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Technical / Re: Adding Sony to the mix
« Last post by Jeff Behm on February 05, 2018, 03:43:55 PM »
Since I'm still testing the Sony's capabilities and acquiring some better glass that the cheapest one I grabbed at first, it seems appropriate to post more for anyone interested in the a850/a900 cameras.  Don't be swayed by the 10 years since the a900 came out (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Alpha_900)  this is great imaging gear from everything I'm discovering.  The Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro and the Minolta 70-210 f4 are great.  The macro rivals and may even surpass my Canon 100 f2.8 macro.  The 28-105 f3.5-4.5 xi is not the glass I'd hoped, but at $40, it's not a catastrophe.  The $29 Minolta 35-70 f4 has a sort of soft glow to it that is extremely pleasing for certain subjects.  I like it, even as I admit it's not totally sharp.  The just received 24-105 f3.5-4.5 seems quite good for the $116 price, and I'm considering either a Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G or the highly touted (but somewhat suspect mechanically) Sony Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 Vario Sonnar T as a wide to moderate tele pro lens. 

Actually, input from those with Minolta lens  experience or knowledge is appreciated.  I was a Minolta guy in the 70's and 80's, but those were the old MD film lenses.  Outstanding, but not pertinent today.

Meanwhile, a few images:

1) The first is of me, by TPPF's own Sam Levitan at a local coffee house.  35-70 f4  I like the softness of this lens, as I said before.  The colors are also very good.

2) Next is Sam, as he examines his grandfather's Minolta Maxxum 7000, for which these lenses were made.  35-70 f4  Sam generously loaned these mementos to me when I first got the body and had no lenses.  The fact that Sony's A mount bodies still operate these ca. 1985 lenses is terrific, because the best glass is just special.

3) And finally, a scenic from Wednesday evening's sunset, across from my home, after I'd gone in search of the far too elusive Super Blue Blood Moon at 5:30 that morning.  This is with the 70-210 f4 "Beer Can" a legendary period zoom.  Focused on the mailbox, f5, 1/125 sec., ISO 800, 130mm (in body stabilization activated)  combined with sunset sky at f8, 1/8000, ISO 800, 210mm   The colors are just extraordinary.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jeff Behm on February 05, 2018, 12:37:30 PM »
With Camranger, the embedded JPG within the RAW is displayed.  It's redundant and a waste of time, but totally possible.  Sometimes, after a battery change, the menu defaults to the first memory card, or CF card in this case, where I store my RAW files.  When that happens, both RAW and JPEG show up in the Camranger gallery.  It simply requires changing the camera settings for transfer back to the second card only, with is JPEG in my case.   I think one reason might be potential backup storage, the only reason I'd transmit RAWs to the Camranger intentionally.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jenny Gavin-Wear on February 05, 2018, 09:41:12 AM »
Although I had a 6D I never got into the habit of using the wireless feature, and now I've sold it to my principal assistant.  Being primarily product oriented myself, I get what you're saying about speed is no issue.  But with the CR and two memory cards in my current bodies, one dedicated to RAW, the other to JPEG, I can designate in camera which card exports to the iPad.  JPEG is exponentially faster - almost instant.  RAW seems to crawl by comparison.  When clients are watching the iPad, I like fast, allowing them to quickly see if changes are required before we move to the next setup.

RAW would not only be larger to transfer, but needs to be processed to produce a visible JPG as well.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jeff Behm on February 04, 2018, 01:02:56 PM »
Although I had a 6D I never got into the habit of using the wireless feature, and now I've sold it to my principal assistant.  Being primarily product oriented myself, I get what you're saying about speed is no issue.  But with the CR and two memory cards in my current bodies, one dedicated to RAW, the other to JPEG, I can designate in camera which card exports to the iPad.  JPEG is exponentially faster - almost instant.  RAW seems to crawl by comparison.  When clients are watching the iPad, I like fast, allowing them to quickly see if changes are required before we move to the next setup.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Sbuchanan on February 04, 2018, 12:14:12 PM »
I don't have any experience with CamRanger, so I can say for sure. Usually when I'm tethered via wire, speed is no issue - but then again, I'm shooting products and stills, so I don't shoot rapidly. My main DSLR is a 6d which has built in wifi so when I want to go wireless I use that.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jeff Behm on February 04, 2018, 09:23:19 AM »
Steve, can you say whether wired tethering is quicker than Camranger?  Over the roughly 5 years that I've used it, I'm so completely spoiled by the reliability of CR that I've never since bothered with wired, although the tools are all present.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jenny Gavin-Wear on February 03, 2018, 07:35:51 PM »
In instances when I'm tethered via wire, I always use the JerkStopper from TetherTools. Best $12 I ever spent.

Yes, they do look good, thanks :)
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Sbuchanan on February 03, 2018, 10:08:32 AM »
In instances when I'm tethered via wire, I always use the JerkStopper from TetherTools. Best $12 I ever spent. 
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jeff Behm on February 02, 2018, 10:49:44 PM »
I used to do wired tethering through Lightroom until I got the Camranger.  The connections for wired always seemed so fragile and tenuous that I’d lose patience with it and give up. Once I got got Camranger, those problems evaporated.

Duck, you can choose to transfer just JPEG for speed or Raw. You can choose to ‘view only’ (images stay on card only but display on computer, etc.) or to store and process on the laptop, desktop or tablet.
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Technical / Re: Wifi Cards for 5D3
« Last post by Jenny Gavin-Wear on February 02, 2018, 04:49:21 PM »
Jeff, interesting idea re. sign off.  I'm pretty flexible with my session durations and I'll always leave time to pop back into the studio if needed after looking at the shots on my pc - happens very rarely.

Sbuchanan, yes I have seen the eye-fi cards and the ones I saw were not that fast, but I don't think speed is going to be an issue.  This is for product photography.  The Camranger is nice, but I can't justify that at this stage.

Duck, I've done a bit wit wired.  Worked well for product and editorial.  I use Bridge and it works just fine.  In fact, I had the images go via my laptop to a network drive so they were accessible for review from my PC right after the shoot.  Nice and fast, reliable, no issues there.

An issue I want to avoid is yanking on the cable because I forget about it.  The 5D3 usb port is on the main camera board, very expensive repair bill.  I also like the idea of CF in one slot and  SD / wifi in the other so there is no way I'll lose anything.

Think I'll get one of these Eye-fi and check it out.

Thanks all for info, great help :)
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