April 1 2009 - Photo Jottings

April 1 2009


The long awaited review of the Sony 135mm F/2.8 [T4.5] STF is ready.  I got carried away with this one, and the result is the longest review to date.  Since the lens is totally different from a standard telephoto fast zoom, I wasn’t really sure as to the appropriate use, and how to bring the best out of it.  I’m not sure I’ve covered everything, but I know a lot more about it now than before the review. Speaking of differences, the Sony 135mm STF is a manually focus only lens, and one of the few that will accept Sony TCs. It’s also not really an F/2.8, as it can’t collect enough light because of the design.  I give a few details
on these topics and more in the review.  It took me a lot of time to do this review, and I hope you appreciate it.  If you have experience with this lens and would like to add some comments, please feel free to email me.

Some of you may have noticed the new advertising banners scattered throughout the site. It’s not something I wanted at this point, but times are tough, and the saying “ya gotta do whacha gotta do” applies now.  Hopefully, the ads are useful, and if so, check ’em out.  I don’t necessarily endorse any
businesses that pop up.

Say, did anyone visit the Sonystyle.com website (DSLR camera page) over the weekend?  Sony enters time warp, and winds up in 2006!!  I kid you not—they were showcasing the Sony A100 on the DSLR home page over the weekend.  I initially thought it was a new entry level model. The had a beautiful studio shot posted of the A100, like they now have of the A900.  The link from the pic went directly to the now defunct A100, which read “no longer available.”  Good job Sony, who’s in charge of the site? Obviously a high school kid with too many uncapped magic markers laying around.  Some people get miffed at me for making fun of Sony, but they make it so easy!!

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