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    Posted: 12 February 2021 at 13:22
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

On the LA-EA1 I modified by removing the baffle, all the DT lenses seem to work fine which is a pleasant surprise. Some slightly dark corners fully open which mostly go at f5.6 but no hard vignetting, and AF is okay too: SL50f18, SAL35f18, 30f1.8, 30f28, and the 85f28 which is FF already and also looks fine on the modified LA-EA1 (but I will need to check this next time I see a clear blue sky...)

I'm ever so slightly suspicious of this very quick and dirty test since I did see some poor corners with them on the A900, ...


It looks the like the worst DT lens for FF framing is the 35mm f1.8, which has black corners, but these disappear with 1.1x crop around f4 and 1.2x crop at any aperture, which is a lot better than the 1.5x crop used in APS-C mode. Some slight CA visible at 100% detail (~30Mp...) but not as much as I've seen on some Minolta lenses. With 16:9 selected no digital crop/zoom seems to be needed so that's an option too.

I've almost always used the DT lenses with jpegs in camera and corrections on (and the zooms need that ...) but I'm surprised how little correction the DT primes need. Good optics for the original price.
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I'm just getting to grips with my A7ii too. I went out today, whilst it was very bright, it was also very cold. I wasn't able to give my new toy much of a try out, but I'll have another attempt tomorrow. Meanwhile I'll spend a little more time with the customisation.

One from last night

Sunset by Ian Chapman, on Flickr

One from this morning

Frozen Grass by Ian Chapman, on Flickr

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Congrats with your new toy! Looking forward to the first results!
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Well, tried the new A7Rii out today for the first time. Went out for a walk and came straight back in. Poor light and temperature -3C and feels like -7 with wind-chill.

Back home, spent a while adjusting the custom buttons (doubtless I'll be doing that often as I get used to it) and tried some APS-C lenses to see how they do.

Results were interesting, though probably not a surprise to most of you. All the E-mount APS-C lenses I tried are completely useless on FF with actual vignetting and soft corners with lots of CA, except for the 55-210 which is pretty much fine over 100-210 with no obvious CA (corrections get turned off when you turn off the APS-C crop, of course). So that's the 16-50PZ, 18-55, 16f2.8, Meike 35mm f1.7 MF, and Samyang 12mm f2 MF I'll be using with APS-C crop only.

On the LA-EA1 I modified by removing the baffle, all the DT lenses seem to work fine which is a pleasant surprise. Some slightly dark corners fully open which mostly go at f5.6 but no hard vignetting, and AF is okay too: SL50f18, SAL35f18, 30f1.8, 30f28, and the 85f28 which is FF already and also looks fine on the modified LA-EA1 (but I will need to check this next time I see a clear blue sky...)

I'm ever so slightly suspicious of this very quick and dirty test since I did see some poor corners with them on the A900, but I've put the digital zoom on one of the custom buttons along with aspect ratio on another, so I can apply a less-than-APS-C crop to the DT lenses and get useable results. That'll save me buying FE primes in these sizes as the DT primes are still reasonably compact on the LA-EA1/3.

The DT lenses also focus a lot closer than the E=mount ones, have a much better magnification, and are quite good near their MFD. I got some close-ups of the cat's whiskers when it decided to walk over of my lens-test bench (aka dining room table) and they're not too bad. Love the silent shutter, too.

When the weather's better I must try some of my (rather too many) A-mount lenses on the LA-EA2 I've also modified. I suspect I will need to swap this with an LA-EA4 to avoid dark corners on some of them.

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It is for securing an hdmi cable.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 February 2021 at 11:48
It came this morning. Less than 24 hours after ordering by phone from Wex Photo, courtesy of Parcelforce 24 (I guess shall have to stop calling them parcelfarce ). Full credit to all involved!

Camera looks and feels great, and very nice to get a full complement of accessories with it including a battery charger, two batteries, a tiny mains psu with USB cable, and no less than three mains leads (two UK and one EU)!

Only one thing I don't understand - there's a weirdly-shaped little bracket thing in the box which is described in the contents list as a 'cable protector' but I'm slightly embarrassed to admit I can't make head nor tail of.

Has anyone found a use for this, and if so, how?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2021 at 16:33
Let's hope all is well when it ends well
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2021 at 15:52
No, they weren't! But at least XXXX gave me an immediate refund when I asked.
I ended up ordering one over the telephone from Wex Photo, who said they could get it to me next day. We'll see!

Edited by Miranda F - 11 February 2021 at 11:50
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2021 at 14:37
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Can anyone recommend a UK supplier of Sony cameras they can say from personal experience is currently operating normally?

MPB have 30 a7Rii cameras listed at a range of prices and conditions. I have bought and sold through them in the past with no problem, but cannot comment on their current postal arrangements. You could ping them an email, they generally respond without delay.

Hope this helps. That is of course providing they are not the store you have cancelled since you don't say who.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote IanC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2021 at 12:56
I too have joined the FE club. I've just purchased a used A7ii. Like new. Shutter count 3800. It came with two spare batteries (3rd party), an external charger capable of charging two at a time, an extra camera strap and a 128gb SD card. I went down the used route to stretch my budget further. I've got the 50mm 1.8 FE and the 28-70 FE 'kit lens' also used, but like new. I will get the LA-ea3 adapter to use my 70-300 G SSM lens, and the ADP-MAA hot shoe so I can use my HVL-42AM flash. Keeping my A77, for now as a spare. I'm looking forward to taking lots of pictures this year.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2021 at 13:22
So far as I can tell, the staff at this establishment decided to take the government's advice to stay at home and none of them were prepared to drive to the warehouse to collect the camera and actually post it. Or maybe they were at home ill or self-isolating, which I would have understood and had some sympathy with if they'd told me so and apologised for late delivery.

Of course my guesses could be way out, which is why I decided not to name them in print. Anyway, I've found another supplier with stock so I'll give them a try when I get the refund.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2021 at 07:38
Because of libel reasons? If they do not send the product, you can say so as it is a fact. That is not libel.

Anyway, do they have the A7r2 but are unwilling to send it? Looking at SRS and Harrison cameras, they do not have the A7r2 listed new. They are listed (and in stock) in NL, but maybe Sony is not able/willing to import them into the UK due to the border problems?

Anyway, I hope you find one you actually can get!
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I've now cancelled my A7Rii order - not because I don't still want the camera but because the UK camera shop I ordered it from on-line still haven't got around to posting it after two weeks, and when quizzed about it via e-mail couldn't promise to do so within the next week either!

Am really quite annoyed about this, given that at 65 I'm still going to work every weekday. If they all want to take government advice literally and stay home then that's their choice, but they shouldn't pretend their business is still up and running when it is clearly not doing so - they should close their on-line ordering system and announce on the web site that they are closed for business until the Covid Crisis is over.

I'm not going to post their name here for potential libel reasons, but if anyone wants to know which firm it is, pm me.

BTW, the firm wasn't CEx who are still operating - I bought a lens there at the same time and that came within a week, despite all their shops being closed to customers.

Can anyone recommend a UK supplier of Sony cameras they can say from personal experience is currently operating normally?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 08:46
Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

@Miranda ... don't forget the entry price point of the A7 II and A7 R II will almost certainly be part of Sony's plan to keep these old cameras available. The RX100 III is a nice example to look at. Launched 2014? Still available new today - will fit many people's needs, and some/few/lots will then get hooked in the RX100 line and become future Va and VII buyers. In my case it led to an A7II.
I noticed Sony kept some RX100 cameras in production while newer ones were not. Sony clearly has a policy on this.

@Anthony: what you describe is exactly what I mean. It is doable and as long it is financial viable, Sony will sell the A7r2. At one point, it doesn't make financial sense anymore and Sony will drop it. They sold the original A7 for like, forever.

Production limitations might be the reason Sony was reluctant to introduce some features. It might be the reason Sony has a low rated screen. I do not know, I can only speculate.
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