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Ricardo V.

Member Since 21 Jul 2012
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In Topic: Thoughts: Sony A7R II from D810

05 September 2017 - 04:48 PM

Can't live without them. Love my 41C. Fortunately, there is an ap for that....

In Topic: Thoughts: Sony A7R II from D810

05 September 2017 - 02:33 PM

I'm with you. It truly is interesting and often perplexing to see how others see or think things work. For some reason, I can't help but think of RPN calculators, which folks I work with.... including my self, still use today and firmly believe there is nothing better; however, we've be hard pressed to find a Reverse Polish Notation calculator anywhere.... go figure.

Back to the topic at hand. This YouTube video put together by a professional photographer helped me a lot.
https://m.youtube.co...h?v=xWXBS1D5aSk
He elaborates, explains benefits and demonstrates how to program or customize specific buttons the A7R2 to essentially perform focus acquiring and locking in keeping with what the end user wants. I'm sharing it here with the group. I found it beneficial and have implemented some of the suggested tips and tricks to better control focus features.
Cheers,
Ricardo

In Topic: Thoughts: Sony A7R II from D810

04 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

Paul,
I'm just realizing you are a pro in the field of underwater photography. Hats off to you, please don't take my post in any way other than what I'm openly sharing as my true personal experience with the 7D, and now in preparation to soon dive with the Sony. I still think that the suggestions and comments I've offered stand, specially for people like me that are passionate about this hobby and can benefit from learning how to fully control any camera and it's features.
Cheers,
Ricardo

In Topic: Thoughts: Sony A7R II from D810

04 September 2017 - 01:29 PM

Paul,
I'm very new to this specific camera, and found this YouTube video to be incredibly helpful. It's a bit long, but it reviews critically important controls and setting that A7R2 users need to master, if they want to have full control of it's focus power.

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=5xr-i8LBb6g

I started my underwater photography hobby a little over 12 years ago, and can recall how frustrating it was not being able to control where my Canon 7D was focusing. After some repetition and practice, I was able to understand some of it's focusing features... but it was still guesswork.

I then fortuitously bought a video tutorial DVD, and the instructor explained in detail the different focusing features and functions, but more importantly, how to tell the camera exactly where and when to focus on something. This was a watershed moment for me. I did not know you could actually do that.

A couple of years later, while taking classes with Marty Snyderman, he took the time to evaluate where I was and set the bar even higher encouraging me to gain full control of ALL camera settings, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, instead of letting the camera decide for me, I would decide. That was an aha moment for me and ever since, I have been telling the camera what I want, instead of letting it guess what I want. It took practice, lots of practice, and time too... but now it's second nature.

Hope this helps. I've not dove this camera yet, but it has such a rich offering of focus controls that I think a bit of practice, following the tips offered in the video above, will let you decide.

Cheers,
Ricardo

In Topic: Thoughts: Sony A7R II from D810

02 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

John,
Thank you for confirming this. Much appreciated. Happy to learn there is a workaround the battery stamina issue and the hot shoe.
Ricardo.
PS: I could see a combo fix that integrates an external battery, that sits in the hot shoe, and serves as led flash trigger.