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Lucas last won the day on September 24 2015

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  1. I had the Sigma 24-70 mm f2.8 EX DG HSM for five years with a Sony A700, A900, A99 and A7 ( with LA-EA3 ). I liked its general performance, very accurate AF, quite sharp at the center and loosing a bit at the corners. I finally sold it with my A99 after I bought a Sony A7II and a Sony FE Tessar 24-70 f4 ZA OSS. Like you, I don't think it's as sharp as I expected for a Zeiss ( I have the Sony FE 70-200 f4 G OSS and it's waay sharper and with a faster AF). Now I'm planning to buy a Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG HSM Art for Sony A ( a good use for the LA-EA3), which is a bit heavy for my liking but I've read good reviews about it. The Sony Tessar 24-70 OSS will go for sale...! If you have any info on that Sigma lens, I'd be mostly grateful if you could drop me a line! Good luck on your choices!!
  2. GOLEM, I TOTALLY AGREE with you. I've been involved with photography since the early seventies, having used several cameras like Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, Fuji, etc, but mostly Minolta and Sony in the last 25 years. My last DSLR was a Sony A99. Now I only use mirrorless ( Sony A7II, Sony A6000 ) and sold most of my "A"mount lens collection (Sigma/Tamron/Minolta/Sony) - kept a few which I use with an LA-EA3 adapter. I also kept some MF lenses - Minolta Rokkor, Nikon, Fuji, Rokinon, Contax, Voigtlander - which I always enjoyed! I NEVER LOOKED BACK!!
  3. I've upgraded my A7 II to 3.10 firmware. No noticeable improvements, BUT now the phase detection "dancing points" don't show anymore with either Sony Zeiss FE 24-70mm f4 lens or Sony FE 70-200mm f4 G ! Also, when I set the AF area to "wide" it works same as the "zone" area!! Strange is that the phase detection points appear ( and work OK ) when I mount the Sigma 150mm f2.8 HSM OSS Macro with the LA-EA3 adapter !!! Please, any clues on what's happening?
  4. I'd be glad to see an A99II A-mount mirrorless, with all A7R2 specs, including the 5-axis IBIS ( or better ) and a modified version of A7RII`s 42MP sensor with the OS-PDAF sensors specifically designed for A-mount lenses. Having a similar in size body to the current A99 it would avoid overheating, have room for two SD cards and A99`s larger battery. Of course, some other features could also be introduced, like higher MP shots using IBIS sensor movement, etc. Anyway, I`m decided now in selling my A99 and most my A-mount lenses, since the A7II and A6000 have become my workhorses!
  5. I forgot to say that I`m using the Sony LA-EA3 adapter for all A-mount lenses. I also tested with the Sony 70-300 f4.5-6.3G SSM and it behaved similar to the other A mount lenses I tested up to now.
  6. I got the fw 2.0 for A7II yesterday on the Sony US support site! Installed without any problems. Just briefly, I tested with Sony EF 24-70 f4.0, AF speed is sensibly better ( with fw v. 1.02 ), no hunting in good light, in low light is slightly worse than ingood light, but still better than before. Also tested with Sigma 150 f2.8 macro HSM OSS ( Sony A-mount ), drastically improved AF speed, very close to Sony/Minolta A mount, still has a single hunt towards infinite and goes back to nail the precise AF point. That doesn't happen every time, mostly on lower light or small apertures ( above f5.6 ). With Minolta 70-200 f2.8 G SSM the AF speed improvement is similar to the Sigma 150 f2.8 tested, but almost no hunting at all. I'll post some pictures and more details later.
  7. I never used a PW, so the question: will it support TTL in this "basic trigger mode" (I have an A7II)? If not, is there any flash trigger brand which will support TTL on the Sony A7II? Thank you.
  8. I have both A7II and A99. I find the larger lenses ( 150mm and up ) are better handled with the A99 body, so generally I use lenses up to 135mm with the A7II body ( E, A and other mounts w/ adapter ) and lenses above that with the A99 body ( obviously A-mount ). IMHO an E-mount A99x mirrorless with current E-mount to sensor distance ( similar sensor as the A7RII - even more enhanced for AF ) maybe would provide the best of both worlds - a larger body to include all buttons, dials, etc, larger heat sink for sensor and processors, two card slots, better grip for large lenses and so on...! A-mount lenses would use an "LA-EA5" ring adapter ( no mirrors, motors ) enhanced from the LA-EA3, and older A-mount lenses could keep using the LA-EA4. I believe that would be a solution that would survive very well with the A7Xxx line for quite a while.
  9. A good discussion ( although a bit rough and long...). Anyway, now I'm quite anxious to move the focus ( no pun ) to Sony A7RII x Nikon D810 x Canon EOs 5DS R. Just two more months!
  10. A7RII announced on SAR .... I guess I was right...!!
  11. Yep, could be both those things. However it could also be that it's replacement is really around the corner!
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