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Post Options Post Options   Quote Faldrax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 June 2017 at 10:55
Originally posted by Pirate Pirate wrote:

Originally posted by Faldrax Faldrax wrote:

One point that has not been mentioned is that the A900 uses the older iISO hotshoe for flash and triggers, while your A77II uses the newer MIS shoe.

Ahoy!

See this post (3rd para)


Ah, failed to spot you had mentioned it, but it's worth repeating, particularly as it is different to the MIS on the OP's A77II   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 June 2017 at 11:18
Originally posted by Jayne Jayne wrote:

Thanks for those links Pirate - exactly the searches I was about to start

Ahoy!

No problem. Anyone who needs help will always get it on Dyxum irrespective of whether they're a new shooter, changing to DSLT from DSLR and vice versa, set-up, accessories and pretty much everything.

Another good tip is in respect to in-camera JPEG settings which produces top quality images, so whether you're a JPEG only shooter or shoots in RAW + JPEG mode, the link below was asked in relation to the A700 but the A850/A900 also has the same in-camera menu options for this, so on a personal note, I would suggest you make the same setting changes as I and I'm confident most other A850/A900 shooters have done. I've started from my initial reply, but other contributors have added images of the camera menu system which makes it a tad easier to find and follow so scroll down through responses after my own here.

Read the posts of those who applied it and look at image samples uploaded for comparison purposes and you can make your own mind up whether you think it would be useful for your needs.

On a tangent, with respect to accessories, I can recommend all of the following:

1. VGC-90AM vertical grip + 2nd battery.

2. FDA-ME1AM 1.15x magnifying eyepiece (makes it much more comfortable and eliminates stray light getting in + makes the viewfinder data easier to read.

3. GGS/FOTGA/JYC 6-layer rear LCD screen protector (eBay for £1.00 - £3.00 ish).

4. Hot-shoe flashgun. A850/A900 doesn't have a pop-up type and an external gun allows you to have much greater control over your lighting, though for maco, I would suggest a dedicated ring flash as opposed to a standard type.

5. Sensor cleaning. If you're happy to tackle this yourself, then I wrote a tutorial for wet/dry sensor cleaning for DSLR sensors on Dyxum some years ago now using the products stated, but it's likely there are new products on the market today, though you could take it to Calumet if you have a branch local to you, or send it to Camera Repair Workshop (CRW) who were the Minolta (UK) repair agent and still do sensor cleaning, camera and lens repairs (subject to new parts being available).

I'm 100% sure you're going to find the A900 to be something of a revelation albeit it's an OVF and not an EVF system. Welcome to the full frame gentlemens owners club
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Depending where Jayne is, I find this place good for sensor cleaning:
http://www.pjcrdirect.co.uk/dslr-sensor-cleaning.html
They are near Stoke on Trent.
I drop mine off and collect and save the postage.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 June 2017 at 17:59
Compact flash issues are probably resolved now you have the a900. I got an sd to cf converter from eBay so I can us the cheaper we cards on my a850.

Not sure if you really need a grip if extending battery life is the reason. The battery life on the pre slt models is incredible. A grip is useful but bulky for allowing controls/ buttons in both landscape and portrait just where you need them. For studio work great for lug around your neck while out and about... not so great.

Ignore the graphs comparisons to ape-c models and enjoy the views full frame and gives you. The a900/850 may be old, but they don't stop you taking good photos.

The only reason I don't really use my a850 is because I later bought an a99 as I missed the evf. But once you have full frame it is hard to go back to crop frame cameras.


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Originally posted by berlin steve berlin steve wrote:

But once you have full frame it is hard to go back to crop frame cameras.

I'm sure that's true for many - even most - owners, but it's not a universal thing. My A55 and A77 get much more use than my A99. They're just handier for a lot of the things I do. There might be a few other folks out there like me.
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Originally posted by sybersitizen sybersitizen wrote:

Originally posted by berlin steve berlin steve wrote:

But once you have full frame it is hard to go back to crop frame cameras.

I'm sure that's true for many - even most - owners, but it's not a universal thing. My A55 and A77 get much more use than my A99. They're just handier for a lot of the things I do. There might be a few other folks out there like me.
+1

In 2017 I have used 5 cameras, a mix between FF and APS-C / A-mount and E-mount

Here's the # of keepers in my lightroom library
A-mount APS-C: 157
A-mount FF   : 319
E-mount APS-C: 2517
E-mount FF   : 612

Sometimes I prefer the lower size/weight and longer reach of APS-C, sometimes I like to use FF when size/weight is not an issue and the higher IQ is welcome. When using APS-C applying the crop factor for the FOV comes to me almost automatically.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:



In 2017 I have used 5 cameras, a mix between FF and APS-C / A-mount and E-mount

Here's the # of keepers in my lightroom library
A-mount APS-C: 157
A-mount FF   : 319
E-mount APS-C: 2517
E-mount FF   : 612

Sometimes I prefer the lower size/weight and longer reach of APS-C, sometimes I like to use FF when size/weight is not an issue and the higher IQ is welcome. When using APS-C applying the crop factor for the FOV comes to me almost automatically.


Sorry for keeping this off topic...
Missing out on how many shots you make with the different cameras so we see hit/miss rate
How do you tag your "keepers" in LR?

Think I need to take the old a900 out and put on the 35/2 or 100/2 and do some shooting

@Jayne: Enjoy your new camera!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 June 2017 at 21:49
Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:


Sorry for keeping this off topic...
Missing out on how many shots you make with the different cameras so we see hit/miss rate
How do you tag your "keepers" in LR?
Keeper rate varies between 60% and 80% per camera. FF on the lower end, APS-C on the higher end of that range. Probably the keeper rate of FF is lower because I use it for more "serious" photography and there I experiment (and bin) more then APS-C which is more used for vacation trips and family events.

Keeper means they remain on the computer and in the Lightroom library.
The others go to the bin and evaporate in cyberspace. So there is no need to tag the keepers
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Hi!

Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:


3) It is a very different camera to the A77ii, which I also have. Almost everything is different. It is much slower (although not slow) and I would say requires a focus-hold-recompose style because the central focus point is so much more reliable than the others (and anyway the focus points only cover a small portion of the viewfinder). It also lacks a lot of features - unnecessary features possibly - of the A77ii.


True, the outer AF points of the A900 are not as reliable as the central one. I would, however, not go so far to say focus-hold-recompose is a better option but using the outer AF points. The outer points (line sensors) tend to hunt for focus. Eventually, they may focus and do so with reasonable precision. AF precision has never been a big deal for me using 1.4/50, 1.4/85 for portraiture. Other sources of error contributed much more to the end result but AF precision.

AF in general will be disappointing compared to the A77II. Maybe, the A900 can be described as a work horse with Minota genes: great user interface, AF is swift with stationary objects but was never on par with the competition with moving objects.

On an aside: I failed to sell my A900. Reasons for that are OVF (A900) vs. EVF (A99) and familiarity with the user interface.

If one puts his expectations straight and does not forget how old (and outdated) the A900 is by today's standards the A900 is still a very capable and recommended camera.

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Still not had chance to use the camera this week due to work but thanks for the continuing advice! I bought it as a complete package from a retired photographer, so it came complete with all the accessories that most people have suggested apart from the battery grip, so no issues with the different hot shoe, although the A37's had the old version as well, so I had an adaptor to convert to the new one safely tucked away from when I used the studio trigger on that. I'm sure there will be a steep learning curve once I can get to use it - even more so for Kelvin (who hasn't been shooting regularly for a while, so he might be persuaded to join here too), but I'm really pleased with what it produced for me, and I'm sure it's going to be a welcome addition!

Eclipse, it's good to meet a fellow Sony shooter into 'horse stuff' [ I'm interested in the harness you spoke about, it would make life easier as even my camera is no lightweight with a sensible lens attached. We're in South Wales, so not close enough to drop anything in for a sensor clean, but I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2017 at 10:08
So, Jayne, if you're still reading the forum, what do you think of it after two months?
I've just got one myself (coming from A58).
A900, A58, 5d, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras . . .
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Hi Miranda, I love the images the A900 gives! My husband uses it more than I do, it was primarily bought as 'his' rather than 'ours', but I enjoy using it too. I think after the A77ii I see how technology has advanced over the ten or so years since A900 was first purchased - the autofocus on my camera is amazing in comparison - but for portrait work I love it. My husband has been using it for horse shows, and has some lovely images from it, so I think it's just about adjusting to it. Between the A900 and the A37 which I had before the difference is immense, so I would think you'd find it a huge step up from the A58, I'm sure you'll love it.
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Originally posted by Jayne Jayne wrote:

Between the A900 and the A37 which I had before the difference is immense, so I would think you'd find it a huge step up from the A58, I'm sure you'll love it.


In some ways it is a step up, and in some a step back (which isn't a problem - I love old stuff). The A58 has more clever things in it, but the A900 is kind of like a digital version of the 600si film camera, which I also like. I plan to continue using both.
A900, A58, 5d, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras . . .
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