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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Gunzorro wrote:
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.


You can try this: Palm the back of the Sony body with your left hand. Grab the lens from underneath with your right hand (the thumb and index finger towards the mount). Then turn the lens and at the same time press the release button with the side of your right index finger. You don't need to jam your fingers between the grip and lens to get to the button.



Sep 19, 2023 at 06:01 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


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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
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It's not often the lens is going to be the most expensive of the two (camera or lens) ! Unless you're using a long tele or an older cheaper camera and if you drop your camera then you're @£$%^ anyway. TBH both work for me, I find it easy (and I have large hands and don't have slim fingers) to release the lens but then I'm also not fussy with trying to get another lens on within seconds. I'll happily put the camera face down on my bag, have a cup of coffee, chat for a while before putting another lens on (well maybe that's a little exaggerated) and I have no issue wet cleaning at any time, even in the field when feasible, it only takes 1 minute.

Anyway Sony aren't going to change it now so it's a moot point



Sep 20, 2023 at 12:23 AM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


genjy wrote:
You can try this: Palm the back of the Sony body with your left hand. Grab the lens from underneath with your right hand (the thumb and index finger towards the mount). Then turn the lens and at the same time press the release button with the side of your right index finger. You don't need to jam your fingers between the grip and lens to get to the button.


Yes just a fingernail works just fine.



Sep 20, 2023 at 12:25 AM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


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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


NJPhotographer wrote:
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:





OK there are two implementations of the Camera LOCK. Both are illogical and near useless ! One has to wonder what on earth the engineers / designers were thinking.

1. Use the Lock All Parts in the menu and it's as per the video above. Useless because the button I find I've moved most often (the ISO on the wheel) isn't locked. In fact just in testing I found I'd moved it to 12,800 ! Other buttons aren't locked down either so it's a half-arsed attempt.

It's the same implementation on all my cameras : A9, A7r4 and A7r5, here's the link :
https://helpguide.sony.net/ilc/2230/v1/en/contents/TP0002924543.html

2. Hold down the Menu and Fn buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds gets you a FULL lock down of all buttons. However that includes the AF-On button and focus point selector!! So you are stuck on the focus point selected and can not do anything except fire the shutter.

I should also mention that there are times when I've gone to get my camera out of the bag and found that somehow I've managed to switch the camera on and drain the battery flat. I wish I could lock the on/off somehow too (though not useful in most situations).



Sep 20, 2023 at 12:49 AM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


The grid lines select used to have an off option now that is a separate menu item.


Sep 20, 2023 at 09:14 AM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


genjy wrote:
You can try this: Palm the back of the Sony body with your left hand. Grab the lens from underneath with your right hand (the thumb and index finger towards the mount). Then turn the lens and at the same time press the release button with the side of your right index finger. You don't need to jam your fingers between the grip and lens to get to the button.


Seriously -- you must be a circus contortionist!

I'm strongly right-handed and tried to get into the suggested position -- I'm sure to drop the camera at some point, or (most likely) the lens!

I just prefer Canon body size & control layout, but like what Sony puts into theirs (sensor and processor). My semi-solution is to mount specific lenses to each body for outings, with few on-location lens changes. This means traveling with at least two body/lens combos on outings, with an extra lens for good measure.



Sep 20, 2023 at 11:13 AM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


A7iv in electronic shutter mode is missing fake shutter and blinking white box


Sep 20, 2023 at 11:54 AM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Ibis auto cutoff feature needed where ibis turns off past a set shutter speed


Sep 20, 2023 at 11:56 AM
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p.3 #9 · p.3 #9 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Auto compressed lossy raw setting when drive mode is set higher than whatís possible with uncompressed raw or compressed lossless raw


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p.3 #10 · p.3 #10 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Alternate raw and jpeg mode

To improve buffer clearing speed for free:

Image 1 raw goes to card 1, image 1 jpeg goes to card 2

Image 2 raw goes to card 2, image 2 raw goes to card 1


Buffer priority mode:

Same as above but Raws are preferentially written to faster card

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Sep 20, 2023 at 12:13 PM
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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


When in Av mode, turning the shutter wheel should change the auto iso min ss setting


Sep 20, 2023 at 12:14 PM
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p.3 #12 · p.3 #12 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


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It's not often the lens is going to be the most expensive of the two (camera or lens) ! Unless you're using a long tele or an older cheaper camera and if you drop your camera then you're @£$%^ anyway. TBH both work for me, I find it easy (and I have large hands and don't have slim fingers) to release the lens but then I'm also not fussy with trying to get another lens on within seconds. I'll happily put the camera face down on my bag, have a cup of coffee, chat for a while before putting another
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They both work for me, too (having come from Canon and gone to Sony) and finding that I can still switch lenses. Found it more convenient on Canon. For some the body might well be the more expensive item. In general, I think if you add up your total body costs and total lens costs you might be surprised. I would be very surprised if you body expenditures are greater than your lens expenditures. And I'll bet the total time you've had your lens set is much greater than the total time you've had your current bodies (unless you're just getting started with photography - not likely for you since you've been here since May, 2011). And what I almost added to my other post is that this isn't a "little" thing and would be far more disturbing to muscle memory than other little changes. Even after 4 years I'm still pressing on the wrong side for the lens release button.




Sep 20, 2023 at 12:18 PM
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p.3 #13 · p.3 #13 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Dual colour zebras

I want to meter the grey card or skin tone and know if Iím clipping the highlights at the same time



Sep 20, 2023 at 12:48 PM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Increase your burst mode - Especially on the APSC lineup. Fuji at 15fps Mechanical. Nikon Z6ii at 14 FPS. Give me an A7V with 13+ por favor.


Sep 20, 2023 at 08:54 PM
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p.3 #15 · p.3 #15 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


dordek wrote:
They both work for me, too (having come from Canon and gone to Sony) and finding that I can still switch lenses. Found it more convenient on Canon. For some the body might well be the more expensive item. In general, I think if you add up your total body costs and total lens costs you might be surprised. I would be very surprised if you body expenditures are greater than your lens expenditures. And I'll bet the total time you've had your lens set is much greater than the total time you've had your current bodies (unless you're just
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Yes that is undoubtedly true - however the discussion was about one camera and one lens and should the technique involved in changing lenses cause you drop one of them!
In which case any of an A7r4, A7r5, A9, A9II or A1 (and possibly A74/5) will be not only a more expensive item than most lenses but dropping the camera will also prevent you from shooting (bar having a backup) until it's repaired/replaced. Unless, as I mentioned, it happens to be an expensive tele !

As for my current lens set - actually no, I switched to much lighter lenses (for hiking into the mountains and travel) since I found very little, if any, benefit to using heavier lenses. Most of my current kit (8 of my 13 lenses, and the ones I use most) is under 2 years old. I can't see me changing the A7r5 for a long time though, superb camera.


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Sep 20, 2023 at 09:23 PM
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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


Dear Sony, thank you so much for bringing the enlightenment to market with the best sensors and doing it from 2012. Where would modern photography be without you? ;-) Dark Ages.


Sep 21, 2023 at 12:05 AM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · Dear Sony: The Little Things


I would think the position of the lens release button couldn't be changed much if at all without a redesign of the mount, thus meaning all lenses would need to be redesigned and existing lenses would not be compatible with new bodies. They are normally mechanical and depress a spring-loaded pin on the body, which inserts into a hole in the lens. The lens has to align with the body in a specific way.


Sep 21, 2023 at 01:33 AM
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