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Hello from various places in the U.S.

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Howdy folks,


Just joined up today although I have had a Sony A7 for about a year. I just upgraded to the A7RII about a month ago and am loving it so far. I am very much an amateur as before the A7 the only other dedicated camera I ever owned was the original Cybershot DSC T1. Other than that it has been all phonecameras.


I travel a lot all over the country for work (pipefitter) and spent much of my time on the road. Right now I am traveling with my A7rii, FE55/1.8, Distagon 35/1.4 and my FE 70-200/f4 G OSS.


I also recently purchased an Ioptron Skytracker. My girlfriend and I spent a week at Canyonlands National Park last summer and I tried my hand at some rather amateurish astrophotography. I got a few decent shots but most were star trailed. Hence the Ioptron.


I hope to learn a lot here and improve my skills.

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    • Hi Pieter, Not yet. I've thought about that, to use a tripod. But I've no time to try that yet. I'll try it this weekend and let you know.  Thanks!
    • Did you try manually focussing at 135mm, camera on tripod / solid ground, delayed release? If you can get sharp pictures that way, at least you know the optics are fine.
    • I don't know how those cameras would fare as aviation cameras - either of them are far beyond my scope of purchase - but people have been taking pictures of planes and other man-made flying objects well, as long as they have been around.  Unless the aircraft is flying straight at you or flying perpendicularly away from you, the AF lagging behind the shutter should not be an issue and in almost all cases you would be shooting at infinity so internal lens movements to acquire focus should be at a minimum.  If you are expecting to crop a lot, I guess a camera with higher resolution would be better for you but that also depends on what you are going to do with the image.  If you are going to be printing large mural sized prints, higher resolution image would be better but if you are going to print at or below 11x17 or not print at all, even a cropped image from my A7II will be good enough on any consumer grade monitors on the market.  I have seen images printed from the first generation Olympus OM-D E-M5 (16MP) at 11x17 and they were excellent.
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