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GMPhotography wrote:
Welcome to Sony world


Thank you for the welcome!



Mar 17, 2023 at 08:49 PM
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birdied wrote:
Congratulations on the new gear. What a wonderful and touching group of shots you have put to together for this beautiful and brave young lady and her family. Thoughts and prayers with her.

Birdie


Encouraging words Birdie, thanks much!



Mar 17, 2023 at 08:50 PM
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I recently upgraded from my a7rii and the most surprising and gratifying benefits to me are the fact with the higher resolution of the sensor and OVF the peaking function for MF is now very useful, and the auto white balance is vastly improved.


Mar 18, 2023 at 09:01 AM
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Ross,

Documentary style people/life photography seems to be your voice (which is actually what I mostly do) - I can't say much about how to develop that skills but here are a few tips to get the most out of your new Sony system (even if you didn't ask for help ;-))

- Watch Mark Galer's reviews on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@AlphaCreativeSkills > his PAL (Portrait, Action, and Landscape) makes a lot of sense to me.

- I would recommend becoming a Patreon of his channel and then you access to his CAMSET to download and install on your camera. It is not perfect for me, but it is a great starting point, and then I tweak from there to set up the camera exactly as I want it. His Patreon is $10/month, totally worth joining only for a month to get the latest CAMSET, but I stick with it as he updates his eBooks and CAMSETs over time and with new firmware upgrades.

- Once you get used to the system, the joy is to experiment with all the fantastic lens options you get with the E-mount over Nikon or Canon. There are some very cool non-OEM glass worth looking into, e.g. the Voigtlander 40/1.2 if you don't mind manual focus, or the Zeiss Batis 40/2 if you want a different character over the clinically sharp 35/1.4GM (I use both, different tool for different purposes). With a bit of patient and luck, you can pick up minty copies here on FM for all those lenses, and it is really fun to try different tools.

- Lightroom is very good for Sony but the standard Adobe settings might not always yield the best results for Sony RAW files, so it is worth spending some time there to get the best skin tones, etc

- Lastly, firmware updates on Sony cameras and lenses are further apart (or absent...) than e.g. Nikon, and installing them is PITA (especially on a late generation Mac) but they are getting better at it. Have some patience in this department.

Happy snaps!



Mar 18, 2023 at 12:04 PM
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Great photos!


Mar 18, 2023 at 03:27 PM
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Ross Martin wrote:
Yes, that makes it worth it!
The problem with lenses for the Sony is there are so darned many of them, I keep seeing ones I want to add to the stable lol!



As another relatively recent convert to Sony (I switched to Sony about six months ago after shooting Canon for many years), I agree with that statement!

I have just read through this thread and I'm very glad your gear choice worked out for the photos of your niece. Great photos!

I'm also pleased you are happy you with the Samyang 35mm f/1.8. I have the 35GM and it's certainly fantastic technically, but I'm not 100% sold on the images at this point. Some people seem to love the 35GM images while others think they are a bit sterile, and I may be in that second camp (although I'm still experimenting with different post-processing, eg reducing contrast from Lightroom's default improves some images to my eye). If I decide to sell the 35GM, I think I would pick up the Samyang.



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Keep reading some of the more technical threads we have here . Get you more up to speed

Frankly Iím shocked the Nikon trolls have not crusified you yet. Thank God

You can always PM me if you need help.




Mar 18, 2023 at 07:10 PM
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sandycrane wrote:
I recently upgraded from my a7rii and the most surprising and gratifying benefits to me are the fact with the higher resolution of the sensor and OVF the peaking function for MF is now very useful, and the auto white balance is vastly improved.


I agree, the auto WB has been excellent, and I'm loving the higher resolution EVF.



Mar 18, 2023 at 07:58 PM
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patotts wrote:
Ross,

Documentary style people/life photography seems to be your voice (which is actually what I mostly do) - I can't say much about how to develop that skills but here are a few tips to get the most out of your new Sony system (even if you didn't ask for help ;-))

- Watch Mark Galer's reviews on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@AlphaCreativeSkills > his PAL (Portrait, Action, and Landscape) makes a lot of sense to me.

- I would recommend becoming a Patreon of his channel and then you access to his CAMSET to download and install on your camera. It is not perfect
...Show more
And make DAMN sure that the new FW is really worth upgrading for your use because you canít go back.

Sony is not a brand to jump on new FW on day one.



Mar 18, 2023 at 08:10 PM
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patotts wrote:
Ross,

Documentary style people/life photography seems to be your voice (which is actually what I mostly do) - I can't say much about how to develop that skills but here are a few tips to get the most out of your new Sony system (even if you didn't ask for help ;-))

- Watch Mark Galer's reviews on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@AlphaCreativeSkills > his PAL (Portrait, Action, and Landscape) makes a lot of sense to me.

- I would recommend becoming a Patreon of his channel and then you access to his CAMSET to download and install on your camera. It is not perfect
...Show more

Thank you for taking the time to share those tips!

I was a photojournalist for about 15 years, then for the last 25 years have been specializing in landscape and have not photographed people for a very long time. Thankfully, my instincts returned immediately when shooting my niece's trip, fueled by the special connection I feel toward her and her parents.

I did sign up for Mark Galer's Patreon and you are right, a wealth of information there.

I hear you about enjoying the lens options, that's a strong appeal to the system.

Yes, I've noticed the default Lightroom profile is not always what I want, and I've had pleasing results with some of the other profile options on certain images. I'm buying Colin Walker's Color Fidelity profiles for the A7RV, his have been great for Nikon and some other cameras I've used.

Appreciate the warning about firmware update hassles!

Cheers,
Ross





Mar 18, 2023 at 08:19 PM
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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · In praise of the remarkable A7RV from a Nikon guy


GMPhotography wrote:
Keep reading some of the more technical threads we have here . Get you more up to speed

Frankly Iím shocked the Nikon trolls have not crusified you yet. Thank God

You can always PM me if you need help.



Appreciate your willingness to help! Of the digital cameras I've owned during the past couple decades (lots of Nikon, Sony DSLR, MF from Pentax and Fuji) I took to the A7RV quicker than most other models, and after my shooting last month I feel quite comfortable with it.

I'm on good terms with the Nikon forum folks and still posting there also, I'm keeping a smaller secondary/backup Nikon system for now (that may change at some point).

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Mar 18, 2023 at 08:25 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · In praise of the remarkable A7RV from a Nikon guy


RoamingScott wrote:
And make DAMN sure that the new FW is really worth upgrading for your use because you canít go back.

Sony is not a brand to jump on new FW on day one.


I was thinking the same thing after reading about all the A1 owners who have suffered worse eye AF reliability since the last firmware update. I won't be rushing to install any new future firmware for the ARV until it has been thoroughly vetted.




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