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July 6 2011


Macro extension tubes for Sony.

Recently I’ve had a few readers of the site asking if, and what kinds of extension tubes are available for Sony “α” mount lenses.  There are a couple of choices that I can think of off the top of my slick head, the Vivitar macro extension tube set of three, $99, …

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July 5 2011


Shooting birds again.

The last bird photos I posted, 6/11/11, were taken with the Sony 70-400mm, @400mm, with no TC, and they came out pretty good, with plenty of feather detail for being so far away.  Yesterday, just for kicks, I tried a Sony 1.4x tele-converter with the same lens (equiv. to 560mm) to see if the results …

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July 4 2011


Why I use a “cheap” lens.

Quite a few people have written to me and asked; “why do you recommend and use the Sigma 10-20mm F/4-5.6 lens; it’s cheap, and not the sharpest lens, even according to your own reviews.”  The answer is always the same; it does the job.  In all the years I’ve used this …

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July 1 2011


New flash review.

Check out the first flash review, covering the inexpensive Vivitar DF-293-SON.  This little flash has five adjustable power levels, four zoom settings, along with a wide angle diffuser and bounce card!  It works very well in manual or auto mode with Sony Cameras, the only drawback is you have to remember to manually adjust …

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June 30 2011


Used items you may, or may not be interested in.

I trolled the used dept of B&H photo today, and found a few items some people may be interested in.  The used Sony hotshoe adapter ($65) keeps very rare but possible voltage spikes from wrecking your camera.  Non-Sony flashes and radio triggers may introduce slightly more voltage via the …

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June 29 2011


News and reviews coming in July.

I’m checking out a bunch of neat photo items right now, such as the super popular Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 USD, (which will include a quick Sony 70-300mm G comp), Rokinon 35mm F/1.4, three flash reviews and some accessories reviews.

Due to interest and demand from readers, I’m going to start reviewing …

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June 25 2011


Weird light at the snack hut.

This snack food hut is located at Glacier point, Yosemite National Park, CA.  The “hut” is really your standard convenience store that sells junk food and souvenirs etc, to people like me.  I bought some dumb stuff like a baseball cap and a 2000 calorie giant donut (Cinnabon-ish).

I took this shot last …

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