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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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Nothing fixed and final

26 Aug 2020 8:28AM   Views : 359 Unique : 267


A little over three years ago, a Sigma rep at the big NEC show told me there was no need for the company to produce lenses in Sonyís FE mount. There were Sigma adaptors, and I should buy either Canon or Sigma mount lenses, and use one.

But first a trickle and then a flood of native Sony mount Sigma glass has arrived, and thereís a new 85mm f/1.4 on the way, designed for mirrorless. Itís smaller, simpler, lighter and cheaper than the benchmark Sigma Art optic Ė and itís said to be sharper than its older stablemate.

Similarly, there was a lot of criticism from Canon and Nikon fanboys of the small range of Sony FE lenses when the Alpha 7 first arrived: now, if you want mirrorless with a good range of lenses, thereís only one option: Sony. I am sure, though, that all the more recent full-frame mirrorless contenders will use the opportunity to redesign and expand their ranges, as Sony has done. And the results will be spectacular, as they have been for Sony.

The point Iím making is one that I had demonstrated to me on a management course twenty years ago: we all have beliefs based on old data. It is very important that we make a point of checking the facts rather than spouting old saws from the camera club.

Facts can change, but values donít. Taking care of your family, honesty, thoughtfulness will not go out of fashion.

And, despite the constant improvement of our technology, a good picture remains a good picture, even if it involved an obsolete camera or an iffy lens.


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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
26 Aug 2020 8:29AM
Tinkerbella with a Sixties Exakta camera at the top: Eden Elizabeth photographed with a still perfectly good enough Sony 85mm f/1.8 at hte end.
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P_A_D 16 10 England
26 Aug 2020 6:22PM
Agree totally...
...and just because a lens (or any item) is now obsolete, or has been superseded, does not suddenly make it a 'bad lens'.

And Tink is an awesome creative to work with.
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philtaylorphoto 22 334 2
6 Sep 2020 5:06PM
I see a lot of Canon glass on Sony on news jobs nowadays. The ability to do that without having to buy new glass has really helped Sony. Canon seem to have twigged that if people want to go mirrorless they have to help people bring legacy glass across, otherwise they may go elsewhere.
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7 Sep 2020 6:33PM
I think Canon really missed the boat on mirrorless - it may have been sensible to wait a year or two for Sony to find all the problems, but when they did release their first mirrorless body, it was a good match for the 2013 Sony offerings - weird new interface, not that many mp, and no in-body stabilisation. Nikon learned from Sony, and went straight in with really serious kit. Canon are getting there now, nearly two years after their first full frame mirrorless body.

OK, I'm biased as a Sony user: but it wasn't THAT hard to predict what they needed to do. The R5 is getting there: but the new benchmark is 60mp, not 45...

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