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    tinplater got a reaction from Clemham in 24-70 or 16-35 mm ?   
    The 24-70 2.8 is, in my opinion, the very best general purpose zoom available.  My objection to the 24-105 is the power zoom which I find irritating and compared to the 2.8 aperture of the 24-70, it is slow and much less useful for low light, interior shots, etc.  The optical performance of the 24-70 is amazing..it is like having a batch of primes in one unit.  If too expensive, the Tamron equivalent is probably very close.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Iansky in Is selling a7iii to buy a9 a good idea at this point of time?   
    I purchased my A9 lightly used for $2800 on Craigs List (prices have plummeted past month)  After keeping both bodies, I ultimately sold the A7III.  The autofocus live view tracking is amazing and was the deal sealer.  The only current advantage for me of the A7III was animal eye AF but that is coming to the A9 later this summer.  For most users, the 20fps silent shutter, and no blackout will be the compelling feature.
    Note however:  I do not like the double wheel dial that must be used to chose drive and focus mode.  It can be convenient but you no longer can memorialize those settings to a memory niche but physically must select what you want for the memory stations.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Egy in How do I view RAW files   
    It is complicated but lots of help available on line, particularly youtube.  For now, if you wish to pursue RAW, why not shoot RAW plus JPEG and have both formats available for you until you get comfortable,
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    tinplater got a reaction from Pieter in Sony 2x teleconverter is really great   
    Agree...I try to explain this to folks with a simple analogy...the lens projects its image on a screen (sensor).  Changing the size of the screen does nothing to the size of the projected image.  
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    tinplater got a reaction from Lescatalpas in A7 - Need help, lost documents from the store   
    This sounds pretty bogus.  I don't think I'm sending my documents to someone else!  And which store is Dizzy talking about.   Something doesn't pass the sniff test here.
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    tinplater got a reaction from ErikB in Sony alpha 3rd party lenses   
    My experience with Sigma has been very positive.  I would suggest you determine a list of focal length primes or zooms you wish to consider, then do some searching for reviews and opinions for individual lenses.  There are many superb non Sony lenses available.  Once you have arrived at a want list, then I personally would buy used on Ebay (where you can get a full refund, even if the seller won't accept returns)
    Remember that many of the non native  lenses will be manual focus, that auto focus with non sony lenses can be problematic...so you have to do some research.
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    tinplater got a reaction from boosted_ford in Prime lenses   
    Second the recommend for the Sigma 16.  I only have two cropped frame lenses...the Sigma and the 18-135.  Two almost compulsory lenses for the A6500 (or A6400 too!)
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    tinplater got a reaction from Wally The Confused in DESIGN FAULT IN A 7 seriesn & A 9   
    Just shows you can't please everybody.  But if there is one lens drop in a couple million lens mounts and zillions of images taken, I would think that's probably pretty good design.  The "design fault" may actually be your long fingers.
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    tinplater got a reaction from slackercruster in How do I view RAW files   
    It is complicated but lots of help available on line, particularly youtube.  For now, if you wish to pursue RAW, why not shoot RAW plus JPEG and have both formats available for you until you get comfortable,
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    tinplater got a reaction from Lescatalpas in focus mode squares on/off   
    I personally feel that it is reasonable to provide an answer if you have one to offer.  This forum is sorely lacking in participants; anything that can be done to be helpful seems worthwhile to me.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Alastair M in Help with AF questions (Sony a9) - manual and Sony won't help   
    It is a bit of a steep learning curve, I found about a half a dozen youtube videos very helpful with auto focus.  Also with setting up custom button functions and basic settings for the camera.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Johnhoward28 in New A6500 owner needing lens advice.   
    All of your requirements can not be met within your budget.  However I think the absolute best choice for you is the Sony 18-135 which is one dollar under budget.  After you have that  lens, my next purchase recommendation would be to add  the Sigma 16mm 1.4
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    tinplater got a reaction from Peter Mitchell in Sony A7iii and Nissin i40 flash combination: anyone using?   
    Preface by saying I rarely use flash.  However I do have the Nissin i40 and i60 flashes and they work perfectly.  You should start by going to the menu camera icon #1 page 11/14 "Flash".  I use fill flash, flash comp 0 Exp Comp Ambient & Flash.  Set my flash unit to TTL (left dial) and Exp to 0.0 (large right dial)  Because these dials can inadvertantly be moved, I put a small white sticker on the dial for alignment at above settings.  I like to use manual on the camera and experiment with different shutter speeds, aperture, exp. compensation to get a nice balance between ambient and flash lighting.
    This should get you started with some properly exposed images...after that you're on your own to explore the confusing number of adjustments you can make to your flash photography.
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    tinplater got a reaction from LiveShots in The 100-400 GM : a great high quality versatile lens   
    Thank you for sharing.  I have the lens and have found it to be superb as well.  It is also useful as a portrait lens when you don't want (or can't) get close to your subject.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Claude B. in Which telephoto lens, 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 vs. 18-105mm F4 G OSS ?   
    I have owned both lenses, and for me, it was a no contest with the 18-135 superior.  I do not shoot video, so the power zoom feature was annoying.  The 18-135 is the best general purpose, walk around zoom I have ever used from an image quality, size and weight aspect.  It plus the Sigma 16mm 1.4 make up a superb, lightweight, flexible kit.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Lindyhop66 in Sony 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 VS Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VS sony 70-200 f/4 VS Canon 70-200 f/4 + Sigma mc11   
    Welcome!  I don't like any of your choices, to be honest.  I  have personal experience with the 24-240 and the 70-200 F4. I hated the 24-240!  It lacks contrast and sharpness and would be an awful landscape lens in my opinion.  The 70-200 F4 is a wonderful lens, but tele not as useful as wide angle for many landscape shots.  I think you should carefully consider...do you need the huge zoom range you have listed?  Have you excluded primes?  Finally adapting lenses (and I had about half a dozen quality Canon) is inferior, in broad terms, to native lenses and MC-11 is not compatible with all Canon lenses plus it adds about an inch and a half to the length.  Want a cheap but sharp little lens?  Try a Sigma 19 (about $100 on Ebay).  Or a 30mm.  Or a 60mm.  If you wanted to spend a bit more for a quality landscape lens at a reasonable price I would suggest the Sony Zeiss 35mm 2.8.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Johnhoward28 in FF lens on asp-c?   
    Not only yes, many people do to get a smaller field of view.  A 50mm full frame lens becomes the "equivalent" of approx. 75mm because the smaller camera sensor is not using the periphery of the lens' projected image.  Really the only down side of using full frame lenses is they are more expensive, larger, heavier.
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    tinplater got a reaction from kalforever in Looking for a portrait lens   
    I haven't used the 90mm macro for portraits but did find this snapshot using the lens with my dog as the subject...

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    tinplater got a reaction from Iansky in 85mm f1.8 first portrait images - loving it.   
    Really well done!
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    tinplater got a reaction from Chrissie in AF-On button back button focus A73   
    Sounds like you have Manual Focus Assist "On".  This is camera tab 1 page 13 in menu.
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    tinplater got a reaction from PeterMac in Which telephoto lens, 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 vs. 18-105mm F4 G OSS ?   
    I have owned both lenses, and for me, it was a no contest with the 18-135 superior.  I do not shoot video, so the power zoom feature was annoying.  The 18-135 is the best general purpose, walk around zoom I have ever used from an image quality, size and weight aspect.  It plus the Sigma 16mm 1.4 make up a superb, lightweight, flexible kit.
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    tinplater got a reaction from DrJohn in Raw vs JPEG   
    RAW allows you more control of the image in post processing but for many (like me) shooting in extra fine JPEG is all I need.  I am not a professional or commercial photographer and just shoot for my own pleasure, occasionally making a 13 x 19 print and then trying to convince my wife to find some wall space to display my effort!
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    tinplater got a reaction from kliphe in New A7 III keeps locking up   
    I personally would do a camera reset and then determine the camera functions properly.  Then gradually recustomize the camera and see if the problem resurfaces.
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    tinplater got a reaction from Fabercula in Sony 90mm macro looks dull and washed out?   
    That is RAW.  Cook your image a bit, either in post or shoot RAW and JPEG simultaneously.  I love the rendering of my lens:
     
     

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    tinplater got a reaction from Lescatalpas in Looking For feedback forSony - Sonnar T FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA   
    This was the first native lens I purchased for my A7R.  I still have it!  I like everything about it (now that it's paid for)...it's small size, Zeiss rendering qualities, sharpness, and nice handling.  I did loose the minute lens hood that came with it, but found an aftermarket metal ventilated (not solid) hood that works great.  So easy to put in your pocket if not on camera.  Here's a shot I took during a round of golf at We-Ko-Pa golf course in Fountain Hills, AZ

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