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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2018 at 11:14
I have been tempted by a monitor in the past, but not as a focusing aid. I have had the idea of using one as a viewfinder for a camera held high or low on a monopod - to save my back (low) or to get better face on views of buildings (high). I can't see it as a practical solution to my eyesight issue with the A900 and shooting style - shooting handheld most of the time.

I may try a magnifier, or just give up the idea of low light MF in FF until I get a FF with an EVF.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rssweetman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2018 at 18:52
So here's a weird thig: when I bought mine, it was expressly for focus magnification and whilst I was sure I used it for this purpose on the a900, I could only get it to work tonight with my a580 and a99 (original).

In these it offers something neither body allow natively (focus magnification) and again being able to focus (hand)-holding the body Medium-format style looking down allowed even greater flexibility than the a99's otherwise unbeatable rear-screen for live view output (ie no chimping on these bodies).

Yes, other monitors exist and are cheaper,however I'm not aware of them using A-mount batteries....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maxxuman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2018 at 19:15
Originally posted by Rssweetman Rssweetman wrote:


In these it offers something neither body allow natively (focus magnification)

Huh? The A99 allows focus magnification.
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Originally posted by Rssweetman Rssweetman wrote:

So here's a weird thig: when I bought mine, it was expressly for focus magnification and whilst I was sure I used it for this purpose on the a900, I could only get it to work tonight with my a580 and a99 (original).

Yes, because they both offer electronic live view. The A900 under discussion here does not.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2018 at 00:14
I had assumed that the idea was to set up the shot on a tripod, take a picture, check focus on the monitor, adjust and reshoot. I guess some might work this way, but it's not my style! As noted the A900 does not have liveview, so a monitor cannot be used to focus preshot.

My APS-C SLTs (A77 & A58) have focus magnification and focus peaking - which is one huge advantage IMO of EVF over OVF. Of course there is another in low light situations in that the EVF shows the effect of longer exposure and thus gives a brighter image to focus in the first place. Until I update my FF body I shall use AF or stick to APS-C after sunset.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote beautiophile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2018 at 08:51
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Until I update my FF body I shall use AF or stick to APS-C after sunset.

I used to do that when I had A900 and A57. Also the high-ISO performance of A900 is not as good as SLT cameras. However I enjoyed playing with A900 very much and often attached the Angle-viewfinder Vn for manual focus. I really didn't want to sell it after buying A99. But a friend of mine was eager for it so I let it go.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 April 2019 at 10:49
Well, a few months have passed and I am in the middle of April Foolishness, shooting with both the A77 & A900, but mainly the A900. The lack of EVF continues to bug me with the A900 - not only for focusing, checking an image in the field is such a pain as I have to get my glasses out to view the LCD (if I can see it in the sunlight). So my eyes are drawn to ebay listings for A99s.

That said I have enjoyed FF, my default FF walkaround has become the Min 28-105mm (I have a stupidly large collection of cheap Minolta glass) but I use the body mainly with primes. The A77/16-50 SSM combination remains my top choice if I am going to a special event.
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