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    Posted: 13 October 2019 at 21:02
Hello,

I'm looking into buying a A9 to replace my broken A7.

So I want to know what are the A9 shooters think of the A9 and what are the things that I should be looking out when buying an A9. Also, any problems that I should be aware of with the A9.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2019 at 01:17
Nice camera , quite hefty .
Check the aperture linkage works .

Big bright viewfinder .

I like using mine with Rollei Infrared film in it with a Minolta 24mm lens .
Even with the R72 filter on it , on a bright day , you can just about see enough for composition through the viewfinder .
AF is always spot on , even with infrared .

Two things .
Your SSM lenses will be manual focus only , unless you track down and pay a lot for an upgraded one .

Check the rubber eyecup is still with it .
You will not find a replacement one .
I've been looking for over 10 years for one !

I lost the eyecup on mine on a beach 10 year ago .
Walked up and down the whole ******* beach looking for it as it went dark .
didn't find it .

In the end I ended buying a faulty camera for £40 just for the eyecup .
I glued that one on so it cant fall off again !

I'm sure you'll enjoy using it . Minolta's last Pro camera .

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Do you mean to say that the 9 also have issue with the aperture like the 7?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2019 at 08:59
Originally posted by AizatRule AizatRule wrote:

Do you mean to say that the 9 also have issue with the aperture like the 7?


No .
I don't think either the 7 or 9 are prone to specific faults .
Don't forget were talking about cameras that are getting on for 20 years old and have had an unknown life use or abuse .

I bought a 9 as faulty , the fault was the aperture linkage .
That's a sample of 1 out of how many thousands made ?

The 7 I bought would not wind on ( or rewind ) correctly .
This fault can be caused by excess stress on the base plate caused by overtightening a tripod mount etc .
I've heard of cameras having this problem maybe 10 times out of how ever many thousands were made .
Either way , an insignificant percentage .
I've heard of several Minolta and Sony DSLRs/SLTs having the aperture linkage becoming derailed .

Again a very tiny percentage , possibly caused by user error / abuse .

I've been shooting Minolta for over 25 years , I have dozens of A mount cameras , and never had one fail on me .
But I look after my gear and use it correctly .

So buying used is the look of the draw depending on its history .
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Remember that not all 9's are able to use SSM lenses - this was available as an after-sales mod but may also have been incorporated into later stock.

If a seller knows for certain that it is SSM compatible, it is likely to be a premium price (even more premium than normal, that is). If you want ot fro screw drive lenses mainly, you may be able to pick up a relative bargain.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote momech Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2019 at 14:12
The SSM upgrade also includes upgraded flash capability. Cameras with it can use the later Minolta and Sony flash guns; probably even the latest ones with the proper adapter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 October 2019 at 14:20
Originally posted by momech momech wrote:

The SSM upgrade also includes upgraded flash capability. Cameras with it can use the later Minolta and Sony flash guns; probably even the latest ones with the proper adapter.


Cameras without the upgrade used the latest Minolta flashes no problem
At added ADI flash to it using the distance readings from "D" lenses to calculate exposure rather , with a pre-flash than just TTL OTF .

Early Sony flashes also work with film bodies .
Later Sony flashes dropped the protocol needed for TTL OTF flash metering .
Even with such as the Dynax 7 that works with ADI flash has to have the shutter speed set to force HSS flash to meter correctly .
Film cameras work best with Minolta flashes or the Sony ones rebadged as HVL-F36AM ( or 56AM)
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The 9 is a great camera! It is much heavier compare to the 7, but it feels great in my hands and it is a pleasure to use!
As mentioned above, probably you will get a copy which does not support SSM. The upgraded bodies are rare and much more expansive.
Regarding the flash capability mentioned above by momech, some of the bodies which are NOT SSM upgraded can still get the flash option via hack which was published in the past (I may be able to find it if relevant).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AizatRule Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 October 2019 at 17:03
Yeah, I agree with buying used is really depends on luck. With the 7, 2 out of 2 I bought has the same issue.

I think I'll get the 7 and 9 when I go to Japan next year. In the meantime, I'll try to get other film cameras as a stop-gap.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AizatRule Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 October 2019 at 17:04
Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

The 9 is a great camera! It is much heavier compare to the 7, but it feels great in my hands and it is a pleasure to use!
As mentioned above, probably you will get a copy which does not support SSM. The upgraded bodies are rare and much more expansive.
Regarding the flash capability mentioned above by momech, some of the bodies which are NOT SSM upgraded can still get the flash option via hack which was published in the past (I may be able to find it if relevant).


Yeah, I read about people's experience using the 9s, seemed like a really great camera, I just hope that it is more reliable than the 7, I can live with the lack of SSM support.
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I like using the 9. No complaints or regrets. The small items: rubber eyecup, flash shoe cover and PC sync cover are nice-to-haves so keep an eye out for those. Those small plastic bits are not deal breakers if you find a camera in good condition at a good price.
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Hi all...this is just a search for any info anyone may have if they have suffered the some incident. I have had my a9 for well over 25 years...has travelled the world and has never failed me. Have taken good care of it in every respect. But recently I have noticed that the exposure display inside the view finder is dimming and at times hard to see in bright sunlight..cause?

But the real issue is that I recently took the camera out after a few months in storage and found what looked like some type of fluid(oil) sheen on the hand grip area where the metal sensors are located. At first I could not explain where this (oil) come from..and still dont. However after having the camera on the shelf the other day, I noticed that the 'skin' was crumbling away in the exact area of the metal sensor just below the shutter button, exposing some of the interior parts. 2 pieces of the rubber skin just fell away and I did not try to touch the area around it any further. Has anyone had any similar situation and know what caused it and is there any one that could repair this. Any help would be appreciated.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote anewman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2020 at 15:13
My 9 grip started cracking and bits falling off. I was recommended to use something called Sugru which is a sort of mouldable thing that sets. I pulled off bits that were easily snapping off and used Sugru to repair it.

Other issues I've had lately with my 9 are the exposure comp dial was stiff. I forced it {without the lock on) and it broke. The bit you lift up came off. I stuck it back on with thickish double sided tape and now can only use the +/-2 stops in 1/3 stops. I've noticed occasionally the camera seems to think it's +1/3 stop it -1/3 stop. It can be corrected by turning exp comp dial up/down and back to middle.

Also on one film it didn't fully rewind it. Not sure why. I admit I didn't look at the display before opening the back, and changed the auto rewind setting mid roll. Just shot through an old roll twice all the way through and that rewound fine.
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