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  1. Try setting the camera to full auto mode (the green camera on the mode dial). Pics should turn out as nice as they did pre firmware update. Look at the auto settings used in that mode and start working from there. ISO 25600 is waaay too high. Set the max to 3200 or 6400 at most in very dim conditions.
  2. Ok, sorry to say but this is mostly user error. In both pics you're in Aperture priority mode. In the pic from 2022 you selected F/22 for aperture, which is really really small. Not only does the lens become soft at such a small aperture due to diffraction, your ISO is boosted to 25600 (!!!). This will cause heaps of noise. I don't really understand though why the camera picked such a fast shutter speed. Possibly there's a minimum shutter speed selected in the ISO-settings. In the pic from 2020 you selected a reasonable aperture of F/4. Combined with the much slower shutter speed this setting worked at ISO 100, resulting in a clean and noiseless image.
  3. It is. I had also suspected this lens to be totally unsusceptible to zoom creep. I guess the resistance of the zoom ring is so low that just the bare weight of the optical elements is enough to cause some creep, which is a real pity on a lens like this. Would have been nice if there was a knob to adjust friction of the zoom ring.
  4. That one is for charging the (old) NP-FW50 battery. Original Sony charger for Z100 batteries is this one: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-BCQZ1-Z-Series-Battery-Charger/dp/B06ZYSLXCY
  5. I just tried with my a6500 and 16-55 mm zoom and sure enough, both eyes lined up perfectly right at about 50 mm focal length. Hardly scientific but this sounds like a plausible explanation. Still, this is only relevant when looking through the viewfinder. After taking the shot you'll loose context and the relation with your actual human view: the captured image becomes just a very tight crop of that human view.
  6. The Minolta 50mm f/1.4 has a mechanical aperture ring. Are you using that? If you look through the lens, do you see the aperture size change physically if your turn that ring? If the camera says -- for the aperture value, this means there is no electronic coupling with the lens. Set camera to A or M mode and set aperture manually with the aperture ring on the lens.
  7. IBIS and lens stabilization can totally be used together. In fact, both mechanisms synergize for maximum effect.
  8. Humans have a binocular viewing angle of about 120°, which is roughly comparable to a lens with 10mm focal length on a fullframe camera. Most of that human field of view is peripheral vision though, hardly usable for recognizing subjects. Only about the central 7° cone is usable for recognizing faces, comparable to ~250mm focal length on a fullframe camera. To say that 50mm on FF most closely resembles the human field of view is therefore indeed nonsensical. Just like people claiming the human eye can discern 300 megapixels: it's our brains incredible post-processing abilities where most of the magic happens. As to your original question, I found an interesting read here. To quote from this source: "... the 50-mm anecdote persists—in part because of the history of lens manufacturing, but also because it taps into the latent fears, anxieties, and imaginations that surround the use of technology for seeing. It’s comforting to believe that there is a standard view, and that photographic apparatuses can reproduce it."
  9. Apparently, as per the E-mount license agreement, 3rd parties are not allowed to produce teleconverters for E-mount, nor do Sony teleconverters work on 3rd party lenses. So alas: your Sony teleconverter doesn't work on the Sigma 150-600 (it does fit and magnify, but you'll loose electronic coupling of the lens), nor does Sigma make teleconverters for E-mount.
  10. The i40 is a whole lot more powerful than the HVL-F20M and the F20M can't swivel horizontally. This alone would disqualify it for me: it can only flash forward or slightly upward.
  11. I had exactly the same criterion so I bought a Nissin i40 for my A6500. Very compact unit and pretty powerful for its size. What I love about it is that the flash head can rotate 180 degrees in either direction and can tilt almost vertical. I hate direct flash lighting so I'm always trying to find e.g. a white wall behind me to use as a reflection surface. The omnidirectional swivel head makes this very easy.
  12. Gratz on your purchase! As a long time APS-C user, the A7C got me tempted to switch to fullframe. I absolutely love the small 'rangefinder-style' form factor. What I really don't understand though is why Sony chose to cripple the A7C when it comes to ergonomics and customizability compared to the A6#00-cameras. If you compare it to the A6600 for example, the APS-C camera has 4 more customizable buttons (but lacks the exposure compensation dial), has a bigger viewfinder and a much deeper grip. Hope they fix these things with the A7CII.
  13. Did you try opening/converting the HEIF files with Sony Imaging Edge Desktop?
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