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  1. 3 points
    They are both superb cameras and the A7iii is very much a "Mini A9". I do know that a lot of photographers shooting weddings with Sony are using both cameras with the A9 covering the silent shooting church element and the A7iii for flash needs. The shutter on the A9 is stated as a life in excess of 500,000 actuations but I cannot see anything quoted for the A7iii. Flash use with the A7iii with mechanical shutter still gives you 10fps (if the flash keeps up) but in the A9 with mechanical shutter it drops to 5fps (more than enough for most). I have shot both of my cameras at 12800ISO without issue and with very little noise that is easily reduced in LR so more than enough for low light shooting. Currently in the UK the A9 has a new price of £3400 so a big saving on original price and I am sure that when the A9ii launches in time for the Olympics, the A9 price will fall even more but suspect that will be much later this year so a case of balancing need over want. A difficult decision to make and I have recently added the A9 to my A7iii (traded in some unused Nikon F lenses and the Sony 70-300mm so ended up paying £2000 for the A9 after some serious saving) I do shoot a mix of subject matter to include airshows, car & bike racing as well as events so mix and match the cameras depending on speed of subject matter and both compliment each other very well - my images can be seen here if you are interested: http://571photography.blogspot.com/ The swans and signets as well as the re-enactment event were taken with the A7iii and the airshow/car& bike racing as well as much of the nature are with the A9. Both are superb cameras however if I had to choose just one it would be the A9. Apologies for the long winded response and good luck with the decision.
  2. 3 points

    MACRO Life

  3. 2 points

    Almost midnight sun

    Today is the last day the sun will set here, the next sunset will be in 69 days. Sony a7iii + Laowa 15mm f2
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    Sunspots AR2740 & AR2740

    Here's a picture I tool this afternoon of Sunspots AR2740 & AR2740 using my Sony ILCE-7RM2 and FE 100-400 f/4.5-f/5.6 GM OSS. The lens was zoomed to 400mm and the camera setting 1/2000s at f/8. I use a Thousand Oaks solar filter to cut down the brightness of the sun.
  5. 2 points
    I highly doubt it. Do you find the AF of your a7III lacking? Honestly for weddings (and event shooting in general) I'm pretty sure you'd be better off spending that $2000 on a second a7III. Gives you more lens options without having to switch lenses and you'll have a backup cam in the extremely rare case of a failing shutter.
  6. 2 points
    Sounds to me like a typical case of GAS. For your use cases your photo's will likely gain nothing from switching to the a9. Where do you feel your a7III is lacking?
  7. 2 points
    Sony A9 with Canon 400mm F4 DO II and Metabones V adapter. (www.larrywongphotography.com)
  8. 2 points
    Peter Mitchell

    Mysterious Icon On Screen

    It is the icon for APSC/ Super 35mm mode. https://helpguide.sony.net/ilc/1710/v1/en/contents/TP0001667671.html?search=Icons
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    Booted Racket-tail
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    Castle Combe racing

    I was at Castle Combe circuit on Easter Monday for the annual Howards Day racing. The weather was dry and bright but with a heat haze and some cloud but still good enough to get some action photos. Another chance to try out the A9+100-400 "G" Master combo and they did not dissapoint. The new tracking since firmware update is incredible and just stays locked on as needed.
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    MACRO Life

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    MACRO Life

    FE 90 + A7R2
  15. 1 point


    Hola,salu2 de Felipe 1a1as by felipe escobedoa, en Flickr
  16. 1 point
    I purchased my A9 lightly used for $2800 on Craigs List (prices have plummeted past month) After keeping both bodies, I ultimately sold the A7III. The autofocus live view tracking is amazing and was the deal sealer. The only current advantage for me of the A7III was animal eye AF but that is coming to the A9 later this summer. For most users, the 20fps silent shutter, and no blackout will be the compelling feature. Note however: I do not like the double wheel dial that must be used to chose drive and focus mode. It can be convenient but you no longer can memorialize those settings to a memory niche but physically must select what you want for the memory stations.
  17. 1 point
    I am with the guys. Keep your a73. The AF is not gonna be that much difference. I much rather wait for the a9ii, THEN buy a used a9 as a second body. Well, that’s actually my plan now
  18. 1 point
    I have experienced the shooting of birds in flight to be one of the most demanding benchmarks for shooting at all. Looks like you are underestimating its requirements in terms of long focal reach (which in turn requires short exposure times), erratic, i.e. unpredictable movements of the birds, along with advanced continuous AF capabilities (forget manual focus with birds). In very broad terms, selling used equipments rarely gets you an adequate return on the initial investment. Therefore I would keep the A7iii and buy a used a9, to turn that bad ROI for the supplier into an advantage for you. 😉
  19. 1 point

    A7iii -Best Battery Charger?

    Whoa, and you could probably jump start your car with it. 😉 I had also bought a Meike battery grip with my a7rIII (instead of the $Sony grip) and while it worked as advertised I now have 2 periodically problematic buttons on it. You do get what you pay for!
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    A7iii -Best Battery Charger?

    Hi thank you for the response guys. I ended up buying this. https://www.amazon.com/Sony-NPAMQZ1K-Multi-Battery-Adaptor/dp/B06ZZ3KH4W/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=sony+multi+charger&qid=1556744157&s=gateway&sr=8-3 It comes with 2 batteries, so now I only need to buy 1 more battery. It charges 4 batteries, and can be used as a large battery pack . You can also mount it on a gimbal . Its fantastic so far!
  21. 1 point
    Terry He

    Bison at Yellow Stone National Park

    SONY ILCE-7M3 ƒ/4.51/320 100mm SO800
  22. 1 point

    Loving the 24-105

    I have recently upgraded from the very good Sony Zeiss 24-170 f4 to the Sony 24-105 f4 ( got a very good trade in price on the 24-70) and I have to say I am delighted. The 24-105 gives me the extra reach I was looking for in a lens that is not too large or heavy and that delivers superb image quality. This will be my general "walkabout" lens and probably spend most of its time on the A7iii. I grabbed some B&W images yesterday as we set up for a re-enactment event this weekend.
  23. 1 point

    F and T aperture settings

    The lens is built that way in order to get particularly smooth bokeh. The apodization filter is basically a radially graduated ND filter that is darker on the outside of the filter so but clear in the centre. This means that once you stop down the lens where the aperture is smaller, the filter is effectively not being used since it’s only seeing through the clear part of the filter and it behaves like any other lens. However when shooting wide open the filter is used and since it’s darker around the edges it reduces the total amount of light coming in. Usually you would only buy this lens knowing exactly what you are getting and why you are buying it as it has a very specific look which some people love and others hate but the loss of light is the price you pay.
  24. 1 point
    Visit my IG for behind-the-scenes and more info: https://www.instagram.com/reynantem/ We can wish, hope, and dream all we want. But unless we’re able to wake up and act, nothing will come true. I'd love to hear what you think about this.
  25. 1 point

    A7SII picture low quality

    I have to think it's the junk that MTS files are. If it was a robust and wonderful codec/format everybody'd be shooting MTS, and they aren't. At least in my corner of the universe. Helped a friend edit who did a shoot in MTS and it was painful. Wasn't enough data in the files to get a decent image. Good thing the people paying him didn't know a thing about video other that what they see on their phones. That sample looks anemic, struggling to play smoothly. Hope you figure it out because that look isn't very inspiring.
  26. 1 point
    Very simple, Sammy. -Turn MODE dial to register 2 (you call it c2). Please stay there until you have completed my last listed step. -Hit MENU twice (while still in register 2). -Navigate to and turn Silent Shooting ON As you know, your change is temporary, so far. To SAVE do thus (while still in register 2): -Go to very first 'camera' icon on top row - I'll call it CameraSettings1 -Go to page 3 and hit Memory option (NOT RECALL!) -Choose 2 and hit center button of rear dial (same effect as ENTER) You have now saved your change 'permanently'. That is, you permanently EDITED memory register 2 Side Notes: -RECALL function is primarily used to retrieve from SD card. -User Manuals cannot anticipate ALL situations. Hence need for helpful User Groups such as this one😉 -Can also back up your 1-3 settings to M1-M3 on SD card (until card is re-formatted!) Holler if you have questions.
  27. 1 point
    I'll have to rectify my previous post a bit: some lenses have a moving rear element, such as my E 55-210mm. The rear element moves outward when zooming in, thus creating underpressure in the sensor chamber. Out of pure curiosity and a scientific mindset I taped off the rear side of the lens to see if I could create a vacuum between the rear lens element and the tape. I couldn't, indicating that there must be a vent in the lens which lets in external air into the rear part (and thus into the sensor chamber). Removing the tape and holding my hand over the rear side of the lens while rapidly zooming in and out, I could feel some airflow against my hand. Air that would normally be blown right onto the sensor. I guess the air is sucked in through the tight seams in the lens so I wouldn't really worry about big dust particles, but it seems plausible that lenses with a moving rear element might pump some air (and dust) onto your sensor.
  28. 1 point
    I guess Wally is right to some extent: if a telescopic lens were airtight then extending or collapsing it would change the enclosed volume and thereby create internal under- or overpressure. The lens would pretty much act like a spring: you would be able to extend it a little bit but it would revert back to its original position when released to equalize internal and external pressure. That being said, like I mentioned in my previous post, it is indeed nonsense to claim that a telescopic lens pumps external air into the camera body. It does take in air when extended but this is blown out the same way when collapsed. Telescopic zoom lenses generally do increase the chance of getting dust inside the lens if not properly sealed against dust. Fixed barrel zoom lenses like the 70-200 G(M) and the 18-105 G don't suck in external air so much when zoomed, so these lenses are less prone to getting dust inside the lens.
  29. 1 point
    Wally, please don't spread this kind of nonsense claims. Without an opening, micro or not, you would simple just be changing the internal air pressure, which would definitely not block the lens from moving. If you want to read up on physics, this would be a good start.
  30. 1 point

    How do I view RAW files

    It is complicated but lots of help available on line, particularly youtube. For now, if you wish to pursue RAW, why not shoot RAW plus JPEG and have both formats available for you until you get comfortable,
  31. 1 point

    Rainbow Hopper

    Sony a6000 w/Batis 85 1.8
  32. 1 point

    New Remote Software Camera Connection

    I finally thought Sony updated its software for the latest mac OS but the Remote program does not recognize my A7R camera. Its odd that the Play Memories program does launch when the camera is connected. I was hoping to do tether shooting again but no luck. I'm now running the latest Mac Mojave on my MacBook Pro. Can this problem be corrected? Thanks, Ron Fredericks
  33. 1 point
    Great series Wietse. It's so much easy to carry a camera, 24-600mm with excellent AF tracking - 2.4lbs total Thanks for sharing.
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