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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from diver7 in Survey "What Sony Alpha Do You Have?"   
    So, should this thread be taken down?
    Or if it is to be relevant, a new version posted?
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from cabbiinc in Did I jump the gun buying into the Sony ecosystem? Canon seemed much much much easier.   
    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.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from 8201 in Level horizons   
    I don't wish to criticise other photographers but ... Why do some people have trouble achieving level horizons in their photos?
    With the level facility on most Sony Alphas and most editing software (even on photo sites like Flickr) it should be easy enough to achieve.
    It is most noticeable where water is on the horizon, as water finds it's own level - one degree out can spoil a brilliant photo.
    Maybe, after 40 odd years of landscaping, I notice these things more than most - I don't know.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from Pablozamora in Sony A68 being used with Minolta lenses   
    It might be that the sensor itself is dirty? Initially try the sensor cleaning mode with no lens attached and pointing down.
    If this doesn't work, you can inspect the sensor by flipping the translucent mirror out of the way. To do this, have no lens fitted, at the bottom of the mirror, in the middle, there is a little metal tab. Press this down and the mirror flips up to reveal the sensor. If it looks dirty you have a choice of getting it cleaned professionally, or risking cleaning it yourself. 
    Start with a blower before moving onto a sensor cleaning brush. (the mirror is very fragile, so try to avoid touching it.)
    To get brighter shots in-camera remember you have the +/- (EV) button next to your ISO button.
    I find my A68 still works really well and I use it a lot for wildlife as the cropped sensor gives me more "reach" than my A99.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from bwana in Good bye A-mount - it was great knowing you   
    Yep, I've still kept my adapter and Minolta AF500 (it's so light I can carry it when not planning on using my GM long lens.)
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from bwana in Cheap Sony lenses from Hong kong   
    There seems to be an expectation that Chinese equipment is always either a "knock off" of Euro/Japanese/American designs or cheap quality.
    However, this is not always the case. Laowa Venus are producing some novel lenses of very good quality and I'm also impressed with my Leofoto tripod and monopod.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from TheUniqueSphere in Anyone have some advice on my best options for getting "hands free" long exposure (Bulb mode) shots on my A6000 please?   
    A good solid tripod and remote shutter release that can lock the shutter open.
    I use  the cheap and cheerful "Fotga rm-vs1" shutter release.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from Lili in Converter Sony and lens FE 4.5-5.6 /  70-300 G OSS   
    Looking on the Sony website - compatibility charts. The 2x converter is only compatible with one "G" lens (200-600) and 4 "G Master" lenses.
    Unfortunately it appears to be the same for the 1.4x converter - they are compatible with the camera body.
    It appears that there are no third party teleconverters for Sony mirrorless cameras.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from Sony-G-Man in Seeking advice as a new Sony owner - Did I get a faulty unit?   
    The difference between RAW and Jpeg is that RAW data has had no processing done to it - allowing full control of the editing to you, whereas Jpeg has some processing done in-camera, which often gives a more pleasing photo than a non-edited RAW image but does not allow as much scope for you when you edit on a computer. Effectively you have handed over some of the processing to an algorithm written in some far off computer. You will see how much smaller a Jpeg file is to the RAW file, which gives an indication of how much information has been lost.
    Most people who like their photos "out-of-camera" will shoot Jpeg - those who like full control of the creative process shoot RAW. Those who like a back up shoot both.
    The noise from shaking your camera could well be the few moving parts, including IBIS.
    I don't shoot video.
    So, as far as stills photography is concerned, I would offer you reassurance that your camera is good.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from CozzolinoPhoto in A7rii after 8 months   
    Yeah, a lot of reviews say the a7r cameras aren't the greatest for wildlife, I think because the time it takes to process high res photos means the speed of continuous shooting is compromised.
    Dust on the sensor of any mirrorless camera is more common than SLT or DSLR cameras because they lack the mirror that helps protect the sensor (SLT are susceptible to dust on the mirror that can show up - and the mirror is fragile). However, careful changing of lenses, regular use of in camera sensor cleaning or blowing with a puffer - lens off, camera facing down - helps a lot. When a sensor gets too dirty for these steps to work properly, I've been surprised how easy it is to clean the sensor using a correct size sensor swab with a drop of sensor cleaning fluid on it. eg: VSGO sensor cleaning kit. (follow instructions carefully. And it's worth watching Tony Colthrop's youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=240DGR4u_0M
    Personally I don't delete photos until I can view them on my computer.
    The Pros you mention are why I'm hoping to buy an a7Rii soon.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from Bill Steinmetz in Sony A68 being used with Minolta lenses   
    Good luck!
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from alasdairmac in Sony, No Military Support???   
    Which nation?
    Japan? China?Iraq? U.S.A.? Russia?
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from Pieter in Sony, No Military Support???   
    Which nation?
    Japan? China?Iraq? U.S.A.? Russia?
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from siamak in sony 12-24 f2.8 GM vs zeiss batiss 18f2.8+sony 24f1.4 GM   
    Personally I would go for the zoom lens rather than the 2 prime lenses, partly because of the versatility and partly because of the 12mm option. To my untrained eye, looking at samples on line, sharpness is excellent with all 3 lenses, but I suspect professionals might opt for the 2 prime lenses.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from LiveShots in Minolta AF Reflex 500   
    This conversation started in the topic about whether to use filters or not.
    Where I thought my Minolta 500mm reflex could not take screw on filters, I was informed it could. I investigated furthether to find that the lens hood I thought was integral could indeed be removed to reveal an 82mm diameter thread. I've now bought myself a UV filter to protect the lens and have found my Firecrest filter system fits as well (for polarising and creative filters).
    To move forward... as Xykes says, I also believe this lens (or the Sony branded identical lens) to be the only Autofocus reflex lens ever produced.
    I love it, although it has a fixed aperture of f/8 and some people find "doughnutting" a problem with this type of lens. 
    It is the lightest lens in my kit, so I am happy to keep it in my bag, whereas my other 500mm lens tends to get left behind unless I am specifiacally going out after wildlife or the moon.
    I also find I can use it hand held for wildlife - not needing my monopod so much.
    Here are a couple of pics I have taken with it.

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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from Rea in Is it a good time to buy the A6400?   
    It looks a good buy to me. Gadgety bits on cameras are being added very regularly nowadays, but some of the key points with digital cameras are:
    The size of the sensor. Full Frame gives the best quality for the same number of pixels (but are most expensive and tend to use  up memory - so many people only buy if they plan to print  big prints) APS-C sensors (as in the  alpha 6400 give good rendition on A3 paper and currently seem to be most popular with enthusiast photographers.
    Micro 4 thirds are smaller and are popular with photographers who like to travel light or be discreet (like street photographers) The sensor in smart phones have very small sensors, so (for the same number of pixels) have the least quality of image (This is not noticeable if you only keep your photos on a computer).
    The number of pixels on a sensor has an effect on quality - the higher the number, the better the quality but this requires more storage. I think most enthusiasts are happy with around 20MP. (But often dream of affording more!)
    Fast autofocus is nice.
    A 6400 doesn't have image stabilisation in the body but the kit lens options both have stabilisation in the lens.
    Hope this is of some use. Have fun exploring the realms of digital. There is a free on-line course which I found useful at https://chrisbrayphotography.com/courses/online/
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from SonyUser01 in Switch to a full frame Sony   
    I guess you're looking for e-mount so you can use your current lenses? The crunch specification you give is "not too expensive". 
    New, the Alpha 7 series full frame cameras start at £1000 with the A 7 II (body only). 
    I have not used one, but the specs appear to good for HD Video, 24 MP stills and good AF. 
    I think low light capability is partly related to the quality of your lenses, partly related to how well the software deals with noise  and then the quality of the sensor.
    Hopefully users of different A7 models can give you more insight.
    A couple of points from my experience of moving up to Full frame. I needed to upgrade my wide angle lenses because the APS-C lenses cropped out the corners of photos. Secondly, used gear from reputable camera shops or specialists like MPB can be very good value, allowing you to add a quality lens or two for what you would pay new.
    Good luck with your quest.
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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from LiveShots in Mystical cold forest   
    Taken at -20 dogs. with a wind blowing in the forest around Levi in arctic Finland.
    An early attempt of mine at B&W conversion - not that it needed much as the snow is white and the sky is grey anyway!

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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from LiveShots in Isolation   
    Anyone got photos capturing the feeling of Isolation?
    Here's my effort. Taken in Vesterålen Norway.

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    thebeardedgroundsman got a reaction from LiveShots in Black East Indian ducks   
    I spotted these two on my way home from work - I believe they are Black East Indian ducks (from America - not India)
    I spotted them as Black ducks through the reeds, but when I got closer the iridescence appeared.
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