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  1. Interesting discussion in favourite photos about using night mode on Sony MX100 but only able to save out to JPEG. Matt If you want to use RAW, set any camera, not only Sony, to highest ISO, high speed continuous shooting, in RAW, but not in night mode. Shoot 5 or more RAW shots holding camera as steady as possible. Take RAW series shots into image processing software and do the usual image adjustments. Same adjustment to each image. This is the reason to shoot RAW as the Sony in camera method does not give you this custom adjustment option. Go to latest edition of PhotoshopCC and create an image stack from the adjusted RAW using the script (File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack). Set up the script to select the images and then aline them. You will end up with a photoshop file with one smart layer that contains a stack of all of your alined images. Set the smart layer image stack to "Mean" The noise will disappear. Render the smart layer. Save the photoshop file as a TIFF. You now have all of the noisy Raw shots and a noise free TIFF. Make an Alamy JPEG from your TIFF Your Sony camera is doing all of the photoshop work automatically, and then outputting a JPEG. This way you have the option to adjust the RAW images first and then output a noise free TIFF, and also retain all of the noisy RAW files if you want to. Here is an explanation on the Adobe site, but IT IS OUT OF DATE !!! https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/photoshop/using/image-stacks.html
  2. After much angst and months of indecision I finally purchased the Sony A7ii. Size and weight were the primary reasons for the switch and the in-body image stabilization was the final factor that pried my beloved Canon 5DM2 out of my hands and replaced it with the A7ii. In this model Sony swapped positions for the shutter button and the aperture dial making it much more comfortable to hold and use. This also helped seal the deal for me. I'm not shooting weddings or studio portraits so my needs will vary from a full-time pro photog. It's been a couple weeks and my first batch of images just came out of QC so I thought I'd share my initial images and feelings about the camera. How the camera would perform at night handheld was a major concern so my first shots are all from walks around Miami at night and with no tripod (my next tests will be tripod-mounted at low ISOs). I can assure you I would not have any usable images from my 5DM2 under similar conditions and my expectations were low that the Sony would do significantly better. I was wrong. All were shot using the FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens with the camera set to shoot RAW in Aperture Priority Mode at f/5.6. The camera selected the ISO and length of exposure. The images below are the result. There was noise in the RAW images but it was easily handled by my noise reduction software at a moderate setting. ISO 6400, 1/20 sec Focal length: 28.0mm ISO 6400, 1/15 sec Focal length: 64.0mm ISO 6400, 1/5 secFocal length: 33.0mm ISO 6400, 1/10 secFocal length: 70.0mm ISO 6400, 1/20 sec Focal length: 28.0mm
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