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Reviews of cameras, lenses, tripods, heads and other accessories written by Josidemartino

Microsoft Translator  The following opinions have been automatically translated with Microsoft Translator.

sony_a100Sony A100

Pros: excellent construction, well-arranged controls, excellent sensor yield

Cons: low iso

Opinion: it was my first DSLR, since then never left sony. I preferred it for the build quality of another planet compared to the cakon counterparts, better arranged controls and a decidedly performing proprietary sensor. I left it to move to a700, another category, but still today I keep many shots taken with a100 and I find them absolutely workable

sent on May 21, 2022

minolta_af35-70_f4Minolta AF 35-70mm f/4

Pros: Economical, light, Compattissima, and made almost to the top

Cons: With a little more definition would be an excellent lens

Opinion: I bought it after I sold a copy, now that I have a full frame machine I can appreciate it much more. A little gem, compact body but very well designed, comfortable the ring nuts, has almost 40 years but looks like a prized lens today. Thanks to its lightness the MAF is fast and precise, good sharpness and usual colors and blurred Minolta Attrvolissimi. Considering the F4 and the zoom factor I would have expected an even higher sharpness, but it is still great. Excellent lens for walks, it behaves very well both in portraiture and landscaping. Considering that at 50 euros there are many specimens, it is worth owning

sent on May 06, 2019

minolta_af17-35_f2-8-4Minolta AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4

Pros: Lightness, compactness, AF speed, general performance

Cons: I don't see

Opinion: Taken to let the back rest a little, as an alternative to 24 70 2.8, it turned out to be an extremely popular choice. The body is very well built, compact and lightweight despite a front lens of well 77mm. The overall lightness translates into an AF (works with the camera motor) very fast and always precise. Excellent of course for panoramas and architecture, it proves to be a valid lens also for portraiture and enjoys a very pleasant blurred. When paired with a fifty or 35 70 F4 always Minolta, it becomes an excellent travel lens.

sent on May 06, 2019

sony_24-70_f2-8Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*

Pros: Build quality, colors, blurred, focus

Cons: Important Weight

Opinion: Passing from APSC to full frame (from a 77.2 to A99) I simultaneously took a used specimen of this lens. Specimen that has made so many kilometers, devoid of lens hoods and with the tires of the nuts to be replaced... But the quality was evident in the views that I took in the following days. Passing after the portraiture I realized some problems in the surrender: Fortunately a good internal cleaning has solved the problem! Now that I can fully appreciate the quality of the lens, are taken from its colors and blurred, resistance to adverse light conditions (also thanks to the original lens hood that I took dearly at Amazon), although the important weight does not recommend a use Prolonged and above all requires reduced shutter speeds, or you are likely to move your hand and have photos moved. Dialogue beautifully with the A99, the focus is always fast and accurate. Although as said is not a light lens or "practice" (size and weight require patience and care in pulling it out and storing it, not really suitable for a tourist or long walk), I took her with me to Athens and around fairs , and it gave me great satisfaction, worth some sacrifice!

sent on May 06, 2019

minolta_af28-135Minolta AF 28-135mm f/4-4.5

Pros: Colors, sharpness, three-dimensionality, long hike, bright considering the zoom factor

Cons: I don't know

Opinion: Bought more on whim than by necessity, it is one of those lenses that all sonysti/minoltists should possess at least for a certain period. I started to use it 10 minutes after having withdrawn from the seller, on A99, and immediately surprised me for surrender (even to TA, but at 5.6 gives the best) and especially colors, the fantastic colors typical Minolta. Surprising even the blurred, not discounted on a lens of this type. With a relatively compact and light lens you have an excellent yield between 28 and 135mm. Very good build quality, all metal and glass. It is possible with a special selector to transform it into a macro lens. A short place a few shots I've run

sent on May 06, 2019

sigma_85_f1-4Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Pros: AF speed, sharpness, blurred, general yield

Cons: Colors not really "exhilarating", but all in all a triuncy

Opinion: I state that I do not love the tele, but moving to full frame (Sony A99) I wanted something longer than the fifty, and lighter than the Zeiss 24 70 and Minolta 80 200. After some research I found myself in a specimen of this 85 at a very low price and in excellent condition, and it was love at first sight. The build quality is really good, the ring of the MAF is resistant to the right and precise, the plastic is solid and the whole body looks well built. The AF/MF selector is convenient. The AF is so accurate and fast that disassembling this lens will be a pain, and I do it only when I need to physically stay closer to the subject and I require less millimeters. Beautiful The blurred, stupendous yield down to 1.4 (I see the pores of the skin and the individual cigli), a blade already at 2.0, at 3.5 We are at an incredible definition. Only downside compared to Minolta and Zeiss are the colors, if you get used to that delicate saturation you hardly do without it, but I prefer to spend the third part and have a supersonic AF and correct any hue preferences in Photoshop with two clicks.

sent on May 06, 2019

sony_slt_a99Sony SLT-A99

Pros: Very workable files, great ergonomics, adjustable screen, tropicalization, high ISO resistance

Cons: Lacks the WiFi, no flash, AF now no longer topical (but CMQ excellent)

Opinion: My first experience with full frame, after many years with a700 and a year with a 77.2 (which is newer than A99), after some initial hesitation I can say I did well to make this leap. In the transition from a 77.2 to A99 I had to pay several Scotti: Greater machine weight and lenses, higher costs than the latter, AF less evolved, no wifi. But as far as my photographic needs are concerned the pros beat the Cons: The full frame sensor acquires more workable files, especially in the recovery of shadows, cleaner at high ISO and more balanced in colors. For those who like me do so much portraiture both outdoors and indoors, natural or artificial light, optimal lighting or dim, is the manna from heaven. Not very intuitive the menu, but the physical commands are always excellently arranged and with a few clicks you set everything according to your needs. Very comfortable the ring nut for the selection between auto Fire and manual. Priceless the hybrid focus, as well as the preview of how the shot will be. The 24 mpx are more than enough, more crowding would give only annoyance, also allows the use with all the old Minolta lenses even those non-G series or digital (between here the grandiose series Beercan) that would be difficult with the 36 mpx and beyond So many other full frames. Find his ideal partner in the Zeiss 24 70 2.8, but I recommend to try also with little expense the Minolta 28 135, 35 70 and 28 2.8, over 50ini: You'll love. I have also paired the old but still fantastic Sigma 50 and 85 ex HSM, and I'm very happy with it. Also I found considerable benefit with the use of the battery grip, allows you to have mounted three batteries together and improves the already excellent ergonomics (especially if you like me do many vertical shots).

sent on May 04, 2019

sony_a700Sony A700

Pros: Body solid, sealed, lighter than the competition (magnesium alloy), stabilized sensor, perfect ergonomics, flash to raise manually, excellent screen, always at hand settings, remote control included, double memory slot, viewfinder Exceptional, sensor cleaning and more

Cons: Af not always accurate at the sides and in low light, proprietary flash attack

Opinion: It was my first serious reflex after the younger sister A100, and it was love for so many years. As anticipated in the pros, the points in favour are many, starting from the same body that today I regret compared to the most modern a77ii, for constructive quality and materials. Moreover, always at the a77ii, and therefore also at the A99, the arrangement of the commands is more comfortable and practical, with for example the physical selector to activate and deactivate the stabilizer. Proven with a wide variety of lenses, from the most valuable to the cheapest, both Sony Minolta and other brands, has always been up to. Any glass and has always brought out the best. The photographic quality has always been excellent, but it has improved over the years thanks to firmware updates: If today 6400 ISO make you smile, remember that it is a machine of now 10 years, and think about which its peer of that same price range or even higher Could do better. The real and only sore note was the focus at the edges, not always immediate, but as long as you stay in the center points you immediately bring home the shot. That said, my specimen suffered the lock of the curtain after almost half a million shots, apart from this never no problem, and after years and years of photos traveling, on the beach, mountain, snow, rested everywhere and even without too much attention, he turned off the 10 Candles without a scratch, merit of construction and really excellent materials. Luckily with 100 euros. of Photorepairer she came back ready to shoot, and now she makes happy the person to whom I sold her, for a few more hundred thousand shots

sent on June 09, 2018

jupiter_200_f4Jupiter 21M - 200mm f/4

Pros: indestructible, good yield, interesting blur, very low price

Cons: weight (but it is all metal and glass), a bit 'dark, missing hook for tripod

Opinion: be prepared to support almost a kilo of glass and metal, this lens weighs almost as much as a 2.8 canvas! the construction is impeccable, we could break the nuts, and despite its years my sample looks really new. it should definitely be used outdoors, given the minimum distance to focus and the lack of brightness. like the other lenses of his time he suffers the conroluce, but nothing disastrous. blurred important and interesting, with the right light gives great shots, given the price is definitely worth having it in the kit.

sent on March 01, 2018

minolta_af24_f2-8Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8

Pros: light, fast af, compact and good at TA

Cons: maf ring of small size, aberrations in counter light, slight distortion at the edges if the subject is very close

Opinion: I think among the most interesting economic fixed to have, the 24 is a wide angle that on apsc becomes the normal 35. perfectly usable at 2.8, already at 4 becomes crystal clear, without losing too much quality at the edges. perfect colors like minolta school, some backlit aberrations and slight distortions, but do not prevent us from using it with great satisfaction in portraiture, architecture and landscapes

sent on March 01, 2018

minolta_af70-210_f3-5Minolta AF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5

Pros: light, compact, fast and cheap

Cons: I do not know, not at this price

Opinion: considering that at its price (between 60 and 80 euros) we do not even take an old sigma limonoso 5.6, I would say that it is hard to talk about defects for this old minolta. its dimensions are very small, as is the weight (it is made of plastic). The use is comfortable, very wide the zoom ring and excellent rubber, on the whole is a very light lens, which also facilitates the speed of focus. In the rendering I consider the blurred its strong point, comparable to the most famous beercan, but it is much bigger and heavier. Unlike the beercan loses in three-dimensionality and color, but it is still very good, at lower cost and especially with greater usability. I consider it the cheap and lightweight canvas to have always in the kit, maybe as a quick replacement for a heavier 2.8

sent on March 01, 2018

tamron_17-50Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD

Pros: light, compact, fast, natural colors and excellent yield at the center

Cons: loses sharpness at the edges, especially at 17mm, but nothing alarming

Opinion: bought used years ago, he did his dirty duty for almost all the time mounted on a700 and now on a77ii, acting just fine on both. An irreplaceable travel companion when it came to carrying just one lens, it is the lens that I recommend for APSC: for its lightness and compactness (the sony 16 50 2.8 is true that it is motorized, but also has the front lens of 10mm wider, and weighs much more), the focal length from wide-angle to medium-telephoto, and the constant 2.8 most often used. I say most of the time because it is very good at the center, a little 'less on the edges, especially at 17 mm. improve a lot by tightening to 20 and / or closing a couple of steps, from 3.5 onwards becomes very clear, to 5.6 gives good portraits and 8 is ideal for landscapes.

sent on March 01, 2018


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