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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


the little thing I want is a 500 pf type lens. Make it very little


Sep 19, 2023 at 08:32 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Frogfish wrote:
at all these years

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





Seems like it's not quite a full lock, but might be different on your camera. This video is critical of how it works on the A7iii:





Sep 19, 2023 at 09:43 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


The angle on the menu button on my A7C is my gripe. It should be placed flat not tilted. Minor, I love the camera but I always come to that button to press not quite square.


Sep 19, 2023 at 09:57 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Iíd like better integration with the smartphone app to allow access to the full camera menu system but with better UI. For example, it would be convenient if I could connect to my camera and then use the phone to build all my custom settings.

This would also allow almost unlimited custom settings or profiles. Say youíre doing a wedding one day, you load those 2-3 profiles onto your camera and go. Then next weekend youíre out shooting landscapes, you could load a few different profiles for that scenario.



Sep 19, 2023 at 11:23 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I would like to have even a minimum of focal length information stored to the exif info when using adapted lenses. The focal length can be set for stabilization purposes, but it is not stored in the meta data. Fuji has a great capability which allows for a small data bank of adapted lenses to be stored in-camera, so if you have a lens stored in the camera and use it, then the meta data will include not only the focal length, but the lens model as well. This does not take an enormous amount of programming or memory in the camera, so why not implement it?


Sep 19, 2023 at 11:32 AM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


A functional app would really be great as well. Imaging Edge was just ok, the newer Creator app is a dumpster fire. For a company that actually makes some decent phones, itís an embarrassment.

Chris



Sep 19, 2023 at 11:49 AM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Abuttolph wrote:
I would like to have even a minimum of focal length information stored to the exif info when using adapted lenses. The focal length can be set for stabilization purposes, but it is not stored in the meta data. Fuji has a great capability which allows for a small data bank of adapted lenses to be stored in-camera, so if you have a lens stored in the camera and use it, then the meta data will include not only the focal length, but the lens model as well. This does not take an enormous amount of programming or memory in
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This was available as an app in the first and second gen α7 cameras. It was called the Lens Compensation app. It and the touchless shutter app (trigger the shutter by waving your hand behind the VF) are things I'd like to see built into the current models. I keep my α7II just for adapted manual focus lens usage.



Sep 19, 2023 at 11:51 AM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


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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
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My Olympus 40-150/2.8 Pro always released itself from my E-M1 since the bag interior could push on the outside button on my body when riding in a bag so I had to be careful when I picked it up from the bag.

That doesn't happen on my Sonys.

As for releasing a Sony, I have no problem, you just face the camera towards you and grab it with the left hand and the thumb always automatically is placed on the release button.

As for colored line up dots on the mounts as someone suggested. I am glad Sony uses white since old Minolta ones where red and impossible to see in low light. Also silver works well for me.



Sep 19, 2023 at 12:15 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


lattesweden wrote:
As for colored line up dots on the mounts as someone suggested. I am glad Sony uses white since old Minolta ones where red and impossible to see in low light. Also silver works well for me.


Rather than being consistently white or any other color, I'd like contrast between the dot and the lens barrel. The white is impossible to see against the white barrel of the long GM lenses.



Sep 19, 2023 at 12:23 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


PaulMoorePhoto wrote:
Iíd like better integration with the smartphone app to allow access to the full camera menu system but with better UI. For example, it would be convenient if I could connect to my camera and then use the phone to build all my custom settings.

This would also allow almost unlimited custom settings or profiles. Say youíre doing a wedding one day, you load those 2-3 profiles onto your camera and go. Then next weekend youíre out shooting landscapes, you could load a few different profiles for that scenario.


That would indeed be a nice to have. Sony finally sorted out its disastrous menu system with this latest generation of cameras while simultaneously borking its phone app.

Physical ergonomics I can get used to and are always going to be a bit of a compromise because Sony makes among the smallest bodies out there (which I like). You'd think UI stuff like menus and accompanying apps should be a no-brainer for one of the world's largest consumer electronics companies.



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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I wish the file record the focal length in EXIF using my IBIS setting when using no electronic contacts, full manual lens.

The ability to choose min shutter speed as 1/FL or 1/FLx2 or 1/(FL/2) in Auto-ISO (a bit like Nikon)



Sep 19, 2023 at 12:31 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I hate the right placement of the lens release button and the stupid white lens align dot. But they're not going to change the release button now. Perhaps they can change the dot color though.


Sep 19, 2023 at 12:43 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


ytwong wrote:
The ability to choose min shutter speed as 1/FL or 1/FLx2 or 1/(FL/2) in Auto-ISO (a bit like Nikon)


You can do that already via Auto ISO Min SS: slower...faster.




Sep 19, 2023 at 12:47 PM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


j4nu wrote:
You can do that already via Auto ISO Min SS: slower...faster.



It is very good indeed. What we still lack is the ability to map it to the regular shutter speed wheel (which ever one uses) and also it lacks some in between speeds like 1/160 and others.



Sep 19, 2023 at 12:51 PM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I wonder how many right-handed people prefer a left side lens release and how many left-handed prefer a right side lens release (orienting from the back of the camera). If I am going to separate the lens and camera I would generally like my dominant hand to be holding the lens, both the old one to put down and the new one to pick up. More than likely, the lens is going to be the more expensive item, the one you're likely to want to keep longer (than the camera body) and thus the one you'd like to have more control over. Unless the lens is a small cheap one that is easily handled anyway.

I think having your normal grip on the camera body as you change a lens is of minor importance - you aren't going to be firing off a shot without the lens anyway and your hand could probably use a little rest from that grip-lock you have probably had for too long anyway.

Being right-handed and coming from Canon cameras I found (and still find) the Sony right-side lens release button one of my least liked features. And really, there isn't much room there between the grip and the lens and it is quite easy to press that button unintentionally while you're trying to hold and shoot the camera. Luckily it takes more than just the press to really release the lens from the camera because I have found myself pressing it many times while trying to use the camera with no intention of releasing the lens. And I do what I have to do to grab the lens with my right hand when removing it from the camera or putting one on the camera. An exception to this is when I'm removing a camera body from a large, tripod mounted lens. I then find the Sony lens release button very conveniently placed and the free body in my dominant hand when I take it off!



Sep 19, 2023 at 01:06 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Auto ISO minimum SS - Can we just set it to any shutter speed we want instead of whole stops? I want 1/200, and it can only be 1/125 or 1/250. Frustrating


Sep 19, 2023 at 02:19 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


dear Sony; please come up with a amateur/hobbyist sensor cleaning kit/proces that truely works wonders on all those small dustpecks...


Sep 19, 2023 at 04:01 PM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


One of the things I don't understand is why you can't set custom WB in 1/2/3 modes. Would be nice if Sony removed this limitation...


Sep 19, 2023 at 04:02 PM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


j4nu wrote:
You can do that already via Auto ISO Min SS: slower...faster.



Guess I should take a good look at it. The R5 is still new to me, donít have much free time to use it since I got mine. Thanks for the tips



Sep 19, 2023 at 04:21 PM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I've always liked the Canon f/stop situation -- choice of either 1/3 or 1/2 increments make it soooo much easier to get a little extra stability for hand held shooting in Manual or Aperture priority - the two settings I use most (99%).

I like to shoot M and A at 1/90 (or 1/45) in dim lighting or smaller apertures, but I find I'm always stuck with Sony at 1/60 or 1/125, with no in between.

Also count me as preferring Canon, et. al., left side lens release. Sony bodies are too small already, then we get that tiny space on the right side to press the release -- not good for larger hands.

I manage though, all for the sake of that great 61MP sensor! But it would be nice to have a more adjustable and slightly larger ergonomic body.



Sep 19, 2023 at 04:49 PM
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