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  1. 4 points
    White Pelican, Colorado A9, 200-600mm ISO 125
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    Did not realize how hard it is to get these little guys in focus! Barn Swallow: A7rIV Sony 200-600 G
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    The Crescent Nebula in Cygnus

    Hi, many forums and the "pros" once were certain that the star eater issue makes the Sony A7 Series unusable for astrophotography but I always had good results with my Sony A7rII. So I recently went ahead and had it astromodified. The thick IR-Block Filterglas was replaced with a thin Baader substitute that lets IR Light down to the h-alpha line and the sII line through to the sensor with high transmission. The results can be seen in detail on my google drive link here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SrdJ7tJbEUwN5KcbXsfpKaesq8KltzmY/view?usp=sharing I could write a lot of things that make the A7rII not the perfect camera for astro but suffice to say, it is still bloody capable. Cheers and CS, Ben - Instagram - AstroBin Technical stuff: Acquisition: Imaging telescope or lens : Meade SN-8 Imaging camera : Sony a7rII astro modified Focal reducer : TeleVue ParaCorr PLU1106 Filter : STC Cyclops Optics STC Astro Duo-Narrowband Filter Dates : May 28, 2020 Frames : STC Cyclops Optics STC Astro Duo-Narrowband Filter : 39x300" ISO640 Integration : 3.2 hours Darks : ~50 Flats : ~50 Avg. Moon age : 5.67 days Avg. Moon phase : 32.16% Bortle Dark-Sky Scale : 8.00 Processing was done with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Aries Productions Astro Pixel Processor APP and Adobe Photoship CC 2018. Stacked with sigma kappa clipping 3/1. Light pollution could not be removed automatically in A.P.P. and had to be done manually in Lightroom with local adjustments and a lot of fiddling. Both images have reduced star sizes with a minimum filter applied to masked stars. The masked stars color’s were also tweaked in order to bring them close to the feel of a normal broadband rgb distribution with colors between either aqua and blue or yellow and orange. I did however not manage to create a mask that includes the faintest and smallest of stars. If you look closely you see how the star colors are a little off, the smaller the stars get
  4. 3 points

    Conquerors of Space

    Sony SLT-A77V + Sigma Art 24-105mm f/4 Monument to the Conquerors of Space. Second highest among the monuments of the USSR/Russia. A 107-meter obelisk in the form of a rocket plume, with the supply of designer Sergei Korolev, lined with polished titanium plates. As well as many things made in the USSR, this rocket takes off high is a unique engineering design. Its authors are sculptor Andrey Faydysh-Krandievsky, architects Mikhail Barshch and Alexander Kolchin, as well as engineer Lev Shchipakin. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes the first human being to travel into space. This spacecraft name Vostok 1. Chief engineer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev.
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    Robin in the Spring

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    Crow just wouldnt let the Osprey go enjoy his lunch in peace! #sonyalphagallery
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    Snake, Heron, Hawk and Pelicans

    All this within a one hour walk through Erie, Colorado
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    Just happened to be in the right place at the right time, looking right at me! 🙂 A7rIV 70-200 GM. #sonyalphagallery
  9. 2 points
    Thad E Ginathom

    Video record button sound

    Good. The bigger question is why they would think anyone wants sounds like that anyway! Because they actually have nothing to do with each other. Silent Shooting only turns off the mechanical shutter and and turns on the electronic-only system... for stills. It is true though, that your camera isn't very silent if it beeps whenever it focuses. Power-save certainly works for stills. Maybe it's different for movies. And, also, there are differences between movies in movie mode (on the dial) and just pressing the red button any time (which I actually disable: it is too easy to press by accident).
  10. 1 point
    ISO-range of A7Riii and A7Riv are the same (100 - 32000), as is the dynamic range: https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-a7riv-versus-a7riii-dynamic-range/ Even though I like the absolute sharpness and detail when I pixel-peep my photo's, it hardly serves a practical purpose. It's like the whole 4k - 6k - 8k discussion in video-world. Yes you'll see the difference if you're sitting at half a meter from your 65" TV, but who does that except the guy who just bought a new TV? What would be an interesting concept though is if there was a native 'low-res' mode incorporated in high-res cameras. If enabled, it would still read the full high-res sensor but downsample the RAW-file to a lower resolution. That way you'd still have the ISO-performance of a full-sensor readout but stored in a lower file size RAW if you don't need all this resolution. I might even consider buying such a camera.
  11. 1 point
    Honestly, why do you need more MP? 24 MP is plenty for any kind of print you may ever want to make if you factor in optimal viewing angle. All these bells and whistles you speak of result in a vastly better image than just boosting the MP-count would (better AF and subject tracking, better low light ISO-performance, etc). Higher MP is just marketing crap unless you plan to heavily crop or print billboard size and stand with your nose against the canvas. For good reason the A7x you refer to has actually stuck with 24 MP ever since the first version. It's the A7Rx line which has received MP boosts because this line is ment for just that purpose: absolute best image quality despite bigger file size and more noise on pixel level. It's ment for those people who plan to crop their images or print billboard-size. Here's one hoping Sony's future A6XXX-camera will still have 24 MP but even better AF and (dare I say) 1-2 stops better ISO-performance.
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    hallo to everybody! i made this relaxing video of a magical place in the woods at north Greece. Place located at Palia Kavala village into the mountain. waterfall isnt the greatest but the trail is something else! enjoy !
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    BIF wing movement aberration

    I have a problem with shooting birds where there is wing movement. Its difficult to explain what's happening so please have a look at the attached images. I have two Sony A7iii bodies and it is the same with both. I have had the same problem with both the 70-200 and 200-600. I've tried turning OSS off on the lens. These were both taken using a tripod. They were taken with shutter speeds in excess of 1/1000. I would expect motion blur in the wing tips but certainly not what I am getting. I contacted Sony who suggested I update the firmware but it is still happening. Has anyone come across this or got any suggestions on what else to try?
  14. 1 point
    No, it is not possible. The a6000 does not have that feature. And for the cameras that do... Please note that it is not quite as simple as powering the camera from the USB port. What happens is that the battery powers the camera, and the USB power charges the battery. This means that there must be power in the battery, and it will run down while the camera is being used, just... slower than without the USB power attached. For true external power you need the dummy-battery device for all these cameras.
  15. 1 point
    Depends on what camera. go here and put in your camera, https://www.sony.com/electronics/support There are online Manuals that can be searched
  16. 1 point

    BIF wing movement aberration

    Are you using mechanical or electronic shutter, if the latter this may be the rolling shutter issue that causes things to look weird as the sensor is scanned.
  17. 1 point
    Takes me back fifty years to student days. We got into this habit: one of us would start on some topic we knew little about, we'd flounder around for a few minutes, and end up chorusing, "Buy a book on it!" And hey, very often we did. Those days, there was no internet, no google and no youtube. That was great for the book trade! Have to say, though, that with a new, complex camera, my first instinct is still to get the book. An actual, printed book. I consider it a shame that they don't come with printed manuals any longer. Well, the manual is online, and it certainly should be one of our resources, but it is a dry thing indeed: a set of short technical descriptions with very little about how or why we might want to use (or not use) a setting or function. The books come with added personal experience and advice. Well worth having. Second to that (well, equal, in a way, just a different way) is the wonders of youtube. There will be reviews and tutorials for your camera. Watch several: get different viewpoints on the same stuff. Even watch elementary, beginners stuff about your new camera! Third, for personal contact and specific questions, online forums are hard to beat. But no-one can take you through the whole thing, like a book can, or go deeply into one aspect like a youtube video can.
  18. 1 point
    Any posting any time in this dead forum should be welcome...
  19. 1 point
    Move Exposure modes PASM I don't do video, but I remember seeing this, and dug out my a6000 to check that it is true for this model... In Video mode (video-film symbol on the mode dial) you can change P-A-S-M: Menu: Camera-symbol -> p6 -> item "Movie" Function Menu set: Assign one place to item "Shoot Mode." This would be the easiest regular-access method Either of these bring up an on-screen display from which you chose your desired exposure mode. It is not, as far as I could see, assignable to a customisable button. It isn't on my a6500 either.
  20. 1 point
    Set it to manual focus and pre-focus it where you want it to before starting the video. You can also adjust the speed of focus racking during video. Put it to slow to make it much less distracting when the camera refocusses
  21. 1 point
    Menu 2 (cog wheel) -> page 6 -> MOVIE Button -> Always
  22. 1 point
    I'm assuming you understand the concept of depth of field related to aperture and background-to-subject-to-camera distance. So no, assuming you're close to the camera you won't be able to have both in the same focus (unless you manually focus between yourself and the background). You can however make the background more in focus by moving closer to the background. If you enable Aperture-priority mode instead of Movie mode, you can manually pick a smaller aperture. Make sure to set your menu such that the record-button works in all modes (not just movie mode). A small aperture (like F/8) will also make the background less blurred. A combination of these suggestions might yield the desired result.
  23. 1 point

    Alpha 7 III language settings

    Thanks for the hint. I can find a lot of languages, but not chinese.
  24. 1 point

    Frustrated a7rii user

    Thanks for all the help! I think I’m good now. Cleaning the sensor seems to have fixed everything. The finder/monitor was set on Auto. I switched it to monitor (manual) and the screen displayed normally. But when I switched back to auto, only viewfinder worked. Cleaning the sensor (which I didn’t even realize was there and controlled this- I swear this camera makes me feel like my IQ drop 30 points) and it’s acting normally. Thanks again!
  25. 1 point
    I'll go first.. shot with RX10 IV _DSC0396 by Dylan Nguyen, on Flickr
  26. 1 point

    Video record button sound

    Thank you Ken, you're a (battery) life saver. I've now disabled IR and added an entry for it in my quick menu. Cheers!
  27. 1 point

    Video record button sound

  28. 1 point

    Aperture priority mode laggy

    Sounds like you selected a very small aperture (large aperture value like 16 or above) in Aperture priority mode.
  29. 1 point
    Osprey with Fish. A7rIV, 200-600mm #sonyalphagallery
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  31. 1 point

    Los Alpes en monocromo

    Hola,salu2 de Felipe 😊 ALPES 379 by freme_3, en Flickr
  32. 1 point
    My guess... it'll be like the a6500, which says you have to have charge in your battery while USN-"powering" and that the battery will be running down. Explanation: the USB is not actually powering the camera, it's charging the battery which is powering the camera. You're going to get enhanced runtime, but not forever. For that, you need the dummy.
  33. 1 point

    Video record button sound

    7Sii here but there should be something similar in a 4 year newer camera. TOOLBOX > Audio Signals >> OFF For me it takes care of focus beep and record beep. (Maybe turn speaker volume down/off if that doesn't do the trick?)
  34. 1 point
    Thad E Ginathom

    Video record button sound

    a6500: Same menu setting, same beep. Covers, as far as I know, all "control" sounds made by the camera. Having just checked that (mine is always "off" from day one) I can understand how annoying that beep, bidaly-beep movie start/stop noise would be. I'm expecting that identical-feature menu settings on different models will be much the same...
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    both photos: a7rIII, FE 600mm f/4 GM Sacramento County California
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  37. 1 point
    Phalacrocorax brasilianus A7R3 + Sony 100-400 FE En tu cara chumuco!
  38. 1 point
    Sony A9 2 with 200-600 lens.
  39. 1 point
    In addition to the photographic merit, of course: as a biker, I like the way how this bird is doing a curved flight, yet keeping his head perfectly aligned with the horizon. Pretty much like motorcyclists do it, too. Image source: http://www.ridesmart.info/img/blogs/leaning diagram.jpg
  40. 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.
  41. 1 point

    Just chillin

    Sony a6300 with adapted Canon FD 50mm SCC Macro [1/1000 sec@f3.5]
  42. 1 point
    Golden Eagle in Sierra de Andujar - Spain I could not make this picture with my A7RII and SAL70400G Taken with RX10 IV
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    Once upon a time, I was a Canon shooter 1Dx + Canon 400mm f2.8 IS II + 1.4x TC + Gimbal head + heavy duty tripod = break my back and bank _X7U2220 by Dylan Nguyen, on Flickr
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    EFCS stands for Electronic front curtain shutter. This was introduced to accelerate and minimize noise of shutter. Normally on mirrorless cameras, the shutter is open so you can view and focus. Just as you press the shutter, the shutter would have to close to prevent the light from hitting your sensor then open to expose properly, close again to control your exposure time and then re-open immediately so you would hear 2 series clacks ( one when the shutter closes and one when the shutter re-opens after proper exposure). With this new invention the closing of the shutter is electronic so it does not actually close physically since the sensor starts recording the image and the shutter only has to close and re-open in the same movement making only a single clacking noise. This is a good thing most of the time but if you look at your advanced guide for your camera, there are warnings of some situations where you may want to disable it. The warnings from the Sony Guide on the A6000 are: When you shoot at high shutter speeds with a large diameter lens attached, the ghosting of a blurred area may occur, depending on the subject or shooting conditions. In such cases, set this function to [Off]. When a lens made by another manufacturer (including a Minolta/Konica-Minolta lens) is used, set this item to [Off]. If you set this function to [On], the correct exposure will not be set or the image brightness will be uneven. There has also been issues with some flash pictures improperly exposed due to this feature being enabled.
  46. 1 point

    A good 200mm lens for a7

    Also , to add to that list. If i recall, Vivitar made a series 1 200mm f3.0 macro lens that had favorable reviews. if you can find one though. http://women-and-dreams.blogspot.com/2011/04/vivitar-200mm-f3-series-1.html photo by Ashley Pomeroy
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