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Old Jul 25, 2008, 12:33 PM   #41
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Thanks so much for the tip on the filters. I bought my camera and the filter for my kit lens at the local Cord camera store. I like to support them as much as possible, but my pockets are only so deep. I still have $40 sitting out at Amazon from gift cards, too. Laaaaa!
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 1:23 PM   #42
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Well, I still think that you should spend $12 and try the Fotodiox UV MC filter and save your Amazon credit for something else you may need in the future (bag, extra battery, etc.). Besides, most filters at Amazon is not sold by them, but by Adorama so you will pay for s/h on top of it. The ones sold by Amazon are usually Tiffen and I'd stay away from them. They are poorly made.
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 1:27 PM   #43
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Hey, while you're online --- look at this, will ya?



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Old Jul 26, 2008, 7:51 PM   #44
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I shot several pictures today and I like this lens a lot so far. Here is a 100% crop from a close-up I did of a scrapbook layout. I used Irfanview to resize it down a bit, crop, sharpen a little, then watermark. Saved at 80% quality. Partial EXIF info follows:



ImageDescription - SONY DSC
Make - SONY
Model - DSLR-A300
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - DSLR-A300 v1.00
DateTime - 2008:07:26 12:56:42
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
ExifOffset - 390
ExposureTime - 1/125 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ExposureProgram - Normal program
ISOSpeedRatings - 400
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2008:07:26 12:56:42
DateTimeDigitized - 2008:07:26 12:56:42
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 8 (bits/pixel)
BrightnessValue - 4.87
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 4.50
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash fired, auto mode
FocalLength - 50.00 mm
UserComment -
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 2896
ExifImageHeight - 1632
InteroperabilityOffset - 30564
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
SceneType - A directly photographed image
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 75 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal

Maker Note (Vendor): -

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 40294
JpegIFByteCount - 3843
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited

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Old Jul 26, 2008, 8:06 PM   #45
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Here are some chairs on our patio, not such a great photo, but just testing things out. LOL



ImageDescription - SONY DSC
Make - SONY
Model - DSLR-A300
Orientation - Left bottom
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - DSLR-A300 v1.00
DateTime - 2008:07:26 11:19:29
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
ExifOffset - 390
ExposureTime - 1/80 seconds
FNumber - 5.00
ExposureProgram - Normal program
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2008:07:26 11:19:29
DateTimeDigitized - 2008:07:26 11:19:29
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 8 (bits/pixel)
BrightnessValue - 6.12
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 4.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash not fired, auto mode
FocalLength - 28.00 mm
UserComment -
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 2896
ExifImageHeight - 1632
InteroperabilityOffset - 30564
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
SceneType - A directly photographed image
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 42 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal

Maker Note (Vendor): -

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
Orientation - Left bottom
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 40294
JpegIFByteCount - 3607
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited

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Old Jul 26, 2008, 9:18 PM   #46
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BTW, a copyright notice must include the year of the copyright, and the copyright holder. That is, a person, company, or other legal entity. If Gardenwife.com is not a "dba", your copyright notice is unenforceable (even if it had a date.)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 9:21 PM   #47
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Tullio wrote:
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I see. I bought the Sony 75-30mm when I purchased the A300 but haven't opened the box yet. I read many comments about it being bulky and heavy so I was thinking about getting something with the same lon range but a little more compact. Any recommendation?
I tried two different copies of the Minolta version of that lens, and returned them both. They were soft at the long end, and prone to CA.

I now have a Beercan (70-210/4.0) and haven't looked back. The Beercan is one great lens!
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 2:40 AM   #48
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I like both images. It's totally in line with the results I've been achieving with this lens. BTW, which EXIF program do you use to extract the exif data from your images? I've been using Exif Tool, which is great for extracting the EXIF data of the Oly E510 but does not work too well with the A300. Thanks.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 6:26 AM   #49
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Opanda (http://www.opanda.com) publishes a number of EXIF utilities, including a free browser plug in called IExif Viewer. It's what I use.
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 10:56 AM   #50
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Thanks for the information on copyrights. I will likely change it to my name and my website (they bring traffic, good stuff). For that matter, maybe I will register the site as a business at some point.

Irfanview, available for free at http://irfanview.comis a free image viewer and editor that has steadily seen an increase in its capabilities over the years. It is very fast and includes handy basic tool like lossless JPG rotation and an EXIF viewer.The viewer lets you copy the info to your clipboard.

I use several programs, but Irfanview is my speedy friend for quickly reviewing and culling photos, plus doing crops and basic adjustments for posting to the web.
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