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Takeaways from Week Two

When I started taking pictures, a very long time ago, the conventional wisdom was to shoot with a 50mm lens (on a full frame camera or film). It helped that good 50mm lenses were cheaper and have less distortion than other lenses on every camera system I’ve used. That was the reason for week one to start of with my 35mm lens, (52mm FF) the closed to getting the 50mm full frame equivalent .

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Rainy Day Photos – Project 365

This may be the last day of rain for us so I decided to try some rainy day photography using different objects and camera settings to see what turns out best.

The first photo is of a glass having outside that collected some rain drops. I used my Sony SLT 77 with the Sony DT 16–105mm F/3.5–5.6 (SAL–16105) lens. Settings were ISO 400, Full Frame equivalent Focal Length @ 52mm, F/5 & 1/60 sec.

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Installing Sony’s GPS Assist Data manually

Sony succeeded in making it very difficult to update the GPS Assist Data on their GPS enabled cameras using a Mac or Linux. Sony supplies a windows-only software for downloading and updating the GPS almanac on the camera. The supplied PMB Portable software runs on Apple’s OS X, but it does not support downloading the GPS almanac.

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My other Lenses

Last week I discussed the Minolta Maxxum lenses I have in my collection. Since my last Minolta lens purchase I have augmented the collection to cover more situations.

After a visit to the California Academy of Science, I realized that my Minolta AF Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 was too long for indoors. I therefore purchased the Sony DT 35mm F/1.8 SAM (SAL–35F18), which was on sale, lucky for me. The lens’ center sharpness is very high, even at F/1.8, Color fringing is well controlled overall, and distortion is about average. A review pointed out:

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My Minolta Maxxum Lenses

There is no question that lenses are to many photographers more important then their camera body. A good lens, well looked after, should last decades, much longer than any digital camera body. That’s why professional photographers spend thousands on their lenses. I am not a professional photographer nor do I have thousands of dollars to spend on my photography equipment. That was one of the reasons that I selected the Sony A65 since it can be used with the older line of high quality Minolta lenses which cost much less then the current lineup of Sony digital specific lenses.

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What makes Minolta Lenses such a great option for Photographers

One criteria for selecting my DSLR was a good selection of lenses. To many it must have come as a surprise when the learned I selected the Sony Alpha 65 as my new camera. I bought the camera with two kit lenses, the Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 (SAL-1855) and Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 (SAL-75300). It was a special bundle price, about $200 less then any other deal at the time that I could not refuse.

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Selecting my new camera

In my Getting back into Photography posting I outlined my research in selecting which DSLR/SLT camera to get. The main features I was after were:

  • Minimal delay to take the picture
  • P/A/S/M modes
  • Fast autofocus
  • Continuous auto-focus when taking multiple or sequential images
  • GPS Geotagging
  • Image stabilization
  • Good selection of lenses

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