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  1. On another forum, it was suggested that I look if the automatic settings have been changed. They had and it appears to be accidental on my part.
  2. I am a hobbyist photographer and have been generally pleased with David Busch's (Insert Camera Model in title) Guide to Digital Photography series on each camera he tests for his manuals. They are easy to find information in especially after you learn his systematic approach with each camera model. I have the A77 manual on my Kindle (cost a small fortune for a digital file) and it just isn't the same thing from a convenience point of view.
  3. I guess you were reacting to my use of the term "always". I guess few things are always a good option. On the thread topic.... I look at my lens assortment and if I think something is an upgrade but similar to what I have, I am willing to spend the money for the lens assuming I can afford it. My point is that one should look at the entire range of capabilities of the lenses you already own. In my case, I have most focal lengths covered up to 600mm and really ponder any decision to acquire a lens that duplicates my existing capabilities unless I have a very good reason to do so.
  4. It just depends on the situation, but if I really like a lens and like the results, I am willing to carry it in the woods or on the street some distance. It is not like we're talking about 5-6 lb lens. But everyone has different priorities. About half of my outdoor photography is done from my vehicle and generally within sight of my vehicle. So, I can grab a lens I believe I will need and perhaps stick another one in a bag, and I am generally good to go. I would probably really like the Tamron mentioned above (17-28mm) on a full frame camera.
  5. Fixed f2.8? I think it is always better to get the faster lens if you can afford it. It provides more flexibility with picture taking at slower ISO settings. The larger fixed f stop generally means a lens is more expensive, a bit larger, and heavier than a slower lens especially one with a variable max f stop.
  6. Correction: I have the 30mm Sony Macro which was pretty inexpensive and I generally like to use it.
  7. I wouldn't concern myself with this. 1 versus 2 shutter releases is nothing. I bought a used A77V body and it had a shutter count approaching 8,500 and works just fine overall. The only problem is that it won't store the date and time so I either set it every time I use the body and leave it turned on or just not worry about it. I mostly don't worry about it. I edit the file name after I download to the correct date and care little about the actual time. I suspect that someone may have tried it out if it was at a camera shop with one click or it was done at the factory as a test. But it means little. You likely have years of use a head of you.
  8. I have that little 50mm/f2.8 APS-C lens (A-mount). It was pretty inexpensive and I have found that I use it a lot more than the Sony 105 macro lens I own. I really like the 50mm lens actually and it does well. As far as your issue, I think the above comments address about all I know on the subject.
  9. I was simply relating what I use and I use APS-C camera bodies and lenses now. Years ago I had a Tokina 24-40mm f/2.8 lens (35mm film days) and was really pleased with it. Relating that to full frame, something in about the same range would be quite useful. I was a Nikon person back in those days and generally favored the advanced amateur bodies. I would not get an APS-C lens for a full frame camera body. I missed or ignored the A7 mention in my response, but I know it is a full frame camera. I see no problem with non-Sony lenses however. Personally I would be looking at that Sigma mentioned earlier.
  10. I started much the same way with the A300 and have similar photography interests. My suggestion relates to whether or not you want to stay with the APC (crop frame cameras and lens) or go full frame. I decided to stick with crop frame cameras and continue to use my existing lenses. I think the A68 would be a good upgrade for you. I have a A65 and have always been pleased with it. A77ii are still sold and I am considering getting one of those before the crop frame body is discontinued. It has many more adjustments and a much higher end camera body. It really depends on your budget. I purchased a used A77 about 6 months ago and now looking at buying a new one as it certainly has some advantages over the lesser cameras. The switch to full frame is a big change which has significant $ impacts and your financial commitment to photography. It really depends on how serious you are about photography and the future you envision for the hobby. I decided at my age that I was unlikely (and unwilling) to go full frame due to the lens assortment I already own. Going full frame pretty much eliminates the APC lenses from the new camera body. Same sort of thinking applies to the switch to E-mount from A-mount lenses. If I had no additional lenses for the A330, I would probably go full frame at this point myself. The choice to E-mount is yours as they are mostly mirrorless cameras.
  11. I purchased a new Tokina 11-16mm/f2.8 APC lens this spring and have been quite pleased with it overall. The reviews indicate that there appears to be some variance in image quality from focal length to focal length as well as f stop. I did a lot of testing and mine appears pretty good across the range.
  12. Hello everyone. I'm new here and have been using Sony DSLR cameras for about 15 years. I started with an A300 for mostly work related stuff (documentation) dropped it and bought an A58 for the same purpose; and got a A65 for hobbyist stuff. My A65 got wet a while back (Oct 2019) in a rain storm and quit working. At the time, I didn't have a lot of money to spend so I purchased a used A77V camera body. It works okay but has more "buttons" than I had become accustomed to. The A65 dried out months later and now is functioning. Now the question.... I notice a yellow cast on many of my images taken with the A65 and A77. Is it purely because I am in bright light or do I need to adjust the white balance. I notice my "greens" aren't as green as I would expect. So, any suggestions? I'm a bit hesitant to do any adjusting with the white balance. Photography wise.... I am into landscapes wildlife photography or generally nature photography.
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