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  1. Hi guys! New to the forum. I just got an a7rii and have been reading the manual and playing around with it. When shooting in RAW & JPEG mode, how do I adjust the quality of the JPEG? I've read online that it is automatically set to FINE setting but is there a way to change that to STANDARD? I'd like to shoot smaller JPEG file sizes so it doesn't take up too much space in my phone when I transfer it over.
  2. Hey gals and guys, I have a quick question. This seems to be a point of frustration for a few but I've yet to seek out a good solution to something I would like to do. If you wanted to set your Sony camera to take a sequence of photos every, say, 5 seconds, and repeat until you tell it to stop, what would you use to accomplish this? Is there a (reliable) app for our cameras that gets this done? Is there a tethering solution that gets this done? I'm fine with either setup, I don't NEED it to be tethered to a computer, but my needs are beyond the self timer. I need it to continue to take photos until I tell it to stop. Reliably. For these photos, I will be triggering flashes via pocket wizards. Thank you in advance for your input everyone, Kyle
  3. Hi guys, this is my first time posting on the forum! I'm trying to get more involved in the Sony photography community, so I figured what better way than to share my most recent blog post about my week shooting a professional kickboxing event a month ago? GLORY 37 // In-camera multiple exposure technique // Sony GMaster 24-70 F2.8 vs. Mitakon 50mm F0.95 Dark Knight real world comparison. Any feedback, positive or negative would be appreciated! I'm excited to follow this forum in the future.
  4. I am using a rented a7R II and SAL70400 with the adapter from A to E. On the a7R II it works pretty well but does not support DMF focus mode. I can live with that but not very happily. Today I tried the lens + adapter on my a6000 and it tried to autofocus but really could not do it. I tried both full auto and limited auto and it simply hunted. Since I had never read about that I decided to tell all of you what I experienced. FYI only.
  5. Hi all, I've been doing some tests with my A7rii, trying to get a cinematic look (of course), filming in Slog2 (pp7), and also trying some shots with Cine gamma rather than Slog. I seem to be having an issue, which is basically getting constant noise in any dark areas. I'm following all of the 'correct' procedures, overexposing by 1 or 2 stops etc, but can't seem to get rid of the noise. It's really nasty, blocky digital noise too. The problem is exponentially worse in low-light, but I get it in bright sunlight as well. Any ideas? I'm wondering about trading my a7rii for an a7sii so at least low light won't be as much of an issue. I've attached some screenshots at 100% (these have a LUT on, but noise is still present in untreated footage, worse if anything). Here is a rough idea of my set up: S35 variable ND filter to keep 1/50 shutter aperture between 3.5-5 for these shots Sony FE 24–240mm lens ISO lowest 800 – highest 6400 (doesn't make a difference to noise at all) PP7 mainly XACV S at 4K and HD, 100mbs and 50mbs, doesn't make a difference to noise Cine gamma seems to produce slightly less noise...but not much Thanks!
  6. Hi folks, I'd like to kick off my first post with a picture of mine taken in Aruba last Christmas. Taken with my go-to landscape combo of A7rii and 18mm Batis.
  7. Hi, Has anyone tried out both versions of the Tamron 150-600mm A-mount lens on the A7Rii with the LA-E3 adapter? I have the old version of the lens and I would like to hear from anyone who has experience with both versions about whether there are any differences in autofocus speed or accuracy with the new G2 version of the lens when used in this particular way (adapted onto E-mount). I have read the reviews of the lens and the press releases so I understand the differences in the new version, but would really like to hear from someone who has personal hands-on experience with both versions. Thanks!
  8. Hello there! My first post here is a long one, so I've made headlines hoping this will make it more clear and easier to navigate quickly. Background information: I like both photography and videography and I'm looking for a hybrid camera which does both really well and also has an ergonomic form factor. I currently own a Canon 40D which balances very well with my 70-200mm f4 IS lens and a full sized speedlight when I take pictures at conferences and events. The grip on the 40D is large and secure so I can easily hold on to this combination even when taking pictures in portrait orientation where the weight of the speedlight adds rotational force on the camera as it sticks out to the side. I need a full sized speedlight as I almost exclusively use bounce flash at conferences. I also own a Panasonic GH3 which form factor I like very much for video. I find the fully articulating touch screen a joy to use. I also use the GH3 at conferences with a 12-35mm zoom lens to compliment the 40D. However the GH3 does not balance very well with a full sized flash and the hotshoe also broke off after light use. I've had it repaired but now I use a TTL-cord to the speedlight, so I don't put too much weight on the hotshoe. My 40D is getting old and I'm hoping to upgrade. I've looked at the 80D which seems to be a very nice camera except it appears Canon has decided reserve high quality video to its cinema line of cameras. Therefore I've been looking at Sony's offerings which seem to do both photography and video at a very high level. Fuji also came to mind, but I'd prefer a system which has both APSC and full frame offerings. I'm aware of the A99II, but having Canon lenses I'm more attracted to the e-mount, as it allows me to use my existing lenses while trying out the Sony system. So far Sony's e-mount appears to cater to the current trend of miniaturizing cameras. I posted the below question in a videography oriented forum, and everyone who responded seemed to prefer smaller cameras. I guess my wish for a camera that also balances well with a full sized speedlight separates me from most video shooters. I think this forum is visited by people who are more or less interested in both photography and video. Therefore I'm curious to see what people here would answer to the below question, so please let your voice be heard and feel free to elaborate in the comments: Question: Would you be interested in a Sony a6500 and a Sony a7RII, a7SII in a Canon 80D form factor? Please note: I'm not advocating that Sony should increase the size of the a6xxx or a7x series. I'm wishing that they make a separate camera line with the same technology used in the a6xxx and a7x cameras, but in a larger DSLR-like form factor like the Canon 80D. Personally I really like the ergonomics of Canon DSLRs. However, I believe mirrorless cameras are the future, and Canon's offerings don't appeal to me. I also see the advantages of having small compact mirrorless cameras like the a6500. They are great for traveling light when used with pancake lenses, great for keeping a low profile, great for gimbal use etc. I would just like the same technology to be available in a larger more ergonomic body as well. I don't see why all mirrorless cameras per definition must be small. The definition of mirrorless, as I understand it, simply means an interchangeable lens camera without a mirror. Here are some of the main reasons, in no particular order, for me wanting a larger form factor à la the Canon 80D. 1) A larger grip makes using the camera more secure and comfortable when shooting for a prolonged time - especially for those with larger hands 2) Larger buttons and controls with a bit more space between them makes operation less "cramped" - again especially for those with larger hands 3) Better balance when using a large lens and a full sized speedlight on camera - important for those of us using large lenses and a lot of bounce flash 4) Room for a fully articulating touch screen 5) Room for a larger heatsink to further reduce the risk of overheating 6) Room for dual card slots 7) Room for a headphone port (already there on the a7-series) 8) Room for a larger battery 9) Perhaps room for a full sized HDMI port I understand that there are rumors about a larger more professional camera series above the a7 line, currently dubbed the a9. However, I'm "just" a hobbyist, and it would be very hard for me to justify spending 3500-5000 USD on a single camera. Therefore I really wish Sony would also make available cameras that both have a more ergonomic form factor and are in a price range accessible for enthusiasts. I think they would win over many DSLR-users, both professionals and enthusiasts like myself, if they did that. Sony has stated that they are committed to both the e-mount and a-mount, which makes me wonder if they've reserved the more ergonomic DSLR form factor for the a-mount. I hope not.
  9. first try with the 85mm gmaster Dionisis Partheniadis Photography
  10. Hi I have a request for A7RII owners with a 85mm G-Master lens. I have a very strange issue. I have a a7Rii and when i put de 85mm G-Master on my camera, with camera off but battery in the camera, it will NOT autofocus on a subject beyond 30 feet AND I am not able to MANUAL focus beyond 30 feet, belive it or not... This is fixed by removing the battery from the camera and put it back in, then the lens on the camera does autofocus and manual focus to infinity again. Can someone check if he/she has the same problem so I know I need to take the lens in for repairs.
  11. Live Photograph of German Hard Rock Band Scorpions taken on July 20th, 2016 at Athens in Greece using Sony A7rII + GM 85 1.4
  12. Hey all, I just got some new B&W Sparklestock Photoshop Actions, and I greatly prefer them over VSCO, Exposure (Alien Skin), and Sliver Efex (Nik). This was shot with the a7rii and Zeiss Batis 85mm
  13. Mitakon 50/0.95, Sony a7rII
  14. https://youtu.be/6ratADejlBo Tethering my Sony a7RII to the Microsoft Surface 4 tablet for a beauty shoot that will be a 8 page spread in July's issue of Resident Magazine. What is great about this, is that the client (the magazine) can see quick results from my camera. Even better, since I am using Capture One software, the settings are automatically applied to every photo coming in (that's the part I jumbled up in my narration), so the client won't just see a RAW photo, but an almost finished version. Capture One is my primary for light and colors. I then use Photoshop for all other editing after. This is great for working in the field, where you really need to see if your focus is on point, or if there is an object in the photo that you just can't see in your viewfinder. What is impressive, is that each shot I am taking with the Sony camera is 42 megapixels uncompressed, which equals 80MBs each. The Surface tablet keeps up nicely and shows each image quickly. It's really quite revolutionary. I apologize about my narration. I was also focusing on the shoot and we were already running late and I had 2 other models waiting for me to shoot them, but I was very determined to make this video that I had promised many people. Hope you enjoy it
  15. I'll begin by stating that I'm not a wedding photography by trade. I shoot mostly commercial lifestyle and product professionally and landscape for fun. I've shot a good few event style jobs with Sony and back when I had Nikon, but this was the first wedding shoot on the Sony system. It was almost as if I was using a camera for the first time. I fumbled between the many prime lenses at my disposal (the sought after G Master 24-70 2.8 nowhere to be found) because I opted not to rent a second camera. I had a second shooter with two Canon bodies and delegated various things to him. What I brought with me for the A7Rii in my possession was as follows: - My 55 4/1.8 Zeiss (My favorite lens despite how long I have to spend de-fringing) - My 70 - 200 f/4 (which I didnt use as it's not fast enough...new 2.8 nowhere to be found!) - My 28 f/2 (which I used only during dancing and sparklers at the end of the night) - A rented 35 f/1.4 Zeiss (great bokeh, slow focus and horrible fringing on this body) - A rented Canon 85 f/1.2 with Metabones adaptor (insanely unreliable focus, softness, light leaks from adaptor, and notoriously horrible fringing) There you have it. I know I sound a little negative right now, but I'm only trying to emphasize the difficultly of said task in contrast to what I usually consider a fairly delightful shooting experience with Sony. I opted to stick mostly with the 85 and 35 rentals (silly perhaps) throughout the day and spend a great deal of time hunting for focus while my subjects bobbed about with the occasional calculated pose (thankfully). The camera encountered a deep internal error/freeze about 6-8 times while shooting with the adapted Canon and required about 15 seconds to turn off and back on. As you may or may know, turning the A7Rii on from a freeze often takes a great deal of time as it attempts to get itself back in order. I'm confident this was a Metabones issue. Not sure what version of its firmware I was operating, but it wasn't pretty. Sidenote: light leak from the adaptor could be solved by covering the sides of the adaptor with my hands (didn't have black tape available on short notice). The 35 Zeiss I've used before on several occasions. It's a pleasing lens with fairly slow focus as I mentioned above. My editing experience always proves to be a free-for-all of teals, blues, and purple variants--typically shades that Lightroom can't identify as fringing. Fun! Later in the evening this wouldn't be an issue, but midday and golden hour I spend a good amount of time shooting into the light with a plethora of lovely plants and trees scattered about my subjects. Once de-fringed, however, the lens delivers some great stuff. On par with the Sigma Art 35 roughly. Focus in general with the A7Rii (which is known to be lesser of mirrorless evils when it comes to this) is, of course, a bit of an Achilles heel. I depend on center focus to focus and re-compose as I've come not to rely on its otherwise abilities. With Sony lenses, the center focus bracket is rather large (is there a way to make this smaller and more precise I don't know about!?) when compared with Canon and Nikon DSLRs, so I'll often miss when trying to aim for a small subject at center frame. This leads to many mis-focuses in crowded environments with many subjects moving about. Another factor that made things difficult was how long the A7Rii took to buffer as I fired off large RAW files in burst (high speed of course because...well, I needed everything I could get). It would quickly fill the buffer attempting to write to my high speed cards, and when I went to chimp my shots I always had to wait a good bit until it was finished writing and could render a preview. I'm used to this (been shooting with the camera for 9 months now), but it was made painfully apparent during such a shoot. The large files rapidly filled up several cards (42 MP is certainly overkill for a wedding, but that's my choice). Exposure is another something I have trouble with at times. I find that the 35 Zeiss is a particular nuisance as it gives me unpredictable exposures when shooting on Aperture priority. I opted not to shoot manual very often as the lighting was constantly changing as we moved about the venue. I love the live-exposure preview feature of mirrorless EVF, but find that for me it seems inconsistent with the brightness displayed on the screen and a little too dark during daylight to get a feeling. In the EVF I could see details and the exposure looked nice, but when chimping on the screen (brightness turned up for day), highlights would appear very much blown out. I was shooting Ap-priority with my exposure compensation dial cranked to anywhere between (-0.75) and (-2.25) most of the day. Once back on my computer, I found that said underexposures did end up giving me typically slightly underexposed shots, but only by a small amount. I prefer this actually on the Sony, as I find that shadows recover more than its highlights in Lightroom. I think I have a good deal of great shots as I run through the catalogue, but there are likely a great deal less usables than if I had shot with a modern DSLR. Good thing i opted for that high-speed burst all day and had a second shooter! Overall, I love these cameras, I really do, but for professional use I really do think they should be giving those G-Master lenses away. Either that or these cameras ought to be sold for such a reasonable price that the G-Masters seem like a no-brainer. Really, I'm thankful to be able to use my Sony when shooting inanimate objects, landscapes, and slow-moving models. For scenarios such as this, I truly feel as if I entered a race and shot myself in the foot at the starting line.
  16. Hey folks, Im looking into buying a PL to E mount adapter. Ive done some research and landed on these 2. 1. Wooden Camera PL Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Pro Adapter. 2. Metabones PL to E-Mount Adapter with Internal Flocking. What are your thoughts? Any other adapter that I should consider? Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers!
  17. I shot this image titled "A Thousand Rooms" at an abandoned hospital in NY with the Sony A7R2 and the Canon 50 1.2 Lens. I wanted to show how painterly you can create with this camera, it's tones are gorgeous out of camera and a joy to play with in photoshop because it's high resolution and the tonal range in shadows. Thank you! Hope you enjoy! Follow my work at facebook.com/vincentminorphoto or instagram/vincentminorphoto
  18. Hi, Does anyone have experience with adapting Canon or Nikon tilt-shift lenses onto an A7Rii? I am interested to hear experiences and recommendations (e.g. lens/adapter combinations which work well or badly) of anyone who has done this. Andy
  19. I'm an praying that I am just an idiot and have some settings wrong but my LCD display on my a7rii is useless when it comes to reviewing photos. When shooting and reviewing images they look blow out, color looks horrendous and frankly overall looks like complete dogsh!t. Am I doing something wrong or does this $3,500 camera body seriously have a crap LCD display? For clarity, the EVF displays a great image while shooting and in playback. Im wondering if I have a bunk unit or the LCD display just sucks. Any feedback is MUCH appreciated! Thank you forum!
  20. I usually don't ask this of people, but I took this photo with a Sony a7R II, and a Trioplan 100 and it is up for an award. Mine is the black and white portrait of a girl (attached below as well). If you could please go to the link below and like, love, comment, share - I'd really appreciate it. Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/meyeroptikgoerlitzEN/photos/?tab=album&album_id=530174487188876
  21. It is amazing how far you can go with today technology's resolving power and accuracy if used properly. The future of professional imaging lies on the 8K displays and be able to print big... producing breathtaking results, admiring images full of detail.
  22. Hi everyone I was editing my footage from my A7RII and i have noticed a issue in ALL the shooting. after few seconds of recording suddenly the color of the image change slightly. mostly in reds. EVERYTIME at 1:45 after start to record. Anyone noticed something like this? I attach 4 pictures of une of my shoots one frame before/after the color changes with waveform parade and histogram. link to the video https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/18190870/C0041.mov any ideas?? Thanks
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