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Old Jul 27, 2008, 1:18 PM   #51
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Here's another from the same day, this one of sedum blooms. It is a 100% crop. I used Irfanview and just cropped and sharpened it. Saved at 80% quality JPG.

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 11:28:41
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
ExifOffset - 390
ExposureTime - 1/500 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ExposureProgram - Normal program
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2008:07:26 11:28:41
DateTimeDigitized - 2008:07:26 11:28:41
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 8 (bits/pixel)
BrightnessValue - 9.12
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 4.50
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash not fired, auto mode
FocalLength - 40.00 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 - 60 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal

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Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 40294
JpegIFByteCount - 4438
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited



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Old Jul 27, 2008, 2:31 PM   #52
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A pollen-covered bee, 100% crop and no otherediting.This is why a mega-zoom isn't necessarily all that important to me. The shots I most love doing involve close-ups or shots of people nearby. That's not to say I never use zoom or wouldn't like to do more candid photography of animals and people, but I'm not in a terrific hurry to spend $400+ on one. LOL

ImageDescription - SONY DSC
Make - SONY
Model - DSLR-A300
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - DSLR-A300 v1.00
DateTime - 2008:07:27 13:46:23
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
ExifOffset - 390
ExposureTime - 1/320 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ExposureProgram - Action program
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2008:07:27 13:46:23
DateTimeDigitized - 2008:07:27 13:46:23
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
CompressedBitsPerPixel - 8 (bits/pixel)
BrightnessValue - 7.37
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MaxApertureValue - F 5.60
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 100.00 mm
UserComment -
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 2896
ExifImageHeight - 1936
InteroperabilityOffset - 30564
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
SceneType - A directly photographed image
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 150 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 - 3251
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited


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Old Jul 27, 2008, 4:19 PM   #53
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This is why a mega-zoom isn't necessarily all that important to me. The shots I most love doing involve close-ups or shots of people nearby. That's not to say I never use zoom or wouldn't like to do more candid photography of animals and people, but I'm not in a terrific hurry to spend $400+ on one. LOL
You might want to take a look at the Minolta Beercan (70-210mm f/4.0 Macro.) It's a lot sharper, faster, and focuses closer than the 75-300. And it can be had for $150-$250.




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Old Jul 27, 2008, 9:16 PM   #54
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With reference to my thread on Posting Photos and the replies including from the Moderator.....Wow!
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Old Jul 27, 2008, 10:35 PM   #55
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With reference to my thread on Posting Photos and the replies including from the Moderator.....Wow!
To clarify the position I took in your thread on Posting Photos, I should say that the photos I posted here are copies of photos I previously posted somewhere in the Post Your Photossection, and were reposted here to illustrate a point.
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Thank you guys for the links to the Exif programs. I've downloaded both and found that neither of them provides the detailed info. I'm looking for. I believe that the Exif Tool program I usewas specifically written for the Olympus Exif data. So, it doesn't just sayfor example, SATURATION HARD or CONTRAST SOFT. It actually tells you how much you increased or decreased a certain setting by (i.e. SATURATION +2 or CONTRAST -1).If the Exif programdoes not provide that level of detail, one won't know whether SATURATION HARD was +1, +2, +3,... and that's what I'd like to have.

I really like the pink flower shot, The bee shot is very soft, which is about what I get with my A300 if sharpness is set to NORMAL. Since I like crisper images, I've set my A300 to SHARPNESS +2.


Tcav, the beercan certainly has an excellentreputation. My problem with itis that it's huge, heavy and 200mm is a bit short for my needs (I like to photograph birds and wild life in general). When I had my Oly E510, I had bought the Zuiko 70-300mm (equivalent to140-600mm on the 4/3 system). Now, that's an impressive lens (actually, I find Zuikolenses to be wonderful pieces of glass). The thing is, it cost over $300 now that prices have come down.
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Old Jul 28, 2008, 3:18 PM   #57
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Thank you guys for the links to the Exif programs. I've downloaded both and found that neither of them provides the detailed info. I'm looking for. I believe that the Exif Tool program I usewas specifically written for the Olympus Exif data. So, it doesn't just sayfor example, SATURATION HARD or CONTRAST SOFT. It actually tells you how much you increased or decreased a certain setting by (i.e. SATURATION +2 or CONTRAST -1).If the Exif programdoes not provide that level of detail, one won't know whether SATURATION HARD was +1, +2, +3,... and that's what I'd like to have.
Yes, the EXIF specification allows many 'manufacturer specific' fields that usually can only be interpreted by the manufacturer's own software. If someone takes the time to decode the 'manufacturer specific' fields for all the manufacturers, and build it into an EXIF editor, they'd probably want to charge for it.
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Old Jul 28, 2008, 3:34 PM   #58
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I do have the tamron, and love it so far. You cant beat it for the price, as for the 70-210, you used to be able to buy it for $100 in mint condition before everyone jumped on the bandwagon. I have the 100-300 minolta I bought for $60 and its not too shabby either.




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The Minolta 28-105mm is an excellent and very sharp lens. It can be had on www.ebay.com sometimes for a very small price. Please ignore the Sigma 28-105mm lens. Just keep watching for a bit and you will have a bargain!

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Yes 2many, I bought one of those Minolta 100-300mm xi lenses and found it to be relatively decent for the price. It focuses very fast and produces decent images but you must have light...and lots of it so you can stop down to f11 (I find that to be the ideal aperture for best IQ). At f5.6 (300mm), images are soft with lots of PF and CA. The nice thing about it is its compact size and the fact that it complements the Tammy 28-105mm nicely with only 5mm of overlap. I'll be visiting the San Diego Wild Live Animal Park this coming weekend and plan to take the A300 with the two lenses mentioned here. I'm debating whether I should take the R1 instead since that camera never ever lets me down. We'll see.
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