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    • Announcing a LIVE AMA with Jean Fruth
      Jean Fruth (@Jeanfruth) is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, visual storyteller, pro sports photographer and founder of a non-profit organization.

      It’s our pleasure to announce that Jean will be participating in a text based AMA here on the forums on June 27th at 3pm PT!!

      If you’d like to ask a question ahead of the event, post it in this thread and our forum moderators will make sure that they’re posted for Jean to answer during the event. 

      If you can’t make it to the live AMA, never fear! The event will become a forum topic once it is finished, so you’ll be able to read all the questions and answers afterwards. 

      We hope to see you there!
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      Sony ILCE-7M4 70mm f/14 1/1600 sec ISO 100 EXP -3
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    • Post in Your go to prime lens?
      I do a lot of Real Estate photography and live by my Zeiss FE 4/16-35. There are many cases when it's nice to go really wide. It makes rooms look bigger, and landscapes look vast. I found the trick to hiding the distortion is to look for shots with a lot of curves. But it's hard to justify carrying a very wide prime lens with me; it feels like a specialty lens.

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  2. Taken on Montgomery hill in San Jose, California.
  3. I just spent over an hour with Sony customer service, and he thinks it's a hardware issue. We tried many possibilities, including doing a full initialization of the camera. I will have to send the camera to Sony to be repaired. Fortunately, it is still under warranty.
  4. Today
  5. Fuego Volcano in Guatemala Was a cloudy night but, we had a small window with open skies
  6. Hey everyone! I'm trying to set a camera up on a grassland bird nest and get photos of the babies being fed. I would need to be pretty far away so I don't disturb the birds. I was trying to use the Sony edge imaging app but you have to be fairly close for that. Does anyone know of a way to trigger photos from further away? I could always just put it on continuous shoot... I was just trying to think of another solution!
  7. Stuart B.

    A7CR AF issues

    I use an A7CM2, but the focus mechanism is the same. I don't trust the autofocus because it doesn't know what I want to focus on, but it's usually pretty good with people. You may want to look at your focus settings and ensure the human eye focus is turned on. Select [Subject Recog in AF] → [On]. Select [Human], [Animal/Bird], [Animal], [Bird], [Insect], [Car/Train], or [Airplane] for [Recognition Target]. That said, I prefer to leave the autofocus set to center. I took the default focus, which is on the shutter button, and put it on the AF Button. This popular method is called rear button focus. (There are Youtube videos on this subject.) The advantage is that I come up to your subject, quickly put the subject in the center, click the rear button focus, and the lens adjusts. I then reframe and click away until the subject changes distance, and then I click the rear button again. The advantage is that you are not refocusing every time you click the shutter. It takes some getting used to, but it is quite effective.
  8. I do a lot of Real Estate photography and live by my Zeiss FE 4/16-35. There are many cases when it's nice to go really wide. It makes rooms look bigger, and landscapes look vast. I found the trick to hiding the distortion is to look for shots with a lot of curves. But it's hard to justify carrying a very wide prime lens with me; it feels like a specialty lens.
  9. Yesterday
  10. I have upgraded my a1 to version 2.02 a week ago. Since then I've shot about 3000 pics. Here are my conclusions: 1. The F-- bug seems to have been fixed. 2. Sharpness for static objects (perched birds) is good with >90% of pics sharp. 3. Sharpness of flying birds is POOR with only 34% sort of acceptable, and <5% keepers. 4. Battery drain is noticeably higher than with 1.32 using the same settings. The camera used 50% of the battery during one hour 15 min with 1360 pics taken not continuously. The camera feels warm. This didn't happen before. So the 2.02 update did not solve all of the issues, and for birds in flight the camera/lens set is now less than mediocre. Used to be excellent with 1.32. I hope someone from Sony sees this! You have really ruined it for many of us. Let us revert to 1.3X PLEASE!
  11. Last week
  12. FYI, in the end I have decided to sell my A7 III and purchase the A7RV and take advantage of the ability to crop to fill the frame. I will probably buy the 1.4 tele to use with the 200-600 even though some feel the autofocus is less than perfect. On those rare occasions I can alway go "old school" and manually focus, lol.
  13. Jean Fruth (@Jeanfruth) is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, visual storyteller, pro sports photographer and founder of a non-profit organization. It’s our pleasure to announce that Jean will be participating in a text based AMA here on the forums on June 27th at 3pm PT!! If you’d like to ask a question ahead of the event, post it in this thread and our forum moderators will make sure that they’re posted for Jean to answer during the event. If you can’t make it to the live AMA, never fear! The event will become a forum topic once it is finished, so you’ll be able to read all the questions and answers afterwards. We hope to see you there!
  14. I just gave it a shot in Capture One, starting with the eye dropper on the top white part of the volleyball, I was at 3992K and -9.4 on the tint. Because you were in RAW, the in camera WB shouldn't really matter. It looks to me like some very inconsistent lights in the gym, plus the blue fill from the mat on the floor really make it tough. I like the suggestion @LensBrew had to make it B&W
  15. I updated to version 2.01 and a couple of days ago to version 2.02. I've shot a couple of thousand photos since then. No issues. Checkout firmware version 2.02 (June 12, 2024) https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/e-mount-body-ilce-1-series/ilce-1/software/00343092
  16. Does the Sony Creators' app support GPS for two camera bodies simultaneously? I can't do it. I can connect to one, but as soon as I switch the app to another camera, GPS support for the first one is lost. Versions Creators' app 2.32 A1 version 2.02 (June 2024) A7 IV version 3.01 (May 2024) Since I usually carry both cameras, I miss having the GPS data for both. Am I missing something?
  17. I take two bodies with lenses on my daily nature walks and photograph everything (wildlife, landscapes, and anything that looks interesting - except macro). I take: A1 plus FE 200–600 mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS or FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II (depends on the weather and light) A7 IV plus FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II or depending on the weather, light, and my mood FE PZ 16-35 MM F4 G FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS FE 50mm F1.2 GM 2.0X Teleconverter If the weather is bad, I'll take one camera - usually the A1 with the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II and carry the 2.0X Teleconverter in case conditions improve. If I don't to have a wide angle zoom with me, I can usually capture what I want over several shots and stitch them together in post-processing later.
  18. Thank you! I use a Sony A7III with Tamron lenses for my concert photography. See more of my work on my website: www.OddRockerPhotography.com
  19. Earlier
  20. Vital Impacts has announced our new round of grants and mentorships. They are offering one grant totaling $20,000 and six grants worth $5,000 each, all dedicated to nurturing documentary projects that spotlight solutions-based environmental narratives. In addition to the grants, Vital Impacts will select ten emerging photographers to participate in an intensive mentorship program and will invite all applicants to participate in an online mentorship series. The application deadline is July. Here's the link: https://vitalimpacts.org/pages/the-vital-impacts-environmental-photography-grant Are any of you thinking of applying? What project are you dreaming about?!
  21. I was happy and surprised to see, when traveling in Guatemala, how the native people interact and respect Nature.
  22. I agree 100% to both of your comments. The X1 was an amazing piece of aviation history that paved the way to the moon as well as going fast!
  23. This is great! Thanks for sharing Brooke!
  24. First, I have some experience editing photos but video not so much. Using Final Cut Pro. The color profiles for my wife Canon Vixia HF G50 is quite different than my Sony A7III and A7RIII. I prefer the color out of the Sony cameras but even if I take the Canon video and edit each clip still the difference is visible. I can't see a way to "batch process" video clips to get the color between the two systems closer.
  25. I have a 1.4x teleconverter, the lenses focus for a split second, then go out of focus. Manual focus is OK. I am using an old A37, money is very tight, with Sigma lenses. Is there a setting somewhere in the camera where I "activate" teleconverter?
  26. Many things on my list 😂 But I feel urgent about the 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.4 What do you say, Santa Claus, are you coming early? 😂🧑‍🎄
  27. I have updated my a1 to the 2.01 firmware and my 200-600mm lens to firmware 3, and since then I have tons of problems. Basically the camera does not identify the lens all the time. Never had this before the update. If you don't need the new network options - don't update. Once you do and you get problems - there is no way of reverting to an older version.
  28. We had a great trip! Sadly the digiscoping didn't happen but saw some impressive video taken with scopes and cell phones. As mentioned in another thread the Sony 200-600mm worked fine but there were several times I wish I had more reach. A few pics from Yellowstone.
  29. I shoot primarily nightclub events, and If used the sony 50mm 1.2 lens, as well as the sigma 35mm 1.4 lens. Both have great features, but what I really want is a full frame sony brand 35mm that can shoot at an f1.2. I think the combination of low light awesomeness and the ability to shoot people in a crowd without having to get too far away would be a huge asset to my video business. That and Sony brand lenses being lighter (Ive tried the sigma 35mm f1.2, its just too heavy for my type of work) It would be a welcome addition. Does anyone know where I can find out what sony's plans are for this niche?
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  • Product Highlight - Alpha 7CR

    • Recently, I went through some of the same focal length envy recently myself. I have a 100-400mm GM which is an awesome lens, but sometimes I want some extra reach. I don't have a 70-200mm so if I moved to a 200-600mm I'd lose the 100mm-200mm range which I don't want to do. Instead, I settled on the 2X teleconverter. It gives me a 200-800mm which I can quickly convert back to 100-400 by taking off the teleconverter. There's always a tradeoff and the maximum aperture is reduced with the teleconverter, but because I don't need the extra reach all that often, it's an easy tradeoff for me to make. IMO, switching to an MFT system for extra reach is a bit of an illusion. The smaller sensor's "crop factor" makes it appear that you get extra focal length, but it's really just the proportion of the frame vis a vis the subject that changes. Personally, I prefer a high-resolution, full-frame sensor that I have the option to crop to something like an MFT size if necessary. Cameras like the A7R V and A7CR are incredibly versatile in this regard. 
    • This is an interesting topic. Innovation is where the path forward takes a radical course change and progress makes a giant leap ahead. I don't disagree with you about the A6000 being a massive leap forward. It's a little like the Bell X-1, the plane that Chuck Yeager flew to break the sound barrier in 1947. The supersonic planes that have come after the X-1 have long since outpaced its capabilities, but the X-1 was the plane that opened the door to all of the massive advancements that followed.  One thing I think Sony continues to do extremely well is to look to the future rather than cling to the past. I've been in this industry long enough to remember when reps from other companies publicly and privately dismissed mirrorless. As Schopenhauer said (yes, I am brining a 19th century philosopher into a discussion about cameras), "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." I don't have my A6000 anymore, but I I recently got an Alpha 7CR. It's a very different camera starting with being full-frame, but like an F-16 shares DNA with the Bell X-1, the A7CR's lineage can be traced back to the A6000.   
    • Bought an A7CR with a 50mm GM 1.4.  Camera is in full auto and AF settings are out-of-the-box. I am shocked by these results. Can anyone help. Thank you.
    • Sony A7CR, 16-35mm f/4 PZ lens, 1/1000th f/4 @ 100 ISO in The Valley of Fire, NV 
    • Welcome and the a7CR is awesome!
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