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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2022 at 01:01
Well back when the original A7 was my main E mount camera, I thought about this and wondered why I couldn't find a way to assign the focus hold button to focus magnifier, since a mount lenses won't do that automatically like E mount lenses when in MF -- or MF lenses like your Loxia.

At the same time I read an article that David Kilpatrick wrote about this same issue and wishing that Sony would include this in a firmware update. Of course they never did, but included in in later cameras. So any Minolta or Sony screw drive lens with a focus hold button should be able to do focus magnification.

Mark Galer sets his for eye focus, but I find I don't normally need to force eye focus. The A7III may not be as good as the newer cameras for eye focus, but mine works just fine with people and animals!

Yes, I would like a bump in sensor and EVF resolution, but the A7III auto focuses well enough for me so I'm not in a rush to upgrade yet. Maybe I should have jumped on that B&H deal of $2000 for the A7rIIIA? At least it would be familiar and not require a learning curve. 42Mp seems like enough resolution. Though those using the A7rIV seem happy having 62 Mp.
And those that have purchased the A7IV are also happy!

BTW, I notice in Mark Galer's video on what lenses he uses he chose the Sony FE 85 f1.8 over the GM and the Batis. He remarked that it is sharper than the Batis and of course has a focus hold button which the Batis does not. But the Batis has OIS built in.

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Hi Kelly

I find 42MP is a nice size for doing larger landscape prints, albeit I could always use more But I know not everyone prints say images 48" or even 72" across. The a7III looks to be a pretty good versatile camera really and it doesn't look like it's holding you back.

Fwiw, Phillip Reeve thinks the Batis 85/1.8 is a bit sharper and contrasty than the Sony 85/1.8. I know at the time I was in the market the Batis was available second-hand in NZ but the Sony wasn't. I don't really have any regrets over the purchase.

The Sony a7iv is a tempting addition to my lineup though, the 33MP is a bit more useful than 24 and it has some good AF and video improvements.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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I probably should print 48 inch wide! I know some of my photos would look nice that large. But for the rest 24Mp is enough. 33Mp or 42Mp would give be the ability to print larger when appropriate and I'd like that. Eventually I will opt to upgrade.

I think I mentioned that I have both the 85mm Batis and Sony f1.8. Both are very sharp. Kind of crazy to have both but the Batis renders so nicely, maybe it's the micro contrast, and matches my other Batis lenses. The Sony is smaller so sometimes I prefer to use it. A few years ago I was in Hamburg with some close German friends and we were at a prominent camera store there. My friends had the old A7 and were trying the two 85mm lenses. The salesman was biased towards the Batis,-- go figure, which they purchased and I later was able to try out -- lucky me! I bought the Sony later on sale and of course quite a bit less than the Zeiss. Later found the Zeiss at a killer deal that I couldn't resist.

Of course people are going to have different opinions, tastes and budgets on these cameras and lenses -- and adapters.

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Hi Kelly

The most popular large print I do is a 20" by 30". 24MP (if you use it all) is pretty good for anything up to 20" by 30" and that still looks impressive. Unfortunately the Sony A1 would suit all my photography needs but it is very, very expensive.

I do like my Zeiss lenses, I don't know if it is the glass they use or the coatings, but the colours just seem a little deeper and richer (and I agree the rendering is nicer). That seems to make a difference to my landscape (or more recently) flower shots.

I'm fairly confident I'd have been happy with the Sony 85/1.8 instead if it had turned up before the Batis. But as you know from experience, a good price for a Zeiss Batis lens is a tricky thing to pass on. Obviously for a landscape or seascape scene I reach for my 85mm Loxia instead...
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I've just posted some photos of skateboard park action taken with my a7iv and LA-EA5 adapter fitted with 3 of my a-mount lenses, the CZ 24-70mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar, the CZ 50mm f1.4 Planar, and the CZ 85mm f1.4 Planar, the last one being screw focus whereas the first two have SSM focus.
Here's a link to them in the Sports Pics 1 thread.
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Thank you, Joe for the super sample photos!
 



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A few more samplers.
At the beach 3 taken with the a7iv, the first 5 with the native e-mount SEL20600G OSS, and the last 4 using the CZ 24-70mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar with LA-EA5.
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More taken and posted today in Birds in flight 4, Birds 93, Yachts, boats and ships 9, all a7iv with SEL200600G OSS.
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Let's hope I can get similar results with that camera Joe!
Found a(rare) special offer form a tristed supplier and but the bullet (after a nice bonus from work).
Also picked up an almost new LA-EA5 to start with.
It should arrive thsi weekend. I will put my A7R2 up for sale.
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Wow, makes me a bit jealous....
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The offer is still there
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Which shop?
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Great
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