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How many pictures can you take with a Sony mirrorless camera before the sensor fails?

Unlike a mirrored camera, there is little likelihood of the sensing system in a mirrorless camera suffering a catastrophic failure so it is really up to your "taste" to determine when a sensor is too ...
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How should I approach deer to photograph them?

The only ethical ways to get closer is to either use a lens with a longer focal length ("more reach"), or to view them in captivity, such as in a zoo. Trying to get closer to wildlife will only ...
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How sharp are RAW photos before processing?

Are RAW images by nature slightly blurry prior to processing? If I open them up in Lightroom and zoom into the photo, my photos are not tack sharp but a bit blurry. Once I process, it comes out ...
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What is the reason of "banded" bokeh on Sony a7?

It's called "Nisen Bokeh" and is mainly due to the lens design (though the background plays a part, it's possible to "provoke" this effect with any lens with the right background). Overcorrected ...
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Comparing a6000 to a7 photos on Flickr

I think it's more the latter of your two reasons: the experience, talent, and care of the group who are willing to spend more on higher-end gear, vs. the format size alone, that creates the impression ...
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What are STF lenses?

STF stands for "Smooth Transition Focus", and is a Sony-specific* term indicating that the lens includes an apodization filter to create smooth bokeh (out-of-focus blur) — and smooth bokeh is ...
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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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Is there any compact full-frame mirrorless camera?

I don't think you'll find what you're looking for, because: bigger things are bigger than small things. Full-frame cameras are bigger than APS-C cameras Medium format cameras are bigger than full-...
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First time - Night Club Photography - what gear do I need?

You're asking for a "quick tip" or two on how to shoot one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can draw. Photography is the recording of light. The less light there is to record, the ...
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Sigma's for Sony can be calibrated with Sigma Docker. What about Sony lenses?

The Sigma dock only works with select Sigma lenses. The lens needs to have the needed firmware to respond to the commands sent by the dock. Even Sigma lenses that are not part of their 'Global Vision' ...
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Sony a7: Is there more noise for ISO <100?

ISOs lower than 100 on the A7 are not "real" in the sense that they don't lower the gain on the sensor, they just instruct the camera to increase exposure time as if the sensitivity was lower. The net ...
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How should I approach deer to photograph them?

Short version : you need more shutter speed. Crank up ISO, use widest aperture and trade both for shutter speed. they still either naturally wander off or hop and run away whenever I get within ...
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Sony a77 doesn't recognize Rokinon 85mm manual lens

I am not familiar with this exact lens and camera model, but with similar questions related to Sony Alpha cameras and manual focus lenses. I assume your camera gives an error message similar to the ...
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E-mount lenses to A-mount bodies?

No, it works the other way around. The main measure to know is the flange distance. This is the distance between the mount and sensor on a camera. Lenses for a particular mount are designed for ...
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What can I do when I accidentally powered a Sony A7s II with 20v instead of 9v?

I think you really know the answer here in your heart. You broke it. Pretty much the only place that can fix it is the vendor — Sony. The electronics are fried. Someone needs to figure out what ...
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Can I convert a regular digital camera so the R-G-B channels actually represent different infrared bands?

Not really. If you want to take a hack at it, the first thing you'll need is the transmittance curves of your (presumably Bayer) color filter. Then,if you're lucky, there's an NIR wavelength at ...
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Can I adapt/use a crop lens on an full frame body without vignetting?

It's not an "effect". It's an actual vignette, because the lens's image circle is too small to cover the larger sensor. No adapter in the world will fix this and still maintain the same light ...
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How can I automatically convert Sony RAW (ARW) to JPEGs as good as the camera creates itself?

Have you tried using Sony's "Imaging Edge" software? Most manufacturers' raw developing software opens raw images with the in-camera settings at the time the image was captured applied by default. ...
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Did sensors improve in the last 10 years?

Did sensors improve in the last 10 years? The best sensors available now are better than the best sensors that were available ten years ago. The sensors in most consumer grade¹ interchangeable lens ...
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Which is a good lens to add to a beginners collection?

Lenses are a very personal decision. Only the new photographer can truly answer which lens they would rather have at this point in time. Why not give them a gift card to B&H or Adorama, and let ...
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How significant is difference in dynamic range between Sony A7 and Canon 5D Mark II?

Although it does not exactly answer your question, this article is really useful to understand what you can do when you have 2+ stops of additional DR available: Nikon vs Canon Dynamic Range It ...
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Canon lenses with Sony A7r

Most recent Canon lenses will work in AF mode with the Metabones smart adapter (even the 50 f/1.4, which is not reported to work but I've just tried mine and it does :) Your Tamron is reported to work....
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Comparing a6000 to a7 photos on Flickr

There are many photos in the A6000 pool that look amazing [...] I can't get that close with any of my photos on the a6000. I think this is probably the most important point here - the photographer is ...
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What are the pros and cons of the two Sony mounts -- E and A?

These are different designs, developed at different times. Forty years have gone between each was initially launched as the A-mount was simply acquired from Minolta which had by then fused into Konica-...
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How good are the EF-mount to E-mount adapters?

Yes, there are adapters with full function (the pretty expensive Metabones adapter springs to mind) so you'll have aperture control, but the AF performance won't be anything near what you're used to ...
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How good are the EF-mount to E-mount adapters?

Roger Cicala of lensrentals.com is less than enthusiastic about converters in general, http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/09/there-is-no-free-lunch-episode-763-lens-adapters, and if you follow the ...
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Which lenses can I use with adapters on my Sony A-mount body and what are the disadvantages of such adapters?

The reason you can't adapt E-mount lenses to your A-mount camera is the same reason you can't adapt rangefinder lenses to a dSLR--the flange distance. The flange distance is the distance from the ...
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Can I get HSS with off-camera Canon 430EX II speedlites, radio triggers, and a Sony A7?

TL;DR: Yeah, you guessed right. You can't get HSS or TTL cross-brand. Flash hotshoe protocols are mostly brand-specific TTL and HSS are hotshoe protocol-specific. That is, you need a Canon camera ...
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Is vignetting affected by sensor resolution?

This could be due to either the angular dependence of image pixels or the design (level of offsetting) in the microlenses. If you imagine an image pixel as a bucket with the light sensitive part in ...
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Which will produce a shallower depth of field: 50mm f/1.7 or 70-210mm f/4?

Depth of field calculation depends on multiple factors: captor size focal length aperture and last but not least: subject distance Using a Depth of field simulator (http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs....
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