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Apr 17, 2015 13:09 |  #6556

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+1, took me a while to figure out how to do BBAF. Was pretty irked that I couldnt figure it out for a good bit of time.

that video has a lot of helpful settings,

focus manif Time - no limit
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pre-AF - off

I was in the same boat. Took a while. Great video!


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Apr 17, 2015 13:11 |  #6557

Brought the camera with me to work so I can fiddle....Followed a lot of those abovementioned settings, and things are already starting to feel more familiar. Had to turn off that loud beeping AF confirmation sound too (Audio Signal Off? Really? WTF is an audio signal, Sony? Most of us call it a BEEP).

Can't wait to take it out for a real spin this weekend. I'm still pretty excited (despite the seemingly negative comments I've been posting).


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Apr 17, 2015 15:02 |  #6558

Some "Glow" bokeh using the Helios 85 F1.5

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Apr 17, 2015 15:48 |  #6559

Miranda1 wrote in post #17521507 (external link)
Some "Glow" bokeh using the Helios 85 F1.5
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Very pretty. The overall monochromatic color is nice and the swirly stuff in the bokeh is pretty cool.

Puckman wrote in post #17521370 (external link)
Brought the camera with me to work so I can fiddle....Followed a lot of those abovementioned settings, and things are already starting to feel more familiar. Had to turn off that loud beeping AF confirmation sound too (Audio Signal Off? Really? WTF is an audio signal, Sony? Most of us call it a BEEP).

Can't wait to take it out for a real spin this weekend. I'm still pretty excited (despite the seemingly negative comments I've been posting).

Hehe, I have plenty of negative to say about the a7* cameras. Quite often I do wonder what in the world Sony is thinking. But, nothing is perfect or complete. On the whole I remain very enthusiastic about mine. :)

Hope you like the FE 24-70mm OK...it gets mediocre reviews, yet it seems better in practice than the reviews would indicate. I need to give mine more use - been trying out a lot of stuff lately and have had limited time to give everything a constant workout. I'm planning to give it a lot of work tomorrow at my friend's wedding.

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Speaking of lenses, I am almost really really really really really settled...............​I think  :p. Ideally I would like to add a prime in the 85-100mm range (possibly Zeiss Makro Planar 2/100mm or Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS). And a EF 100-400L II would be a wish as well. But, at this point I am extremely pleased with my updated sig. Hope to post a few I-just-got-a-new-lens-junk-shots from my new 11-24mm later this evening. I'm pretty giddy about that one. What Canon has achieved with the 11-24mm is pretty breathtaking, imo.


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Apr 17, 2015 15:54 |  #6560

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Very pretty. The overall monochromatic color is nice and the swirly stuff in the bokeh is pretty cool.

Hehe, I have plenty of negative to say about the a7* cameras. Quite often I do wonder what in the world Sony is thinking. But, nothing is perfect or complete. On the whole I remain very enthusiastic about mine. :)

Hope you like the FE 24-70mm OK...it gets mediocre reviews, yet it seems better in practice than the reviews would indicate. I need to give mine more use - been trying out a lot of stuff lately and have had limited time to give everything a constant workout. I'm planning to give it a lot of work tomorrow at my friend's wedding.

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Speaking of lenses, I am almost really really really really really settled...............​I think  :p. Ideally I would like to add a prime in the 85-100mm range (possibly Zeiss Makro Planar 2/100mm or Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS). And a EF 100-400L II would be a wish as well. But, at this point I am extremely pleased with my updated sig. Hope to post a few I-just-got-a-new-lens-junk-shots from my new 11-24mm later this evening. I'm pretty giddy about that one. What Canon has achieved with the 11-24mm is pretty breathtaking, imo.

Yeah. That's the main reason I ordered the 24-70 to go with the body and plan on ONLY TAKING THE ONE LENS out this weekend.
I have a habit of lugging around every lens I own (which, if you look at my sig, with the Canon gear, was heavy as hell! One of the reasons I wanted to go mirrorless).
I'm not a pixel peeper. Far from it. I want my pics to be artistically pleasing (to me, really, as I don't have an audience either). I've read the knocks on the 24-70, and I am willing to resell it down the road, once I've settled, but for now I am happy having a one-body, one-lens combination to take out this weekend while I focus on learning the body itself.

I really want to see your 11-24 samples (and hear your thoughts), even though I cannot justify a lens like that any time soon. Did you receive it yesterday? Post some samples! Are you shooting it with the Sony or the 5DIII tomorrow?


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Apr 17, 2015 16:28 |  #6561

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I'm not a pixel peeper. Far from it. I want my pics to be artistically pleasing (to me, really, as I don't have an audience either).

I'm with you there. That being the case I think the FE 24-70mm should be quite pleasing to you.

I bought mine for one simple reason: Gene kept posting shots from his. I absolutely loved the way the lens rendered in his shots. He was even kind enough to let me examine a couple of raw files. Heck with Photozone and DXO ratings: I loved what I saw. And what I saw was adequate sharpness in a very familiar (and lovely) Zeissy rendering. And Gene was a great salesman: when I got one for my own it was just as good as his images said it was. :D

Yeah - 11-24mm came yesterday. Sadly I've had almost no time with it. Man, you want to talk about heavy lenses - that thing is 2.6 pounds! I snapped a couple of handheld interior architecture shots today - hope to post them up here later this evening. I'll try to use it tomorrow at the wedding, but I think the FE 16-35mm will be a more practical (and easier) choice. Still, 11mm at the reception could be a lot of fun if I can get the framing right. :)


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Apr 17, 2015 16:54 |  #6562

David Arbogast wrote in post #17521608 (external link)
I'm with you there. That being the case I think the FE 24-70mm should be quite pleasing to you.

I bought mine for one simple reason: Gene kept posting shots from his. I absolutely loved the way the lens rendered in his shots. He was even kind enough to let me examine a couple of raw files. Heck with Photozone and DXO ratings: I loved what I saw. And what I saw was adequate sharpness in a very familiar (and lovely) Zeissy rendering. And Gene was a great salesman: when I got one for my own it was just as good as his images said it was. :D

Yeah - 11-24mm came yesterday. Sadly I've had almost no time with it. Man, you want to talk about heavy lenses - that thing is 2.6 pounds! I snapped a couple of handheld interior architecture shots today - hope to post them up here later this evening. I'll try to use it tomorrow at the wedding, but I think the FE 16-35mm will be a more practical (and easier) choice. Still, 11mm at the reception could be a lot of fun if I can get the framing right. :)

David, I'll have that commission check in the mail for you soon. :lol:

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of your camera with your new 11-24mm lens as well as samples from Dean's 24-70.


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Apr 17, 2015 16:54 |  #6563

I've followed Gene's work ever since he got his A7R (almost 2 years ago now?) so I'm quite familiar with what you mean. His shots do shot this lens in a great light.


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Apr 17, 2015 18:02 |  #6564

Puckman wrote in post #17521258 (external link)
I do. But I am not interested in that. Again, Sony fiddliness. I want a basic RF trigger, if that can be had. I don't necessarily want to switch my phone to a different wifi network (assuming one is available, even if I'm out in the wilderness, with no signal) everytime I want to shoot landscapes.
I might invest in an intervalometer with that mini-USB port at some point. I'd much rather go that route.

the camera itself has the wifi built in so you just connect to it with the sony app. you might also be interested in this http://shop.triggertra​p.com …obile-kit-md3-s2-for-sony (external link)
I am getting one as soon as they are available it will do everything you want as a remote for landscapes.


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Apr 17, 2015 20:35 |  #6565

Alright, here is a garbage shot...I will be deleting it in a few days. Handheld with the a7R. This is just to show the 11mm FOV.
I did do a tripod shot of my two-story living room and it appears quite sharp, but I need to do more detailed evaluation - especially on the 5D III - to make sure everything is OK with it (not decentered).


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Apr 17, 2015 20:52 |  #6566

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Alright, here are a couple of garbage shots...I will be deleting them in a few days. They're just handheld with the a7R. They had a lot of ISO noise, so they're terrible samples for sharpness. All that these are good for is showing the 11mm FOV.
I did do a tripod shot of my two-story living room and it appears quite sharp, but I need to do some more evaluation - especially on the 5D III - to make sure everything is OK with it (not decentered).

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That's a nice building you work in! FOV on this thing is ridiculous.
I about to put the Sony thru its paces in a few. Heading out to shoot the car and see how that turns out.
Not taking the 6D so I don't have an excuse to take the easy route. Hehe.


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Apr 17, 2015 20:53 |  #6567

Both shots appear to be pretty distortion free. Did you have to spend much time doing corrections or was there little distortion to begin with?


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Apr 17, 2015 21:05 |  #6568

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Both shots appear to be pretty distortion free. Did you have to spend much time doing corrections or was there little distortion to begin with?

I didn't correct any of the barrel distortion - it's really minimal. Just a touch of perspective correction on the cafe in DXO (vertical lines are vertical/horizontal lines are horizontal), so it is actually very slightly cropped to accommodate that perspective adjustment. No distortion correction though. Nice mostly straight lines (they appear straight).

Fun non-photography fact: the building above with the corporate cafe used to be the headquarters for Marion Merrell Dow, a major pharmaceutical company whose CEO was Ewing Kauffman, founder and original owner of the Kansas City Royals. Kauffman was a wonderful philanthropist and passionate baseball fan. But, when it came to his own offices; he was frugal. I guess one could say he used his money where it made the greatest difference to the most people. He was a great Kansas Citian who is sorely missed and fondly remembered. :)

EDIT: Deleted the second shot from the post above.


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Apr 17, 2015 22:10 |  #6569

Well, the car shoot was a bust. My attempts at MF with the FE 24-70/4 seem to have been hit or miss. The light was fading and I was going handheld (hoping the IBIS would take care of things), but I didn't really zoom in too much with the peaking. Big mistake. I guess having the wheels show peaking doesn't necessarily mean they're in focus. Gotta zoom in closer and double check. Lesson learned.
I blame the fact that this lens doesn't exactly have the longest throw.


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Apr 17, 2015 22:38 |  #6570

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Is that the 500? That thing is huge.

Yep. It is huge. But smaller than the new EF AF lenses....


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