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  1. FLHTC

    Black Friday Deals

    Black Friday is starting earlier and earlier each year it seems as retailers try to one up their competition, and one has to wonder after seeing some exposes on whether the deals are really good deals or not. Some just repackage and say lowest price of the year, but unless one has been looking at a specific item and knows what the real price is, it may not be a good deal. Guess time will tell.
  2. Black Friday is now about 17 days from now. Does B&H or Adorama offer some real good deals on this day, or is it all hype?
  3. My Sony SDXC UHS-II card arrived yesterday, put it into slot 1, and it worked as it is supposed to work. So now I have a 128GB card in both slots. Going to Gdaughter's house today and take some pictures.
  4. So I am not alone or crazy. I await their fix, but in the interim, I await my new Sony SD UHS-II card that hopefully will arrive today. Thanks
  5. I am waiting for my Sony SD card to arrive, probably tomorrow. Then I should be ok. I guess what bothers me most, is that I have not heard this from anyone else, yet Sony cust service said they are aware of the problem.
  6. Tinplater, Did just that. Called their customer service, and Josh said Sony knew of a problem with Sandisk SD cards, and told me to get a Sony 128GB SF-M series UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC ($86.91) for slot 1, and use my Sandisk 128GB Extreme in slot 2. I mentioned that their user manual does not specify using Sony SD cards for their camera to work. I just ordered one, so now I currently have two Sandisk Extreme 128GB SDXC cards, one Sandisk Extreme Pro 64 GB SDXC card one Sony (in the mail. Just doesn't seem right does it.
  7. The plot thickens. I drove to Best Buy and bought a 64-G Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC card, opened the package, inserted it into slot 1, and got the same message 'unable to read SD card, reinsert card". So now I am really frustrated. Out of a whim, I put the Best Buy 64-G Extreme Pro into slot 2 and it recognized it, so I formatted it in the camera. Removed it, put the 128 GB Sandisk Extreme into slot 2, and it recognized that one also, so I formatted it also in the camera. I then removed it from slot 2, and inserted the 128 GB Extreme into slot 1, and got the "can't recognize card, reinsert card' message. I did the same thing with the Best Buy 64B Extreme Pro into slot 1, and got the "can't recognize SD card". Yet it does recognize the Sandisk 8G Ultra Plus in slot 1, but it is an SD card, not a SDXC card. According to the manual, slot 1 is the default slot, and can be used with both UHS-1 and UHS-II SD cards while the slot 2 can be used with UHS-1 cards. All my cards are UHS-1 cards.. Manual also reads that if only one card is used, use slot 1. This does not seem normal to me, or is there some setting I need to turn on or off??
  8. I took one of the new Sandisk 128G SDXC cards, and formatted it in my computer, exactly like the 8G SD card from my old S100 point and shoot. I then inserted it into slot 1 of Sony a7iii camera, and same message appeared, unable to read, reinsert SD card. Did this several times on just the one new card, but to no avail. I know the camera works, but for some reason does not seem to recognize the SDXC card. Any other suggestions.
  9. That is good to know. I see that I did no harm in shooting in P mode. Thanks
  10. Tinplater: I took your advice, and found an old 8 GB SD card with tons of pictures from a Nikon S100 camera. I moved all the pictures to my computer, and formatted it on my computer. I put this super slow, low capacity SD card into slot 1 of the camera, and it read it, so I then formatted it in the Sony camera, and took about 20 pictures last night. I have not looked at them as I was trying to figure out what all the knobs do. Today I will take the one of the two SDXC cards that currently don't work in the Sony, and format them in my computer and then put them into my Sony to see if they will work. I find that the Sony instructions manual leaves a lot to learn elsewhere. For example, nowhere, that I have found, do they explain the mode dial markings. My camera was on P, whatever that means, and probably should have been set to Auto. I have been viewing a lot of youtube videos.
  11. My lens arrived today with two Sandisck Extreme 128G SDXC cards. They are class 10, U3, 90MB Read, 3o min/60max write speed. Camera is a Sony a7iii and when I installed one into slot 1, camera says unable to read SD card, reinsert it. Did that several times, no good. Tried to format it as directions say, but camera format is turned off, so it won't allow me to format it. Both cards react the same, cards from Adorama, say made in China on back, and have grey locking tab. Can't believe both cards are bad, maybe not compatible with my camera. What am i doing wrong, or what do I need to do?
  12. I got so confused looking at lenses, zoom, prime, cheap and expensive. So today, I bought the Zeiss 85mm F1.8 Batis. I hope I never have the need to put something else on. Thanks for the "help".
  13. Chrissie, I am not sure I understand what you said, other than it may be dangerous to take a picture of a brown bear at 50 yards. Sorry.
  14. I think i will buy some protection. Money is tight because I am starting with nothing, and have to get everything so factoring in a new lens, SD cards, battery charger, and what not, I think I will be broke. thanks again,
  15. Thanks for your reply. So the Zeiss 24-70 will allow me to take good pictures of Mt Denali from afar, and also of a brown bear 50 yards away? Any suggestions on SD cards while I have you.