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Teischan, May 18, 2017 ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Chorus & Band Concert.

by Anura Guruge


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I had to crop the images to make sure
that nobody else could be seen —
because of privacy concerns.

Taken with my new Full-Frame Sony a7 II.







by Anura Guruge

Updated The Firmware On My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II From 3.10 To 3.30.

by Anura Guruge


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Sony’s ‘Updater’ utility for Sony a7s — running on Windows 7.


Click image to access Forum post I started at DPReview.com


Firmware version 3.30 for Sony a7 II (i.e., ILCE7M2) was release on November 18, 2016.

Since I ordered my Sony a7 II from Cameta Camera (via Amazon) on May 11, 2017, I had just assumed that it would be at 3.30.

It was NOT!

It was at 3.10. There were ZERO (‘0’) shutter actuations and the camera does look new. So, I am hoping that this is STILL a brand new camera. IF SO, this does not make sense.

I have e-mailed both Cameta Camera and Sony seeking an explanation.

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I was NOT happy being 2 version down on the Firmware.

So after some Googling to make sure that 3.30 was NOT a total dud, I went ahead and started the upgrade process this morning using the Sony instructions and tool.

On Windows 7 (64-bit) had to download the Sony ‘updater’ TWICE. First download was somehow corrupted and would not run. Though the download finished, without issue, the downloaded file was 169MB — when it should have been 219MB.

Second download was fine, and was 219MB.

After that everything went without a glitch.

Took 14- minutes — which is pretty damn close to the 15-minute Sony tells you.

So, I am happy with that. Not sure I notice any differences. That AF might be a tad faster might just be wishful thinking on my part.

 


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Bob Marley Died This Day 36 Years Ago — On May 11, 1981.

by Anura Guruge


This video, from 1979 is WORTH watching.

I remember Marley in 1979.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Marley


Not sure how many people realize that he died from CANCER — which he refused to have properly treated, partly due to his Rastafarian beliefs.

Great shame. He was only 36.

I liked him and still like his music.

We should spend a second today giving thanks to ‘Bob’.


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First Pictures With My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II — From Amazon/Cameta Camera.

by Anura Guruge


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First 4 pictures — 001 to 004.

Shot as a full-resolution JPEG
6000 x 4000 (4.9MB)
but reduced here to
1600 x 1067 (434KB).

No post-processing.
Straight-out-of-camera JPEG.





EXIF data from tools.science.si showing that this camera was BRAND new; i.e., no previous shutter actuations. That is a RELIEF. I am happy. I always worry that I might end up getting a previously used camera sold as ‘new’. Not so in this case.

I bought it from Amazon (given my wonderful relationship with them) though it was supplied by Cameta Camera as a bundle. I have a history with Cameta and I thought long and hard about it. The bundle was worth getting IF nothing else but for the ‘free’ Sony 64GB SD card, battery and Vivitar filters.

It worked out. I am HAPPY.

So on the first picture, i.e., ‘001’, it was ZERO shutter actuations.

Being I, I checked it on the 5th picture too. Shutter actuations are counted starting at 0. Hence why it is ‘4’ rather than ‘5’.

Did I say I was HAPPY?

Click to ENLARGE and admire here.


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Unpacking the Sony a7 II …



Getting this Sony a7 II was a BIG DEAL for I!

Why?

Because it has taken me 1 year and 7 months to make this move!

Yes, 1 year and 7 months.

I reluctantly returned my 27-day old Sony a7 II on September 24, 2015 because I ran into a file-corruption issue.

From then onwards I have been procrastinating about my NEXT BIG camera.

I was, to be honest, waiting for the Fuji XT-2. Then I decided I did NOT like Fuji.

So …

That is how I ended up with the Sony a7 II.

So far, I am happy with it.

It has quite the FEEL. It feels like a REAL camera. It has all the dials and buttons I like.

Very satisfying shutter CLUNK.

It is big and heavy. So I still have to get a Sony a6500 to take to shows etc.

So, this was day 1. Hopefully I will keep this camera for some time. {SMILE}


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The First U.S. Transcontinental Railroad Was Completed This Day 148 Years Ago — On May 10, 1869.

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The fateful joining up of the ‘Central Pacific’ and ‘Union Pacific’ railroads at Promontory Summit, in Utah.

I have read a bit about the building of the ‘Central Pacific’ and it is beyond fascinating. What a story.

148-years ago. A few years after the ending of the Civil War.

Worth spending a few seconds today thinking about this.

Strange that Google has NEVER done a Doodle for this!


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APS-C to Full-Frame Lens Focal Length Crib Chart — Mainly For Sony E-mount Lenses.

by Anura Guruge


Well as I elaborated yesterday,
I have to get my head around this focal-length
‘equivalence’.

Since I am used to thinking in APS-C terms
I needed my own crib sheet just to be on the safe side.

As you can see I am focusing on Sony E-mount
focal lengths.


Click to ENLARGE. Yes, I have an Excel spreadsheet. I can plugin whatever numbers you need THOUGH it is but a trivial exercise in multiplying by 1.5 or dividing by 1.5.


Here is a picture from yesterday IF it helps.

To get the same Depth of Field (DoF) that I got with a 40.7mm APS-C lens,
I would need a 61mm Full-Frame lens.


I needed this to work out what lenses I need to consider.

With FF, anything below 27mm will be WAY TOO WIDE for I!

I am probably better off sticking to FF 50mm and more. {SMILE}


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Sony Came To Be This Day 71-Years Ago, In Japan — On May 7, 1946.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony


Click to ENLARGE.


Well, well, well.

I had no idea how old Sony was — or where the name came from. Now, thanks to Wikipedia, I know. “Sonny Boy” — and I can see how they came up with “Walkman” from there.

Over the years I have had lots of Sony products — going back to Betamax. Yes, I was a big adherent of Betamax.

And now Sony cameras. Had three already and the plan is to get two more within the month! And the scary thing is that I am not that sure I like Sony cameras!

But, I have little choice. I am COMMITTED to mirrorless and don’t want to go below APS-C. Yes, Fuji was an option BUT I despaired of Fuji’s lousy autofocus capabilities.

So, it has to be Sony and I have to learn to live with Sony! 


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