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TomB'sox 03-24-2017 04:07 PM

If the point of the exercise is to determine if there is a marked difference in the photos to justify the expense of the new camera as a tool to better show your work, I for one do not see enough difference to fulfill that objective.

amyFB 03-24-2017 04:52 PM

The framing and distance seem a little different and I don't know if that accounts for the color difference, or if you care about the color difference.

You already have two reasons why returning the new one makes sense; are there two or more reasons for keeping the new one that make sense?

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Bruce Sexauer 03-24-2017 07:01 PM

Talking to my wife, whose opinion weighs as much as 2 of mine or yours ;) , we notice that the depth of field on the focus is much better in #2. The detail in the ukulele's back, which should be the center of the shot, is finer in #2, and whether more accurate or not, the coloration in #2 seems more interesting to me.

My goal in taking these picture is to accurately represent my work, which either can do, and also to make the photos seductive to my audience. I am currently thinking that the new camera is the better tool overall, but have till end of day on the 27th to change my mind. Looking at eBay my old camera seems to be worth between 200 and 350, which would lessen the pain.

Bruce Sexauer 03-24-2017 07:24 PM

Meanwhile, back at the bench, I have put on the 3rd quarter of the binding.

(a6000 and "new" editor)

printer2 03-24-2017 07:35 PM

I think the first pic has a better DOF as compared to the second. Compare the upper bout to the LB of the first pic and compare the UB to the LB of the second. The second pic looks more sharp as the exposure is brighter. I think equalizing the brightness in both and you would be hard pressed to say which is the better camera.

gerberguitars 03-24-2017 08:16 PM

Bruce, in regards to the camera decision, are you shooting in auto mode or manual? And I'm assuming they are different lenses?

printer2 03-24-2017 08:48 PM


Originally Posted by gerberguitars (Post 5280883)
Bruce, in regards to the camera decision, are you shooting in auto mode or manual? And I'm assuming they are different lenses?

Cameras are in the pictures.

Bruce Sexauer 03-24-2017 09:01 PM

Yes, I am shooting in full automatic. Both cameras have full manual and everything in between. The a6000 has quite a few more auto enhancement features, though I rarely dabble in such. Yes, different lenses, as pictured. The reason the frames are different is that one camera has a 50mm minimum and the other is 55mm, and I closed them both up. Unless I am shooting on a tripod, which I did not in this case, I have found the automatic setting works well for my purpose on virtually all modern cameras. The newer camera has a vastly more complex (and quicker) focusing algorithm, and is 20 something piggymixels instead of a mere 14. Of course I try to compress these images down to 50k, so that doesn't make the difference it might.

Bruce Sexauer 03-25-2017 11:17 AM

Binding's done, and I've glued on the fingerboard this morning:

amyFB 03-25-2017 11:54 AM

I would encourage equal and optimum set ups when comparing results.

Tripod makes a huge difference in detail shots.

The other point of possible interest is being aware that individual monitors will vary in their color settings , and provide a nuanced version of reality. This may or may not important.

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Bruce Sexauer 03-26-2017 05:12 PM

Thanks for your assistance with the CameraDilemma, I have decided that I cannot rationalize the expense with the results. The results are not always superior, and even when they are, it required very close comparison. If i thought the difference would sell even one guitar, it would be worth it, but I doubt that would be the case.

Here are some NEX 5 generated pictures of the Ukulele with its sealer coats on. NOW you can probably see that is is a close relative of Koa acacia:

I have ordered a set of Gotoh 4-1 planetary geared tuners.

BradHall 03-26-2017 10:49 PM

That's beautiful Bruce. I especially like the neck to body junction on the back. Great aesthetic and craftsmanship.

cigarfan 03-27-2017 10:15 AM

Beautiful Bruce! The Acacia really comes alive.

Bruce Sexauer 03-27-2017 11:43 AM

FT-000-C in Pernambuco and Italian spruce
This morning I went out and got what I expect to be the final 20 gallons of propane needed to keep my shop warm for what is left of the so-called winter here in California. Then I put the second coat of varnish onto the Concert Uke. In a few minutes a fellow is coming by to return one of the two guitars I loaned him a couple of weeks ago and settle up on the other. Always a good day when that happens!

But the real news is I am starting another commission today.

This will be my 000 guitar with a cutaway and a slothead rendered in my best Pernambuco and a fine set of Martin Guhl AAA German spruce. The customer visited the shop a few weeks ago and we spent a lovely afternoon working out the details and hand picking the materials from my woodlocker. We also picked the binding material, which will be the last of my (probable) D. camatillo.

Here is a photo just before I actually start the "Work":

Bruce Sexauer 03-27-2017 06:53 PM

If there were such a thing as "AAAA", it might look like this:

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