm and 18-135mm which will cover my travel needs (well 98%). Then I can rationalise my Canon kit and extend my lens coverage at the long end (probably with 100-400mm) and perhaps a new body. I would love a 1Dx but is expensive and even heavier/bigger than my 1Ds but has better high ISO performance (main issue with the 1Ds). The iminent new 7D may be the answer especially if it is APS-C equivalent of the FF 1DX. Call me fickle if you wish but I am not falling out of love with the Fuji, I just love both for different reasons. Is photographic polygamy permitted?
  8. Watch out for this gotcha! It caught me out - so a warning, just something to bear in mind. I was using a Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm lens but it will probably be a risk with any mirrorless camera especially with wide-angle lenses that have a rear element that comes close to the sensor. I took some photographs on a misty morning and when I processed them I discovered large shadowy smudges down one side easily visible with the large areas of flat light grey. I thought it was dust (but looked a bit odd) or a mark on the sensor but I could not see it with magnification and cleaning achieved nothing. The smudges could even be seen through the viewfinder at f22 against a hazy sky. Turned out to be a greasy mark on the rear element (actually it looks more like a cover glass to keep dust out) of the 18-55mm lens. With the small back element to sensor distance on mirrorless compact system cameras it was only just out of focus on small f-stops and therefore visible in the image. With a dslr I suspect it would not have been visible. So check the rear element before cleaning your sensor! And keep the back element clean, I must have just caught it when changing lenses. See the effect here, just to left of watermark.
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