Greg Scott

Greg Scott

Yachats, Oregon

Amateur photographer, retired on the road less traveled; currently shooting with Sony mirrorless gear

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  • Greg Scott
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    Cameras, Lenses and Shooting Gear
    on: November 3, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    I have traveled with Kevin several times.  He introduced me to Capture One a long time ago.  Like Kevin, I shoot with a Sony A1 and A7R iv.  Historically, I have focused more on landscape shooting.  Recently I have shifted gear and find I am shooting wildlife about 50% of the time.  Last August I was in South Africa and used the A1 for over 80% of my shooting.  It is the first time I have ever had a reliable animal eye autofocus when animals were moving.  However, when shooting wildlife, I often find subjects significantly beyond the range of a 400mm lens requiring significant cropping.  While the megapixel difference between the A1 and the A7R V doesn’t sound like a large amount, when you are cropping out 85% of the image, every little bit helps.  In situations like this, GigaPixel can be extremely helpful.

    I have placed an order for the A7R V because for me, it is a better balance for the wildlife shooting I will be doing.  I am only sorry I will not have it for my trip to Botswana.  It will enable me to have two cameras in the field with long lenses (100-400mm and 200-600mm) both capable of wildlife tracking while moving.  While better gear doesn’t guarantee better images, it can make it easier to capture better images.  When I look at what I pay for international workshops each year, the cost of a new camera is not significant thus tilting the cost / benefit decision toward upgrading.  From South Africa, I have a leopard image shot with a 324mm focus range and I can clearly seem my reflection in the leopards eye on the right side of the picture. The A1 is truly an amazing piece of gear.  I have every reason to believe the A7R V will be at least as good if not better.  Here is a link to the leopard image:

    https://www.scottgeographic.org/South-Africa/i-Rp7X6CD/A

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    Greg Scott
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    Re: Kevins’ review of the Epson ET8550…..
    Reply #1 on: May 18, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Kevin, your report is very encouraging.  Nan’s first response was:

    OOOOOO!!!  This is what I have been waiting for.  Keep me informed.

    Looks like we are going to have a new printer fairly soon.  Appreciate your quick test update.  The ET8550 does look like a game changer.

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    Greg Scott
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    Re: Kevins’ review of the Epson ET8550…..
    Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Kevin, I too look forward to your hands on review.  My wife does most of the color printing in our house so I will be monitoring your update for her.  As L Berle has noted, this is a smart environmental shift but I suspect the cost savings for consumers will drive a good deal of the consumer decisions.  What ever the consumer motivation, this is a good decision by Epson.

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    Greg Scott
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    Re: Sony a1 and 200-600mm G lens Photographing Wolves
    Reply #3 on: March 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks Kevin, great article and impressive images.  I had good luck with the Sony 200-600mm lens in India last year photographing tigers and leopards.  600mm just wasn’t enough reach for snow leopards.  I really appreciate the animal / eye focusing update on the A1.  The focusing results evident in your images are very encouraging.  Beautiful animals.

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    Greg Scott
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    Re: Should I Buy Luminar AI
    Reply #4 on: February 26, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Seems very appropriate for the topic and I like it.

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