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  1. Not dust. Hot / stuck pixels. Dust on sensor is more of a blur or smudge on image. Not as sharply defined as these specks. Return camera. They never self heal themselves miraculously.
  2. For me the USB port for power is useless since I use that port to trigger record or zoom when rigged up. I have a base that uses NP battery connected to a dummy battery in the camera. I cut the provided cord short and hard wired the cable for when it's rig mounted where the power is close to the camera. Quickly disconnected if need be. If I'm running an external monitor/recorder I hook to the base with a different connection I made from a dead battery. If I don't have the camera in a rig I can still use the external power supply by running it off the extension. Sometimes the battery's in my pocket. Sometimes its Velcroed to my wrist.
  3. Not a design flaw but OPERATOR ERROR. Simple as that. Had a 70-300 land on the lens hood straight to the concrete because I didn't rotate it to lock. Didn't blame the camera for a design flaw. Blamed myself for being careless and inattentive. If it was truly a design flaw the internets will be replete with similar horror stories. I suppose Sony could fashion something requiring a key to be inserted and rotated before you swapped lenses but that punishes EVERYONE instead the minuscule number who need parental guidance. Face it... You screwed up. Happens to us all, but only once if we learned something from it.
  4. Don't know why things would be any different on the 7Riii but on my 7Sii I routinely record with a the USB multiport occupied by either the Sony wireless trigger (in photo) or a Fotga wired remote when rigged up and get video on both the rear screen and a Blackmagic VA 5.
  5. Even if it's not precisely what you're looking for there's still a benefit of using an external recorder. Here's the specs of internal vs. external recording at 1080 on a shoot and a comparison frame of the results. By itself I resigned myself to accept whatever I got internally on most assignments but the colors from the ProRes 442 files did justice to the colors on this one. Though satisfied with the final edit I'm curious what notching it up to ProRes 442 HQ would have turned out.
  6. Odd but taking a wild guess here... Stabilization turned off? It's recommended for tripod use. When shooting with a matte box if I'm not careful shooting towards the sun or have the flag off position I'll get a reflection of the lens on the 2nd surface of the filter but it presents much larger than what's shown here.
  7. A7Sii with shutter stuck closed. Sent in for repair*. Three weeks later it returns. Firmware Ver 3.0 with new settings for timecode and mode dial selected on rear screen from what I can tell but the problem I have is I can no longer trigger to record video or operate zoom on 18-105 lens either with Sony wireless remote (receiver connects to cam vis USB) or the Fogota cabled remote (connects to USB) I affix to the mobile rig. The remote WILL, however, trigger shutter release for photos but is dead for video or zoom. Remotes operate on A7iii fine, just not on my repaired 7Sii. I've gone through the settings and can't see anything I missed that would prevent the operations I mentioned. Any ideas before I send it off under their 90 day repair warranty? *REPAIRS: A complete repair and return all functions to factory. REPLACE: Mech rear grip. Top housing hot shoe. Front grip
  8. I'd look at mine but it won't be back from repair until Friday but there's a naming convention in SETTINGS (the wrench icon?) somewhere. One selection just racks up images in numerical order in a solitary DICM folder. The other (this from memory since I once had things set the way you do before I switched it back) makes a new folder based on a new day and then numbers all start at 1 in each of those DAY folders. One DICM folder with multiple DAY based folders with images in each folder all starting with 00001.jpg. Something like that. Once to the drive I rename all those wonky numbers to whatever the event was. (001 Tri Motor.jpg, 001 Via Colori.jpg, 001 Kites.jpg, etc.)
  9. Looks like it could be the thin factory applied screen protector's still on. If so peel it off and apply a proper protector. If not go look at a screen that sells this camera. If neither the temporary protector nor the screen resembles a like camera, send for an exchange before it's too late. (Looks like the shipping protector to me.)
  10. I hook USB 3 cables to USB 2 ports all the time. Just means the transfer isn't as quick. What's the error say? The text file is XML which tells the camera info about the corresponding video file. Really no way I found it to be any use in FCPX. I always format FRESH cards in camera to be certain there's proper communication and NEVER us a card formatted in a Sony in a Canon or Olympus. Discovered it may work well for a while but then the systems sometimes get confused, wonking out some files.
  11. What does the folder structure / files look like on the card? I've never had this problem. Video files are nestled inside the PRIVATE folder. Hook us thru cameras USB and see what you get. Sometimes I have problems with the card reader itself not allowing me to change names on the card but never had any Sony created files not recognized.
  12. Gunk on the sensor. Take a CLOSE look with a flashlight held at an angle. The smallest of specs can have huge repercussions. Brother had the same ringworm artifacts and other divots on his camera. I get them on my sensor no matter how careful I am cleaning the lens and housing cavity swapping lenses. Get a wet clean kit and have at it. Brother was going to take it in to be done for $40 but convinced him the kit's the same amount and there'll be a time on a shoot it needs to be cleaned NOW and not two days later. Bulb blowing and in camera sensor cleaning almost never clean it completely.
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