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  1. jimmy986

    Considering moving to Sony

    I feel like I notice a difference in my Sony files. BUT, that is a difference of 21 MP to 42 MP. What you are talking about seems to be 21 MP to 24 MP, unless you mean 42 MP. But, I already like the Sony files better than my Canon or Fuji. But you are definitely right that MP count is not the only issue. Some sensors are simply better than others regardless of the count. But, I have always heard Sony has amazing sensors so coupled with the MP count it should be a pretty good combo.
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    IBIS

    I understand what you're saying. The times that I have accidentally left it on have not done anything noticeable. BUT, it takes me about 2 seconds to turn it off so why not just to be safe? Unless it's really windy or something and there could be tripod movement. Like I said, not worth arguing over since it takes such little time and effort to turn it off.
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    Get Rid of Lamp post?

    I think you're right about the bench and the building on the right. If I get in front of the bench, possibly shooting from on the bench, I can maybe get the lamp post to night be competing as much the main building and I can get the right side of the that building out from behind the tree. If I with a larger aperture I can probably let the buildings get peak focus and the lanp post to blur as you suggested. Sometimes landscape/cityscape type imagery doesn't need the large DOF we sometimes go to automatically.
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    Get Rid of Lamp post?

    I have this picture I just took with my a7R II. I just wanted t some help with it. I kind of feel like the lamp post in the middle takes away from the other parts. Obviously, it's not something I can move. I was thinking I could remove it in post but I am not great at extensive editing. Most of my skills are basic editing. I tend not to want to add or remove things from my images. I was thinking I could also raise my perspective a little so I am looking down a bit more. The lamp post might get a little lower in the frame and not compete as much. I would have to see how much higher I can go. I doubt a can get much higher, maybe a couple feet at most simply based on the geography and my tripod height. Also, from this perspective is the bench just extraneous and gets in the way?
  5. So I have an a7r II I bought used to replace my Fuji set up. I still have a canon 7d mark II and a canon 400 5.6 and sigma 150-600 contemporary. I don't really need both lenses. I know the a7r ii AF is not up to bird photography so I do plan to buy a new body that will work for that. But, I could sell the 7d and one of the lenses for now and by an adapter OR I could just sell all three and move to a native sony lens. Being that I'm new to Sony, I'd like to get people opinions. I don't really do much BIF yet. I'm still working on my skills there so I'm guess the AF on the a7r II should be good enough for that. Being that Sony has IBIS that removes that plus from the sigma. With the resolution of the R II, would that eliminate the advantage of the longer reach of the Sigma?
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    Well I found a 55mm on Adorama used for $715 so I grabbed it.
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    It looks like I can find the 55 for just over $800 used. It sounds like you feel the 55mm is the better choice. And I am finally at a point where I don't have to sacrifice for price(within reason, the new 400mm 2.8 probably won't be coming to my house anytime soon). Do you think the 55mm is a good focal length for street? It is a little longer than I am used to using but that was mostly because my 35mm 1.4 from fuji was slower and louder to focus than the 23 f/2, which is exactly why you advise against the 500 1.8.
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    Wow, that is a lot of cropping. Definitely not an issue with that. In terms of the 50 versus 55 it seems the question is do I want to spend $750 more. The 55 also seems to be a bit bigger than the 50 but probably not enough to make a huge difference. I suppose if I buy the 50 1.8 and find some things wrong with it I could sell it and upgrade and wouldn't really be out much money.
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    What do mean by "extreme crop" just to give me something to compare to? Is there something else I should consider stepping up to for street?
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    I 100% agree with this. From what I had read previously, the a9 was out to be so far ahead in terms of AF than any other model. But that may have been outdated info with the a7r III being new. I am not worried about the 20 FPS. My current camera for birds is now the 7d mark II. It has 10 FPS and I generally am not using it at 10 FPS. It just isn't necessary if you study the birds and try and get a real sense of their habits and what not and are careful on when you click the shutter. I am a birdwatcher before I am a bird photographer so I really like to study them. I was just under the misunderstanding that the a7r III couldn't compete with the AF of the a9 but it seems like that difference is overblown now that I have looked more. Which make me very happy because I would be far happier with a camera with high resolution that can be a landscape, street, travel, wildlife camera. My set up before moving to Sony has been an X-T2 for landscapes, street, travel ,etc. The 7d mark II for wildlife, and then I have an IR converted x-pro 1. If I can could sell my canon and use that money to spend on wildlife glass for Sony that would be wonderful. Most of my bird photography is not BIF so I imagine the a7r II could work for that for now. If I build my Sony kit, I can sell my last Fuji lens that I keep just so my IR converted camera can still be used. I can sell the canon gear. And within a short period of time I can upgrade my a7r II to an R III and maybe convert the RII to IR. That would leave me with one system and 2 bodies as opposed to 2 system and 3 bodies that I had prior to a week ago. I know some people might not like the idea of converting the a7r II to IR but I really do use IR a lot and sell the prints fairly often, although there could be another option for that. But I think you all may have convinced me to save the money on the a9 and go with the a7r III down the road. For now, thew street lens is my main concern.
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    Maybe I will have to reconsider the 50mm. Is the image quality that much better on the 55mm versus the 50mm? For 4x the price, it's hard to see it offering much more for street shooting. But maybe going up would be worth it.
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    I guess that is a decision I'll have to make down the road. It's really the AF that makes me lean more towards the a9. While the a7R III is great, the a9 still seems to be better. I guess I'll have to play around and see if the resolution or the better af is more important. In terms of the here and now, I think the street lens is my first concern. How about the 28 f/2 or the 35 f/2.8? The price on the 35 seems to be a bit high for a 2.8 35mm. If the 28 f/2 has good image quality and decent AF it might e a good fit. The price is good for something like street that isn't exactly a money maker. It is relatively small.
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    Street Lens for a7R II

    I didn't mention Macro but it is definitely something I want to get into. As far as the 50 goes, I typically shot wit the 23mm on the Fuji so 50 on the full frame would still be a little longer than I used before. I'm not stuck to the 35mm focal length for street though. The a9 would be for birds, which I think has similar needs to sports. The birds are far faster and less predictable in my opinion than a football player. The a7R II was purchased for the high resolution. I just bought that so I won't be trading it in any time. The sensor is the same so moving up to the a7r III wouldn't get me any better image quality. For portraits, the the 90mm macro is an option. It just depends if I decide to get into macro. If not, the batis is certainly a good option. And stunning image quality I'm told. BUT, is it worth double the price of the Sony FE 1.8? I'm guessing the answer is yes.
  14. Hello, I'm a newbie to the Sony world. Just got a used a7r II and a 16-35 f/2.8. I got that lens for an all around wide angle for traveling but specifically for landscapes. I also do a lot of street photography both at home and when I am traveling. Do people find this lens too big for street. I am coming from fuji primes so this lens is much bigger than I am used to. I tend to want to be a little more inconspicuous. Any good recommendations? My ultimate plan is to move completely to Sony. Right now, I still have a canon 7d mark II and long glass for wildlife. I think I will eventually move to the a9 as well. So long term plans for a good all around kit that will serve well for landscapes, street, and wildlife will be good. I am also looking to get more into portraiture within the next year or so. Any lenses that will double with multiple uses will be preferred to save cost and space.
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    IBIS

    I am new to Sony and just got my new(to me) a7r ii. I have a couple questions. I bought this body primarily for my landscape work but it will be used for a lot. So, is IBIS always on? Do I need to disable it when shooting on a tripod? What is the button on the side of my 16-35 f/2.8? Is it focus hold? If I'm using back button focus it seems I don't need to worry about that. Are there any good guides people have come across to get me up to speed on the new system. I am coming from Fuji and Canon so very different.
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