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  1. Is it possible to use the flash gun I bought with my a350 on my newly acquired a6500? The model of the flash is Sony HVL-F42AM.The fitting is different but I wondered if there was an adapter. Thanks.
  2. Not sure where where else to go. I rented a Sony A6500 to Livestream my upcoming Saturday July 3rd wedding along with an Atomos Capture Card and connecting HDMI to micro HDMI cable. I have been following several guides to make sure that the Camera is outputting resolutions and framerates that the Capture card can handle. The Sony A6500 does not seem to be giving output at all. When I connect to to Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) software and try to add it as a video source I get this vertical colored bars. This is OBS's ready signal to say it is waiting to receive input. I have independently confirmed the capture card works and the HDMI setting and internal recording settings (resolution, fps) are withing what the ATOMOS can handle. Under the Setup Menu, page 4 there is the ? 4K Output Sel. entry which I believe sets how you output HDMI signal from the micro HDMI port on the side. This 4K Output Sel. setting is grayed out and disabled on my camera. When I try to select it, I get the error message "This Function is currently disabled". I believe there are a number of different diagnosis for this problem. One that I am aware of is during slow motion or quick recording 4K Output Select is not available. I cannot find one single slow motion or quick recording setting to turn off, but I was hoping this forum could provide helpful tips to diagnose this problem. I am trying to salvage this setup but am considering other options at this point. I
  3. I have an a6000 and am considering upgrading to the a6500, but I'm curious about the stabilization. I know it is in-body, but is it in anyway dependent on the lens being used? Specifically, will it work with third-party lenses? I do a lot of shooting with Tamron's 150-600mm lens (with Sony's LA-EA2 adapter).
  4. Hello, I have a Sony A6500 and Sony FDR-AX53 video camera and they are doing something that I was not expecting related to the video file name convention. On either camera, if I take a video file, the file convention name is similar, such as C0001, C0002, C0003, etc and incrementally goes up by one for each new video file created. If I remove all the existing video files from the camera SD Card, and then start taking more video files, the video file names continued where the last clip was taken so in my example, it continued from C0004 and incrementally went up from there. I also deleted the thumbnails at the same time in case that had anything to do with keeping the file name convention intack and not reset the video file back to C0001 but from what I can tell, the thumbnails do not control the file name number. There must be some other file in the folder structure that is telling the camera what the next video file number should be, such as C0005, when the video clips and thumbnails of C0001-C0004 have been removed. Now, what I am surprised at is that if I reformat the video card on either camera, the video clip file name goes back to C0001 and doe not continue to the next incremental file number of the last clip taken. I contacted Sony Customer support to inquire if this is expected behavior and "Eddy" did not think so. He tried a Sony A6300 he had and did a similar test where he reformatted his SD card and took another video clip and his video file number did not go back to C0001 but incrementally added to the last video clip number that was last taken. He could not explain why in my case, the video file name was going back to C0001 after a SD Card Format. Can anyone else confirm when they reformat their SD Card on their A6500, what happens to their video clip file number? I am looking to confirm if this is consistent/expected behavior on Sony A6500.
  5. I have sony a6400, and i want absolutely steller quality from my prime lense ( will use for portrait , street portrait category ) the options i can see is 1. Sigma 56mm f1.4 for apsc 2. Sigma art 50mm f1.4 for FE I might upgrade to full frame may be in next 4-5 years, not immediately, will sigma art 50mm f.14 will provide better image on a apsc body than 56mm ? In both photo and video ? As the 50 art costs 2X than the 56mm, i am a bit confused.. but it that will provide that better image / video quality i am ok to pay the difference. If anyone has used sigma 50mm art on APsc for photo and video please let me know.
  6. Hello all, I've just purchased an a6500 with the LA-EA4 in an attempt to use all of my A-mount lenses but have better autofocus, image quality, etc. than my a77 (mk 1). I have tried it with the Minolta 50mm 1.7, Sony 16-50 2.8, and Tamron 70-300 USD. All lenses have the same issue: back-focus. I've tried each and every micro-adjust setting nothing seems to have a noticeable difference on the back-focus. The focus areas even show up green so the camera thinks it's focused correctly, but it's always something behind the subject that's in focus. I've been using spot AF-S but have tried all combinations of focus areas and modes to no avail. The camera has the older software version 1.05, I have not updated but it doesn't seem like the update provides any support for the adapter so I don't think that would help. The only other things I've tried are resetting and initializing the camera. Focus is phenomenal with native E lenses, and all the A lenses I've tested are perfect on my a77. Any ideas? Thanks!
  7. Hello, I'm curious to know if these two lenses can be effectively used in FF bodies without invoking crop mode. For instance, in my Pentax APS-C setup, I can use my 35mm and 50mm lenses in compatible FF bodies (film and DSLR). There is very slight vignetting, but I can get a full frame view out of them. Has anyone else tried these two lenses in FF mode?
  8. So I've just got the A6500 from Sony for making video. The 18-105 f4 has been perfect for all my filming so far but with winter coming I need to get some faster glass to get some more light in on these dark nights. Have some questions... If you put the Sony 35mm 1.8 with stabilisation on the A6500 with stabilisation do both stabilisers work or does one switch off the other? Is the f1.4 from sigma in real-world terms going to let much extra light in compared to the Sony f1.8? Does AF on the sigma work as good as on the Sony? Is the A6500 stabilsation enough if I went with the Sigma? Many thanks everyone, G
  9. This summer we made a very nice trip through Norway. Here is a beautiful a morning seen from Gudvangen, on the Nærøyfjord fjord. Shot with Sony a6500, SELP 18-105mm Iso 125, 1/250s, f10, 18mm
  10. Hello there. I have a Sony A6500 camera and I have a problem that some times a couple of frames seem to jump a little, or do a little glitch. Take a look at this example: My lens is a Sony SELP18200 OSS. Anyone have any information about why this appears, and what I can do to eliminate the problem?
  11. I'll try to keep this as concise as possible, and there will be several questions. Thanks so much in advance for your help! Intro: I used the input from this forum to convert to mirrorless last year. I have an A7 ii, zeiss 35mm, and zeiss batis 85mm. My skill has improved greatly and I'm loving the Sony Alpha system in general. I do not like the autofocus system of the A7ii but I know how to work around it and know the A7r ii would fix my photo problems. Lastly, I understand post processing well and have never shot in anything but RAW - so haven't explored the opportunities with internal mode settings (JPEG-softskin etc). That being said, when I start shooting video, I'm comfortable with color grading from scratch and using LUTS for quick editing and fine tuning them. The Ask: My employer has asked me to build content for our company. We are an aerial imagery and analytics company based out of SF serving all of North America but are still in the mid-start/growth stage. I have a budget of $5K for gear. In that, I must shoot drone video. I need 2 cameras in total for video interviews. Specs and Workflow: I can crank out photos all day with my current A7ii, but I'm worried about video which I have little experience with. So if I'm getting a new camera, I immediately thought A7rii (used). Then I got to thinking about the A7Sii (used). The problem is SloMo. No one is producing anything interesting or cinematic in the Agriculture space so its time someone took this old industry's content seriously. I'll have access to airplanes as well, so shoots could be epic! That being said, I'd like to keep things as simple as I can. I'm thinking 2 cameras and a drone. First thought, A7rii and Phantom 4 Pro. Phantom 4 Pro (P4P) has a 1 inch Exmor Sony Sensor and can shoot buttery smooth 4K. P4P I am sure will be my choice there. Because I'll be shooting lots of agriculture scenes (think mostly row cropping - corn, soy, wheat fields), I need to be careful with moire. I am bummed the A7rii doesn't shoot 4K at 60fps (correct me if I'm wrong please). I have a GoPro Hero6 for personal use and that thing is insanely good at slomo. I need to be shooting in 4K, it needs to be cinematic, it needs to be as simple as possible. Am I totally missing something here? I can always sell my A7ii, upgrade to A7rii, then go for something that shoots buttery 4K (black magic? ugh). Feeling overwhelmed with choices here. Someone please make it easy on me ha. Again, Thanks so much for all of your help.
  12. When I walked in to B&H in New York City for the first time I was amazed, cameras, flashes, cages, sliders,tripods, GEAR!!! Gear Everywhere!! I purchased my first Sony camera the a6500 and before I knew it i had the best of the best. Lenses, Accessories, Cinema Cages... you name it I was hauling it around, everyday, everywhere I went. I became a collector, not a creator.. So here is what i did next https://youtu.be/C3Bc10rLYiE
  13. Hello All! I've been reading here for a while and am having trouble deciding on my next lens.. hopefully someone can help with the decision! As the title says really, I'm torn between the Sony e mount 35mm 1.8 and the Sigma 30mm 1.4... I'm getting the lens almost entirely for video, and low light at that. it will also be a walk around photo lens from time time.. I have tried the sony in-store and was pleased with it: light weight, bokeh looked nice and it has OSS which is kind of a big deal as I will be shooting video handheld.. I know the a6500 has IBIS but I don't know if ill miss the OSS on the Sigma.. As for the sigma, I've never used a non native lens and am concerned about AF performance and as i said above, it's stability... however it is considerably cheaper than the sony and seems to be very highly rated.. Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone tried the sigma? Other lens choices? Thanks for reading!
  14. Is it possible to make double exposures with the sony 6500?
  15. Is it possible to use studio strobe setups with this camera? Is there a sync cable available. Can I use a radio trigger with this camera?
  16. This is kind of a silly post, I'm just reporting a finding. I'm adapting m42 lenses to my a6500, and had the "brilliant" idea of using a chipped Fotodiox m42 to Canon EF adapter and then putting that on a Commlite EF to E adapter. This way I can program the chip to report the focal length (100mm) and have the a6500 automatically use the correct Optical Steady Shot setting. But even though the EXIF data reports 100mm in my raw files, the OSS does not kick in at all, unless I put the OSS adjustment on manual. Strange... I swapped the Commlite for a Vello "Accelerator" focal-reducing EF to E adapter and wouldn't you know it, OSS automatically kicks in with the correct setting (70mm in this case). So I wonder what is preventing the OSS from working with the Commlite-Fotodiox combo? And I wonder why they don't make m42 to E-mount adapters with chips? (I know we don't need focus confirmation, but it's nice to have relevant EXIF data and auto OSS.)
  17. Hi there, Looking to get a new camera, it's becoming painful because I'm changing my mind almost hourly at the moment. I've got it down to two options. A7sii or the a6500. Both shoot 4k and 1080 at 120fps, which is what I'm after. Can't decide what to get. Leaning towards the a6500 because of the autofocusing benefits. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
  18. I think I just bricked my son's Canon lens! Today he bought a used Canon EF-S 10-18 STM for his Canon T4i, and it was working perfectly. I thought I'd compare its IQ to my EF-S 10-22 which I was using on my a6500 via Commlite adapter. (Terrible blurring in the corners, don't even try it on mirrorless — no such blurring on the Canon SLR.) So I put the 10-18 on my a6500, and it wouldn't even recognize the lens. F stop was reported as 00, and no autofocus. No manual focus either, because this lens is focus by wire. So I thought no biggie, and put it back on his T4i. But now it won't work on the Canon either — F 00, no focus, no red focus points, and when I try to click the shutter I get an error 01, communication error with lens. I tried all the tricks. Clean contacts, remove battery, re-mount lens, no joy. So I think this lens is ruined. Anyone else experience this? Is there a fix for it, or do I have to give him my 10-22 in compensation? Whelp, that's enough third party lenses for me.
  19. I've just purchased a Sony a6500 and am looking for help in setting it up as best as possible for video. Looking for suggestions on profiles, assigning buttons, what shows up in Fn menu, etc.
  20. I have an a6500 and while filming an interview the battery died. One video file out of 4 will not open even though it says it is 8 gigs in size. I was reading that some other people have gone through this however no real solution to save the file. Can anyone help me with this. These are very important files. I am baffled that Sony doesnt have a resolution or a safeguard against this happening. Thanks so much in advance for the help.
  21. Hey everyone. I purchased the a6000 a while back and used it for a few. Before I returned it I noticed that some bars on the video feature were under exposed. There were about 3 to 4 bars. I decided to record the video and put it in my lap top just to make sure if it was the cameras screen or something, But as soon as I saw the footage on the computer the bars were in there as well. I returned the camera because I ended up buying the a6500 anyways. Since its a new camera and newer model i forgot about the issue. Later down the road of using the camera I noticed the exact same problem come up on this camera. It is very odd I have done some research and looked for similar situations as mine but so far nothing. Basically I get about 4 horizontal bars that go across the frame of my video that look underexposed. Please take a look at this frame I captured at an event. If you look at the screen shots carefully. You can see the bars are in the exact same position.
  22. Anyone else having problems with lenses after firmware update on A6500? My Sigma's are working well but my Zeiss 12mm F2.8 Touit has stopped responding and focusing.... even manually Any ideas team? Gonna call Zeiss tomorrow...
  23. TL;DR: got any recommendations for a cheap fast manual non-radioactive 50mm prime? I have an a6500 with the 16-70mm kit lens and also the 30mm f1.4 Sigma lens, which I love by the way. However, I want to use some legacy primes to experiment with different focal lengths, perhaps a tilt adapter later on, etc. I also don't want to use a radioactive lens, because firstly I don't have a basement in my small apartment to "hide" the lens away when I'm not using it, secondly, I have a dog, thirdly I just don't want to take the risk. I have shortlisted it to the following: Minolta rokkor-md 50mm 1.4 - might be radioactive?? but f1.4 is very fast and apparently it's sharp too Helios 44m 58mm f2 - this is a lens primed for its swirly bokeh but I've heard on crop sensor bodies the bokeh doesn't swirl as well Auto-Takumar 55mm f2 - this has great "soap-bubble" bokeh, and works well on crop mode. The only thing holding me back from pulling the trigger on this lens is that it may be radioactive (according to the Angry Photographer it's not but others say it is, and Pentax was notorious for radioactive lenses in that era) and also it's very RARE and fairly expensive. I'm in love with the look of the Takumar lenses, by the way. Konica 50mm Hexanon f1.7 - this lens is very sharp wide open and very inexpensive, don't think it's radioactive (is the bokeh any good?) Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF/AFD - not that vintage but fairly cheap and certified non radioactive (lens-makers stopped using thorium in the mid-80's) Anyone got any suggestions/tested the radioactivity of these lenses? Also, does the radioactivity vary from lens to lens? Thanks.
  24. Hi, not sure if this is the right place to ask but got to start somewhere. I have a client that has asked if I can live stream and record a training event. Never done anything like this before so I need to get some advice before I decide to say yes or no we will need to hire in some experts. I need to ensure a couple of factors; 1) The upload speed is sufficient to live stream with no issues from the venue 2) The equipment I need to be able to produce the result needed The venue have told me they can hardwire a connection and have an upload speed of approx 25mbps, this will be sufficient for at least a 720p live streaming feed in my limited knowledge. For the second question I will be using my A6500 shooting in 1080p as some of the filming may be required to go over 30 minutes and I can't risk an overheating issue. I will therefore be looking at switching to a keynote presentation intermittently so I can restart a recording session and avoid any problems. Would the blackmagic web presenter therefore be the only extra equipment I need? Looking at details it would seem I need to buy the smart panel to switch between feeds (camera and Mac?) so around $600 (about £500). Has anybody got any knowledge in live streaming with the A6500? Am I asking for trouble trying to film so much footage (looking at about 3 x 90min sessions) Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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