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What exactly does DRO do, and how does it work?

DRO stands for Dynamic Range Optimization. It is designed to fit more dynamic range into images. A single exposure is still taken so you are always limited to the sensor's latitude. However, from what ...
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Do old manual focus prime lenses give better image quality than new kit lenses?

Does old mf lenses give better image quality compared to new kit lens? You'd have to test it, or find tests others have made with those specific lenses. "Old MF lens" spans a huge range of image ...
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What's the equivalent of a 85mm portrait lens on Sony A6500 (APS-C)?

Well, sort of. There's no such thing as absolute equivalence. In terms of angle of view a 55mm lens will give the same AoV with a 1.5X APS-C sensor as an 85mm lens on a 36x24mm FF camera. In terms ...
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Why do these images from my Sony a7III have a dark semi-circle on the left side?

Sorry for the bad news: Semi circular artifacts especially on a fast shutter speed are usually an early indication of shutter failure on the a7 III. Examples: Please inspect the edges of your shutter ...
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Why does my camera choose an insane ISO & shutter time combo in Aperture mode?

On some SONY Alpha cameras there is a setting for minimum shutter speed. It give you a option (when use AutoISO) to set more modest or more aggressive shutter speed. Please check, maybe you set ...
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Do old manual focus prime lenses give better image quality than new kit lenses?

1) First of all. Forget the "bad reviews"... forget the reviews in general. If you like the way your lens works, enjoy taking photos. You need to test your lens and know the specific flaws you detect. ...
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What is the source of patches in those photos?

This looks like sensor dust. It probably is. The reason that it appears only in certain conditions is that dust spots get larger with a smaller aperture. Since you were shooting into the sun, the ...
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Sony A7III: 85mm lens by itself or 55mm 1.8 in a crop mode on fly to "simulate" 85mm?

Zeiss 55 1.8 is a very expensive lens. I believe you could get two used Sigma Art 1.4 lenses to roughly the same price. If you want to get the shallow depth of field then cropping is not what ...
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How to transfer photographs from my camera directly to my laptop after I take the shot?

It seems to me you have an X-Y problem here. The actual issue you're trying to solve is "how can I tell if my product photography is sharp", but you've jumped straight to the solution of "view it on a ...
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Would it be safe to mount a metal adapter to my cameras hot shoe or would I risk damaging it by short?

The hot shoes I am familiar with are designed to accept metal cold shoes. You can tell by looking closely at the shoe on the camera, the contacts will be slightly recessed and only have contact when ...
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Need help with removing fungus from Sony 55-210 mm lens(SEL55210)

A simple lens consisting of one glass element can be used for pictorial photography. However, all lenses suffer degradation due to focus defects called aberrations. Lens makers have struggled with ...
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How do I select a fixed lens for my APS-C sensor camera for a specific field of view/zoom

There is no calculation required. If you are happy with 50mm now, just buy a 50mm "fixed' lens, as 50mm is always 50mm regardless of what the sensor size is. Yes, the field of view changes with ...
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Do these Sony bodies have integrated AF motors?

Sony has made this super confusing by using alpha (α) —which is commonly rendered "A" — in the names of these E-mount cameras. (Thanks, Sony!) The current scheme seems to be: α followed by two digits ...
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Do old manual focus prime lenses give better image quality than new kit lenses?

Modern lenses have some advantages when it comes contrast, because coatings have gotten better, but there are some vintage lenses with great contrast like the Contax Yashica Carl Zeiss Planar T* ...
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How can I enter text on my Sony Alpha 77 ii?

From Section 235 of the ILCA-77M2 Help Guide The support page for your camera that includes several other resources can be accessed at https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=ILCA77M2&...
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HDR mode disabled on Sony A55

Have you tried it with image settings set to JPEG instead of RAW? The Auto HDR function is not selectable if you are saving raw images. There are also other settings that will disable Auto HDR. They'...
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How can I use a Nissin i40 as an off-camera flash with an A6000?

There are a number of different ways to trigger the i40 off-camera. SD/SF slave modes These are simple optical slave modes that are built into the flash, and can trigger it remotely on any flash ...
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Can I mount Sony A-mount lenses to a Minolta MD/MC body?

You can share your A-mount lenses with an autofocus A-mount Minolta 35mm film body, but not an MC/MD-mount manual focus one--that's a completely different mount, different registration distance, ...
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What is the maximum amount of exposure bracketing the a7R II can do?

A cursory Google brings up several solid results, including this one, which reports 9 shot bracketing: Sony a7RII features more bracketing mode options than any other a7-Series camera, including NINE-...
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Can i use intervalometer to engage continuous shooting?

Can i use intervalometer to engage continuous shooting (setting continuous with speed ~5fps on camera instead of bulb) for 20 seconds and delay/timer of few minutes ? (with sony a6000) Yes, you can (...
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Sony A7* ND filter app

Is there any practical difference with a physical filter? For the most part, in most typical "I need a 1-, 2-, or 3-stop ND grad filter" scenarios, there's not really a practical difference between ...
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How to turn on manual focus for Sony α7R II?

From the online manual: You can easily switch the focusing mode from auto to manual and vice versa while shooting without changing your holding position. Switch the AF/MF/AEL switch lever to the AF/...
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Sony A7III: 85mm lens by itself or 55mm 1.8 in a crop mode on fly to "simulate" 85mm?

The first few paragraphs of juhist's answer can be confusing, so stated a bit differently: A 55/1.8 lens in crop mode will produce an image that looks like one made with an 83/2.7 lens (but exposure ...
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Sony SEL 18-200mm very blurry at the right part of the photo

More like the bottom right corner. On the top picture, the antenna mast at top is reasonably sharp, while people under it at the bottom are already blurry. Likely a lens problem. Get a newspaper, ...
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Would it be safe to mount a metal adapter to my cameras hot shoe or would I risk damaging it by short?

If it shorts the front contacts, there may be damage. Your camera uses the Sony Multi-Interface Shoe (MIS), which has a whole lot more contacts than the hot shoes found on other brands. One pin in ...
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Is it necessary to have a tripod and remote to take pictures of a starry sky?

Short answer: Tripod yes, remote no, but it is helpful. Long answer: You will need a stable platform. A good tripod will work best. A remote is helpful, but not needed. You can also use the self ...
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Is the noise coming from fast aperture ring adjustments of Sigma 100-400m lens on Sony A6500 expected?

Yes. That is to be expected. I cannot find the noise to be exceptional in any way. Any tap on the focus button, or any release would pretty much do the same. Note that the focus and aperture behavior ...
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How do I select a fixed lens for my APS-C sensor camera for a specific field of view/zoom

50mm is 50mm. ANY 50mm lens, either made for APS-C cameras or FF cameras, will give you the same 50mm angle of view on the same 1.5X APS-C camera. This will be the same angle of view that one would ...
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I am shooting video at 200 ISO but the video is still really noisy. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Noise is not caused by a certain ISO setting. High ISO isn't really what causes increased noise. The lower amount of light we usually allow into the camera when using higher ISO is what causes noise. ...
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