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    Posted: 06 September 2021 at 07:17
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

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One thing to note , I am surprised at how well the battery holds up .
I've made a few improvements on lenses , and will give them all a good going over while I'm on holiday the next couple of weeks .


I thought you'd be surprised by the battery. It really is quite impressive.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 September 2021 at 01:28
Originally posted by jeffreybehr jeffreybehr wrote:

Neil, I just received a new a7R4A and use the fastest UHS-II cards money can buy.. Still, saving a raw-and-best-JPG pair takes a couple seconds.. (I've never timed it, it just seems SLOW.), If you have to buy more cards, I recommentd the fastest UHS-II types.

See https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/reviews/sd-cards/


I did buy a couple of new cards for it , the 64gb card I have I'm leaving in my a77ii , so I bought a Lexar Professional 1667x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card and a SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SDXC Memory Card .
Plenty of capacity , and are more than quick enough for my needs .
I typically shoot single shot only , for any sports type shooting I'll continue with the a77ii .
I think the a900 will be semi-retired !

One thing to note , I am surprised at how well the battery holds up .
I've made a few improvements on lenses , and will give them all a good going over while I'm on holiday the next couple of weeks .

I already had an FE 28-70 lens and the 28mm and 50mm FE lenses along with the fisheye and ultrawide converter for it .

I've since bought the CZ 24-70mm f/4 and have just placed the winning bit on ebay for the compact Sony 28-60mm lens ( hopefully it'll be delivered before I set off ).
I've picked up a Sigma MC-11 to use some of my Canon lenses on , the 24-70mm f/4 L and 70-200mm f/4 L along with a Sigma 120-400mm lens . So I'll be able to have a good play with them before I decide if I need to buy a Sony E-mount tele lens .

I've got the Sony LA-EA5 and I'll be comparing lenses with some of my Minolta lenses . I'll also be testing how they behave with my re-chipped Minolta teleconverters too .
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The record time, addy, not the camera, is slow.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2021 at 09:16
Just counted, the red light is on for three seconds. You can however take the next picture, so it is no problem. I am using Sony V60 Tough SD-cards (277/150) - plenty fast. Unless you use a lot of burst photography, this is fine IMHO.

I do not feel the A7r4 is slow. I am sure the A9's are faster, but for the kind of photography the A7r4 is intended for, I think it is fine.

But then, slow is a subjective measure of time, so YMMV
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jeffreybehr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2021 at 03:43
Neil, I just received a new a7R4A and use the fastest UHS-II cards money can buy.. Still, saving a raw-and-best-JPG pair takes a couple seconds.. (I've never timed it, it just seems SLOW.), If you have to buy more cards, I recommentd the fastest UHS-II types.

See https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/reviews/sd-cards/


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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 August 2021 at 01:08
I called into town to pick a spare battery up , I can't imagine not having a spare when I'm out and about .
I'll be away on holiday in Northumberland , the North York moors and the Yorkshire dales in a months time , so I'll be out all day . While that batteries being charged up ready for the next day , I can have a go at getting some shots of the Milky way with the spare .

Hopefully !

It'll be nice to get away after this last 18 months anyway , rain or sun .

The camera got delivered today as well .
Spent a bit of time playing around with it , and it seems quite good .
I'm certainly impressed by the image quality with the few random lenses I've tried on it , FE , EF , A and Vectis V mount lenses .

I've found the cheapo wired remote release I got for the a3000 , and it works fine on the a7Riv , so it'll do everything I need .
I've found the Sony wireless remote as well , but I think the batteries dead as nothing happens . that's why I prefer a basic wired remote release .

Just waiting for the LA-EA5 to arrive now .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2021 at 22:07
@neilt3

Yeah, I'd balk at a camera with more than 20k on the shutter. 2000 is definitely worth that premium!

I do understand the incentive to get a second battery. I did with my a7Riii. This was partly based on my experiences with the smaller NP-FW50 battery in the a7R.

But I think you'll be surprised at how good the NP-FZ100 battery is. I used to shoot events with the a77ii with a battery grip, and these would press the charge in the batteries. You're taking 1-3 shots quickly, frequently, for a good couple of hours in these events.

The NP-FZ100 hasn't dropped as fast as these a77ii NP-FW500s. Now, it might be coloured by the fact my 500s were quite a bit older. And I take on average less shots with the a7Riii as the autofocus system with eyes/faces is just better. But overall, the battery life improvement with the NP-FZ100 is impressive.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2021 at 07:13
I got 2 spare batteries for mine when I bought it, never had a need for a spare even during long walks with several hundred shots taken. But then I do have the sleep setting at a rather short interval and configured the camera to keep the rear LCD off for battery saving.
Handy setting that keeps the screen off (and EVF off unless I have it up to my eye) but wakes the screen up if I press things like the Menu, Fn or image review buttons.

And I'm still using the same 32Gb SD cards as I used in my A99ii, never had an issue with buffer as I tend to shoot short bursts rather than go all spray & pray. 500 odd images to a card is usually more than enough for my kind of shooting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2021 at 07:00
Yes I got lucky with this one .
The one I originally was looking at had a count about thirty plus thousand , and another , with seventy thousand .
I paid an extra £75 for this one , which is worth it for an almost new camera .

I'll be picking up a spare battery from WEX in town when I finish work today , I might never need a spare when I'm out , but it's always better to not need one than not have one when you do !

I travel around a lot in my campervan and I can be out in the hills for ten or more hours at a time .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2021 at 02:40
Roughly 2000 shots is a great deal @neilt3!

Fwiw, I got a spare battery for my a7Riii and even when shooting events for a couple of hours, have never had to switch batteries. The new NP-FZ100 battery is pretty amazing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 August 2021 at 09:32
Just done a good deal for one with a shutter count of only 2028 !

And picked up an LA-EA5 at a fair price too .
Now I just need a new , spare battery .
I'll check out WEX or somewhere for that and a couple if the new type SD cards .

I was confusing the ones for this cameras for the XQD (?) Cards , which won't fit and cost a fortune .
The faster cards than I have for this camera are a much more reasonable price.

Thanks for the help .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 August 2021 at 09:07
Originally posted by Rudolf_K Rudolf_K wrote:

At least support is saying that there is fully support of remote IR for the photography kind of things.
https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/compatibility.php?area=us&lang=en&mdl=ILCE-7RM4&cat=31


And save this link. Support link for A7R IV.
https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/?area=us&lang=en&mdl=ILCE-7RM4




Thanks for the links .
It's strange that when I looked I could only find a reference to remote control being done via an app on your phone , rather than that being in addition to the usual wired or wireless release .

The simple wired shutter release with a single button suites my needs best , and turns out to be fully compatible .
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At least support is saying that there is fully support of remote IR for the photography kind of things.
https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/compatibility.php?area=us&lang=en&mdl=ILCE-7RM4&cat=31


And save this link. Support link for A7R IV.
https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/?area=us&lang=en&mdl=ILCE-7RM4


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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2021 at 23:25
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

I'm about to buy an a7R mkiv , but just need to check a few things ...

Secondly , I'm sure it's not compatible with my wired remote release . Can I use my Sony I.R remote release still ?
It seems that I have to use an APP thingy on a phone to fire the shutter without touching the camera , or use the self timer .
This would be a PITA !



Your a77ii uses the same micro-USB wired release as the a7 range. Your a900 uses the older 3-pin Minolta release which is not compatible.

I've had limited success with the I.R. remote release that comes with the A-mount cameras, but it might do just enough to work for you.



Thanks , I thought they had dropped support for wired remote releases , I do have one of those micro USB releases , so that's perfect .
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