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New Sony A9, does it take good pictures?

Sony today announced a new mirrorless camera, and a new series! The Sony A9 offers a lot for action and video shooters, with a touch screen and super fine 3.6m resolution viewfinder.  The new camera is not really geared towards my use as an interior photographer, but there are some features here that I hope will be in the next new Sony ILCE release.

Good things; nice EVF, one more custom button, touch screen (not really for me), dual card slots, 24mp sensor, (less is better I hope), longer lasting battery, silent shutter.

Bad things; all new NP-FZ100 battery, (I have 5 NP-FW50 for my A7R, that's $400 for new batteries!!), flash sync 1/250th, (when will we get the old pro standard of 1/500th?), was hoping for an articulating screen like the A99/77, Sony SURE price of $4500!!  That old A7RII looks pretty good now.

Looks like a nice camera, and I hope it takes good pictures for fast action pro shooters.

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New comp for 28mm/2 review

So I’ve made a table for a comparison between the centers, mid-sections and corners for the Sony FE 28/2 review. I used to do that at the old site and everyone seemed to like it except me—too much time involved, and I didn’t think it was all that helpful. Fortunately, I found a faster way to produce it; and …

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Updated Fuji GSW690III reveiw

I've updated the Fuji GSW690III 65mm F/5.6 review to reflect more thorough use and additional knowledge, which includes correcting a few minor errors.  I've also added a couple of pictures and made direct links to full size images.  With the right film, this camera will easily out resolve any current Sony camera, or Nikon and Canon for that matter, So if you're looking for a lot of resolution and have a good solid grasp of film use, these Fuji models are the ones to get.

There are two basic models, one with a 65mm F/5.6 lens, the other has a 90mm F/3.5. The 65mm is wide angle in 6x9 format, it covers about the same as a 28mm in 135 format (or 35mm camera), the 90mm is a more 'normal' lens, covering about 41mm in 135 format.

Check out the full review; oddly, it's the most popular page on the site, that's why I've updated it!

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Sony Fisheye converter review

Check out the full review of Sony's 16mm F/3.5 fisheye converter.  This can be a fun lens, or an awful lens, it all depends on your level of creativity.  My level is pretty low at the moment, confirm this by going to the middle of the review and looking at dumb pictures, like inside a washing machine, oven, or the fridge.

The fisheye is actually pretty good, and certainly worth the money if you have 28/2 already.  Buying both is  pricey, and a long and heavy combo, read the review to see if it's right for you.

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Let’s stroll through a camera store…in 1938!

Come on in and check out our folding and box cameras, enlargers, splicers and photographic publications, especially the ones on the top shelf.  While you're here, don't forget that post card Kodak 122 film, or maybe a roll film developing kit?

This wonderful Moulin studio image was taken inside a Camera Craft store in San Francisco, CA on April fools day 4/1, 1938 for Mr E.R. Young.  I bought this 8x10" Defender Safety base negative and scanned it on an Epson flatbed scanner.  Amazing how sharp the image is using 80 year old technology; you'd be hard pressed to get more resolution from a modern day high end digital camera.

As I look at the products for sale back then, I'm reminded that I own quite a few of them now, my collection contains many of the folding cameras you see on the shelves in the back, and the Kodak Rangefinder, extinction meters, filters etc in the display cases below the cameras....

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New Zeiss FE lens

Zeiss officially announces the Zeiss Batis 135mm F/2.8 for the Sony FE system, and will nicely compliment three other Batis lenses, the 18/2.8, 25/2 and 85/1.8.  I'll be reviewing the 25/2 next, along with the Rokinon 24/1.4, look for some full size samples mid-month.

The Zeiss 135/2.8 is rather large for a '2.8' prime, but not too heavy at 613g.  I wonder how it compares to the CZ 135/1.8 I raved about years ago for the 'a' mount.  Of course both of the lenses will work fine on  FE camera bodies, but the CZ 135/1.8 will need a Sony adapter for mounting and focusing, and I would not be surprised to see an 'FE' version coming from Sony soon.

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