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Do focal length changing lens adapters affect the F-stop of a lens?

My question concerns things like the ultra wide angle adapter for the Sony Alpha/Nex/e-mount line 16mm f/2.8 prime pancake lens, which changes the focal length of said lens from 16mm to 12mm. Since ...
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When does the Sony NEX-5R use release priority?

As I understand it, focus priority delays the shot till focus is achieved, while release priority potentially takes a mis-focused shot. Wikipedia says that release priority is usually used in ...
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What are the pros and cons of setting my camera to lock exposure on half press? [duplicate]

The Sony NEX-5R has an "AEL w/ shutter" option that Sets whether or not to fix the exposure when you press the shutter button halfway down (On/Off) (from the manual) What are the pros and ...
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How do I use an exposure of 1 minute or longer, on the Sony NEX-5R?

Shutter speeds on this camera are limited to 30 seconds, except when I use the bulb mode, but in that case I need to keep track of the time manually. The bulb mode works in only the following ways: ...
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How do I map white balance settings on the Sony NEX to Lightroom?

This answer describes how Lightroom measures white-balance, primarily using a "Temp" slider and secondarily using a "Tint" slider. My Sony NEX-5R seems to use a different system for white balance ...
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How do I accurately capture the colour of sunlight on a wall?

I found a brilliant yellow area of sunlight on my wall, and I wanted to capture this color. I took a photo with auto WB, on my NEX-5R: The sunlight in this photo isn't yellow enough, so I switched ...
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Does it matter whether I download a firmware update from Sony's US, UK or India sites?

This may be a silly question, but I have a Sony NEX-5R that I bought from Amazon.com in the US. Does it matter where I download a firmware update from Sony's US site, or other country sites such as UK ...
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How do histograms handle highlight and shadow clipping?

My camera shows a histogram in the preview: And after I take the photo: I shoot RAW, but as I understand it, the histogram is computed from JPEG, so it might indicate that the highlights and/or ...
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What is the reason of “banded” bokeh on Sony a7?

Watching the photos made using Sony a7 cameras with fast lenses, I've noticed one interesting thing about the bokeh. It seems to be that its shape is more geometric, more "banded" in comparison to ...
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What is the reason of pixelation on Sony ILCE-7?

When I look at the camera display or through the viewfinder of Sony A7 in shooting mode, it shows me a pixelated picture. However all numbers (like ISO, shutter speed etc.) and interface elements are ...
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Why does flash exposure compensation of 4EV have such an unnoticeable effect?

I took two photos, one with flash exposure compensation set to -2EV: and the other with +2EV: I find a minor, almost unnoticeable difference between these two photos. But there's a difference ...
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How do I set the manual focus magnification on the Sony NEX-5R?

The NEX-5R has a manual assist function: if you enable it, and put the camera in manual focus mode, then when you rotate the focus ring, the camera shows a magnified view so that you can focus better. ...
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When does it help to use scene modes?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, which I'm generally comfortable with -- I generally know what ISO and shutter speed to use, that I should shoot portraits wide open, and I shoot landscapes at the aperture at ...
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What does it mean for a camera to be able to autofocus at EV 0 at f/2.8?

I know what it means for a camera to be able to autofocus at EV 0. As the answer to this question says, EV0 is the light level to achieve correct exposure with 1 second of exposure at F1 and ISO 100. ...
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Are there disadvantages to an adapted Canon EF-S zoom vs Sony SEL 18-200 lens for my Sony Nex?

I want to buy a universal zoom lens 18-200 (maybe 18-135) for my Sony Nex. At Sony I found only Sony SEL 18200 lens that is expensive. There are adapters Canon EF-S to Sony E-mount (with providing ...
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What does the AE lock button do that half-pressing the shutter doesn't?

The Sony A6000 has an AEL button, while Nikon SLRs have an AE/AF lock button. What do these do that half-pressing the shutter to lock focus and exposure, and then recomposing, doesn't? I'm used to the ...
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Is it true that cameras with larger sensors are more likely to mis-focus under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and my single biggest problem with the camera is that it often mis-focuses under low light. I shoot a lot of low-light photos, and I work around it by using manual focus. I have ...
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How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use? [duplicate]

For example: Does the camera detect if the scene contains fast-moving objects and if so use a shorter shutter speed? Does it detect if the entire scene is beyond the hyperfocal distance, and there's ...
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Is the maximum video length of the Sony A6000 30 minutes? [closed]

I read a comment about the A6000 on B&H's website and @BradZChef (commentor) said the maximum video length of Sony A6000 is just 30 minutes. I took a look at the Sony A6000 specifications BUT I ...
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What are the pros and cons of the two Sony mounts — E and A?

As someone who uses an NEX, I'd like to understand the background of the E- and A- mounts, where Sony is coming from, and to what ends each of these mounts was designed for, and what they do or not do ...
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Why are SLR lenses so much larger than Sony E-mount lenses?

Most lenses for Nikon and Canon APS-C SLRs seem to be much larger than Sony E-mount lenses, despite the sensor size being the same (APS-C). This holds for both primes and zooms, and it holds for the ...
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Why does the focus light come on in manual focus mode?

When I'm in the manual focus mode, I find that the focus light (the red blinking light) sometimes still comes on before it takes a photo. Why is this? I thought the purpose of the light is to ...
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Bower 650 1300mm on Sony E-Mount?

This super long telephoto lens has a nice price point. Reviews seem satisfactory. I am wondering if anyone has had any experience hooking it up to a Sony APS-C E-mount system, like the A6000, NEX-5, ...
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Comparing a6000 to a7 photos on Flickr

I am comparing the Sony A7 to the new Sony a6000. If you look at these two Flickr sets of images, you can see that, in general, the A7 have consistently more "pop" to them. Certainly, there are ...
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Will 18-55 and 55-200 lenses give me the same zoom abilities as a single 18-200 lens? [duplicate]

I'm new to cameras with interchangeable lenses. I'm looking at a 18-200mm zoom lens or a 55-210mm zoom lens. I already have an 18-55mm lens. Is it fair to say that an 18-55mm lens, combined with ...
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Are bad reviews of the Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake kit zoom reason to avoid the system?

I'm thinking about buying the Sony A6000 over a Micro Four Thirds camera because of the sensor size, but I read in many reviews (such as this) that this is one of the worst lenses around. Now, since a ...
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How to calculate the focal length for old lenses (m42 or m39) mounted on Sony Nex? [duplicate]

As far as I know, it is necessary to multiply the focal length by the crop factor. My Sony Nex 5 has a crop factor = 1.5 For lens Helios 77M-4 1.8/50 focal length will 50 * 1.5 = 75 Is this true for ...
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Is there an extended-life battery for the Sony NEX-6?

I'm really enjoying my Sony NEX-6, especially the time-lapse application. However, I'm often finding that the camera's battery dies before I can create a long time-lapse (say, 4-5 hours). Is there a ...
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Effective zoom of Sony 55-210 lens (e-mount for NEX series camera) [duplicate]

According to Sony's website this lens has a zoom factor of 3.8. I currently have an 18-55 lens that came with my NEX-3F that has a zoom factor of ~3.1. Since the 55-210 pics up where the 18-55 leaves ...
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What's a good intervalometer for the Sony NEX-5R?

I'm looking for a basic intervalometer for the Sony NEX-5R, that takes pictures every N minutes. The idea is to stitch them together on the computer to make a 4K video. I know Sony makes an app, but ...
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Huge distortion with the 16mm lens

Today I've tried my new lens, but the image was very distorted in the right side. Here's the image: Is this normal? (The building on the right is very skewed) Bigger image: link
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What's the difference between Sony NEX 5R and NEX 5T?

I saw Sony has a newer model - 5T. What's the difference between Sony NEX 5R and NEX 5T? Is it only the NFC?
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How does the Sony SEL 16mm F2.8 compare to the 20mm F2.8? [closed]

I want to get a pancake lens for my NEX. Which lens would you recommend in terms of picture quality?
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WiFi Data transfer problem with Nex 6

I have a Nex 6, although I managed to use the photo transfers from my camera to my computer initially, I am having trouble doing this process now. My camera is giving me the message "Connected to the ...
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How much does noise reduction let me increase ISO without a visible decrease in quality?

When I take low-light photos with my Sony NEX-5R, I find that I stick to ISO 200 to ensure acceptable noise. I was told that fear of ISO will hold me back, and that I should do noise-reduction in ...
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Am I correct that photos from the 16-50 lens won't be much better than cropping photos from the 35mm prime?

I own a Sony NEX-5R, with the Sony 35mm F1.8 prime and the Sigma 19mm F2.8 prime. I'm deciding whether to buy the Sony 16-50 power zoom. To make that decision, I need to decide whether cropping the ...
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How do I photograph the sunset without damaging my camera?

This applies to the Sony NEX-5R, and the iPhone 5S. I want to shoot a timelapse of the sunset. The Sony manual says not to point it at the sun. Other questions on photo.SE agree with that advice, but ...
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why is a compact sensor brighter than a APS-C size sensor

So I may be missing something but I cannot think what it can be. I have a Sony compact hx9v and an NEX-6. the 16mm on the NEX is very similar to the compact at its widest, so I thought I would ...
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What is the most versatile lens for the Sony NEX-6? [closed]

I received a Sony NEX-6 body (no-lens) over the holidays this year and I am looking to find the right lens to match. I am searching for the most versatile lens available for this camera. In other ...
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How do I compare two prime lenses of different focal lengths?

I have a Sony NEX-5R with two prime lenses: 19mm F2.8 Sigma, and 35mm F1.8 Sony. I'd like to compare these two lenses to see why the second lens cost me more than twice the first, what the differences ...
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Where can I get a replacement battery door for a Sony NEX camera?

Could anybody tell me from where can I order a spare door for the battery of my camera, a Sony NEX F3. I need to replace it as it was broken, and I cannot find it online.
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Is it convenient to build a collection of prime lenses and forgo a zoom entirely? [duplicate]

I use a Sony NEX-5R, with a couple of prime lenses (19mm F2.8 Sigma and 28mm F1.8 Sony). I am trying to decide whether I should buy a longer prime lens, like the 60mm Sigma, or buy a zoom lens ...
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Is it normal for autofocus to produce blurry photos under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R. I find that the autofocus often fails during low light, as in produces out of focus photos. Sometimes it's clearly out of focus, and I can see that on the LCD, in which case I ...
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What gear do I need to trigger off camera Nikon speedlights from Sony NEX6?

I have a Sony NEX6 and a couple Nikon speedlights. What do I need to have the NEX6 trigger the Nikon wirelessly?
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Is there an affordable ultra-wide-angle lens for the NEX?

I use an NEX, with two prime lenses — a 19mm and a 35mm. I seem to prefer the 19mm one, which set me thinking if I should explore ultra-wide-angle lenses. Unfortunately, $700 or so is too expensive ...
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Are the Sony NEX5 features appropriate for music festival/concert photography?

I am in the market for a semi-professional camera. To give you context, I am writing for the DownBeats blog covering music festivals. I am looking for a camera that can: -Take quick photos -Is good ...
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Think Tank Urban Disguise vs Gura Gear Chobe

I presume it's acceptable to ask questions about photography gear here. I've recently bought a Sony NEX-6 and two lenses (Sony 18-200mm zoom & Sony Zeiss 24mm F1.8). I plan on acquiring one or ...
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Is focus hunting “normal behavior” for the Sony SEL18200SE?

I recently bought an NEX-6, the 24mm F1.8 (SEL24F18Z) lens, and the black 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 (SEL18200LE) lens. I love the 24mm lens, but I'm having a what I believe one would call a "focus hunting" ...
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Why does my flash have lower power in automatic than in manual? [duplicate]

I have a Sony HVL-43AM flash. I've found that when I'm in automatic mode, when I dial the flash exposure compensation to -2EV I was able to get a much weaker flash than if I went manual with the flash ...
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Should I invest in E Mount lenses?

I never bought any lens. I always used kit lenses of my cameras. Now that I own a Sony NEX camera and I love it, I'm wondering if it's a good investment to start buying E Mount lenses for my camera. ...