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Posted 12 April 2015 - 09:41 PM

I'll keep that in mind?  What issues are you having?



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Posted 14 April 2015 - 08:27 PM

So much for automatic updates. After researching my problem, I learned there is a Lightroom 5.7.1 on the Adobe website. I downloaded it and my pictures are here, YEA!!  After all spending much time solving that issue, now I can spend some time learning how turn them into a better images.

 

You can also download an update from Sony to read Raw files from the A7II directly in windows. Just Google "sony A99 raw files windows 8". The update will allow you to view raw files from any Sony camera including the A7II on a windows os.



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Posted 17 April 2015 - 11:07 AM

Sorry, I just realized there was a page 2!


I'll keep that in mind?  What issues are you having?

I just learning some of the in's and out's of lightroom. It's a learning curve I hope to chip away at this weekend.


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Posted 20 April 2015 - 11:35 AM

We'll I know a lot more about Lightroom than I did but have a way to go. I went on a ride upstate Conn. this weekend and took the A7 2. I've been shooting in RAW and imported to Lightroom no problem. Question is, if I want to share with a friend, do you have a suggestion the best way to do that?

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 11:37 AM

When I get home from work this evening, I'll post what I do for exporting to share with friends. Files come out to roughly 800KB, and look great.

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 02:58 PM

Okay, here is what I normally do for photos I'm going to share, but *not* print.

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Posted 20 April 2015 - 03:17 PM

Jim to share photos they must be in the jpeg format. Once you edit your photos in light room go back to the library module, on the lower left of the screen you will see export, click on that.

Select folder location, usually the folder it originated from. Click on that one, then select folder.
Name the photo, select custom name.
File settings choose jpeg
Image sizing for this site 2000 pixels wide x 1333 high is the max
Resolution I chose 300 pixels per inch
At the bottom right hit export
Photo is sent to the folder you chose.

This makes transmit able photos a couple of mega bits in size.
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Posted 20 April 2015 - 09:04 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Looking forward to trying them.


You can also download an update from Sony to read Raw files from the A7II directly in windows. Just Google "sony A99 raw files windows 8". The update will allow you to view raw files from any Sony camera including the A7II on a windows os.

 

 

Okay, here is what I normally do for photos I'm going to share, but *not* print.

 

 

Jim to share photos they must be in the jpeg format. Once you edit your photos in light room go back to the library module, on the lower left of the screen you will see export, click on that.

Select folder location, usually the folder it originated from. Click on that one, then select folder.
Name the photo, select custom name.
File settings choose jpeg
Image sizing for this site 2000 pixels wide x 1333 high is the max
Resolution I chose 300 pixels per inch
At the bottom right hit export
Photo is sent to the folder you chose.

This makes transmit able photos a couple of mega bits in size.

Thank you! I've got some homework to do!


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 11:10 AM

Just an update. I have been able to email my photos, thanks to your help! learning Lightroom more each day thanks to all the resources available on the web. Now to my next question. Do you think any of the vintage lenses I have will be any where as sharp as the Sony Zeiss 50mm 1.8, is it truly worth the investment or is there a better zoom for the money?  I'm considering the Sony prime 50.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 11:30 AM

Just an update. I have been able to email my photos, thanks to your help! learning Lightroom more each day thanks to all the resources available on the web. Now to my next question. Do you think any of the vintage lenses I have will be any where as sharp as the Sony Zeiss 50mm 1.8, is it truly worth the investment or is there a better zoom for the money?  I'm considering the Sony prime 50.

 

 

Awesome!  

 

Are you talking about the Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* ?  If so then yes.  Yes, yes, and yes.  They can be had for under $1000 now.  I got mine used (mint) on eBay for $750 several months ago, but I've seen guys saying you can them new for darn close to that now.  Compared with any of the vintage lenses I've owned, its on a different level.  The sharpness, contrast, bokeh, all amazing.  The only other lens that's even arguably close that I own is the Rokinon 135mm F/2.  

 

That being said, I still own and love to use my old Minolta 50mm F/1.8.  But its not even remotely close to sharpness wide open, and at F/5.6 the Sony still easily beats it across the entire frame.  

 

I've seen some argue that the Sony FE55mm is technically perfect, but lacks the "character"  that you get from a vintage lens, or Leica, etc.  That's obviously based on taste, and easily debatable. I've also seen others claim they bought into the Sony system *just* to use the FE55mm.  



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Posted 26 April 2015 - 12:31 PM

Where do you think it can be found for that price and how can you be sure you can trust the seller? I guess sellers track record and Ebays protection policy?


And yes, I was talking about the Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 07:44 PM

Where do you think it can be found for that price and how can you be sure you can trust the seller? I guess sellers track record and Ebays protection policy?


And yes, I was talking about the Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T.

 

 

I'd have to do some shopping around.  And yes, eBay store for the most part are fine.  If you find one with thousands of feedback, and its your typical 99.7%, its good.  I actually got my Rokinon 135mm from an ebay store brand new.

 

Did some testing today with the sun and bare flash, used the FE55mm, here's a couple.  Although this forum destroys photo quality....  I might come back and post links to them.

 

 

http://www.ebay.com/...5mm f/1.8&rt=nc

 

Here's a link to my deviantArt, a shot taken with the FE55mm.  I'm doing the link instead of posting it here to preserve the quality/sharpness.          http://boostedperspe...pness-504784754

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 08:47 PM

Beautiful shots and I see why you recommended that lens to me. Also thank you for taking the time to find the links to ebay. Very kind of you. 


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 09:04 PM

Beautiful shots and I see why you recommended that lens to me. Also thank you for taking the time to find the links to ebay. Very kind of you. 

 

 

Not a problem, I was sitting in front of my PC anyway.  

 

It is a lot of $$$, but I had to learn that good lenses are $$$.  Its actually still the most expensive lens I own by a long shot.  But it's worth it.  When you first start using it, you're going to laugh.  Now I want the rest of the Sony primes, but I would have to sell a car.



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Posted 05 May 2015 - 06:29 PM

Been busy reviving a car I've had in my garage for 32 years. It's time! But I found a deal on a 55mm Sony FE lens at Best Buy for $749.00 and open box with a US warranty and 30 day satisfaction guaranty! Any thing I should look for when I get it other than obvious dings and dents? Seemed like a deal I couldn't pass up? What do you think?


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 06:45 PM

Been busy reviving a car I've had in my garage for 32 years. It's time! But I found a deal on a 55mm Sony FE lens at Best Buy for $749.00 and open box with a US warranty and 30 day satisfaction guaranty! Any thing I should look for when I get it other than obvious dings and dents? Seemed like a deal I couldn't pass up? What do you think?

 

 

32 years good lord don't tell me that.  My 240sx has been waiting on a motorswap for about 3yrs now (its second one, going in a difference direction) and everyone gives me crap for that.

 

That price is great!  I got mine used for that.  Just look at the front/rear glass and make sure its flawless.  I seriously doubt there could be anything wrong with the internals at this age, but if you have 30 days, just throw it on the in parking lot and test it out.  

 

 

Just used mine last night for some night shots.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:13 PM

My only concern is that the battery takes a charge, and that you are able to get a good number of shots per charge!


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:15 PM

My only concern is that the battery takes a charge, and that you are able to get a good number of shots per charge!

 

 

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Sorry, my duh!


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 08:18 PM

Thanks for the concern Paul and William. I was a little skeptical but it seemed like a deal I couldn't pass up. And those night shots look great! What priority did you use? I plan on doing some night shots myself when I get a chance. The more I learn in this hobby the more excited I get! Guess I'm hooked!


As far as the motor swap, I never listened to the crowd or cared what they thought as long as I did my homework. I always listen to people wiser than I and filter through the information until I'm happy with my decisions.  Even now I'm starting to hear an ear full about breathing life back into my car. Every one is a critic! I'm fortunate because I make my living in the automotive field. probably why I never felt like having fun working on a car on my down time! But the joy is back, just the parts are way more expensive than they were 32 years ago!! I always felt if you love your car you won't feel bad spending money on it. If you don't love it, SELL IT!! When I figure out how to post some pictures I will if your interested.


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