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Dear Sony: The Little Things

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Dear Sony: The Little Things



Little things that would make owning Sony lens, body or accessory just a bit more pleasurable....

- The White Index Dot on white lens bodies......white-on-white doesn't make any sense and when you have to spin the lens a couple of times to find it...just frustrating!

I'm getting old and my eyes aren't what they once were....please, paint it any other color besides white.



Sep 18, 2023 at 05:45 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Please make more comfortable, cushy eyecups so we don't have to replace them on all our bodies.


Sep 18, 2023 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Move the lens release button to the front LEFT of the camera, so my fingers aren't pinched by the grip each time I need to change lenses.


Sep 18, 2023 at 09:00 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Dear Sony: The Little Things



SpecFoto wrote:
Move the lens release button to the front LEFT of the camera, so my fingers aren't pinched by the grip each time I need to change lenses.


This started me thinking: I hold the camera in my right hand, then push the release button with a finger of the left hand... and now it must be time call my wife to grab the lens.😃



Sep 18, 2023 at 09:11 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


SpecFoto wrote:
Move the lens release button to the front LEFT of the camera, so my fingers aren't pinched by the grip each time I need to change lenses.


That seems like it would be way more awkward to me. Right now I can hold my A7IV normally in my right hand, extend my right middle finger to press the button, take off the lens with my left hand, grab a new one and pop it on. All without changing my normal grip on the camera.

Unless Iím not understanding you?

Then again my wish would be for a HARD plastic eye cup. I use a wrist strap leash and when walking around Iím constantly snagging the rubber one on my pants when it just barely brushes against them. So what do I know?



Sep 18, 2023 at 09:19 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I'd like a full lock for all settings. Maybe it exists and I don't know of it?
On safari recently I often found I'd accidently moved a setting (all sorts) in the excitement and speed of the action. ISO was the worst and happened most often but it wasn't that alone.



Sep 18, 2023 at 11:19 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


There is a hard lock on Sony A7 series cams . Itís in the menus towards the end


Sep 18, 2023 at 11:21 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


ruthenium wrote:
This started me thinking: I hold the camera in my right hand, then push the release button with a finger of the left hand... and now it must be time call my wife to grab the lens.😃


Tarekith wrote:
That seems like it would be way more awkward to me. Right now I can hold my A7IV normally in my right hand, extend my right middle finger to press the button, take off the lens with my left hand, grab a new one and pop it on. All without changing my normal grip on the camera.


Actually of the 3 other cameras I own, Nikon, Olympus/OMDS and Panasonic, Sony is the only one who put the lens release in the area between the grip and the lens on the right side. The others have the release on the left side and they all put 2 more control buttons on the right side and I have no issue pushing those. I have larger hands and with some of the larger lenses, it is a pain to release the Sony button, so it is MUCH easier for me with the release button on the left side. You hold the camera in the left hand along the bottom, push the lens release, and with the right hand swap the lens. OK so it takes maybe a second longer, but I am right handed and using the right hand for attaching the lens is a natural movement. Using the left hand to attach the lens is a backwards twist for me. I guess doing it this way for 38 years it has become 2nd nature...

I actually returned the new Sigma 85 f1.4 DC DN as each time I tried to release the lens, the serrated aperture ring at the bottom of the lens, where the sloping inward area started, cut into my skin. Others reported this too and NO I don't have fat fingers But do wear a XL glove.

Edited on Sep 19, 2023 at 06:11 AM · View previous versions



Sep 19, 2023 at 05:43 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I always wind up getting larger eyecups, so Iíd like them to be bigger. I would like to see a few more mm between the grip and lens mount like the Nikon Zís. But Sony is pretty rigid about their designs so Iím not holding my breath.

I prefer the location of the lens release on Sonyís. I shot the EOS R for awhile before the R5 came out and with it on the other side you have to juggle the camera and lens more. Itís much faster to hit the button while still holding the camera and pop the lens off with your left hand. IMO of course.

Chris



Sep 19, 2023 at 06:07 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Dear Sony: The Little Things




Frogfish wrote:
I'd like a full lock for all settings. Maybe it exists and I don't know of it?
On safari recently I often found I'd accidently moved a setting (all sorts) in the excitement and speed of the action. ISO was the worst and happened most often but it wasn't that alone.

Hold Menu and Fn buttons for 5 secs to toggle full hold on and off.
Search for HOLD in the help guide for other options. Sorry, cannot post link on my tablet



Sep 19, 2023 at 06:08 AM
 


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Al Trujillo wrote:
Little things that would make owning Sony lens, body or accessory just a bit more pleasurable....

- The White Index Dot on white lens bodies......white-on-white doesn't make any sense and when you have to spin the lens a couple of times to find it...just frustrating!

I'm getting old and my eyes aren't what they once were....please, paint it any other color besides white.


Accessibility and usability are not Sonyís strong points.

How about using nail polish to paint the dot in a different color?

Edited on Sep 19, 2023 at 07:34 AM · View previous versions



Sep 19, 2023 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


mcbroomf wrote:
Hold Menu and Fn buttons for 5 secs to toggle full hold on and off.
Search for HOLD in the help guide for other options. Sorry, cannot post link on my tablet
at all these years

GMPhotography wrote:
There is a hard lock on Sony A7 series cams . Itís in the menus towards the end


Thanks guys ! I've no idea how I've missed that all these years - had I known it would've made life soooo much easier






Sep 19, 2023 at 06:43 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


All of the following would be simple firmware tweaks:
- cycling af modes (with a button) fails in single shot mode; should default to a corresponding non-tracking AF mode
- focus zoom fails with AF-C; should default to single shot AF
- focus zoom is cancelled for any setting changes, particularly annoying are aperture changes and zooming
- Recall Custom Hold has no IBIS override
- the exposure mode stored in a custom memory mode can not be changed without reprogramming the entire thing
- review jump will skip rated images within a burst, when bursts are displayed as groups
- when temporarily disabling AF via a toggle, the AF field is still shown, making it harder to see that AF is in fact off
- there is no way disable the star-eater for long exposures
- no way to assign ISOASS to the back ring
- no bird eye detection n video mode (this may not be an easy fix)



Sep 19, 2023 at 07:32 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Personally, I think that the current lens-release button location is brilliant. My right hand is always securely on the grip and my left hand is completely free to secure the lens. I have large hands, and, yes, it is a bit of a tight fit with some lenses; however, the added security from what I experienced with Canon and Nikon, with their opposite side release buttons, is worth it, IMHO.

Gotta agree with the white-on-white problem. I have resorted to using 'Braille' when mounting my GM 70-200mm f2.8 II and 200-600mm, which would work better if I had three hands. My old Leica lenses had a prominent Red bump which made things fast and easy. It would be great if Sony could adopt something similar.



Sep 19, 2023 at 07:52 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Redundant.

Edited on Sep 19, 2023 at 08:12 AM · View previous versions



Sep 19, 2023 at 08:00 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Al Trujillo wrote:
Little things that would make owning Sony lens, body or accessory just a bit more pleasurable....

- The White Index Dot on white lens bodies......white-on-white doesn't make any sense and when you have to spin the lens a couple of times to find it...just frustrating!

I'm getting old and my eyes aren't what they once were....please, paint it any other color besides white.


Why don 't you use a permanent marker to paint the little dot yourself? Just suggesting.



Edited on Sep 20, 2023 at 10:30 PM · View previous versions



Sep 19, 2023 at 08:01 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


When switching lenses I put the camera in my left hand facing up and use my right thumb to release while holding the lens. It sounds clumsy but works a charm and very secure.


Sep 19, 2023 at 08:17 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I do the same. Iím more comfortable with the lens in my right hand.

GMPhotography wrote:
When switching lenses I put the camera in my left hand facing up and use my right thumb to release while holding the lens. It sounds clumsy but works a charm and very secure.




Sep 19, 2023 at 08:29 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I pretty much do the opposite of Guy. I use my right hand to hold the camera. I face the camera upside-down to help keep dust out, hold the lens in my left hand, push the button with my right and rotate the body to remove or mount the lens.

It all seem natural to me at this point. I position the dot in my hand (no trouble seeing it) and muscle memory makes for a smooth mounting experience.

I am OK with everything the way it is now.



Sep 19, 2023 at 08:33 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I'd like the power on control anywhere other than where it is. I simply cannot count the number of times my finger has stroked the power on as I've put the camera back in the bag. Just done it this morning to one of my cameras. 1/2 or full read batteries ...


Sep 19, 2023 at 08:38 AM
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