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Can someone please tell me how to turn off the LCD panel live View? Basically it’s bloody annoying when I look through the viewfinder then take my eye away from the viewfinder for the LCD to switch to live view. Basically I want the camera to work like a dslr- view through the viewfinder and switch on live view on LCD when required. I know there should be a setting somewhere in the menus but I just can’t find it!
Menu, camera icon 2, page 6 (display/auto review) select finder/monitor, it’s set to auto, move highlight to viewfinder, and click centre button to select. Back out of menu.
When you want to change menu items again, you have to use the vf to change back to auto for ease of use.
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Not sure if this any good can’t make my mind up if too much ground

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I'm not sure about the "too much ground" but more not enough at the top, the trees look too cropped, maybe more height and a bit more depth to the shot, maybe a bit more to the right for balance so as to to keep the panorama aspect. The contrast between the crisp colours in the foreground against the soft, washed out tones in the trees works really well. I would like to see more made of the mist
 
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Menu, camera icon 2, page 6 (display/auto review) select finder/monitor, it’s set to auto, move highlight to viewfinder, and click centre button to select. Back out of menu.
When you want to change menu items again, you have to use the vf to change back to auto for ease of use.
HTH
Thanks for that, it’s great to only be using the viewfinder rather than both. I’ve set the custom button for C4 to ‘finder/monitor sel’ so I can toggle the LCD on and off by pressing that button. Much easier and hopefully saves a bit of battery life without the LCD on when I don’t need it to be on.
 
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Thanks for that, it’s great to only be using the viewfinder rather than both. I’ve set the custom button for C4 to ‘finder/monitor sel’ so I can toggle the LCD on and off by pressing that button. Much easier and hopefully saves a bit of battery life without the LCD on when I don’t need it to be on.
Evf uses more battery than LCD.
 
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Ouch price gone up?

Mine was £850 at photography show
It’s not even worth £500 let alone £850.
I’ve owned it and it’s just not worth the price.
 
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Thanks for that, it’s great to only be using the viewfinder rather than both. I’ve set the custom button for C4 to ‘finder/monitor sel’ so I can toggle the LCD on and off by pressing that button. Much easier and hopefully saves a bit of battery life without the LCD on when I don’t need it to be on.
But seriously, give the screen a fair go. No need for BBF, tap your focus point and bang. So quick! I’ve morphed into using both, depending.
 
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Evf uses more battery than LCD.
Isn’t the EVF only on when your eye is up to the viewfinder? The LCD was constantly when my eye wasn’t to the viewfinder lining up an image.

But seriously, give the screen a fair go. No need for BBF, tap your focus point and bang. So quick! I’ve morphed into using both, depending.
I will have a play with that. It does sound useful.
 
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Can someone please tell me how to turn off the LCD panel live View? Basically it’s bloody annoying when I look through the viewfinder then take my eye away from the viewfinder for the LCD to switch to live view. Basically I want the camera to work like a dslr- view through the viewfinder and switch on live view on LCD when required. I know there should be a setting somewhere in the menus but I just can’t find it!
This was an annoyance to me but to make it make exactly like a DSLR I did the following:

Menu tab 2 then 6/9
Click on DISP Button
Click monitor
Click bottom check box - Monitor off
Come out of menu
Click DISP button (top of scroll button) and you can now cycle through to monitor off.
 
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The rumor site says that Sigma have issued a firmware update for the MC-11 adapter.

While I'm here, A7 and Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 again.

 
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This was an annoyance to me but to make it make exactly like a DSLR I did the following:

Menu tab 2 then 6/9
Click on DISP Button
Click monitor
Click bottom check box - Monitor off
Come out of menu
Click DISP button (top of scroll button) and you can now cycle through to monitor off.
I think at first it’s natural to set them up like a dslr, as I did too. Didn’t last long. The best part is losing focus, recompose. How much easier!

Also had the screen off setup initially but went back.
 
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I think at first it’s natural to set them up like a dslr, as I did too. Didn’t last long. The best part is losing focus, recompose. How much easier!

Also had the screen off setup initially but went back.
Just find the EVF much easier and more atble when tracking sports for me so its a better set up for me, but for other situations I can see the benefits of screen.
 
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I've just received an m mount adapter for my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 and after firing off a few test shots I'm quite happy. I'd read that this lens is soft wide open, vignetted like crazy, had really bad barrel distortion and had ca but in use after applying the profile in CS5 I'm quite pleased. The vignetting is well within the range of CS5 to correct and the barrel distortion which is visible when taking shots seems to be insignificant (this is after applying the profile, architectural photographers may still see it as a problem.) There's purple fringing at 100% in some shots with bright objects and it may be visible in some other shots but so far it's not shown itself too much in my test shots and lastly although the lens is softish wide open it's ok after a little more sharpening than I'd usually apply and it's sharper at f2 to the point that IMO it's good anywhere you'd put a main subject in the frame at f2.

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100% but as usual this wont be quite as sharp here as it is on my screen. On my screen it's not Sony 55mm f1.8 sharp but good enough.



100% from the top third. Same comment about sharpness here and the Sony 55mm.



I think this lens is ok at f1.4, easily sharp enough even at 100% after a bit more sharpening and vignetting and barrel distortion aren't so far issues for me. It's not quite as good as the e mount version and one thing that I definitely don't like is focusing with the focus tab as I'd much rather have a focus ring.

Oh, the minimum focus distance is pants so this isn't a lens for pseudo macro shots... I have a close focus adapter on the way so I'll see how it is with that.
 
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I forgot to include a barrel distortion shot so here's one after applying the profile. It's the same in landscape as far as I can see.

 
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I've just received an m mount adapter for my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 and after firing off a few test shots I'm quite happy. I'd read that this lens is soft wide open, vignetted like crazy, had really bad barrel distortion and had ca but in use after applying the profile in CS5 I'm quite pleased. The vignetting is well within the range of CS5 to correct and the barrel distortion which is visible when taking shots seems to be insignificant (this is after applying the profile, architectural photographers may still see it as a problem.) There's purple fringing at 100% in some shots with bright objects and it may be visible in some other shots but so far it's not shown itself too much in my test shots and lastly although the lens is softish wide open it's ok after a little more sharpening than I'd usually apply and it's sharper at f2 to the point that IMO it's good anywhere you'd put a main subject in the frame at f2.
I think all the M's have their little quirks. I don't use the close focus adapter often but it is always attached (it is a little heavier than a standard adapter) The 40/1.4 has a wide open glow on occasion but by f/2 it's more than acceptable.

The 40/1.2E should be with me next week!! :)

I'm also considering the Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5E too but I'm trying to resist for now just incase some offers come up. They also don't seem popular on the used market.
 
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Just find the EVF much easier and more atble when tracking sports for me so its a better set up for me, but for other situations I can see the benefits of screen.
I think I’m going to be the same. For wildlife the EVF will be the better option due to tracking the subject. For landscapes the LCD will likely be better and easier to use unless it’s really bright.
 
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I think all the M's have their little quirks. I don't use the close focus adapter often but it is always attached (it is a little heavier than a standard adapter) The 40/1.4 has a wide open glow on occasion but by f/2 it's more than acceptable.

The 40/1.2E should be with me next week!! :)

I'm also considering the Color Skopar 21mm f/3.5E too but I'm trying to resist for now just incase some offers come up. They also don't seem popular on the used market.
I had the Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 years ago and I stupidly sold it. I should have just bought another but I was swayed by the f1.4 but the focus tab annoyed me today and I'm sort of wishing I had gone for the f2.5 as that's equally tiny and has a focus ring. I'll give the f1.4 a long road test and see if I can live with it.

I haven't used my e mount 40mm f1.2 for a while but it is a very nice lens and I think you'll be pleased with the image quality. It certainly gives a more modern and less divisive "classic" look than the e mount 35mm f1.4 and to an even greater extent these RF lenses give.
 
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Three more from Naples

1. Vesuvius view
Napoli III
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2. Posillipo sunset
Napoli II
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3. Dawn over Castel dell'Ovo
Napoli IV
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Lovely photos Ian, in particular like the calm colours and lighting of the first. The skys in 2 & 3 are also fantastic. I hope you don’t mind a little critique bit I find the dark mass at the bottom of the third a little distracting, although I don’t think you can do much about that now, other than maybe clone it out, which I don’t think would look right either. Also personallly I think the large white borders detract from the images, the shots are great in their own right, let them shine (y)
 
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Lovely photos Ian, in particular like the calm colours and lighting of the first. The skys in 2 & 3 are also fantastic. I hope you don’t mind a little critique bit I find the dark mass at the bottom of the third a little distracting, although I don’t think you can do much about that now, other than maybe clone it out, which I don’t think would look right either. Also personallly I think the large white borders detract from the images, the shots are great in their own right, let them shine (y)
Thanks for the comments Chris. I wasn't convinced by the first so I'm pleased you like it. The dark mass in 3 is the black sand beach. I can crop it to but then the bottom is too tight. I might revisit when I am back on my proper computer and see if I can improve that part. I know borders aren't to everyone's taste, I use them so the Flickr stream look neater.
 

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Some recent samples from 24GM. Took it out for Christmas at the Kew gardens, was a surprise anniversary outing for the missus.
This lens actually weathersealed, sony has finally realised rubber sealing around the mount is needed. I was fairly comfortable using it in the rain.

f/10, 15s, ISO100 - the round thingies in the sky are water droplets on the lens
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f/1.4, 1/250, ISO256000 (bit of a high ISO shot, other option is to have my son blurry, so... yeah)
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Some recent samples from 24GM. Took it out for Christmas at the Kew gardens, was a surprise anniversary outing for the missus.
This lens actually weathersealed, sony has finally realised rubber sealing around the mount is needed. I was fairly comfortable using it in the rain.

f/10, 15s, ISO100 - the round thingies in the sky are water droplets on the lens
ASA06360
by Anand Gopinath, on Flickr

f/1.4, 1/250, ISO256000 (bit of a high ISO shot, other option is to have my son blurry, so... yeah)
ASA06364
by Anand Gopinath, on Flickr
Don't the other GMs have a weather seal?
 

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Don't the other GMs have a weather seal?
Don't think they have a rubber seal around the mount which is my main issue with these highly priced GMs. Don't think my 70-200mm had it, I am expecting a 100-400mm next week so I'll check.
But more than happy to be wrong in this case
@Riz_Guru - could you enlighten us please?
 
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Don't think they have a rubber seal around the mount which is my main issue with these highly priced GMs. Don't think my 70-200mm had it, I am expecting a 100-400mm next week so I'll check.
But more than happy to be wrong in this case
@Riz_Guru - could you enlighten us please?
Pretty sure they do, my Sigmas also have them (dslr versions do not).
 

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Pretty sure they do, my Sigmas also have them (dslr versions do not).
Ah good to know... is the sigma now weathersealed? that could be a benefit on buying these for e-mount...
I know my a-mount sigma art 35 was not weathersealed

hope this answers your question about shooting in the rain. I don't choose to but we live in the UK and we like doing things outside. Tickets were booked nearly 6 months ago. Not much you can do or just not get any pictures.
 
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Ah good to know...

hope this answers your question about shooting in the rain. I don't choose to but we live in the UK and we like doing things outside. Tickets were booked nearly 6 months ago. Not much you can do or just not get any pictures.
It wasn't a question and no reason you can't get a rain cover if you are that worried but a few here use their cameras in the rain without issues.
 
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Don't think they have a rubber seal around the mount which is my main issue with these highly priced GMs. Don't think my 70-200mm had it, I am expecting a 100-400mm next week so I'll check.
But more than happy to be wrong in this case
@Riz_Guru - could you enlighten us please?
The 85 GM does.

Is it just me, but I find the Sony prime lens lineup a bit bizarre when you consider these differences. The 35 distagon is an odd ball. Doesn’t have the rubber seal and there’s no GM 35?
 
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The 85 GM does.

Is it just me, but I find the Sony prime lens lineup a bit bizarre when you consider these differences. The 35 distagon is an odd ball. Doesn’t have the rubber seal and there’s no GM 35?
Its a Zeiss specification, not Sony. Still waiting for the 35GM.... guess they think there are enough 35 options already and they don't acknowledge the CZ QC issues.
 
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The 85 GM does.

Is it just me, but I find the Sony prime lens lineup a bit bizarre when you consider these differences. The 35 distagon is an odd ball. Doesn’t have the rubber seal and there’s no GM 35?
Why have a gm 35? What would be different about that vs the distagon?

The distagon was more of less a launch lens that came with the original launch of the whole ff e mount
 

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It wasn't a question and no reason you can't get a rain cover if you are that worried but a few here use their cameras in the rain without issues.
i guess you didn't catch my question before i edited it lol

is the sigma now weathersealed? that could be a benefit on buying these for e-mount...
I know my a-mount sigma art 35 was not weathersealed
 
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i guess you didn't catch my question before i edited it lol

is the sigma now weathersealed? that could be a benefit on buying these for e-mount...
I know my a-mount sigma art 35 was not weathersealed
Yes, the E mount ART lenses are weather sealed, I did mention it to you a while ago. Definitely beneficial. DSLR mounts definitely aren't {the primes} (not just A mount).
 
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