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  1. I hope it's nothing serious, and get well soon! The lens hood, whatever its kind, can certainly wait. Hang in there!
  2. Apparently you already have all components ready at your disposal. Why don't YOU try both ways and tell US about any differences?!
  3. While I like @tadwil's suggestion of how to determine the given level of vignetting via taking a picture of a white wall, I'm a little confused as to where might be. If it's the object-facing tips of the lens hood petals, then grinding those down would not alleviate the vignetting, which is typically happening at the corners of a picture, caused by excess material at the transition between any two adjacent lens hood petals. If you're talking about the lens facing side of the lens hood, then grinding that circular face down would indeed be unnecessarily tedious, just to remove material from the object-facing areas between petals. Especially if the hood is made out of metal. My Sony ones are all plastic, and serve their purpose perfectly well.
  4. Does the stripe pattern change its shape/position, when you press lightly on the screen, like in a touch-screen operation? If so, the pattern is caused by some slight "inner mechanical tension", which I would consider harmless.
  5. In extension to @Pieter's already perfect explanation, please note how the shape of a lens hood is tied to a specific focal distance / front element diameter combination by the following visualizations. The front element diameter corresponds to the blue tube diameter, which mathematically intersects with the viewing pyramid (aspect ratio being 3:2 as in your full frame sensor). See how a varying focal distance results in a corresponding change in the shape of the lens hood petals: Wide angle: intermediate angle: Tele angle:
  6. Some folks suggest explicitly setting the lens's AF/MF switch to MF. Then it should retain its set focus across shutdowns of the body.
  7. Converting individual images/fotos into a movie: Take a look at ffmpeg, open source, free of charge, and available for all major OSses.
  8. I really like this kind of modification and can relate to the satisfaction, which comes along with its results. In this particular case I'm wondering however, what kind of secret message these funny non-printable characters in your post might convey ...
  9. Did you see bullet point #4 in your above link? (Highlights by myself)
  10. Paul, thanks for your introduction and welcome from my side. I tried to find something for you but can only confirm, that there seems to be nothing available for your cameras on the official Sony support download page. Are you aware, that the A580 is at least nine years old, which is ages in the realm of DSLRs? I'd recommend you go and acquire a more recent second-hand camera for which there's still official support available. Chris
  11. It's a real pleasure to see someone actually contributing in his/her 1st post, instead of draining. 👍 Did you know there is a Newbie/Self Introduction section in this forum? 😉
  12. Wildlife fotografy sounds like mostly low-light for me, for which the a7 iii is certainly better suited than my a9. That said, please see my earlier post on the 100400gm plus 2.0tc combo. I would expect kitesurfing to take place mostly in well-lit circumstances, so your odds at getting decent shots would improve. In both cases, I'd recommend the use of a sturdy tripod, to control the effect of hand shake at long focal reaches.
  13. Great shot. Looks like there was some HDR and contrast enhancement in the foreground involved, was it? It still comes across very well balanced, though.
  14. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_market#Description
  15. I'm sorry to disagree, with all due respect: To my knowledge, a "grey" article is an original, brand-new article which is made available in one country through bypassing of the dedicated sales channels of the manufacturer, which he has set up for that country. Example: Switzerland is considered a country where its citizens are deemed to have a high purchasing power. Manufacturers are always trying to make a maximum profit, so they take advantage of the assumed difference in purchasing powers between different countries. That's why brand-articles (like a Sony camera) tend to be more expensive in Switzerland. India, by comparison, is probably considered a lower-wage country. That's why the same brand article is offered cheaper in India than in Switzerland, because otherwise people in India wouldn't afford high-end products at all. That said: provided you get the certificate of originality/warranty upon buying in India, you may get a cheaper acquisition of an original brand item, compared to buying in your home country. But you will most definitely run into costly problems, if you need to have the product repaired back in your home country, should the need arise.
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