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  1. so far I'm happy with the tamron lens. Still checking out focus speed and accuracy in different lighting conditions. At this point I don't have a Sony lens so I don't know how it compares.
  2. I just started using Tamron's 28-75 and will use it first time 'officially' this week at two events. Will get back with my opinions of image quality and focusing. FW
  3. I never thought of using a 24 for portraits, my impression is that you'll always end up with too wide or too much distortion when getting close. Also how does it compare to 24mm from the 24-70 or the 16-35? Thanx FW
  4. Recently saw an ad for new Tamron lenses. The 35, 35-150 and the 17-28. The only one that I'm interested in for my A7iii is the Sony E mount 17-28, but they each have different focusing motors listed in the specs. I'm showing the others to ask if anyone knows the difference and how it relates to each other (quality, performance, etc) and to native Sony lenses. 35 f1.4 - Ring-type ultrasonic. 35-150 f2.8-4 - Micromotor 17-28 f2.8 - Stepper motor. Thanks, FW
  5. Does anyone have experience with Tamron 35 1.8. I've read some reviews that love it while others complain about inconsistent focusing. Any thoughts about this or other 35, 85, or medium zooms lenses. Thanks FW
  6. Regarding the switch, several months ago I went from XT2 to A7iii. With sensor tech being up to date and modern on both you will notice the differences in the low-light higher ISO ranges, the recovery of highlights, and AF accuracy. 3 major areas that I needed to improve with wedding/event photography. The Fuji crop sensor and lens will be sharp and exposed properly at 6400 and 12800, but still have more noise than full frame sensor at similar ISO's. It's the technical advantage of a larger sensor. What got me is some times an image at that range would still be slightly underexposed and coaxing a raw file back to proper exposure would result in too much noise. You can get away with it occasionally (B&W) but the bride and groom can be more demanding. Naturally a larger medium format sensor will have an even better advantage but for reasonable weight and cost, full frame is a logical step. Yes there are LR stacking tricks but I don't have that kind of time. There are some types of photography where the added grain/noise from low light higher ISO is acceptable and can even add to the image effects (concerts , street, B&W) and in that respect sticking with the crop is smart. Also in a studio or in very controlled settings a high quality crop sensor makes sense. Another area I needed to improve is AF accuracy and I feel the A7iii has the edge with it's Eye-AF for my type of photography. Sony lenses with similar mm size and quality are more expensive than XT, but I do see more third party products for the Sony. I got the 28-75 Tamron and its a very good lens and I'm waiting for wider and longer zooms. My next purchase however will be Sony's 85 1.8. Sony's in-body stabilization is nice too, works on any lens. This is strictly my short term opinion and by no means the end of the ongoing Crop vs FF saga. Hope this helps FW
  7. Sold my xt2, lenses, grip and flashes and got an a7iii and tamron 28-75. Still doing basic photos now but initially satisfied with results. My biggest concern now is to setup custom buttons for wedding and action photos ( focusing , metering, ) . It's on most of the defaults but slowly changing things over and trying to understand the methods for switching over to different setting. Does anyone know a good website for a7iii users for wedding/ action setups? I've seen a few from Mark Galer. Thanks FW
  8. Does anyone have experience with Tamron 35 1.8. I've read some reviews that love it while others complain about inconsistent focusing. Any thoughts about this or other 35, 85, or medium zooms lenses. Thanks FW
  9. My main concern is accurate flash exposures and recycle times. I've used Flashpoint for Nikon and it was ok, but not always spot on with exposures. The large battery was a bonus over 4 AA's. How are the Sony brand of pro flashes?
  10. As suggested, I will rent the A7iii with a decent lens. I currently use XT2 and the quality zooms (16-55 f2.8, 10-24 f4 & 50-140 f2.8.) for family, business and weddings. I know that getting fast glass in primes, (1.8-1.2) will make a difference. But with the same fast glass for FF A7iii, and IBIS, the Sony looks like it has the advantage. What is the opinion of of a7iii users for image quality 6400 and above? I won't intentionally shoot at that level but with low light wedding receptions and churches you don't get the choice and need a system that will handle the extremes. Even a 1 - 2 stop difference will save an image from blur and noise. Thanks FW
  11. I'm also considering the a7iii over xt2. As a wedding/family photographer I get into many situations where low light and high iso can create a lot of noise/grain. Sometimes if the image is shot at 6400 and is just little underexposed there's too much noise that I find it unacceptable. I know someone that shoots a lot of concerts/performers type of stuff and a bit of noise adds grit to the image and its not that noticeable when processed as B&W. But I can't get away with that tactic with weddings as the bride and groom want to see decent images. What is you take on the lowlight/high iso performance and the ability to recover slightly under exposed files? Do you have any images to post that would demonstrate this? Thanks, FW
  12. I am considering Sony a7iii for family and wedding work. What flash systems are available that are durable, recycle fast and above all, consistent accurate TTL exposure. Anyone using stock Sony flash or third party systems like Flashpoint? Thanks, FW
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