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Walt Disney World & Universal Studios

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by dragion, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    Well, finally went on my vacation to Walt Disney World and had an excellent time.
    I posted this in the 18-105mm thread, but wanted to share it here also.

    All were shot in Intelligent mode & JPG Fine...post processing was used minimally, maybe crop & a little sharpening in LR5.
    Sharpening Amount 70
    NR Luminance 40

    Here is a few as samples...

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    click here to see all the photos---> https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragion/sets/72157646747485150/


    Let me know what you think...feedback/suggestions...criticism good & bad.

    Thanks! :)
     

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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Nice work. Looks like the lens worked well for you.
     
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  3. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    Thanks Dave!
    I feel that the 18-105mm is an excellent combo choice with the A6000! :)
     
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    What an excellent set of photos! Thanks for sharing ;)
     
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  5. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Great Shots!

    Really like the castle with fireworks and the group of fish.

    Also the elephant pic - was that cropped at all?
     
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  6. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William

    Thanks Chris.
    The elephant wasn't cropped...basically shot as is with just a bit of sharpening/noise reduction added in LR5.
    It was taken while in a moving truck on the safari ride...difficult to maintain focus, but the A6000/18-105 performed like a champ! :thumbup:
     
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  7. sonicbuffalo

    sonicbuffalo TalkEmount Regular

    68
    Aug 7, 2014
    North Carolina
    Chris
    Beautiful shots Dragion! Great vibrancy without over saturation! Brings back memories, and a few that showed me what I missed.
     
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  8. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    Suzanne
    Great shots! I love the castle and fireworks one. Also the elephant one (they are my favorite creatures).
     
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  9. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Thanks...lots of bright colors there.
    PS: I did a brief double-take when the photo came up showing "snow" on rooftops in that little village, then noticed everyone was wearing shorts...
     
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  10. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    Your welcome Nick...thanks for looking & the compliment!


    Chris~that is basically what I hope to do when I look back at these later in life...memories.


    Thank you Suzanne.


    That village is part of Harry Potter's theme park in Universal Studios : Island of Adventures...amazing how they created "The Wizardly World of Harry Potter" in both Universal parks.


    ...more from the world of HP

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  11. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    More good shots !

    PS: 4th photo down, I'll bet lunch the gal in the middle has had Ballet lessons...the feet are in a classic Ballet position.
    ( or its an extremely rare coincidence and she should go buy a lottery ticket, LOL )
     
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  12. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    Since they are "actors" playing students from Harry Potter...I'm sure they have numerous abilities/talent. ;)
     
  13. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    ...a few more

    Samples of shots taken with the SEL1018...


    A6000 : SEL1018

    Shot in JPG Fine
    Post Processed in LR5
    Slight crop
    Sharpness Amount 70
    NR Luminance 40

    Walt Disney World
    Orlando, FL.

    Magic Kingdom

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    This was my first attempt with the 10-18mm f/4...I have no idea what I was doing.
    Please leave any feedback/advice regarding these shots...greatly appreciated!
     

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  14. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    First thing I notice is how light the crowds are! Lucky you!

    I like the 3rd and last shot but the other ones seem to show a lot of distortion (even for a wide angle). Did you have the camera low or tilted up when you took the shots?
    I am impressed with the sharpness.
     
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  15. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Timing. The last couple of times we have gone, (Disneyland, not Disneyworld) were "off" season and we hardly waited at all. Last time was in March, what a perfect time. Low crowds and beautiful cool weather. :D

    I remember going as an older kid at the end of summer. Super busy and very warm. This was the last major vacation we took as a family before we started splitting up and I have fond memories, but I would never go back during the end of summer.
     
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  16. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Unfortunately, with older children the only time we can go as a family is in the summer. Last year we went in late July and it was crowded and super hot. The strategy was to hit the parks early, then the pool/waterparks in the afternoon, go to dinner and then go back out to the parks. Generally worked well but I would love to be there with a lighter crowds and lower temps. :)
     
  17. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Great shots all!

    Weather permitting, we might be heading down to the Orlando area in a week and hope to visit at least one park, probably Universal for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (both the missus and I are HP fans). Any advice?

    I don't have the SELP18105G or SEL1018, so the combo of SEL1855, SEL55210, and new SEL50F18, along with the Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 28mm f/2.8, will likely be my set for the trip. While I love the Minolta MC Rokkor-X PG 50mm f/1.4, the AF/OSS of the SEL50F18 wins in this case. But I suspect that it will be the SEL1855 that will get the most use for the range under 50mm. I've read somewhere that the SEL1855 is supposed to perform best around 24-28mm, so I may set it at 24mm and just pretend it's a 24/4 semi-prime. ;)
     
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  18. dragion

    dragion TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    May 8, 2014
    Boston, MA
    William
    Thanks Steve!

    The 18-55mm would be the best fit for your visit at Universal Studios.
    I wouldn't restrict yourself with the range, because the imperfections can be resolved in post.... use the wider 18mm and crop if needed.
    Unless you plan to pixel peep each and every shot, then 24-28mm will be the sharpest on that lens.

    Remember to first enjoy the experience and place the photos second priority...trust me, it can be distracting.

    Have fun and please share! :)
     
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  19. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Thanks for the tip on the 18-55 William. I wish it were a little faster, but what can you expect from a basic kit lens. It does satisfy the all-around focal length needs for such an outing though (but ah, to have that nice 18-105).
     
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  20. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Oooh, one more quick question about WDW and, more particularly Universal Studios and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in particular:

    I currently use a LowePro Event Messenger 150 (here's a review of it on The Phoblographer) as my main carry bag for my a3000 and up to 5 lenses (one on the camera and 3 or 4 in the bag, depending on how big they are). The way I have it right now, the 55210 takes up one whole side of the three sections of the bag, the camera with the SEL50 goes pointed down in the middle section and top, and the Minolta Rokkor-X 28/2.8 and SEL1855 go in the third section separated by an insert. And sometimes my iPad rides in the inside back slot designed for it.

    I'm a bit concerned that this setup will be too big to carry around in the parks. So, those with recent experience, should I pare it down to the camera with just 1855? Will I be able to carry a bag onto the rides? Should I get a different bag that can hold just the a3000 (mini-DSLR sized as it is) with one lens on it and just one extra lens? What might that bag be (in the very inexpensive range)?

    Thanks in advance! The trip is just days away now and really looking forward to the getaway.