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  1. Oh oh, Your LBA (Lens Buying Addiction) is in full bloom now.๐Ÿ˜€ Gee, I thought I was bad but I don't believe I ever bought 2 or 3 lenses all at once. How many 50mm-ish (40-60mm) lenses do you have? Is there a particular reason why most of your recent acquisitions are in the normal focal length range?
  2. Yes it does. Updating to the latest firmware helps but doesn't eliminate the problem. For normal shooting condition in good light, the AF works mostly fine with an occasional hiccup but if you try to use the macro capability on AF it's mostly hit or miss. It's better to use DMF setting and focus manually. I've always used MF for macro work even with an AF macro lens (Pentax).
  3. It looks to me as if yourself or the previous owner(s) tried cleaning the viewfinder using a wet lens wipe and the solution seeped in behind the glass. This sort of cosmetic damage looks bad because of it's visibility but has no effect on the use of the camera as you have pointed out, just live with it.
  4. Thanks Pieter for the explanation. It just seem to be a step backwards to have a mechanical means to get a lens ready to shoot automatically.๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Hmm, I think it would be kind of weird and below industry standard if that is how a convertible lens works. My niece has a Fujifilm X-T30 with a kit lens she acquired recently and the kit lens expands when the camera is powered on and retracts when powered down. The lens also retracts when the camera goes to sleep after a period of inactivity - a somewhat annoying feature imo. Maybe the 28-60 lens expands and retracts automatically only on the A7C... Is there any A7C user in this forum with the 28-60 lens who can confirm whether this convertible lens expands and retracts with the power up or power down or does it need to be manually opened and closed by the user as experienced by Alejandro with his A7II?
  6. Congrats on your purchase of a new lens, looks like it will suit your needs well. What happens when you mount the lens on the A7II and turn on the camera, does the lens extend out into the shooting position? Does the lens retract when the camera goes to sleep and extend out again when the shutter is half pressed to wake the camera?
  7. What does each of those 7 clicks represent, do you get full stop's worth of reduction in the shutter speed per click as the diaphragm closes down?
  8. Perfectly understandable - American Greenback rules in most countries, not much different in Canada though without the 2 tier exchange rates. Let us know when you have it and show us what it can do.
  9. I am not recommending either of the kit lens, the reviews on the web suggest 28-60 is a good lens how much better than 28-70 can't be seen without someone doing a head to head comparison. If you are buying your first native FE lens on a budget, the 28-60 seem like a good option and the price you have quoted for it, I am not seeing it in North America. I have the 28-70, it was part of an A7II kit (very lightly used) with 3 oem batteries and an oem charger for basically the price of the body on consignment at a local camera store. I don't use it much but it's always handy to have a native AF lens to grab for quick snapshots when needed.
  10. Get an intervalometer for the Sony e mount body: https://www.amazon.ca/Photoolex-Remote-Controller-Shutter-Release/dp/B07SQQCJ85/ref=sr_1_5?crid=8SAMTE8B0FJ5&dchild=1&keywords=intervalometer%2Bsony&qid=1631740055&sr=8-5&th=1
  11. DXO Mark rates 28-70 as near equal to the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70 at 1/3rd the price. https://www.dxomark.com/sony-fe-28-70mm-f3-5-5-6-oss-serious-contender-to-the-zeiss/ A kit lens is a kit lens is a kit lens. If I was buying an A7C camera and the 28-60 came with it at a low cost addition, I would consider buying the camera kit but as a stand alone purchase, no.
  12. According to Imaging Edge website, Wi-Fi Connection for remote shooting is unsupported except for the more recent generations of the Alpha e-mount cameras. https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/app/imagingedge/en/devices/#emount
  13. There is already something like this available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Bracket-Multifunctional-Telephoto-Support-Conversion/dp/B099JX3179/ref=sr_1_66?dchild=1&keywords=lens+support+bracket&qid=1630877963&sr=8-66 no need to try to build one yourself. If you know the lens barrel diameter of your Adaptall-2 103A (not 104A), you can go to eBay and look for a tripod bracket with similar diameter. You may need to remove and replace the padding on the tripod bracket for a better fit but this is the most economical way of gaining a tripod mount on a lens which doesn't have one. Having said that your 103A is not a heavy lens, most Adaptall-2 zoom lenses are as heavy as or heavier than 103A. I handhold my Adaptall-2 SP 63B 180/f2.5 which is only slightly heavier at 800g for the lens. I don't carry this lens and A7II combo on a neck strap bouncing willy-nilly as I walk, I use a wrist grip and let the camera dangle lens down on even terrain and use both hands on rougher trails.
  14. Assuming that you bought a new A7II from a reputable vendor with a return policy, you should return your camera and ask for a replacement. Menu function should be available at all times when the camera is powered on and to operate the camera without it would be a way too big of a handicap to work around - return it asap.
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