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Weekly Assignment 774 winner: bboyd1943 Aug 16, 2017

Congratulations to bboyd1943 for winning WA 774, based on the theme: Spirals.

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Weekly Assignment 776 just started with theme: "Celebrations"
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LensRentals 16-35mm f/2.8 GM MTF Tests Aug 12, 2017
LensRentals 16-35mm f/2.8 GM MTF Tests
Roger Cicala at LensRentals just posted MTF and Variance Testing for the new Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM.
There is also a comparison to the FE 12-24mm f/4G, FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III lenses.

Here is an except from Roger's summary:

"The Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens is an excellent optic at 16mm and 24mm. If you want to shoot wide at f/2.8 on an FE mount camera it’s probably the optic of choice. The 16-35 ZA f/4 is a good lens and a lot cheaper if you don’t need f/2.8, but the GM is just better optically. It’s not better or worse than the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L Mk III, it’s different, and some people will certainly like it’s look better.

But if you plan on using it at 35mm, which I generally don’t recommend for wide zooms if you have alternatives, well, you’re probably going to go through several copies before you find the one you want. Personally, I think it’s a really good 16-24mm f/2.8 zoom that can be used at 35mm if you have to."

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Aug 11th - Featured Thread Winners! Aug 12, 2017
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Schoolhouse Storm by psharvic

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White Tailed Kite Training Day by Thao_Nguyen

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Weekend at the beach (long) by neighbourboy

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Weekly Assignment 773 winner: bboyd1943 Aug 09, 2017

Congratulations to bboyd1943 for winning WA 773, based on the theme: Architecture.

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Weekly Assignment 775 just started with theme: "Bikes"
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Aug 4th - Featured Thread Winners! Aug 05, 2017
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A Great Evening at Sparks (+1) by dbehrens

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My first trip to Nickerson Beach by Plinian

People Photography:
Maddy Senior Portrait Session by friscoron

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Monthly Assignment 158 winner: CDalessandro Aug 01, 2017

Congratulations to CDalessandro for winning MA 158, based on the theme: Death & rebirth.

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Monthly Assignment 160 just started with theme: "Odd Angle"
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Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6 Jul 31, 2017
Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6
I've been using the Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6 lens as my main landscape telephoto for a while. I find it to be impressive with high resolution, micro-contrast and gorgeous colors. I rivals many top of the line primes on this range.
It's optimized for the wider range but stopped down it's very good even at 300mm..

I've tested it against Sony's 100-300 G and it was noticeably better. (I'd say much better). How does it compare to the mighty 100-400 GM though? It's a question I want to answer. Should I trade my Contax for the GM and make my bag 495g heavier?___________

Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM: B&H Photo | Adorama ($2499)

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Jul 28th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 29, 2017
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DxOmark: FE 100-400mm GM, compact and optically excellent Jul 28, 2017
DxOmark: FE 100-400mm GM, compact and optically excellent
DxOmark says the new Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens is a compact and optically excellent tele-zoom

"Sony’s longest lens in the lineup, the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS performs exceptionally well, especially given that it’s a tele-zoom. It has very high levels of sharpness, low fringing and vignetting, all helping it achieve a high DxOMark score. In terms of optical performance, it outperforms the popular Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 and the Canon EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II, and ranks alongside a couple of the pro favorites — the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG on the Nikon 800E, and the much pricier Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM.

It’s even not far behind the latest iteration of the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 (the DG OS HSM S model). More interestingly perhaps, in terms of sharpness levels, it outperforms them all, even those mounted on the Canon EOS 5Ds R with its higher pixel count sensor."

Read entire review at DxOmark.com

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Weekly Assignment 771 winner: Phemanine47 Jul 26, 2017

Congratulations to Phemanine47 for winning WA 771, based on the theme: Hands.

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Weekly Assignment 773 just started with theme: "Architecture"
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Jul 21st - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 22, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
Three images from Mammoth Lakes by Fred Miranda

Nature & Wildlife:
I'm coming for YOU by louie champan

People Photography:
Big Sky Country {Part I} by Lisa_Holloway

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Laowa 15mm f/2 FE: Rolling Review and Comparisons Jul 19, 2017
Laowa 15mm f/2 FE: Rolling Review and Comparisons
In an effort to provide our readers with the latest and most up to date info, I will continue to update this review with additional tests and details as they become available.

Introduction:

Venus Optics prides themselves on providing “unique, practical and affordable lenses.” In fact over the last four years they have launched some appealing lenses into the marketplace.

The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is their first ultra wide lens designed for the Sony E-mount. We were offered a production model to test for a few weeks and here’s a glimpse into what we found.

First - I was curious about many aspects of this lens including resolution, contrast and aberration control. Since I own great number of native lenses that cover the 15mm focal lens, I thought it would be interesting to compare them side-by-side at infinity distance and find out how they differ...
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Weekly Assignment 770 winner: james milligan Jul 19, 2017

Congratulations to james milligan for winning WA 770, based on the theme: Urban Decay.

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Weekly Assignment 772 just started with theme: "Unforgettable Faces"
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Jul 14th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 15, 2017
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Landscape Photographer:
Chasing the Icelandic Midnight Sun by tmiller9

Nature & Wildlife:
Loon family outing.... by arbitrage

People Photography:
Caroline Senior Portraits by friscoron

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Weekly Assignment 769 winner: chas Jul 12, 2017

Congratulations to chas for winning WA 769, based on the theme: Fear & unease.

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Weekly Assignment 771 just started with theme: "Hands"
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Jul 7th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 08, 2017
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The Dreamland by LSExplorer

Nature & Wildlife:
BC interior - 2 by Colin F

People Photography:
Magazine cover by friscoron

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Weekly Assignment 768 winner: ox0312 Jul 05, 2017

Congratulations to ox0312 for winning WA 768, based on the theme: Education.

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Monthly Assignment 157 winner: Vcize Jul 01, 2017

Congratulations to Vcize for winning MA 157, based on the theme: Rocks.

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Monthly Assignment 159 just started with theme: "Legs"
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