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#82171 New-to-me Sony RX10 IV

Posted by bluzman on 09 February 2023 - 04:47 PM

I sold my Panasonic DC-FZ1000ii to MPB to partially fund a used Sony RX10 IV. Both are bridge cameras with 1" sensors but the Sony is the only camera of the genre to use phase detection autofocus. AFAIK, all others use contrast detection autofocus. It has 315 AF points covering 65% of the sensor, a burst rate of up 24 fps, and a Zeiss lens. The max aperture/focal length ranges are f/2 - f/4 and 8.8mm to 200mm, respectively. With a crop factor of 2.73, the full frame equivalent angle of view corresponds to 24mm to 600mm. I figured that the RX10 IV would be an interesting replacement for the Panasonic and a viable BIF shooter. Here are some shots from the first couple of sessions.














#81867 Murals

Posted by bluzman on 11 January 2023 - 04:45 PM

Thanks, guys! I mostly shoot wildlife with an occasional venture into other genres. The city where I live puts out an email blast mid-week that highlights places, events, etc that will be occurring on the weekend. Recently, it's become a source for me to find different subjects to photograph. This time around, I learned that it can be a challenge to take pictures in narrow alleys. :D :P

#81854 For Those Having A Bad Day...My Year Long Christmas Gift To All!

Posted by bluzman on 10 January 2023 - 05:34 PM




















#81853 Murals

Posted by bluzman on 10 January 2023 - 05:23 PM

All images taken with Nikon D7500 and Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C lens.















#81852 Your best photo of the week ending January 8 2023

Posted by bluzman on 10 January 2023 - 05:16 PM

2023-01-08 14:12:14

D7500, Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G VR

1/4000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500, 300 mm



#81851 Hope

Posted by bluzman on 10 January 2023 - 05:05 PM

Before housing a restaurant, this building was home to Hope Hardware for 80 years starting in 1910. This sign painted on an alley wall is the only reminder of a business that once served a then small (and now burgeoning) North Texas city.



#81850 Waiting

Posted by bluzman on 10 January 2023 - 04:41 PM



#81603 P-1000 - Unwanted Menu pops up when hitting the "OK" button to zoom p...

Posted by bluzman on 23 December 2022 - 03:40 PM

Look at the illustration at the bottom of pg 8 in the section of the manual titled"The Monitor/Viewfinder". Based on what I see there, it looks like you may have inadvertently hit the Display button while playing back some image(s). If I'm right, you should be able, during Playback, to use the Display button to select a different (clear) screen.

#81559 Town and Country Details - 'open to all' thread.

Posted by bluzman on 19 December 2022 - 05:57 PM

I particularly like your fire hydrant. We don't have them here (as far as I know).

I can't help feeling they'd be a magnet for vandals if we did.

A long time ago in what seems today to be a galaxy far, far away, people opened fire hydrants in cities to get wet and cool down in the heat of summer. It was and probably still is illegal in most places but I think it's still done although I suspect not on the scale it once was.

#81553 Town and Country Details - 'open to all' thread.

Posted by bluzman on 18 December 2022 - 03:59 PM

Strolling around my neighborhood after breakfast this morning.


All images taken with a Nikon D3400 & AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.



1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100, 56 mm


1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 116 mm



1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60 mm



1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 85 mm



1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 105 mm



1/250 sec, f/5.3, ISO 100, 85 mm

#81552 Your best photo of the week ending December 18 2022

Posted by bluzman on 18 December 2022 - 03:42 PM

First time I've tried to create a sun star.


2022-12-18 13:18:10

NIKON D3400, AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
1/1250 sec, f/20, ISO 100, 0 EV, 48 mm



#81514 For Those Having A Bad Day...My Year Long Christmas Gift To All!

Posted by bluzman on 13 December 2022 - 02:29 PM
















#81506 A thought experiment

Posted by bluzman on 12 December 2022 - 06:29 PM

If you were restricted to use only two lenses and one body, what would your choices be?


i would go with a Z6II and currently, my AF-S 14-24/2.8 on an FTZ and the Z 70-200/2.8 S.


I would like to update my 14-24 to the Z 14-24/2.8 S, but it is difficult to explain why to an accountant. The slightly lower quality of the output from the AF-S doesn’t lose me any customers as I know how to shoot around its limitations…

I'm replying as a non-professional based on what I currently own.


The body choice is an easy one for me...my D500. The choice of lenses is another matter. Since I enjoy shooting wildlife, one lens would have to be my full frame Nikon AF-P FX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. I like the results it produces on my DX bodies. The other would probably be my Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC (DX) OS HSM Contemporary. It's a great general purpose lens that includes some wide angle capability.

#81505 Monochrome Monday (12/12/2022)

Posted by bluzman on 12 December 2022 - 06:10 PM

If I recall correctly, the idea is to include the color source image if it's available and, if the source is in color, identify the method for converting to monochrome. Also, if possible, post the shooting parameters and what camera was used.



This is the best seller of beef in our town IMO. The owner raises his own cattle.


2022-12-11 13:17:13

Nikon D5600 & AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 100, 0 EV, 34 mm


Color image: Developed from RAW using Nikon's NX Studio software




Monochrome image: Converted using FastStone Image Viewer software




#81504 Your best photo of the week ending December 11 2022

Posted by bluzman on 12 December 2022 - 05:44 PM

This is what is called a gulp of cormorants according to the internet which everyone knows is always correct. :P




2022-12-11 12:56:06

D5600, AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR
1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400, 0 EV, 300 mm