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  1. Looks a bit soft on focus overall and a bit over-saturated.
  2. Actually, mine is spotless at the moment but I know eventually cleaning will become necessary. I've cleaned many sensors (wet method) thru the years on many different digital cameras, it's just that with the a7II having this somewhat "articulated" sensor, does this pose any special concerns? Hopefully, the sensor is immobilized somehow when the camera is switched off, rendering it safe for cleaning??
  3. Is that do-able? I though a sensor had a fixed number of pixels and that was it. You mean it could shoot multiple exposures of the same subject utilizing the entire sensor then somehow "stitch" them together to create one image that in effect is 48 megapixels? That would be just too cool if it's possible.
  4. I just put my old Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f1.4 on my a7 II this morning and took a stroll with it to see if it still had it. Apparently it does. I would put these images up against my Sony "Zeiss" lenses any day. These images were shot handheld at around f8:
  5. Does no one out there really know the story here on cleaning the a7 II's sensor? I'd call Sony, but I'm sure they'd insist it be sent to them at some ridiculous cost for doing this simple procedure. I've owned many digital cameras and cleaned their sensors, but the a7 II is unique in this respect and I just don't want to screw anything up. Has there not been any reader here that's done this?
  6. 'Wondering if the fact that the a7 II's sensor is not screwed down rock solid as other models are due to its IBIS feature, does this present any unique precautions or concerns when cleaning it with a sensor swab. Is the sensor immobilized somehow when the camera is switched off, and is it possible to damage the IBIS mechanism by physically swabbing the sensor and moving it around?
  7. "The bottom side of the board is nearly as densely etched as the top, and contains the date-time battery, so changing that is not going to be something you can do at home." All images Roger Cicala, Lensrentals.com, 2015 There's your "backup" battery that is apparently now dead!
  8. You're right. You want the "Original Strength".
  9. I have now owned both a Sony a7 and an a7II. One of the very few shortcomings, as noted in practically all reviews on these cameras though, is the fact that if you want to use its LCD finder on the back, and hold the camera down at waist level, which in many cases shades the camera's eyepiece sensor heavily, the sensor within the EVF's rubber hood thinks the camera is being held to your eye and turns the LCD completely off in favor of the EVF only. Of course, there's the menu setting on the camera to set one or the other SOLELY, but this is a hassle when you need to switch back and forth frequently . I finally discovered a simple fix to remedy this very aggravating situation using a product called Light Dims, which are little inexpensive, stick-on pre-cot pieces of a neutral gray shading material actually made for putting over glaring, bright LED's that are overly bright and irritate you at night or in dark places. By simply cutting a 3mm X 5mm piece of this material and applying it over the left half of the EVF sensor window, the sensor functions perfectly and the LCD remains on even in very low light, plus the EVF still switches on again automatically when the camera is held up to your eye! This is an incredibly simple fix that many Sony a7 users have wrestled with for months and have hoped and hoped that Sony would correct via a firmware update! It seems to work for all the Sony a7 models including the a7, a7R, a7II and a7S. These little gadgets are available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/LightDims-Original-Strength%C2%AE-Minimal-Packaging/dp/B00CLVEQCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428490110&sr=8-1&keywords=lightdims) or directly from the company at: www.lightdims.com I am in no way affiliated with the company and have no vested interest. I just discovered this from another post on a Sony a7 forum, tried it and was super impressed.
  10. I've wondered about just leaving the power switch on, but maybe this answers my question that that is NOT the thing to do if this situation results from it then!
  11. I just checked my a7 II since reading this. I kept the battery out for about 3 minutes, replaced it and the time & date were still there and correct. Devices such as this have a little internal capacitor or back-up battery that dies occasionally resulting in this situation. I'd say that is what has happened here. It would be interesting to see how Sony deals with this. Although a minor annoyance, it is very aggravating and they should fix it for you under warranty.
  12. No, that's definitely a flaw in finishing down the magnesium chassis. Looks like somebody just didn't grind that shoulder down flat prior to applying the black finish. I'm sure it won't hurt anything other than the camera's appearance, but Sony's QC should have caught that.
  13. I have found that my Sony FE 28-70 "Kit" lens that came bundled with my original a7 body (which I sold off and got a a7II), has turned out to be a real little champ. I've put it thru the paces at various apertures and focal lengths with test patterns and found it rivals my "G" and even Zeiss glass. Maybe I just lucked up and got a sweetheart here, but it's resolution is incredible. Have you Guys out there had good luck with this lens or is my situation just a fluke?
  14. Something I never have understood is quite how digital cameras can record video without a shutter opening & closing repeatedly, and, if that is possible (which it obviously is), then why can't the camera just "activate" its sensor for a minute segment of time, (such as 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 etc.) and totally do away with the heavy, complex, vibration-creating shutter mechanism entirely?
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