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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 April 2014 at 08:04
Now that's quite the improvement!

And "Yay", haven't lost most touch. Ummm, eyes. Touch would likely have been lost in the 20 odd years since I played and I doubt I'll get net clearance nowadays in my jumps

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2014 at 20:43
Ahoy again!

Now you know it's the WB setting, you might wan't to check out this thread (starting on P2), find my post and follow on from there. It's all to do with setting up your camera to use the DEEP setting when shooting in JPEG mode as it's as close to a RAW image that you'll ever get.

I used it on my A700 and both the A850/A900 can be set-up in the same way as it has the same menu options. Give it a try and see what you think. See the thread here. It would seem that those who input the settings have been more than a little impressed with the results based on their replies. There are also images of the menu system to make it easier to find and input. Firmware version v2 is also required.

I'm sure a lot of A700/A850/A900 owners aren't aware of this setting, but can verify that it beats the Standard or Vivid options. Maybe worth incorporating some or all of the following settings:

ISO 100, WB = Daylight (this is actually 5300 Kelvin) or if you input a manual Kelvin setting, then 5700 - 5900 would be much better for daylight, JPEG Quality = Extra Fine, Metering = Matrix, Focus = Spot, N/R = Off, Image Size = L, Priority on Dial = (A), Shooting Mode = A (unless you need C for constant sequential - CAF), though note you WON'T get a focus lock confirmation beep when in CAF mode, D-Range Optimiser = Off, Colour Space = sRGB (this is a personal choice), Release W/O Lens = Enable (this allows you to use older MF lenses otherwise you can't press the shutter button), AF Drive Speed =FAST (select SLOW if you have plastic AF geared lenses or it will gear-strip a Sigma lens in 30 seconds flat if used in both FAST AF and CAF modes, otherwise SLOW is a sensible default as the speed difference isn't that great, but it's the torque that does the damage. Long Exposure N/R = Off.

If shooting in excellent light, then it may also help to input a -0.3 EV and by reducing the EV increases shutter speed.

Finally there is the Depth of Field button on the lower front of the lens housing. It does work and is only otherwise found on the A100 and A700 models. People forget to use it, and it's a very handy feature.

Anyway, I hope you don't mind the FB and hope that if you at least try these settings, you can make a direct comparison to whatever settings you're currently using, but PLEASE don't use AUTO for anything.
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