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    XKAES got a reaction from SnappyMilt in G & M focusing screen identification in a850 & a900   
    Thanks for that tip.  Screen brightness is something to consider -- especially since most of my lenses are not "fast".
    As to the special tool, I don't need it.  The screen is pretty easy to remove with a small screwdriver and a pair of tweezers -- I've done it before.  It's much easier than with the older Minolta screens, but it is important to be careful, of course.
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    XKAES got a reaction from markku55 in To use a filter or not to use a filter on a lens?   
    Just curious.  Why would use NOT use filters "in terrible conditions"?  It seems to me that those would be the BEST times to use filters.
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    XKAES got a reaction from markku55 in To use a filter or not to use a filter on a lens?   
    All excellent points.  I've had a very expensive lens saved because I had a filter on the front -- it broke the fall.  I've also had a very expensive lens saved because I had a METAL lens hood on the front -- it broke the fall.  No, I'm not clumsy, and it was a LOT cheaper to replace the filter and the lens shade.  Just make sure your lens shades are metal.
    And I agree that a good quality filter will not degrade the image enough to make a difference, BUT a correct lens shade WILL make it better in lots of cases.
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    XKAES got a reaction from markku55 in Good bye A-mount - it was great knowing you   
    Keep in mind that Minolta has been making SLR lenses for almost 60 years -- and auto-focus lenses for almost 40 years.  There are lots and lots of great Minolta AF lenses that you can get for next to nothing.  They won't have all the bells & whistles of newer lenses -- like anti-shake stuff -- but the optics are probably the same.  Plus there are lots of independent lens makers that have been adding to the AF arsenal for just as long.  I recently bought a Minolta Maxxum 5 with a Sigma 24-200mm lens for $20.  I sold the camera for $30, and kept the lens.  That's about as cheap as you can get.
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    XKAES got a reaction from TVWXMAN in Brand New A7SIII Owner   
    Welcome to the Forum, and to retirement.  I suspect that you will find yourself busier in retirement than before -- so always keep a good night's sleep on your TO DO list!
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    XKAES 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?   
    What you are asking for is a "T" setting which is found on many older cameras and shutters, but not on newer gear.  Another example of "two steps forward, one step back".
    Some modern cameras accomplish this in several ways, such as a locking cable release, a locking remote-control release, or software settings.  Some of these are sold by the manufacturer or other companies.  In the case of most Sony cameras, earlier Minolta shutter release can be used.  I use a 30 year old, 15 foot long, Minolta Maxxum cable release on my Sony DSLR which has a locking feature and can be purchased for pennies nowadays.
    A couple are mentioned above, but I suspect the best place to start is your owner's manual.
    One BIG problem with long exposures on new cameras can be the battery -- but that is a different discussion.  Yet another example of "two steps forward, one step back".
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    XKAES got a reaction from Lili in Converter Sony and lens FE 4.5-5.6 /  70-300 G OSS   
    I have a great Tamron 20-60X (1000-3000mm) zoom spotting scope.  It has a t-mount built-in so it's easy to take photos with it.  I have, with a tripod, of course.  The results and not bad, but nothing to write home about.  Good for identifying distance wildlife, etc. but nothing worth putting in a frame!
    If you used your Kowa on your Maxxum 7000, and were satisfied with the results, you should have no problem attaching it to your Sony.  All you should need is an A-to-E adapter.  Since you won't need any focusing or aperture control through the camera, you can use any inexpensive adapter -- I would imagine.
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    XKAES got a reaction from Lili in Converter Sony and lens FE 4.5-5.6 /  70-300 G OSS   
    WOW!!!  I'm not a big fan of tele-converters, but at times they are helpful, and sometimes necessary.  This is really quite surprising, and something shutterbugs should be aware of and consider when buying these cameras.
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    XKAES got a reaction from scrane in To use a filter or not to use a filter on a lens?   
    Alas, it's easy to spout off claims without any evidence.  Unfortunately, I guess some of us still haven't had enough of that!
    Photography is not alone in being an arena full of beliefs -- much of which is just opinion sold as fact.  Decades ago, I learned from Dr. Richard Henry's book, "Controls in Black and White Photography" (1983, 1986), to always run your own tests -- don't simply believe what some photographer or author or guru says.  So I do.
    I use UV filters on all of my lenses.  The only time I take them off is when I want to avoid vignetting when using additional filters.  My main reason for using them is to protect the front glass of my lenses, but they are also important in keeping my lenses clean.  Dust is everywhere, and I never mind cleaning an easily replaced UV filter, instead of wearing out/scratching the coating on my lenses.
    It's so easy to trash this "filters are bad" opinion.  Just take a test shot with and without any filter.  YOU BE THE JUDGE.
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    XKAES got a reaction from michelb in Manual focus lenses   
    For some of use, it is just an issue of control.  Some of us even prefer manual exposure -- at least some of the time.  And the auto-focusing cameras don't always focus where you want.  On top of that, one of the great features of many manual-focusing lenses is a much longer focusing "throw" which gives you finer focusing when you want to focus manually.
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    XKAES got a reaction from rhooman in Recovering video files from semi-formatted FCExpress card   
    There are lots of other software packages -- SPINRITE, MINITOOL POWER DATA RECOVERY, NORTON UTILITIES, etc., but I think it will be a waste of time.  A lot depends on how the formatting is done.  A QUICK FORMAT simply deletes the FAT (File Allocation Table) and does not touch the actual data files on the drive.  In the case of a QUICK format the files are easy to retrieve.  But I don't know if Sony's FORMAT is QUICK or FULL.  But in your case, stopping the format in the middle certainly complicates things -- whether it was QUICK or FULL.  If the files are REALLY important, I'd send it to a company that specializes in recovery -- and cross your fingers.
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    XKAES got a reaction from scrane in Filter vs No Filter   
    It's only "controversial" to people who want it to be controversial.  To people like yourself, and myself -- who have test results -- it's not.  That's like saying the COVID vaccine is controversial.  It only is to the people who choose to put their lives at risk!
    I have UV filters on all of my lenses -- not just to reduce UV light (which is a bigger deal for film than digital sensors) but to protect my lens glass.
    Thanks for your test results, anyway!
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    XKAES got a reaction from Pieter in Filter vs No Filter   
    It's only "controversial" to people who want it to be controversial.  To people like yourself, and myself -- who have test results -- it's not.  That's like saying the COVID vaccine is controversial.  It only is to the people who choose to put their lives at risk!
    I have UV filters on all of my lenses -- not just to reduce UV light (which is a bigger deal for film than digital sensors) but to protect my lens glass.
    Thanks for your test results, anyway!
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    XKAES got a reaction from ben7 in Daytime and Nighttime Moon   
    Since the moon is always fully lit by the sun, all you need is the f-16 rule to correctly expose for it.
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    XKAES got a reaction from Gripeshots in Has anyone use a "K&F concept" filter?   
    For PL filters, it depends on your camera which you can/should use.  You need to do a little research there.
    For ND filters, all I know about variable ND filters is that they are much more expensive.  I have three ND filters -- 1-stop, 2-stops, and 10-stops -- all are 77mm Hoya multi-coated.  Each of them cost $10-20.  You need to do a little research here, as well.
    The time you spend checking things out will make sure you get the right filters for you!
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    XKAES got a reaction from Don Taft in a7iii to FE 200-600mm lens rotational looseness   
    If the 200-600 shows no movement on the video cameras, that would suggest the A7iii camera has the "problem".
    If the 28-70 shows no movement on the A7iii camera, that would suggest the 200-600 lens has the "problem".
    I'd suggest that the "problem" is normal, minor, variance between that particular lens and that particular camera.
    I have lots of cameras and lots of lenses -- and some combinations are slightly tighter than others, and some are slightly looser.
    If your results are good, just keep an eye on it -- and find something else to worry about.
     
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    XKAES got a reaction from Pieter in Sony 200-600 mm Lens for Astrophotography?   
    Look at his specs.  This is nothing anyone can do with a Sony 200-600mm zoom.  Try it yours self.
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    XKAES got a reaction from LiveShots in First shot with Minolta MC Macro Rokkor 50mm f3.5   
    I just got this lens.  Here's my first shot -- geranium flower -- taken at 1:1 (1X, life-size).  1/15s at f11.  Sony a850 -- un-retouched using mirror lock- up and remote release.

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    XKAES got a reaction from davetuck in a-mount 600mm lens help please.   
    Really LONG A-mount (or E-mount) lenses can be hard to find and will be expensive, large and heavy -- whether zoom or fixed.
    For really long work, you might want to look at non-A-mount lenses.  They are, of course, non-auto-focusing, but are easy to find and much less expensive.  They can be found in refractive or reflexive models up to 2000mm -- and you will need an adapter.
    I have a Honeywell 1250mm f10 that I got for $100.
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