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  1. I did NOT mean "different" as an understated negative remark. If that difference were to better suit the needs of a given user, THEN it's an upgrade for such a user. If one switches from a Canon Rebel to a Canon 5D3 or 5D4, then THAT is an upgrade, cuz they are not so much DIFFERENT from each other as just that the Rebel is a far lesser version of the same concept as the 5D3/4. OTOH, the Sony live view cameras, which come in greater and lesser versions within the Sony line, are very much different, as a complete line, compared to SLRs. A live view camera is an upgrade to an SLR only if it suits YOU better, but NOT simply for it's being a later technological development. If the latter held true, then an i-Phone, being a later type of device, would be an upgrade from a Canon 5D4 !
  2. It's not an upgrade. It's just different. Definitely worth a try if you can afford to keep your current gear as well, for an overlap of about 6 to 12 months, in case you choose to stay with it.
  3. It helps to remove the rear baffle which is really easy. Three little screws NOT secured with Locktite or other bonding material. I decided to Dremel out the baffle and screw it back into place, which results in the coverage shown. Full sensor, no cropping: It makes in-camera panoramas from about 180 up to 345 degrees, depending on the format, shaped by menu choices. I was using a ball head, so there's no long handle for smooth panning, and it looks like such a handle is a good idea. Below are size reduced but otherwise not edited, straight out of camera panoramas:
  4. "Given the test results below" it really won't make much difference. Those results are just numbers. Real world pictures are, at best, tenuously related to numbers.
  5. No digital camera can meter TTL during exposure. The sensor, which would serve as the metering cell, is occupied recording the exposure. The old "off the film" type of TTL metered during exposure cuz the film was NOT the metering cell. Also, the film is a relatively matte surface where the filter pack on the digital sensor is a polished optical flat. Digital TTL metering actually makes a test exposure which is not recorded to the card, and is used by the flash to establish the appropriate power output to be delivered during the upcoming recording of the image. This uses a preflash, but the preflash can be very low power and still be useful for the purpose of metering. So, it really IS a TTL measurement, but NOT real time during the recording of the image. I'm uncertain whether the built-in flash is actually a TTL flash like the accessory flashes are. But if it is part of the TTL regime, perhaps you need to adjust something on your scope to pick up very weak test flashes emitted for metering purposes.
  6. No. ISO 320 should not be noisy. It would have a bit of noise if you badly underexpose the image but otherwise ISO 320 is very clean. This is ISO 400. It's also the old Nex-7 which is definitely noisier than any recent a6xxx camera.
  7. ` Any user with "pixels to spare" ... basically, the "R" version bodies ... might do well to experiment with Sony's Clear Image Zoom, not the other zoom, the Digital Zoom. Basically, it scales up the pixel count while slightly cropping the image. Unlike Sony Digital Zoom, CIZ is conservative, offering only 2X maximum. My use of it, never exceeding 1.5X, often allows using a prime instead of a zoom. P.S. I'm joining the chorus of compliments on your work !
  8. ` If it's any bit of a clue, altho my Sony interface is different, I do think the asterisks indicate that you are in AE lock ? Also, FWIW, have you DL'd the PDF versions of both user manuals/guides ? They are no clearer than the paper versions, but at least they offer a key word search feature that helps to find every mention of whatever controls might be affected. IOW, exactly same muddy info, but less pain.
  9. ` Updates are not reversible :-( Only option availabe is to advance to v4. Read every damnt word of instruction twice or 3X. Print out the instructions, or transfer them to some reader/device other than the device you'll be using to install the FW update. If you're planning to use a Mac, change your plan. Borrow or buy a Windows PC. https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/swu-download.pl?mdl=ILCE7RM2&upd_id=11196&os_group_id=5 `
  10. ` It's quite possible that you've assigned the AEL button to perform some other task than AEL. A sympton that suggests you may have done so is that the AEL button is working as AEL in the "idiot modes". In those modes any custom reassignment of buttons is undone ... IOW temporarily reverting to factory defaults. Browse the custom key menus to see if you have set a function other than AEL for that button. I can't steer you directly to the menus cuz the layout varies among different models and I have no "R" versions myself. If you haven't DL'ed the PDF manuals [should be two of them] then get them, cuz unlike Sony's horrible paper manuals, their equally horrible PDF versions do have the important advantage of the PDF search function ! Acoarst, the manual lens uses only A and M modes. But even then, AEL should work in the A mode after you get everything straightened out.
  11. +1. I distrusted him from the moment I saw his avatar. Looks too much like a politician .....
  12. ` The "exxon lawsuit" crossed-x maxxum logo brings a minor premium vs the later version on same lens. I would research on the current extra market value of the crossed-x and then figger to add about 2x to 4x the current premium. [Not 2x 4x of the total value, just of the added value of the crossed-x logo.] IOW, if a plain-logo beer can is $100 and the crossed-x beer can is bringing $140, IOW 40 extra $$s, then I'd estimate your trade show beer can would bring and extra $125 [+/-] on top of the hypothetical $100 base price. So, thaz my estimate as to proportion of extra market value .... but I haven't checked out the current market value of the basic beer can.
  13. Maybe the Sony sensor, but ..... Like yourself, I have SLRs that WILL autofocus in macro, that is to say it can be demonstrated that technically the AF is functioning as designed. But in a practical sense, I have always found that steering the AF target points to the desired part of the image is more tedious than just focusing the image as seen in the finder. And acoarst MF is easier in live view cameras [or LV mode in SLRs] than trying to MF with the SLR's optical viewing system, cuz the optical SLR finder has no MF magnifier, and a lousy "focusing" screen ... better referred to only as a viewing screen. I did put a real focusing screen in a Canon SLR, and altho it helps somewhat, it's not like the old focusing screens of the pre-AF era. Before AF, you couldn't sell a camera that defied the user's attempts to focus it !
  14. Common to all brands of cameras it means non-communicating lens, usually a lens that requires setting "shoot without lens" in the menu.
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