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  1. Hi all. I had the A9, mounted with the 24 - 70 2.8. Ok the lens is quite heavy, and you have to support the camera, while the other hand does the zooming. I was doing some shots beside a boatyard, and was slightly down angled, while trying to zoom between the fence bars ! The lens release button, is just at the end of the handgrip ! Due to my position, long fingers, and gripping the weight, while composing the shot, meant that I had inadvertently pressed the lens release button ! Instead of zooming, the lens unscrewed, and dropped to the concrete. Strangely enough, the B&W UV filter, stayed intact, but about a third of the front lens scabbed off ! Also the mount got damaged so it would not return to the camera body. Thank god, I took out the extra insurance... I am 64, and never in my life, have I ever dropped a lens, until now ! My point is, other cameras I have owned, have had the lens release button, on the opposite side of the handgrip, so people with either large hands or long fingers, cannot accidentally release a lens ! Yes, I had the A 7 II for a few years, then got the A9, and never had a problem, until yesterday, where a combination of angle and weight, had a disasterous effect ! Thank god the lens is on the extended Jessops warranty through D & G . I wil keep you updated on this. Cheers
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    DESIGN FAULT IN A 7 seriesn & A 9

    see your time line point; however, after 50 years of handling Nikon SLR's, with the release button on the left, last year with my new Sony a7rIII was the first time I experienced the issue. I will learn and retrain and it won't happen again but it doesn't absolve Sony. EXACTLY !!!!!
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    DESIGN FAULT IN A 7 seriesn & A 9

    Having worked for the MOD, doing the R&D on various things, If it was found, that an operator, could inadvertently trigger a weapon, while doing a routine maneuver , .... That was classed as a design fault and the " Trigger " was moved elsewhere, so it could not be inadvertently operated. Thats what we called a design fault ! Thank you Bokehobo, for your understanding. I am glad your lens did not fall off ! Going by the comments, you would think some people here, were on the Sony design team ! And I maintain.. the lens release button, should be either at the 6 o clock position or the 5 o clock position. C heers
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    DESIGN FAULT IN A 7 seriesn & A 9

    If , like other cameras, the lens release button was on the other side of the lens , it would not have happened. Guess you have small hands.
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    A7III batteries going flat

    Ah, Ok, you have stacked up, a couple of things there ! I have no Idea....... Take things off, one at a time, then see what happens. I have not used any kind of interactive adapter. The only adapter I know about, is the... non autofocus, non interactive ...adapter, that fits my old minolta lens to , the A 9. It has no electrical connexions at all, therefore, no power loss. Hope this helps.
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    A7III batteries going flat

    That, is news to me. I have an A9 and Bossie Bessie has the A 7 R III, and we do not have a problem at all. Ok our batteries are all Sony originals, charged in the Sony original charger. Bossy uses her A 7 R III on a daily basis, I,m more of a weekly person, but the batteries are huge, compared to the A 7 II, where yes we were changing batteries daily. Please get back to us, and explain in detail.... How many days, are you talking about, between charges , and your usage, since you say the battery goes flat ?
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    haze or fungus

    Sorry, been busy with life stuff.... However , it does look like fungus to me ! Be very careful in what you do, because if it is a fungus, then the whole lens body can be infected by spores. They can even migrate into the camera body and wreak havock there ! A friend of mine, had to ditch a rather expensive older nikon lens, since the cost of a total teardown & cleaning, was beyond economical sense ! Just because you cannot see the spores, does not mean they are not there ! If you have a jar of jam, that has mould on top, you do not just scrape the mould off the top - because you know, the whole jar is infected. Therefore, you BIN it ! Sorry to bring such bad news !
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    Is there a battery charger supplied with the A7iii?

    I find that, rather strange, as I pre ordered an A9 though a London Jessops, and it came with a charger. My partner, ordered an A 7 R lll through the same shop, and hers also came with a charger. My older A7 ll however, did not come with a charger, so I just bought a cheap non Sony one, and it worked perfectly. Before rushing out & buying a charger, check the contents of the box first. Also, some shops & amazon, sell chargers that include a spare battery. Cheers WTC
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    We Need an Off Topic Tread !

    Ok, I did what most people do, when a neighbours computer, starts sending out bogus messages for help & needing $ 1000 immediately. Clearly a load of bunkum, due to the wording. Anyway I did some googling and found that the best A/V for a Mac, is : Bit Defender. Well, I ran into some problems downloading the programme. Finally got it to work, but I am not sure I'm getting the whole package ! On the Antivirus side, its saying 100% 1 yr cover. Yet despite also paying for malware & virus protection, that comes up as a 30 day Trial. Sorry but my bill at $ 138 includes both for a year ! I even got sent 2 different Activation Codes ! No Probs ! Ill just email the help centre link ! NO, you canot ! .......... Cos That Address ... Don't Exist ! Then, looking through stuff, I came across loads of dissatisfied customers, all saying the same : Bit Defender has no customer support ! It gives no Refunds ! So , why are all these magazines, saying, its the best AV for Mac ? Not one of the reports, mention lack of clarity or ... NO customer support Also, lots of people are saying that ; Hidden in the first order, is an automatic renewal, in 12 months ! So, to avoid an automatic renewal, in about 11 months you need to report your card as lost or stolen... Presumably then..... You do not waste hours on the phone being shunted ; To & Fro,between various Bit Defender departments ?? Anyone, with any insight to BitDefender ? Any Short Cut numbers to Customer Service ? Any Help will be greatly Appreciated ! Cheers
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    Bit Defender AV SCAM !

    Ok, I did what most people do, when a neighbours computer, starts sending out bogus messages for help & needing $ 1000 immediately. Clearly a load of bunkum, due to the wording. Anyway I did some googling and found that the best A/V for a Mac, is : Bit Defender. Well, I ran into some problems downloading the programme. Finally got it to work, but I am not sure I'm getting the whole package ! On the Antivirus side, its saying 100% 1 yr cover. Yet despite also paying for malware & virus protection, that comes up as a 30 day Trial. Sorry but my bill at $ 138 includes both for a year ! I even got sent 2 different Activation Codes ! No Probs ! Ill just email the help centre link ! NO, you canot ! .......... Cos That Address ... Don't Exist ! Then, looking through stuff, I came across loads of dissatisfied customers, all saying the same : Bit Defender has no customer support ! It gives no Refunds ! So , why are all these magazines, saying, its the best AV for Mac ? Not one of the reports, mention lack of clarity or ... NO customer support Also, lots of people are saying that ; Hidden in the first order, is an automatic renewal, in 12 months ! So, to avoid an automatic renewal, in about 11 months you need to report your card as lost or stolen... Presumably then..... You do not waste hours on the phone being shunted ; To & Fro,between various Bit Defender departments ?? Anyone, with any insight to BitDefender ? Any Short Cut numbers to Customer Service ? Any Help will be greatly Appreciated ! Cheers
  11. As you all know, I am new to this Digital malarkey. My last camera was a now broken Minolta XE 1. In those days, lenses had soft outer coatings, that would supposedly be ruined, by repeated wipes of cleaning cloths. Now I have the A7 II, with the Sony 18 - 200 and the Sony Zeiss 35 f 1.4. Some people are saying that the modern front lenses, have hard coatings, so you can wipe them as much as you like, without destroying the coating, and that the UV filter of yesteryear, is now ,no longer necessary. In fact the UV filter can detract from the sharpness of the lens ? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated , thanks. Wally The Confused
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    Hummingbird Moth

    I had sailed my boat, from Falmouth, out to the isles of Scilly , and I was anchored in the channel between Bryher & Tresco. I woke up next morning, and had one of them, hovering about 2 inches from my nose. It did make me jump, I thought it was a hornet ! When they are not hovering, they move so quickly , its incredible. Great Pic !
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    Sharpest 85mm legacy lens

    Thanks for your reply, I can see my memory is failing me. I was positive it was 1973 when I bought the lens new. However, it was not released until 1978 . Sorry ! ( Could a moderator correct my post , if possible ? ) Thanks
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    Sharpest 85mm legacy lens

    Hi I bought my 85mm 1.7 back in 73, Used it on an xe 1 til it broke, recently got an adapter for it . as shown I have not found much info on the lens lately, so, are you saying it is now a valuable lens ?
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    Shootout - Rokkor MD 24mm f2.8 vs. Sony Zeiss 16-35mm on Sony A7S II

    Lasse ! Sometimes, you have to ignore certain posts. You did ok ! In future, look at when the member joined, and how many posts they have. In this case, a Newbie, made a statement ! However, he had no explanation ! Dont Worry ! Be Happy ! Just like IamJF
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    Which camera strap for A7 II?

    Great, I am glad you found a solution to your quest !
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    Which camera strap for A7 II?

    I am too old to have a load of junk hanging around my neck ! It just makes me sore, the next day, so I wear a backpack, with my lil computer in it, as a counterweight. Then I clamp my Peak Design bracket to the left strap, and the Holder , screwed on the camera. OK it makes it difficult to use a tripod, but that is not part of my photography anyway. having the A7II at my left shoulder, with the quick release button, is great. The weight is spread all over the back pack, not just around my neck. Also the bracket locks the camera in place, so its not just dangling on the end of a strap. Bracket & holder costs about 54 quid at Jessops. OK , I do have the thin Peake Design strap around my neck, so , in the event of a mishap, I can still protect the camera. If you are younger, you can attatch the Bracket to your belt, and turn the Holder, accordingly. No doubt some artistic youngsters will find different ways to use the system. Its Good !
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    A7 II & Sony 18- 200 LE : Zombie Day

    Hi, These are handheld shots , no other equipment, but did do some slight lightroom tweaks. [/url]">http://://s294.photobucket.com/user/motoguzzimomma/media/20151010-DSC01220Zombie%20Day_zpsrmqzawbd.jpg.html][/url] AND [/url]">//s294.photobucket.com/user/motoguzzimomma/media/20151010-DSC01221Zombie%20Day_zpsjczdwung.jpg.html][/url] Perhaps someone can remove the posts above, that I cannot delete ? Thanks Berek
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    A7 II & Sony 18- 200 LE : Zombie Day

    Hi, These are handheld shots , no other equipment, but did do some slight lightroom tweaks. http://s294.photobucket.com/user/motoguzzimomma/media/20151010-DSC01220Zombie%20Day_zpsrmqzawbd.jpg.html%5D%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm103/motoguzzimomma/20151010-DSC01220Zombie%20Day_zpsrmqzawbd.jpg%5B/IMG%5D%5B/URL http://s294.photobucket.com/user/motoguzzimomma/media/20151010-DSC01220Zombie%20Day_zpsrmqzawbd.jpg.html][/url And http://s294.photobucket.com/user/motoguzzimomma/media/20151010-DSC01221Zombie%20Day_zpsjczdwung.jpg.html][/url
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    A7 II & Sony 18- 200 LE : Zombie Day

    To Anyone who can fix the above ? I have no idea what has happened, but on reviewing this post, the links did not work. So I used Edit, to try & sort it out. There are only 2 photos, but trying to edit , caused things to go a bit haywire, as I tried to re do the links, a different way. As soon as I hit EDIT The pictures appeared ? Then when I hit SAVE , they disappeared again ? Sorry, but any help would be greatly appreciated WTC.
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    Minolta Md Lens

    I have a Minolta MD Rokkor 85mm f 1.7 & I use it in Manual, or A ,with manual settings in the menu, no probs . The adapter does not have a manufacturers name, just a metal tube , from a company in the UK, I think it was SRB photographic, from memory. Hope this helps, good luck. Oh Yes my camera is the same as yours , the A 7 II
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    To UV Filter or Not to UV filter ?

    Very informative responses, Thanks very much . WTC.
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    Sony Zeiss 35mm f 1.4 Skewed Lens Problem

    Right, I left a comment, with Steve Huff, and last I saw, it was awaiting moderation. Now ? Nothing ! All I said , was , Steve, you have been duped ! It is evident, that a team of Sony Engineers put the Sony Zeiss 35 f 1.4 together, to send out to the main reviewers , like yourself ! Then, after you, and other renowned testers, put your incredible findings on your blogs , about this fantastic 35mm f1.4 lens. The Sony Zeiss people put a load of biscuit packers on the Sony Zeiss line. The FE 35mm f/1.4 is hit or miss as is with most Sony/Zeiss lenses. This is due to partly to poor quality control in Sony lenses but also to the poor lens design in the SEL35F14Z. . "There is one element left inside the front assembly, held tightly in place from a spanner ring behind it. We had a reason to check for all this: In some lenses the central elements are simply stacked with spacers, only the front and rear groups are held in place with threaded spanners. Internal groups can shift around with a drop or jar in that case. With the FE 35mm f/1.4 that won't happen, each group has its own spanner ring. On the other hand, there are no optical adjustments that can be made here. The entire group can be tilted on shims in the front. The group can also be rotated and inserted in one of 3 directions (which may help with tilt if the shims don't adjust it enough). But that's it." Your chances of getting a poor corner is greater, in retrospect you'll also get a great corner. This is because the internal group behind the front assembly as a whole can be tilted on the shim but individual adjustments can't be made here. "I think there's no question we've seen support for what a lot of people are claiming: the 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens is very likely to have some tilt with one corner or side out of the plane of focus. Depending on what you photograph this may make no difference to you, or may be a huge issue. But I doubt sending copy after copy back is going to make much difference (you may trade a soft right upper corner for a slightly soft left side, etc.). We've taken a couple of these apart and there's not a ton of optical adjustments that can be made: there are a set of shims behind the front group that can be modified a bit, but it's a crude and very time-consuming adjustment, so I don't think it's generally going to be something that can be fixed." If the owner returned it, he may have been unsatisfied with his copy, be it a poor corner or a side. You never really know. Jay said it himself "if a good copy" Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Teardown Sony Lenses subject to more Variance than CaNikon SO ! Do not rush out to buy anything that Steve Huff and his contemporaries tell you, because their lenses, are specially made ! You, there after, are left with the biscuit packers that put the lenses together for the masses ! If you do not believe me ...... Check the Fred Miranda & Digilloyd threads about the Sony Zeiss 35 mm f 1.4 & see for your self !
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