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Old Aug 11, 2012, 1:54 AM   #1
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Default Portraits with Sony & Minolta gear

I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to use many different Sony and Minolta cameras and lenses.
This is a small group (11) of my portrait photo's that I have taken using different camera's and lens combinations.

1. Son Fro.
A55 with the SAL 55-200 @ 60mm, iso 200, f/8, 1/800sec, +.7ev Good combo for outdoors especially if you plan on shooting video. It focuses quietly.

2.Back at You
NEX 7, 50 1.8 @ 1.8, iso 100, 1/160sec jpeg. I was really impressed with the jpeg quality and the video with this combination. The color accuracy is impressive.


3. First cleaning
Minolta 5D, Mino 28-75(D) @ 50mm, iso 200, f/8, 1/100sec, Minolta 5600 flash jpeg. This lens has seen more use with my portraiture shots then all other lenses I've used. It's a great lens.


4.It's About Time
A900, Minolta 17-35(D) @ 22mm, f/5.6, iso200,1/160sec Not a portrait lens but gives you some different looking shots.


5. Experienced
A900, [email protected], F/7.1, iso200, 1/160sec. Very little PP needed with this combo.


6. The Airplane
A850, KM28-75(D)@75mm, f/2.8, iso400, 1/4000sec. Great portrait combo!


7. PaPa & Graduate
A55, Sony [email protected], f/6.3, iso400, 1/80sec, HVL42 flash. The best combo for anything you may come across without a knowing ahead of time.


8. The Moms
A550 & Tamron [email protected], f/2.8, iso800, 1/30sec. Excellent lens but I never did care for that camera too much.


9. Easter Baby
A850&[email protected], f/5.6, iso400, 1/350sec, hvl20, 58 and KM5600 wireless. A superb combo.


10. Sunburst Evening
A55, [email protected], f/7.1, iso200, 1/500sec, HVL42. Not too bad for a superzoom.


11. Last photo. My old A700& Sony 50 [email protected], iso640, 1/640sec.
My photography improved more with this camera then any other I ever used. The UI was so easy to navigate through it made changing settings something you could easily do without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. It was a great learning camera. If your new to DSLRs this is a excellent camera to learn with at a great price on the used market.

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Old Aug 17, 2012, 6:00 PM   #2
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Very nice series! Minolta lenses still rock! I love the picture of your daughter: she has the cutest smile anywhere!
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Very nice series! Minolta lenses still rock! I love the picture of your daughter: she has the cutest smile anywhere!
Thank You. (granddaughter)
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Where to start? I know. Like the first one, that lighting is always difficult.

Number three is interesting. You were able to use a flash to good effect. I took some similar shots of my granddaughter Bella, but the nurse said not to use the flash as it would startle her. Apparently this isn't SOP all over the. Country.

And then there's number 6. Love that one, no comment needed.

All are very nice and shot with a variety of equipment. You know, it's not the equipment, but the photographer that makes the picture. haha
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Thanks Robert and I do agree it's not the equipment. But, being able to play around with different cameras, lenses and flashes really gives you the understanding of the tools and what they can do for your minds eye.
For instance, I hated using a flash for the first few years after I got back into photography. I just thought that with digital you could get away without one, and now I rarely leave home without at least one.
I am very lucky to have a good photographer friend who always has to have the latest and greatest and shoots the same brand as I. 90% of my gear comes from him.
But I do agree with you that it's the person behind the camera that makes the difference.
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