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  2. What is Sony’s most innovative camera body so far? Which one advanced what was possible for photographers the most? Would it be the amazing A7S cameras that can literally see in the dark? Was it the original A9 that broke the full-frame speed barrier with its double sided stacked sensor and 20 fps? Or maybe the Alpha 1 that checked every specification box… for every shooter? Or would it be the A9III with its global shutter that sports photographers never would have dreamed to ask for? Which camera that Sony has made so far pushed the needle even past Marty McFly’s 11? None of the cameras I just mentioned would have been possible without the APS-C camera that set the entire photography industry on its #$%*,… though no one really knew it was happening at the time. Like the bullet that found France Ferdinand’s jugular vein a hundred years before, the Sony A6000 wasn’t really found to be responsible for upsetting the apple cart until, well, now… and at least in my mind. Ten years ago this Spring, Sony launched the now classic A6000 camera body. It weighed in at just 3/4 of a pound, had fantastic and accurate auto focus with face detection, eye AF, and the motor drive speed topped out at 11 fps, besting the big two’s flagship sports cameras who were stuck at 10 fps. But deep inside the beating heart of that camera was a sensor that could manage low light images really well and offer shocking dynamic range allowing for detail in both shadows and highlights at the same time. Without a lens attached, it would fit in the back pocket of your favorite pair of jeans. With an adaptor for Canon lenses, I was able to wake up and empower Canon AF lenses with Sony’s next generation autofocus technology, which did the unthinkable… follow a subject through traffic at sporting events and out the other side without losing focus on the subject. The AF system was even better with Sony glass, but there were few choices there back in 2014. For portrait work, the Eye AF was so accurate that I could shoot the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens wide open and find the pupil sharp on the close eye nearly every time. It took the guesswork out of perfect eye focus with fast lenses for the first time and made everyone able to shoot portraits with ultra fast lenses. With all the talk about AI these days, the A6000 had it in spades in virtually all of its AF areas, but most especially in “lock on expand flexible spot. ” I can still vividly remember shooting at a college football game, shooting the A6000 with the older 70-200mm f/4G lens. I was tracking a long pass which turned into a run to the end zone. The wide receiver then ran behind a host of defenders and emerged on the other side for the TD. Later, editing my take at home, I saw that the camera had somehow pulled off the unthinkable… Every single frame was sharp of the receiver, even the ones where he ran behind 5 or six other players. In this moment, I knew that Sony was the future. I knew that DSLR’s were truly dead and I committed myself to learning as much as I could about each new model that Sony released over the next few years. On April 23, 2014, after receiving my new A6000, I wrote on my blog: “This is the Best $650 I've ever spent; much better than paying a chiropractor… I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sony is on the ball, they are way out ahead and pushing hard, they are innovating mirrorless cameras with each new model that comes out... which is about every six months!!! I am one happy camper.” A short time later, am manager at Nikon said that “no professional will ever use a mirrorless camera.” He was not long employed after that… Fast forward to January of 2017 three years later, and I was in the basement of the Kahala Hotel during the Sony Open in Hawaii. I was on a secret mission to test out two copies of a yet-un-named camera body that had been hand carried from Tokyo by five engineers. Through hours of conversation talking about this new camera, I asked them what did you call it during the development? Once the translation was complete, they all smiled and looked at the floor. Then the man in charge explained, “we called it K2.” The significance was lost on me so they further explained, “K2 was the asteroid that hit Earth and killed the dinosaurs.” Then I got it. The dinosaurs were Canon and Nikon. Now That is motivation! But even still, as awesome as the A9 was at the time, I think the A6000 still moved us forward more, and did it first. While wildly popular among amateur photographers, the A6000 never really caught on with pros, likely because it was APS-C rather than full-frame. It was also just too small and weird, too light, and on the back of a 400mm f/2.8, it seemed childish… but it worked… And so, just like Franz Ferdinand’s assassin, the A6000 remained largely unknown. The slow grind of history eventually will tell this tale with the perspective gained by the passing of time. But I think the case can be made for the A6000 to be Sony’s greatest achievement so far, even in light of the A7S, A9 series, and A1. We’ll have to wait a while for some more time to pass when a future history of cameras book comes out to see if I’m right. The updated A6100 is a stellar little camera that is the same size and weight of the original A6000 but so much better with it's newer sensor and "Real Time Tracking" Autofocus. So even though the A6000 is no longer made, you can still enjoy it's nostalgia by shooting the most recent updated version of the venerable classic. In the meantime, let me know what you think. Which camera do you think deserves the moniker, most innovative.
  3. So today I accidentally shot indoor volleyball (typical gym lights) with my A1 in "Underwater Auto" white balance (Raw Large compressed). Looking at the images in LRC and it feels impossible to correct. Not as simple as working the sliders like you would if you shot in any other mode and wanted to change it in post. Is there anyway to correct this? I don't see any way in Lightroom Classic, but I'd be happy to import them anywhere else first that would help.SA103370.ARW As you can see from the photo, even similar lights on the ceiling are not consistent. I assume this has something to do with the auto wb setting.
  4. Leonidas

    sony fx30

    Hello to everyone here.... i am new with the fx30 should i make the update software of the camera or not? thanks in advance...
  5. I have a RX10 II and I have the original battery and few other original batteries. The camera stay on after I set the lever on OFF. I just keeps zooming in and out and stay on, then tricks me as if it's going to stay off and then it turns back on. Anyone have had this issue with this camera or any other camera and if so, what can I do to solve the problem? Love this camera. I dont want to give up the RX10 II. Thank you
  6. I use a special lens cloth with cleaner but the trick is to never add the cleaner directly to the lens element itself. Always add the cleaner to your lens cloth or cleaning wipe and then apply to the surface of the front and rear elements.
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  8. Sony Artisan @Jeanfruth is a sports photographer and storyteller. Throughout a baseball game day, she’s capturing multiple facets of the sport to tell the complete story. To do this, she needs reliable Sony Alpha cameras and a variety of Sony lenses for different angles and views. In the video below, Fruth takes a deep dive into her professional sports photography setup. From pre-game portraits to post-game celebrations and all the action in between, see what she uses to cover the full story from beginning to end. “The Perfect Camera For Sports Photography” Fruth relies on multiple Sony Alpha 1 cameras, which she calls perfect for sports photography. “Not only am I taking portraits with it – and it’s good in low light conditions,” she says. “When I shoot my grassroots work we’re not always on the most well-lit fields, so in these low light conditions you have to have a camera that’s going to be able to perform – and this gets the job done. Even when I have to pump the ISO up super high, I’m not worried and I know my product’s going to be fine and I’m going to get the images that I need to make.” While she doesn’t always use the Sony Alpha 1’s capabilities to shoot 30 frames per second, it’s something that always comes through when she needs it. “When the action’s about to happen, you have to hit that 30 frames per second and make it work.” Above all, the most important thing about the Sony Alpha 1 for Fruth is its Eye Autofocus. “Being able to lock on the athlete’s eye or face and follow the athlete through with Real-Time Tracking, that is just a game-changer for me. Because the camera is free to do its job, so that I am free to do my job and create. So I’m framing and composing the shot all the way through and capturing exactly how I want to capture it knowing that the autofocus is taken care of.” Pre-Game Portrait Lenses Prior to the official action of the game, Fruth likes to start with some pre-game portraits of the players. For this, she’ll use lenses like the Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master or Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master. “These two are just great for either pregame and batting practice when I want to do something beautiful and give my work a little bit of a different look.” She’ll usually choose one of these go-to lenses and one camera to spend the entire pregame taking portraits or something more formal. Game Time Lenses Right before the game, Fruth switches to having three different lenses on three separate Sony Alpha 1 camera bodies at the same time. Her first combination consists of the Sony Alpha 1 and the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. “The 16-35mm lens for me is pregame, fun stuff on the bench, pregame rituals that are happening in the dugout. It’s a great wide angle, whether you’re taking a portrait of a single player or you have a group shot of a bunch of guys on a bench.” On her second Sony Alpha 1 she has the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II, which she calls her workhorse lens. “I always have this in my bag,” she says. “This is such a versatile lens for me. Especially with the Alpha 1 now, being able to have these bigger file sizes. So sometimes I now go to a shot specifically to shoot wider to give myself the option later if I want to crop and go tight on the action. It’s really just the versatility to go tight on the action or go loose and be able to show a sense of place. This is a must for sports photography.” For her third Sony Alpha 1, she attaches the Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master. “The 400mm is of course just the standard to be able to capture action quickly – there’s nothing faster. The combination of the Sony Alpha 1 and this 400mm f/2.8, I mean this is the epitome of sports photography. You just never miss. When you have 30 frames per second, and you have this lens, the autofocus is so fast you do not miss. So you just capture the action every time and that’s what it’s about every time with sports photography – it’s capturing the athlete at his or her peak action.” The “Scene-Setter” Lens Another go-to lens that you’ll always find in Fruth’s camera bag is the Sony 12-24mm f/4 G. “Because I’m a storyteller,” she explains, “and it’s not about just telling the action, it’s telling the story all the way through. Which is why I have my portraits in the beginning, my pregame, but it’s also important to have a beautiful scene setter to tell your story, and that’s what this lens does for me every time.” She always arrives at the ballpark early to go up top and scope out her scene-setting shot as an important part of the story. The Scouting Lens If Fruth is done shooting or she’s even scouting before the shooting, she goes around with the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G. “It’s just a great, what I call, ‘going to dinner and walking around’ lens. So I scout with that lens because it's got a great focal length for me to think about what shots am I going to get early morning, what shots am I going to get when my subjects arrive. Just a nice lightweight option and always having something with you.” The Accessories In addition to Fruth’s cameras and lenses, she has other accessories she never leaves home without. Extra batteries, for example. “Because if you’re without extra batteries, you can guarantee your game is going to go extra innings.” She also carries a small lens cloth for quick wipe downs and a larger lens cloth to clean off all of her gear. You’ll also always find extra memory cards, sunscreen, chapstick, eye drops and of course her Sony PRO Support card in her bag. Fruth photographs for the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, so she also has her season credentials in her bag for access into the ballparks. She usually also includes a Gitzo monopod in her bag because it’s both sturdy and lightweight. “That’s like the gear too, all the Sony gear. It’s such a big deal for me. When you’re my size, having gear that’s light – the 400mm f/2.8, people think I’m so strong, but I show them how lightweight that is. We’re shooting 8 hours, 9 hours or 10 hours in a day, and it makes a big difference.”
  9. After the 3.01 update I've recently started getting an issue with my camera where the LCD screen will display highlights as overexposed, even though that is not the case. Things that are not producing any light and are black is showing as overexposed. How do I fix this?
  10. Thank you for all the beautiful questions today! I am honored I got to share this time with you all. If you have more questions you can connect with me over on Instagram. Also, if you want to see more of my work and beautiful project I just launched (and ODE to my home country) visit my website: daneisaac.com.
  11. I saw this video on Alpha Universe this week and it's such an awesome watch!
  12. I don't know about you all but I am so thrilled spring is here! I've been out photographing a ton of scientific research and recently that's been a lot of bird work! Here are a few of my favorite shots: American Kestrel baby bluebirds Eastern Meadowlark
  13. shishangiyaravi36

    issue

    i am facing problem in my sony a6400 regarding to turning on
  14. Fantastic, sounds like another great one!
  15. It looks like some sort of miscommunication between the camera and flash. You already tried all the things I would normally suggest. Are you using the Sony dedicated trigger with the MIS shoe pins? Are any of them bent? Some other things to maybe try Update firmware on camera, flash and trigger Try a different trigger If you someone who has another Sony camera try that as well
  16. These are really great @bmcdonough I love the Spring and Summer for macro photography; there is an abundance of colour and insects. Here are a few of my favourites.
  17. Thanks for sharing. I've held off updating to see what sort of problems might be out there.
  18. For portfolio and showing off your work, and telling stories, I'm a big fan of exposure.co Built from the ground up to be a image-driven site. Super simple to use. Looks great. It's been a long while since I've had time to update mine, but here's what it looks like. https://snvboy.exposure.co/brocation-2015
  19. @tonygale thank you. Ill drop those into my Amazon cart now
  20. Hey Brooke! I did get out to photograph the eclipse in Texas. I co-guided a photo workshop with Jennifer Leigh-Warner and David Cook for NANPA. But other than that I've been busy finishing up a Masters Certificate in Conservation Communications. I will be done in a couple weeks and then I can spend more time with the camera. How about you? What kind of cool things are you working on?
  21. It’s unfortunate that there have been no replies as of yet. I just came across your post while searching up the same thing. I have an A7S three which has been a great camera for me for years, truly flawless. But just today I’m out and about, and I keep having the same issue, but with very scary shut downs. I’ve had a few accompanied with super glitchy video displays on the monitor for a split second before it dies. I’ve had a few accompanied with super glitchy video displays on the monitor for a split second before it dies. I’ve had some hefty difficulty getting the camera to turn back on during some of these events. Sometimes power cycling works, other times I’ve needed to remove the battery to get the camera functional again. Makes me very concerned. Makes me very concerned. Usually things like this are caused by a camera issue (firmware, hardware, settings), media, or battery. I don’t have the time right now to start troubleshooting, but I suppose that will have to happen. Really hoping somebody else already has the answer though.
  22. I answered the poll, but it was hard to pick between the three. I think any of the three topics would be valuable.
  23. Let's try this again... The Highly Anticipated Sony a1 and a9 III Firmware Updates Have Arrived https://petapixel.com/2024/04/24/the-highly-anticipated-sony-a1-and-a9-iii-firmware-updates-have-arrived/
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    • I will try it on my a7RV later today and see if I can come up with anything!    
    • HI everyone!  I just got the A6700 and was excited to use the focus bracketing for my macro photography, however it seems like whenever I turn on the focus bracketing the camera defaults back to Live veiw mode which makes it almost impossible to set the focus as I usually have a black screen because my f-stop is high and the light in the woods is low. I shoot with flash to compensate for the low light, and usually have the live view mode off so I can see what I'm doing on the screen.  Is there a setting that I can change to have the Live View mode off during focus bracketing? 
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    • This is the video I recorded at 7 PM when the sun had already set. The clip was recorded using a Sony A6700 camera paired with a Tamron 17-70 lens. How do you all find the video quality? In reality, when uploading the video to YouTube, the quality did decrease slightly.  
    • This is a video I shot with a Sony A6700 camera using the S-Cinetone picture profile. This is the original, unedited footage. In the video, I used the 18-50 kit lens and the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 lens.  
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