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  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in Sufi Faqir in People.
    Great shot. It also displays that elusive "photographic" quality you get with the older Minolta and Sony lenses. The new lenses are a bit too clinical for my liking.
  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in 70-300 on 7RM3? Or 70-200 and crop? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    Is it the f4 or GM lens you're thinking of? In any case I have two points on this conundrum. 1) The extra stops of light on the 200mm are more useful than the extra length on the 300mm. 2) If you a...
  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in Should i buy the S0ny 35mm 1.8 in Sony Alpha APS-C Lenses.
    The 35/1.8 is a great lens. Autofocus performs very well, image quality is good and it has useful normal field of view. I often use it as a walkaround lens. The short minimum focus distance means y...
  • Love to Cook%s's Photo
    Love to Cook has posted in Should i buy the S0ny 35mm 1.8 in Sony Alpha APS-C Lenses.
    My thanks to both of you for the advice.  I will try my kit lens on 35mm and as to why I was looking at it is because I do not own a prime, want to use it to improve low light photography and...
  • thefsb%s's Photo
    thefsb has posted in 70-300 on 7RM3? Or 70-200 and crop? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    I want the 70-200 but worry I'll use it less because it's big and white. My habit is to casually take the camera with one lens (usually 1.8/55 or 1.8/85) as an accessory just in case I want to snap...
  • tinplater%s's Photo
    tinplater has posted in Should i buy the S0ny 35mm 1.8 in Sony Alpha APS-C Lenses.
    You need to answer the question, "why do I want to purchase a prime in the first place?" Main considerations are: 1.Better optical performance 2.Improved low light photography 3.Compact size (depen...
  • tinplater%s's Photo
    tinplater has posted in 70-300 on 7RM3? Or 70-200 and crop? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    I'm attracted to the 70-300 over either 70-200 because it's more inconspicuous. Apart from that its only advantage is zoom beyond 200mm. But in that range its sharpness is relatively weak.  ...
  • Pieter%s's Photo
    Pieter has posted in Should i buy the S0ny 35mm 1.8 in Sony Alpha APS-C Lenses.
    I'd suggest you try your 18-55 on 35 mm for a day or two and see how you like that focal length. For my personal use I find it too narrow for general indoor use and too wide for portraiture so I st...
  • thefsb%s's Photo
    thefsb has started 70-300 on 7RM3? Or 70-200 and crop? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    I'm attracted to the 70-300 over either 70-200 because it's more inconspicuous. Apart from that its only advantage is zoom beyond 200mm. But in that range its sharpness is relatively weak.   P...
    • thefsb

      I want the 70-200 but worry I'll use it less because it's big and white. My habit is to casually take the camera with one lens (usually 1.8/55 or 1.8/85) as an accessory just in case I want to snap something. I'm torn because I worry I'll be disappointed with the 70-300 IQ but, otoh, I might not want to walkabout looking like a ham photog with pro gear.

       

      I guess the conclusion here is that I need to work on my self-consciousness.

    • Jaf-Photo

      Is it the f4 or GM lens you're thinking of?

      In any case I have two points on this conundrum.

      1) The extra stops of light on the 200mm are more useful than the extra length on the 300mm.

      2) If you actually do look like a ham photographer, the colour of the lens won't matter.

  • johnrsims43%s's Photo
    johnrsims43 has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Oops, double post. I see "edit", but I do not see "delete"?
  • johnrsims43%s's Photo
    johnrsims43 has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    sixzeiss and Jaf, Thanks for your guidance. As mentioned earlier I had opened aperture to "max", but also made other changes as well, so not possible for me to attribute improvements to which chang...
  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Like 6zeiss says, wide aperture may give you better focus. The stop down focus is fast and quiet so you'll only notice if you look for it. The studio discussion is mainly because stop down focus is...
  • sixzeiss%s's Photo
    sixzeiss has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    You might as well shoot that lens wide open (f5.6 @ 400mm IIRC), the AF system needs all the contrast/light it can get. With birds, DOF is less important than getting precise focus on the feathers...
  • johnrsims43%s's Photo
    johnrsims43 has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Thanks Jaf. I did search around a bit for the "Stop down focus" issue, but mostly found discussions from 2016. This seems to have been a problem for studio settings (not sure if it still is), andI'...
  • Plantingchickens%s's Photo
    Plantingchickens has posted in Lightroom import auto LUT's/Grades images? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Hey! Thanks for the reply.Probably the most useful info I've gotten compared to talking to both Sony and Adobe.haha.     I just double checked, my Gamma Display Assist in camera is '...
  • Kent%s's Photo
    Kent has posted in Lightroom import auto LUT's/Grades images? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Hi! I have had the same question in the past shooting RAW and importing into the newest version of LR.Turns out the first image you see, even though you shoot RAW, is a jpg created within the RAW f...
  • LiveShots%s's Photo
    LiveShots has posted in Seashore sunset in Landscape & Travel.
    I like #2 a lot… but I wonder how it would look with the tree cropped out completely?
  • Plantingchickens%s's Photo
    Plantingchickens has posted in Lightroom import auto LUT's/Grades images? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Hmm... I tried that.Didn't seem to do any adjustments.   Here is an example of what's happening.I went out to do a few test shots with it. Here is the Raw image in the Import Screen, but once...
  • siuma%s's Photo
    siuma has started BUGS SHOOT in Nature & Wildlife.
    BY A7R2 +  Voigtlander APO-Macro 65 mm F2
  • siuma%s's Photo
    siuma has started Seashore sunset in Landscape & Travel.
    ENJOY 
    • LiveShots

      I like #2 a lot… but I wonder how it would look with the tree cropped out completely?

  • Love to Cook%s's Photo
    Love to Cook has started Should i buy the S0ny 35mm 1.8 in Sony Alpha APS-C Lenses.
    I currently have the Sony 10-18 mm, 55-210 and the 18-55 kit lens.  I was thinking of purchasing my first prime the Sony E 35mm 1.8 however I do not want to spend the money if my other lenses...
    • Love to Cook

      My thanks to both of you for the advice.  I will try my kit lens on 35mm and as to why I was looking at it is because I do not own a prime, want to use it to improve low light photography and of course better optical performance

    • Jaf-Photo

      The 35/1.8 is a great lens. Autofocus performs very well, image quality is good and it has useful normal field of view. I often use it as a walkaround lens. The short minimum focus distance means you can take good close-ups too.

      One alternative could be the Sony 20/2.8. Why? The wider field of view makes it easier to shoot indoors and on narrow streets. It's also a pancake lens, which is very convenient to carry and use. The image quality is slightly less than the 35/1.8 but it's perfectly fine.

  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in Lightroom import auto LUT's/Grades images? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    It's a feature of Lightroom. Under Calibration you can choose Camera Neutral to reduce the crush slightly. Otherwise Capture One has a Linear profile that is useful with Sony files. DxO Lab also ha...
  • Plantingchickens%s's Photo
    Plantingchickens has started Lightroom import auto LUT's/Grades images? in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    When I take photos with both my old A7s, and my A7sii Adobe does this auto grading to the images after importing them into Lightroom (also into Photoshop).Normally the images are crushed by 1-2 sto...
    • Kent

      Hi!

      I have had the same question in the past shooting RAW and importing into the newest version of LR.Turns out the first image you see, even though you shoot RAW, is a jpg created within the RAW file that is shown on the back of the camera LCD.That jpg is going to show any in-camera adjustments made to gamma, saturation, sharpness, etc.But the RAW file does not get any in camera processing, hence the term RAW.RAW files are straight off the sensor.When you go to import into Lightroom, the first image you see in the LR import screen is the small jpg contained within the RAW file.Once the import is completed, the actual RAW file replaces the jpg.It looks like your camera is possibly set to Gamma Display Assist 'AUTO'. If so, change that from Auto to Off.The Gamma Display Assist brightens the shadows in underexposed areas when reviewing the jpg on camera LCD.For an accurate display of what you shot, keep it OFF.  

      I hope this helps.Also, your monitor on camera may be turned up bright fooling you to believing you are capturing proper levels.Sorry if you know this, but judging by how underexposed this shot is, I am guessing you did not review your histogram for this image?It needs about 2-3 stops more light.Never make a determination on exposure by the LCD alone, always trust the histogram for accurate exposure.

      Best of luck!Happy shooting!

       

      Kent

    • Plantingchickens

      Hey! Thanks for the reply.Probably the most useful info I've gotten compared to talking to both Sony and Adobe.haha.  

       

      I just double checked, my Gamma Display Assist in camera is 'Off'.Interesting that the image on the back and the thumbnail are different then what I get imported.  

       

      Sony did have me download the Sony Edge.It seems to be the work around? When I open the files in Sony Edge the image is exactly the same as the flat image I see from the back of the camera and the thumbnail I see in Windows.Sucks a free software might be a better editor.  

       

      If there was a way to make Adobe read the image like how I shot the original images that would be awesome.

  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    There's been issues with Sony's stop-down focusing. When you select a higher f-number the aperture stops down while focusing, meaning less light and slower focus. Sony has had a few different itera...
  • thefsb%s's Photo
    thefsb has posted in need a alternative to sony 16-35mm fe in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    Very good point, LiveShots. Sometimes panorama is better than a super-wide 3:2.   I miss the pano mode on the A7.   _DSC9939 by The Fsb, on Flickr
  • johnrsims43%s's Photo
    johnrsims43 has posted in activating steady shot with back button focus? Sony a7RM3 in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    OSS (I'm taking this to mean both the lens and in camera image stabilization) was established immediately when the shutter button was partially depressed, so guess it would be fully engaged upon fu...
  • johnrsims43%s's Photo
    johnrsims43 has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Jaf-Photo, I went back out today to test my strategy, and am now leaning more toward "AF-C Wide", unless the bird lands or takes a perch. I might even change from "center" to "Flexible spot [S]" fo...
  • tinplater%s's Photo
    tinplater has posted in activating steady shot with back button focus? Sony a7RM3 in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Using a Sony A7RM3 with Sony FE100-400 GM lens, I am using "back button focus", with focus turned off on shutter release. One downside to this is that the steady shot function does not activate w...
  • Jaf-Photo%s's Photo
    Jaf-Photo has posted in A7RM3 focus settings for birds in flight in Sony Alpha Full Frame Cameras.
    Best of luck. Birders are among the most dedicated photographers I know. Never quite caught the bug though.
  • LiveShots%s's Photo
    LiveShots has posted in need a alternative to sony 16-35mm fe in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    I think the A7R has a panorama mode, so with a little practice you could take some great wide-angle shots using a 50mm.
  • thefsb%s's Photo
    thefsb has posted in need a alternative to sony 16-35mm fe in Sony Alpha Full Frame Lenses.
    Congrats on the gift!   That's a very specialized lens for a beginner and I wouldn't recommend it or something equivalent. I suggest starting with something simpler, use it, see where it takes...