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    Posted: 13 July 2019 at 23:48
As per the UK Dyxum meet page, Nandbytes and I met up at Goodwood motor circuit for an event hosted by Sony and the UK camera chain, london Camera Exchange. As you can see already from the exclusive sales section, the mini meet has already created plenty of lens lust for the two of us, with Nandbytes 100-400 up for grabs and more items to be added for sale by me in the coming days!

It was a brilliant event by sony and LCE, with lots of bodies and lens to play with. No need to sign anything out, just grab from the table and go shoot. I spent most of the day with an A7Riii and trying out most the e-mount lens equivalents to my alpha gear. One exception being the 200-600, which my closest match would be the 70-400ii. What a lens! Let's just say I understand why Nandbytes already as his e-mount 100-400 up for sale!

It's my first day trying out any e-mount gear and I've got to say I was really impressed. The mark 3's are really nice bodies and wasn't expecting to be so impressed by the autofocus. Unfortunately that means I want to move across to E mount so just working out what little value I'll get from my lovely Alpha glass to try and make the switch. Think it'll mostly be via the a mount adaptor for a little while as I'm estimating the current Alpha kit to get around 2,000-2,500 on ebay, and the equivalent kit in e-mount to come in just over 11,000

Anyway, photos to be processed in the coming days but as a starter for 10, here's nandbytes shot with the A7Riii and the FE 135 1.8 GM. Sorry BobJ, I'm afraid we forgot to snap a group shot so this will have to do...

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Great Simon, and looking forward to more from Anand and you.
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Sorry I couldn't be with you, but they chose a day when I had a governor's strategy meeting and just when we had the family down to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my in-laws.

The e-mount stuff works well and I guess we are lucky in having adapters for A-mount - It would be nice to see an update of the LA-EA4 at some time though.

looking forward to seeing more photos - what did they have for you for subjects?
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Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Sorry I couldn't be with you, but they chose a day when I had a governor's strategy meeting and just when we had the family down to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my in-laws.

The e-mount stuff works well and I guess we are lucky in having adapters for A-mount - It would be nice to see an update of the LA-EA4 at some time though.

looking forward to seeing more photos - what did they have for you for subjects?


Cars

Roto light folks had also hired a model with a nice old jaguar (which is what I am shooting in picture above)

Photos to come later today
I am finding all the excuses needed not to process my July challenge pictures. Might cheat a little and use pictures from here
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The experience was useful in many ways and was one of the more productive days in terms of both photography and gear. They basically had all the Sony lenses bar the large teleprimes. So it was really nice to try out the huge variety of lenses inc. the new 200-600mm. Though for the most part all I needed was an 85mm lens (I'll get back this point).

Photographically I have never really shot cars/motorsports (apart from airshow which are kinda different) or ever shot models. Got to try out both and was interesting. With birds and non-propeller aircrafts you just up your shutter speed as far as you can with the available light. Panning is obviously different! I had tried it in passing a few times but not a skill I bothered to perfect...
As for shooting models, never really saw the attraction of it. Still don't to some extent, I enjoyed the social aspect of it i.e. chatting with the model lol. There is certainly as a fair amount of challenge involved in getting good photographs in this setup (I mostly ended with just "photos"!)

Short 200-600G review:
- AF lock-on is wee bit slower than 100-400mm but seems to track just fine.
- IQ wise wee bit less sharp than 100-400GM in extreme corners (tbh not sure it even matters!) but 100-400mm really sucks at 600mm
- The best lens in this class of lenses
- with 1.4x TC the AF was noticeably slower and less responsive than 100-400mm with 1.4x TC. Not a fair comparison of course! but its still plenty good for stills in good light. Don't bother with 2x TC on this lens would be my advice. The IQ is still somewhat useable but you lose a LOT of light and AF is practically unusable.
- Simon, made an interesting point about his 70-400G, that he only carries that lens when he knows he'll be using it for birds etc. I am pretty much the same with 100-400GM. At which point the size doesn't become a major issue.
- The zoom "throw" is very short so one can zoom in and out very very quickly.
- So far Sony tele-lenses have only had two stabilization modes (one normal and one for panning). 200-600G has 3 modes where 3rd mode is for erratically moving subjects which is great for birds.


Alrighty then let's start... I used a 85GM for most of the car shots. Luckily had a 5stop ND filter handy which lens me shoot at f1.4 with 1/125s shutter speed. I only carried my 100-400mm and a laowa 15mm prime. 100-400mm was a bit too long! 85mm worked perfectly. Its pretty much all one needed IMO for this event
I wish I had just taken my 85GM along which would have been better. I decided not to hog the 85GM too much since there were a lot of people in first half of the event and I felt bad to deny others from trying it due to my laziness in packing an extra lens or two.
So in the time I wasn't using the 85GM I tried a variety of lenses most of which I decided wasn't for me... money saved

Few shots below from 85GM on my A7RIII @f1.4, 1/125s, 5 stops ND filter

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Just to keep things interesting lets mix up the shots... Remember I said all you needed was an 85GM, so how does one get wider shots?
Panoramas of course! yes for models too... but one has to be quick! both below stitched from 3 shots (one vertical & other horizontal). Resulted in square crops as I expected which I personally like

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 July 2019 at 08:14
Great photos anand, the panning shots have come out lovely and the colour on that BMW really pops (what pp did you do as it was quite a bit more muted in my images)
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Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

Great photos anand, the panning shots have come out lovely and the colour on that BMW really pops (what pp did you do as it was quite a bit more muted in my images)


If you are using LR... the defaults sucks. So Adobe lightroom defaults to "Adobe standard" in the "Camera calibration" section for the "Profile" (its the last section in under Develop). The kills the colour.

Change it to "Camera standard" which mostly matches what you see in the camera. There are other camera profiles you can play with too. I like "camera landscape" and "camera clear". Don't use the much of the rest.

You can also set this to be the default on import. On your mac hold change the profile (don't change anything else), hold down the option/alt key and press the "Set default" button. From next import your colours won't look so bad
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For someone who didn't pan before you're just showing off Anand! Will share mine soon, just trying to get all my alpha gear sold so it's been a night of studio photography...
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Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

For someone who didn't pan before you're just showing off Anand! Will share mine soon, just trying to get all my alpha gear sold so it's been a night of studio photography...


Don't think you'd be saying the same thing if you saw all my many unsuccessful attempts

That reminds me need to photograph my 100-400mm.... but considering you have seen it and used, perhaps I could interest you
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More pictures...

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I'd appreciate some feedback on the shots above. Looks like one of the model shots got picked for weekly exhibition so I must not be doing too bad in this area but still feedback is appreciated here too

Many more model shots taken with a mix of 85GM, loawa 15mm and 24GM

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 July 2019 at 18:47
Great series Anand. Love the tattoo "FAST". Good model, maybe some redundancy, #27 is the best for me. TFS .
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Excellent pictures and a wonderful car and model.
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