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I have tried a few different lenses on my Sony A1 - original and well used - and every now and again it freezes - and doesn't show an f number. The only way to get around this is to shut it down take the lens off and then put it back on and start up again.

I am due to go to Kenya next month and don't want this to happen just at the wrong moment.

Any suggestions ?

I thought about sending it to get repaired but the shop sends it to London and they don't know the turnaround time.


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Could you define "every now and again"?

Does "freezes" mean it fails to show the f-stop (somewhere), but otherwise works OK?

Or does "freezes" mean "nothing works" and, by the way, it fails to show the f-stop?

We are not looking over your shoulder.

Are all of your lenses made-by-Sony e-mount lenses?

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Once or twice at month it freezes it fails to show the f stop but nothing works and I have to turn it off and on again and then it works fine  I just don't want this to happen whilst photographing wildlife in Kent in a couple of weeks. All of my lenses are Sony E mount lenses, this has happened with all three lenses 24-70,200-600 and 70-200 lenses.

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Thanks.  That seem to point to the camera as the problem, but since it happens so infrequently, nailing down a solution will be difficult.  Here's what I'd try:

#1: Reset everything in the menus to the factory default

#2: Only use SONY batteries

#3: Make sure you have the latest FIRMWARE for the A1

#4: Reset the menu items to your preferences.

#5: Cross your fingers

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  • 4 weeks later...

Good point.  The final Sony a-mount camera (a99II?) was last manufactured in, I would guess, about four years ago.

So if you like a-mount cameras, better get a spare before the prices start to go up.

Anyone know if Sony has stopped a-mount LENS production as well?  I assume so, but I have not checked into it.  Are other lens makers still turning out any a-mount lenses???

Curious minds want to know.

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