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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 March 2018 at 08:09
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

Originally posted by AvalancheGSX AvalancheGSX wrote:

I will check the microfocus adjustment, but because the focus is sometimes spot on, sometimes in front and sometimes behind with the same lenses, still think this is probably just user error. I've only been using this A3000 for a few weeks, and the viewfinder, as 4Paul points out, is a far cry from the beauties found on my 9 and 9000.

As a follow-up, after looking around, I think the majority opinion is right on. An original A7 will do me nicely, particularly since I already have the LA-EA4 and AR adapter for E-mount.

Thank you all again!!!!

if you go with the A7, get extra OEM batteries (you'll need 4) and a grip.


I agree about the grip since the OP wished for something a bit more substantial than a NEX5. Plus, the original A7 looks really cool with the Sony grip.
https://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/08/20/review-sony-vgc1em-digital-camera-battery-grip-sony-a7a7ra7s/
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Thanks everyone for steering me in the right direction.

I purchased an original A7 along with the VGC1EM vertical grip. The vertical grip is a must, as the A7 with LA-EA4 looks and feels quite unbalanced. With the vertical grip in place, however, the adapter virtually disappears both visually and ergonomically.

This setup works beautifully with all of my A-mount glass except for the expected (35-200mm xi). It even works perfectly with my ancient Sigma 21-35mm F3.5-4.2.

Of course, it also works great with my Konica AR mount glass.

Once I get comfortable with my settings/controls, I'll see you all in the "photographic assignments" thread to see what other new tricks I can pick up.

Thanks again!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2018 at 05:56
Congrats on your new A7. I think you are going enjoy using it and will be very pleasee with the results.

For manual focusing with your Konica lenses and with your A mount lenses be sure to assign focus magnification to a convenient button. These cameras can magnify your focus point for critical manual focus.
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Welcome to the digital photography world.

Getting nice images should not be a problem when shooting JPG files. Be aware though that getting the best quality the camera can deliver you need to shoot in RAW and "develop" the images later on with suitable software. That part of digital photography ("digital darkroom") is perhaps the most rewarding (and complex) step in changing from film to digital.

Once you have gotten used to the camera, going "RAW" can be a quite fascinating journey into image quality you never have experienced with film.
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Congratulations for the move to the A7. I recently got the same combo as a backup camera and its ability to make use of lenses of all kinds of mounts is fascinating.

Do not hesitate to post images here. You might not be aware of the non-native lenses' sample pages - here is the index. Only the Hexanon F/1.8 40mm has been covered so far - please feel invited to put up some new pages for other Hexanons!
"Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." (Walker Evans)   http://www.flickr.com/photos/waldo_posth/
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AvalancheGSX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2018 at 13:35
I have a fairly extensive collection of Hexanons, so I will make a point of enhancing Dyxum's library. I'm excited to have some small way to contribute to this great community.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote AvalancheGSX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2018 at 13:44
Thanks AudioDoc! I haven't used this feature enough, and I've probably been over-reliant on focus peaking. I've been experimenting with button assignment, and I find that the buttons I need for my Konica lenses (strictly aperture priority, manual focus) are quite different from the the buttons I need when shooting my A-mount lenses without those restrictions.

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Romke,

I have some experience in processing from scanning my slides and negatives, but it's very limited. For now, I intend to shoot JPG files most of the time, and shoot in JPG+RAW on those rare occasions where I feel like I have an opportunity for a truly special shot.

I know I have a long way to go just to get used to the camera before I can even think about processing, but you've given me some hope that it will be a fun adventure rather than just a daunting one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2018 at 15:42
Originally posted by AvalancheGSX AvalancheGSX wrote:

Thanks AudioDoc! I haven't used this feature enough, and I've probably been over-reliant on focus peaking. I've been experimenting with button assignment, and I find that the buttons I need for my Konica lenses (strictly aperture priority, manual focus) are quite different from the the buttons I need when shooting my A-mount lenses without those restrictions.



You are welcome, Michael! Focus peaking is a good way to get you in the ballpark when manual focusing, and when you are using a small aperture for max DOF that may be enough. But focus magnification can allow for much more accurate focusing especially when using large apertures. This is a huge advantage of Sony's mirror-less and SLT cameras over SLRs. Lots of fun trying to manual focus the Maxxum 9 even with the M or ML focusing screens.

BTW, I also came late to digital from film, and still shoot film occasionally. Brian33 shoots pretty much only film now, as far as I know, with his Minolta X700. BTW, Minolta Rokkor lenses can produce excellent results with the A7 series. I have a nice collection of Rokkors and Minolta MF bodies as well as Af A mount bodies. My favorites are the XD-7, XE-7, Maxxum/Dynax/Alpha 7 and Maxxum/Dynax/Alpha 9.

The price availability and quality of processing was also the prohibiting factor for me. You pretty much have to to your own lab work to have it done well! And we do have Dyxum members that do their own processing, especially with B&W. I still have a lot of film in the freezer which prompts a lot of complaints from my wife. Anyway, don't totally give up on film. We have film challenges usually at least once a year. Shooting film is fun and it forces you to slow down and really think about the process of making a photograph.

Kind regards,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AvalancheGSX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2018 at 16:30
I don't have any old Rokkor glass or MF Minolta bodies. I went straight from my Konica FT-1 to a Maxxum 9000. Most of my shooting the last several years has been with my 9000, my 9, or my very underrated 5. Still my Konica body and lens collection dwarfs my A-mount collection.

I don't know how much the A7 will cut into their use, but right now it's getting all my attention.   Even if I get to the point of almost completely replacing my 35mm shooting with digital, I don't foresee giving up shooting medium format film with my Koni-Omega, so I think I'll always have film in the freezer.

Now if only I were a good enough photographer to warrant having all that stuff...
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Originally posted by AvalancheGSX AvalancheGSX wrote:

Now if only I were a good enough photographer to warrant having all that stuff...


Michael, I think that is true of a lot of here!

Let me know how you like focus magnification when you get a chance to try it. BTW, the native FE lens in MF or Direct MF will go to focus mag automatically when you turn the focus ring. Cool stuff!

PS: as for setup of your A7 there are a lot of good tutorials online. You may also want to consider one of Gary Friedman's excellent books.
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If you get the chance to try an A900, to pay with, have a try, they are very like the maxxum/Dynax 9 in 'feel', and I suspect they may gt cheaper as the 99ii_s filter in. I found the D9>A900 changeover fairly painless, as changeovers go, and I was a very reluctant converter from film.

I'd endorse the recommendation to get a Friedman book if there is one for the body you have, I didn't get one for the A900 for years, and am still as mad as heck I didn't get one the day I bought the body, if not sooner. It had taken me years to work out what the book told me in one fell swoop, and the book still had helpful things to tell me I hadn't found for myself.

So much so, that when I got an A99ii I bought and read the Friedman book before I even got the screen protector on.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AvalancheGSX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2018 at 21:14
I'll keep my eye out, but they're still a bit price prohibitive for me, particularly since I just spent my play money on the A7.

The 9 is a joy to use--I remember an old review that called using it "the photographic equivalent of dessert". I love the weight, balance, placement of controls, and, of course, that amazing viewfinder.

I've exchanged emails with Friedman about the multitude of uses for the Maxxum 9000's Program Back Super 90. I'll see what he's got for the A7--I have no doubt he's got it covered.
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