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    Sony RX10 1V the new boy.

    An excellent set of images, Rob. As a fellow RX10 IV user, I think you've summed up the camera perfectly. 👍 Malcolm
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    Sony RX10 1V the new boy.

    In your position, I'd deal with the retailer if it's easier and it means you get your hands on a new camera more quickly. I've had the RX10 IV for about a year now, and I've had no dust problems. Neither have I seen this reported on various forums as a common issue. I think you've just been...
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    Photographing a Kingfisher

    Sorry, Andrew. My misunderstanding over the 4K Photo Mode. I'm guessing that's similar to the Pro Capture mode that some high-end Olympus cameras offer? Sounds as if it might be very useful for this sort of shooting. Malcolm
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    Photographing a Kingfisher

    Hi McHeath, and welcome to BirdForum. 👍 You seem to be confused by a couple of things here. First of all, you say "aperture as wide as possible for depth of focus". In fact, the wider the aperture (i.e. the lower the F number), the shallower the depth of field will be. Stopping down a bit...
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    Anybody ID this sound please - South Wales UK

    Collared dove. (Oops! Cross-post with Andrew). Malcolm
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    help with sx 70 hs

    As a self-described novice, you should be pleased with those, Alan. Given that you've only had your camera for a couple of weeks, I think it's worth you perservering with it for a while yet rather than switching to a different model. It probably took me a month to become comfortable with the...
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    help with sx 70 hs

    I'm not sure whether a cropped image from the Sony would be better than an image taken with the Canon at full zoom, but the larger sensor on the Sony means that images taken in good light do stand up well to quite severe cropping. This, to a certain extent, negates the relative lack of reach of...
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    Nikon P950

    Very nice indeed, Paul. 👍 Malcolm
  9. M

    help with sx 70 hs

    I think it's generally accepted that the SX50 had better image quality than either of its successors. Having said that, you were setting a small-sensor camera quite a challenge by attempting to photograph those woodpeckers in such poor light. The second image in particular is ruined by noise...
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    Sony RX10 1V the new boy.

    I convert the raw files in Capture One 20 and process them in Lightroom. I have Ye Olde Lightroome (version 5), which I think was the last version you could buy outright. Like you, I don't want to be paying a subscription every year. I'm sure that Capture One can do just as good a job as...
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    Nikon P950

    For what it's worth, Paul, I think you're off to an excellent start with your new camera. 👍 I was out today locally in poor light, and despite the Sony RX10 having a bigger sensor than the Nikon that you're using, I didn't keep a single image out of all those that I took. Good light and...
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    Canon Powershot SX70 HS review

    I wonder if the increased resolution of the sensor might have something to do with this. Presumably, in good light it can resolve more detail than the SX50, but raising the ISO in poor light or when photographing in shade is likely to introduce more noise, given that the SX70 has 20 megapixels...
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    Nikon P950: first impressions and any advice appreciated

    I hope you don't mind, Paul, but I had a play with this pic in Lightroom. I had the impression that it was a pretty good image but somewhat underexposed. I raised the exposure, lifted the shadows and increased the contrast slightly. If I remember correctly from some of your earlier posts...
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    Sony RX10 1V the new boy.

    As I said in my reply to a previous post, I gave up on my attempt to assign settings to C1 and C2. However, after following your instructions above, I have now assigned my BIF settings to M1. As I usually shoot in Manual mode, I now just have to turn the mode dial one click to MR and I'm ready...
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    Pipit sp on high rise balcony March 9th 2019 City of London

    What about the old mystery bird favourite Dunnock? Ties in more with the finders' impression of a pipit. Malcolm
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    Sony RX10 1V the new boy.

    Regarding your question about Auto ISO – Faster, go into Camera 1 in the menu, Page 7 of 14. Scroll down to ISO Auto Min SS and click the OK button (centre of the rear four-way control dial). This should bring up ISO Auto Min SS Standard. Click on the right of the four-way control dial to scroll...
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    New Camera Advice

    No problem, Paul. Always happy to help when I can.👍 You make a good point about switching cameras and/or systems. Some inexperienced photographers think that buying a bigger, faster, more expensive camera will automatically result in better images, but that isn't necessarily the case. The best...
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    New Camera Advice

    There's always going to be a certain amount of subjectivity when it comes to cameras (or bins and scopes, come to that). What suits one person, or is most important to them, won't suit/be important to another person. That's why it's impossible to give definitive advice. Having said that, I have...
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    New Camera Advice

    Interestingly, Paul, when I was deliberating which camera to get, I was torn between the Nikon P950 and the Sony RX10 IV. I opted for the Sony, but there's no doubt the P950 is a good camera. I think that, for me, the fact that the Sony had phase detect auto focus was the clincher. But you've...
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    Odd chiffchaff song – North East UK

    Thanks, Ken. As I said in my original post, I've never encountered this weird song variation before, but I suspected it was just some strange take on the basic Colliybita song. That's why I was hoping to hear from more experienced birders/observers like yourself. Your input is much appreciated...
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    Odd chiffchaff song – North East UK

    Thank you, Alexander. I've also heard a bird with a Willow Warbler x Chiffchaff type song before, but nothing like this bird today. Like you, I am far from an expert in these matters, which is why I was interested in hearing the opinions of others. Malcolm
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    Odd chiffchaff song – North East UK

    While I'm aware that "our" chiffchaffs don't always stick to the classic "chiff-chaff-chiff-chaff" song, I haven't heard one like this individual which I came across today. In particular, I was struck by a regularly repeated three or four-note phrase. Apologies for the awful angle of the still...
  23. M

    New Camera Advice

    Thank you, Mike. 👍 Malcolm
  24. M

    New Camera Advice

    Fair enough, Mike. I was just trying to help Paul choose a new camera. Malcolm
  25. M

    New Camera Advice

    Well, I think the fact that they make full disclosure that they are enjoying Sony's hospitality is a point in their favour. They're not trying to hoodwink anyone. Plus, the video isn't just a grovelling review saying how marvellous the Sony RX10 IV is. Several drawbacks and limitations of the...
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