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thebeardedgroundsman last won the day on December 28 2021

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  1. A bit of a curved ball ... For landscape and architecture, where you can take your time setting up, I'm becoming more convinced by manual focus primes. EG; Voightlander 35mm Nokton classic f/1.4.
  2. Yep, I've just tried it and sure enough it works. And I also get the other points re: peripheral vision (that was my original thought for an explanation) and of course the captured image will be different - size of print/screen etc etc. I like the explanation in the link Pieter posted, indicating that the perspective is similar to the human eye. This makes sense when wide angle lenses lengthen the perspective, making the foreground, mid ground and background look further apart, and telephoto lenses making them look closer together.
  3. Not specifically Alpha lenses,....but... For a long time I've been told that 50mm (or there abouts) is the standard focal length for a full frame (or 35mm SLR) because it gives a view very close to that of the human eye. I've just been playing with my 50mm, lining it up on my computer screen, then taking the camera away and finding that my eye sees a much wider field of view (other eye closed). I then tried again with other lenses and find my field of view is somewhere between 15 and 24mm (probably about 20mm - but I don't have that size lens for FF). My optician has never told me I have unusually wide vision, so how am I misinterpreting the term "Standard Lens? This question is purely out of interest - I use 50mm when I feel it's right for the subject I am photographing.
  4. I don't think you're crazy. A nifty fifty for Town and general, then the 24mm for landscapes sound reasonable to me. You'd need to get used to "zooming-with-your-feet", but a lot of photographers find the discipline of using prime lenses leads to more interesting photos.
  5. I picked up a Sony 100-400 GM for £1400 2nd hand from MPB. I used to have a longer zoom from Sigma - much cheaper, but I didn't like the build quality or AF.
  6. Hi First the obvious question. Is your lens scrupulously clean? Secondly, (now I am making educated guess) the G 70-200 has a constant minimum aperture of f/4 (GM is F2.8) whereas the GM 100-400 starts at f/4.5 and moves up to 5.6 at 400mm. So, I would expect low light performance of the shorter lens is better than that of the longer one - particularly as, I believe, longer lenses tend to struggle more with low light and wide contrast, than a wider lens of similar quality.
  7. Ah Ha! I've found my mistake... My bags/back pack are plenty big enough and I don't over pack them, but I DO use the quick access options, which are tighter than the fully open access. I'll just have to get in the habit of using the fully open access, when I plan a shot, although I will still use the quick access for those opportune shots thatI often take (the light being just right on the way to work, or the wildlife appearing near the road.).
  8. Hi Olaf I think a new version of this survey would be interesting. I guess the categories might be : A 6???, A7 series, A7R series, A7S series, A7C, A9/ A!, older mirrorless, SLR/T. But for me the interest is in the question, Why? also, If people have changed series (again, Why?)
  9. My camera bodies (like my own body) are getting old and well used. Recently I've found the power switches are getting knocked on, when I take them in and out of my camera bag. Does anyone have a simple solution to stopping this happening? (other than being more careful!)
  10. My camera bodies (like my own) are getting old and well used. Recently I've found the power switches are getting knocked on, when I take them in and out of my camera bag. Does anyone have a simple solution to stopping this happening? (other than being more careful!)
  11. I'm not familiar with Windows computers. I just download my card to "photos" and click the button to delete after download. This keeps my memory cards clean. EXIF details including date and time are attached and thumbnails show as miniatures of the photo. Whenever I have encountered Windows computers I have always been struck by how complicated they make simple operations. As for software for stills, I don't have any Adobe stuff, but use Luminar Ai, which is simple to use and relatively cheap to buy.(very good for removing distortion and weird angles that Wide angle lenses often portray - not what you want for real estate photographs.) I can't telly about video software - as I don't shoot video.
  12. Thanks Tadwil - that's the conclusion I'm coming to - for the same reasons. (I find my monopod also doubles as a walking stick 😉
  13. When I use my tripod, I turn off all the Steady shot options, as they can be counter productive to the solid hold of the tripod. But what settings should I be using with my monopod. I have an A7Rii, and use the monopod with my 100 - 400mm GM, which has OSS modes 1 & 2. I use the lens for wildlife photos, generally with a shutter speed between 1/500 - 1/1000. Reading the manual, I would have thought Mode 2 (panning) might make sense, However, some reviewers recommend leaving steady shot on, unless taking long exposures on a tripod. I am trying different settings, but wonder what others do.
  14. Hi Tadweel Looks good, I understand what you are saying about grip. Fortunately for me (i never thought I would say this) my hands and fingers are quite wide and stubby, with strength developed from 40 odd years of working with hand tools, that I find my little finger nicely supports the camera without any extension to the body. Horse for courses! Cheers
  15. I've not got either, but I have owned Sigma Art lenses and Sony Zeiss lenses. I like the colour rendition on Zeiss lenses but I found both ranges produce excellant photos. The Zeiss is slightly smaller and slightly lighter. Does a lens being a little dated affect it's quality? On this occasion, if I was making the choice, I think price would be the deciding factor.
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