The Sony A1 – So close to perfection…but…

The year started with a bang for Sony. There are already declarations that Canon and Nikon are dead. As a Sony user, I think its a little premature to be ringing the bell. The affiliate linked reviews will be telling you that the new A1 is the best camera ever made, and the specs are compelling, but they are specs and specs don’t tell the whole story. The authors on the other hand are paid to tell you how good it is because the more you buy, they more they make. Continue reading “The Sony A1 – So close to perfection…but…”

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Review

It’s been a while since I posted a review. Work has been busy, and I’ve barely had enough time for photography, let alone reviews. I have, however, had access to a couple of new toys, hence this review.

Sigma has been doing some amazing things in recent times. Gone are the days of big heavy, oversized monsters that required you to have a Sherpa with you at all times. Some of the bags taken up Mount Everest are smaller than the old Sigma ARTs.

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Sigma is one reason Sony will continue to lead…

My Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN arrived yesterday and you can colour me impressed. It’s marginally bigger than my Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM which is the holy grail of Sony lenses.

Sigma is producing world class glass at a fraction of the price of the Sony’s, and whilst that may be bad for the sales of the Sony 85mm GM, it’s good for Sony users, and Sony themselves as a result. Continue reading “Sigma is one reason Sony will continue to lead…”

Why does Sony have so many “#&%$ you” users?

Not sure what it is with Sony, but wow, the user base never ceased to surprise me. I’ve yet to see a camera user based filled with the same degree of self obsessed assholes, for lack of a better word. Why do I say this? Well simple. I commented previously on wanting a larger Sony body. Let’s be clear, this isn’t something I want across the entire range of cameras. I want one body in the range to have a grip that is large enough that your baby finger. Sony have 5 ranges of bodies currently, the A7, A7R, A7S, … Continue reading Why does Sony have so many “#&%$ you” users?

Mindshift Rotation 180 34L v2

Occasionally I get access to pre-release gear through my writing job at http://www.shotkit.com. As a photography geek, it’s exciting, although my wife fails to see the appeal.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have access to the Think Tank Mindshift Rotation 180 34L since about February. Unfortunately I’ve had to keep my mouth shut the entire time which is a little like dating Keira Knightley and not being able to tell anyone about. Continue reading “Mindshift Rotation 180 34L v2”

Wacom Cintiq 16 brightness issue solved

Since my switch from Apple to Windows, I’ve had a less than stellar experience with my Wacom Cintiq 16. I couldn’t get brightness and contrast right and it has this odd behaviour.

Minimum brightness is at 75, goes up to 100, however when you move from 75 to 0 it seems to stay the same brightness before becoming dull at 0. It’s obscure and mystifying that Wacom would put out an application in this way. Yes, that strange behaviour is apparently apparently the settings working as designed? Continue reading “Wacom Cintiq 16 brightness issue solved”