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Sony is a manufacturer of optical equipment, and particularly cameras and lenses. Their main DSLR and SLT photographic line website is at: http://sony.com/alpha

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What do Pentax, Sony, and Olympus DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

We have a question and answers outlining the significant differences between the "big two" DSLR brands. I'm interested in the other DSLR makers, and how the cameras they make compare in terms of ...
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What should I do to switch my gear from Sony to Canon?

So I currently have a Sony A700 which i bought a year ago, and wanting to get some quality glass. I was looking at the Carl Zeiss 24-70/f2.8 lens, but then got talking to a friend who's a canon user. ...
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Tips on getting group shots for family

My grandfather is turning 80 this year in September. The most important thing to him is his family. Because of this, my entire family is getting together to celebrate. Since the family is spread out ...
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Is it possible to get a lens that will capture both far away and very close-by objects?

I have Sony A58 with 18-55mm standard lens. It's been almost 6 months that I have been using it and now I have started to feel that I can't either far away objects or very close-by objects with crisp ...
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Any reason to buy stock lens for Sony Alpha if I already have good Minolta Maxxum lenses?

I am a novice photographer looking to get into DSLR photography. I have an old Maxxum 5 and a couple lenses for it: a 75-300 zoom and a 28-80 zoom. After reading this question, it is clear that ...
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Using SLR Lenses on DSLR Cameras

I'm just starting out with DLSR photography - I recently purchased a Sony A230 with the kit lens (18mm - 55mm). I know that the lens mount is compatible with Minolta lenses. These lenses were ...
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Is there an advantage to choosing the Big Two (TM) entry level dSLRs over competititon? [duplicate]

Is there an advantage, that Canon or Nikon's entry level dSLRs hold over their competition ones (notably Sony) for a young enthusias who wants to learn more but is currently, and probably won't in the ...
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Can I use Minolta Maxxum lenses with Sony Alpha cameras?

I have an old Minolta Maxxum 7000i AF-SLR camera from early 90s. I have a complete set of lenses, filters, etc., I found out that Sony ultimately ended up buying Minolta, and developing their alpha ...
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Tethered shooting with Sony a57 - impossible?

I have a Sony a57 and today I tried to set it up with a tethered capture in Lightroom. Lightroom couldn't even see the camera. Is there any way to get this working, or are they just not compatible?
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How can I manually make a exposure sequence for HDR, without automatic exposure bracketing?

I have Sony a580, which offers an HDR feature, but not with the raw image type. The only thing they offer with raw choice is exposure bracketing, but you can only choose 3 images with 0.3 EV or 0.7 ...
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What “all rounder” travel lenses can help me decide between Sony, Nikon, or Panasonic Micro Four Thirds?

I want to upgrade from compact (Sony 24x superzoom) to more enthusiast-style camera. After extensive search and comparison (dpreview.com and elsewhere) I have selected Sony SLT A55, Lumix GH2 and ...
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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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From a pure specs perspective, do micro four thirds cameras like the E-PL2 have any advantages over Sony's new RX100?

David Pogue is deeply, wildly in love with Sony's new high-end "pro's second camera", the RX100. So I was thinking of trying to find an excuse to buy it to replace my S95. But then I realized that ...
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Does the Sony A77 have a shutter?

I bought the new Sony A77 last month and I am interested to learn about how its translucent mirror technology works but couldn't find enough information on it. My question is: does it have a shutter? ...
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How practical is shooting in lowlight without a viewfinder?

I'm looking for a camera for low light shooting, and after some time have almost :) decided on Sony RX100. The thing that worries me is the lack of a viewfinder. How "practical" is shooting photos and ...
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What is the DT series of Sony lenses?

Among the Sony lenses there are some types with a DT abbreviation and some are without it. Those having DT called DT-series. What does DT mean? What is the difference between DT-series lenses and ...
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What sort of damage in a camera can cause these photos?

I've a Sony DSC-F828. Every time I use the camera, I get the following problem after several shots. I get either: A striped image which is overexposed even if I use a very short exposure time (ref. ...
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How to care for digital camera batteries to prolong its life?

I wonder how can one prolong the life of a digital camera battery. Some times I would go about 2~3 months without using my camera. When I try to pick up the camera again, I found battery no longer has ...
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How to show Sony NEX F3 image quality is better than Nikon 1 J1?

According to this site, Sony NEX F3's sensor is 3x as large as Nikons, and it's image quality is 73 vs Nikon's 56 (how on earth do you come up with a number for this?). I have been experimenting with ...
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How do I clean dust in a Sony A55 SLT?

I am pretty sure I have dust inside of my Sony a55 SLT (Single Lens Translucent). However I'm not sure how to get rid of it or where exactly it is. I think it could be either on the translucent mirror ...
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How to properly deal with lens distortion in Sony NEX RAW files?

I have a Sony NEX6 camera and when using the 16-50 kit lens the photos shot in RAW has a lot of distortions. You either have to let the camera correct it using jpeg or you are expected to use Sony's ...
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Uneven exposure with Sony a35 - one side of image much lighter than the other [closed]

My camera Sony a35 all of a sudden started taking photos with one side lighter then the other - almost white. And it's worse with outdoor settings. I have tried cleaning the lens filter and that ...
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Firmware For Sony Camera

How can I update the firmware for my Sony H20 camera? Has anyone upgraded firmware for sony in the past?
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“One size fits all lens” for Sony and Nikon, or a Nikon lens plus adapter?

I've been taking photos with the supplied kit lens with my Sony Alpha 200 for the last couple of years. I'm looking at changing the body to a Nikon D7000 at some point in the future and I'm also ...
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Why does my camera make a whirring noise during a long exposure?

I have a Sony Alpha a55. When I take a long exposure photo, while the shutter is open, the camera makes a whirring sound. What causes this noise and why is it necessary to the camera's operation? ...
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What is a good 360 degree camera? [closed]

I want to buy a new camera for a 360 degree shoot , so can anyone suggest me the good one I have seen that Sony Bloggie camera which has 3D camera and a 360 degree lens too, so does this camera have ...
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Sony NEX5: Why do I have a dark spot in my images?

When I look through the display, I see always a small grey circle at the same place. Also in the picture it's the same circle. When I change the lens, the circle is still there. So I assume it's ...
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Is vignetting affected by sensor resolution?

The following websites tested the Sony 16-50 f2.8 SSM lens on different cameras and came to different results in terms of vignetting: SLRGear A350 (14 MP): about 0.75EV vignetting at 16mm and f2.8. ...
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Blue Transparent “Overlay” On All RAW Pictures

I am new to DSLRs and RAW images so please bare with me if this is extremely amateur. I keep trying to take RAW pictures but every single one of them shows up with an extremely blue "overlay" type ...
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Is it possible to mount Pentax lenses on Sony NEX with an adapter?

I wonder whether it would be possible to mount Pentax lenses on a Sony NEX, using an adapter. Are such adapters already available? Would it be possible to have automatic focus?
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Does the Sony A7 run Android, or if not, is there another way to write applications for it?

I'd like to buy a Sony a7R, probably when its successor arrives this year. I saw apps on the a7 in some video, and I would like to ask what apps are they? Is the Sony a7 running Android? Can you ...
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Do Sony SLT sensors need protection from light when turned off?

Since the Sony SLT cameras do always expose the sensor to part of the light, through the translucent mirror, i was wondering if you should always put on the lens cap. For example taking a picture ...
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What gear for Sony off-camera flash sync with TTL?

I'm just getting into digital photography, and I'm planning on getting some flash gear for Christmas that will let me dig into the Strobist lighting tutorials. I have Sony / Minolta gear. So let's ...
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What 3D lenses are available for a Sony NEX camera?

I currently have a Sony NEX-VG10. I would like to know if it's possible or worthwhile to get a 3D lens for it? I did a google search and can't seem to find any — or am I blind?
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Does the Sony A7 have a way to automatically adjust exposure parameters with a button press in M mode?

Is there a button (or custom function which could be assigned to some button) to auto-adjust exposure in Manual exposure mode on Sony Alpha 7? I am a new A7 user, and didn't find one yet. On other ...
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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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How does the Sony 135 F2.8 [T4.5] STF twin aperture lens design work?

I stumbled across the Sony 135 F2.8 [T4.5] STF other day. I have read through the review but I can't for the life of me figure out what the twin-aperture setup is supposed to do!
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Does the Sony a57 have a time-lapse function?

Does the Sony a57 have a built in time lapse function? If not, where can I pick up an intervalometer? Any suggestions for a specific intervalometer?
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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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Sony a7: Is there more noise for ISO <100?

I have a Sony a7 (original). And on the camera it has a feature my old Canon DSLRs never had: it allows me to select ISO values LOWER than 100. I understand the point of these lower ISO values: I ...
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Sony Alpha 7 - Tripod and IS Damage?

I recently purchased a Sony A7 and I am currently learning photography! I am using the Zeiss 24-75mm lens with in-lens image stabilization(IS). I read on B&H that you may damage the IS if you use ...
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Is it possible the Nikon 1 J1 can outperform the Sony NEX F3 in low light conditions?

Online reviews have indicated that NEX F3 is a superior device because it has a larger sensor, and therefore it would perform better under low light condition. However, today I tested both cameras. ...
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Canon lenses with Sony A7r

I am thinking about switching from 5DMIII to Sony A7r. In terms of lenses, I have Canon EF lenses (16-35, 50, 70-200), and a Tamron 24-70 VC. Will the electronics of those lenses work with the ...
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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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What are the distinquishing features of 50mm prime lenses for Sony?

I have a Sony SLT A58 and the standard 18-55mm zoom, and am thinking to go for a 50mm prime — but I am not sure which is the best one for me. Are there other manufacturers besides Sony which develop ...
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How to shoot B&W images in SONY Cyber Shot DSC-H70?

What's the best way to take black and white images with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70
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Wise to switch from Sony to Canon considering I have a decent amount of lenses? [closed]

I've been trying to decide on this for a while now and I need to decide before tomorrow because of a great deal which ends by then. Current situation: I'm currently shooting with a Sony a580 and the ...
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Is 24mm F/1.8 Prime lens blur bokeh is good (not distorted face) for portraits

I want to buy and do a photos+video interview with Sigma F/1.8 24mm Fixed Prime. I did profile photos/interviews with my Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on My Sony A77 APS-C camera. I used to use F/1.7-F/2 as a ...
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What is the relationship between ARW delta compression and dynamic range?

I read this article about the fact that Sony AWR is not a lossless RAW format, but, rather, an 11-bit + 7 delta compression. According to DXOmark, the dynamic range of A7r is 14.1, as opposed to ...
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Is there any difference between the Sony A65 and A55 other than megapixels?

When I look at dpreview's side-by-side camera comparison page, there is no difference between two cameras except pixel count (24MP vs. 16MP). If that's the only difference then $200 isn't worth it ...