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  1. I have this lens and love it. It has the worst hood ever designed (you'll never bother to put it on, trust me), has some flare issues if the sun is anywhere near entering your frame, and the AF is loud and slow. However, it produces beautiful results. The images are sharp, yet warm, and it produces that classic Minolta color rendering. And the useless lens hood aside, the build quality is outstanding. Despite its faults, it's actually one of my favorite lenses. I use it a lot for weddings, events, group portraits, etc.
  2. @Austerror nailed it - Sony tends to always error on the side of a greater DOF when shooting in auto modes. If you want shallow DOF and don't want to go full manual, you're better off shooting in Aperture Priority (A) mode.
  3. I'm with you on the rendering of the A7S. I just picked mine up a little over a month ago, and I just love the way it renders images; almost like a medium-format "feel" to it or something? I don't know, but it's markedly different rendering from my 24MP A-mount bodies (not that I have any complaints about those), and I like it.
  4. The ol' "beercan" has to be the best bang-for-the-buck lens out there. I love it. Great images, BTW.
  5. So last night I went to a reading at a coffeeshop, and wanted to take pictures of the speakers and crowd. I knew it was going to be pretty dimly lit, so took my A7S for its high-ISO capability. I knew I was going to be alternating a lot between wider and longer shots, and didn't want to be swapping primes all night, so opted for a zoom. I don't have any native FE zoom lenses yet, so that left me choosing between adapting my (A-mount) Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G lens, or else going crop with my E-mount 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ kit lens. I wanted to be as inconspicuous as possible, since I was going to be taking some close-up images of the crowd, too, so opted for the 16-50 PZ, even though this meant I'd only get about 5MP. The images are just going up on the web for some reportage anyway, so the size limit is no big deal. For what I needed to do, I loved that combo! I don't know if it's physically possible or not, but it'd be awesome if we could get a zoom lens with that same size profile for FF. Either that, or get a crop body with the same ISO capability as the A7S, though that might be the taller order. Anyway, I find this sort of low-profile lens and high-ISO-capable camera to be the perfect marriage for this type of shooting, so would love to see such a combo made possible (w/o the cropping down to 5MP)... I was "only" shooting at about ISO 20,000, so I suppose it might be possible with the A7RII, as the ISO is pretty good on that thing, and the crop factor would still yield about 18MP. Of course, that's another $3200...
  6. I had been shooting with an A900 and A99 for weddings, with zooms during ceremony and toasts, but primes for portraits and rest of the reception. The last couple weddings, though, I've been phasing out the A900 and used my A6000 more instead. HVL-60m flash on camera during the reception, Yongnuo manual flashes for off-camera lighting for portraits, etc. I've been really liking the a6000 in place of a DSLR, which is why I'm thinking the A7 route might be nice; just get rid of my DSLR(s) entirely.
  7. Yeah, the shutter sound on them isn't the best, I've heard. That's one thing I love about the A7S - you can go completely silent. Of course, nothing is as loud as my old A900. It's like this slow-motion ker-THUNK. I've been shooting with that and an A99 at weddings so far. The A99 is reasonably quiet, but when I press the shutter on that A900...
  8. Has anyone used the A7 (first gen) for weddings? If so, how do/did you like it? I'm looking at switching my setup completely to mirrorless, and with the current low prices on the first gen A7, I was thinking about picking one or two of those up so I can focus most of my $$ on lenses. Anything about the A7 that really turned you off for wedding/event use (besides battery life - everyone knows about that one)? Thanks in advance for your input. -Fonk
  9. I've been debating this myself. I like the idea of just going for the Mk2 because of the IBIS and the improved ergo, but I could buy a 2 Mk1's for just a few hundred more than the price of 1 Mk2, allowing me to cost effectively buy a 2-camera setup for weddings/events, and still have money left for lenses. Then I could just upgrade the bodies a year or two down the road. Tough call, though, as I really like the idea of still having IBIS like I have in my A-mount gear... (I'm currently also shooting with an A7S, but you can kick up the ISO so high on that thing that IBIS almost becomes a non-issue)
  10. Here's a photo I made on the Pigeon River, in Grand Portage State Park in northern Minnesota. On the left you see Minnesota; on the right, Canada. Shot made with Sony a6000 and (a-mount) DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens with LA-EA1 adapter.
  11. I don't have experience with the PocketWizards in the Sony hot shoe specifically, but I have found with other triggers that getting it seated in the hot shoe just right is key, making sure that center pin is making proper contact. For instance, however you're inserting the trigger now, try turning it around and inserting it "backwards". Depending on how the mount for the PW is designed, it might align the pin better in that orientation. Good luck.
  12. I might have to try this out. This is a frustrating item for me on my NEX6/a6000 cameras, too. I shoot from the hip a lot when doing street photography, but always have to hold it out away from my body for the LCD to remain on.
  13. Fonk

    Child Portrait, a6000

    Thanks, @Pedweld!
  14. Wow, I can't believe the difference in size on those things. I'm not saying that's good or bad; just an observation.
  15. This new tool does look very handy. I'm looking forward to it.
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