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Micro adjustment definitely helps. I have a Sony 50 and my adjustment is -5. If I set it 0 it's definitely fuzzier than setting it. I pretty set all my lenses to -5 as I can tell a difference.  My Tamron 200-500 is slightly differently set but I don't remember what that is.  Take several shots at 0 then work your way up to +-5 and see if you can tell. It's hard to see but after you see them side by side you can see sharper images if you get it right. Takes some practice.

Welcome to a900 heaven. Have had mine new for 2 1/2 years now and it's been my favorite body. I upgraded from a a700 and its a huge difference, especially with primes. Love my primes on the a900. 

Have to get used to the heft but get a good strap, sun sniper or black rapid and it'll be a lot more fun to use than the stock neck strap.  You'll like it

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If you can get your 580 fixed then I'd keep it. The rumors are already flying for the replacement to the a77. If it takes good pics and you are happy with them, there won't be a gigantic upgrade. Now if you were going a99, I'd say hell ya if you could afford it. FF is so much for fun for me over crop. I have an a900 so I can use my primes properly but I was perfectly happy with my a700 and my 17-50. But I upgraded because I wanted to start using primes more and that's all I shoot with unless I'm going light then it's my Minolta 28-135. 

If your 580 comes back to life then I'd seriously wait because as good as the 77 is now, the 7x will be better still and you can start life with the top of the line crop vs having one that is 2 years old.  I just think people worry too much about new tech a just shooting. Look at how you shoot and go from there and compare it to your 580 shooting styles. Do you shoot sports and need 10fps? Do you shoot higher iso's often?

Hope that helped with your reasoning some and I made sense   

I'll try and dig up your tamron link.

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Love my tamron 200-500. Such a good lens for long range. Glad to hear its not too bad to fix if mine ever fails.

I'd get the 550 fixed and if it works, use it until the a77 replacement comes out, which I heard could be announced this year. Just my 2 cents.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:30:47 PM »
Appreciate the info. I know it'll be a lot smaller than my tamron 200-500 and probably lighter for sure.   Thanks

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: January 27, 2013, 04:04:17 PM »
how do you like the 500mm reflex?   I have an 8" SCT telescope, same as the 500mm and it's a hoot to play with with the camera.  I need to get it back outside and shoot some of the heavens but been so busy.  Just curious on the reflex because with the 3 telescopes i do have, it's a big pain to focus because it's all manual, just wondering how accurate/good is the AF on the 500mm?  I have a tamron 200-500 and I always mull getting the reflex.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: January 26, 2013, 08:48:18 PM »
I picked up an rx100 for the quick concealed carry over my a900. Love that title camera. Shoots so nicely.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: January 01, 2013, 07:50:27 PM »
Nice shots. The lens looks like a heck of a great performer and an even better value!  Enjoy shooting it in 2013!

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Quite welcome for jarring the memory. Lol.

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Hi Marc

I have a IR converted 7D and the 7D does shoot raw. Pixels, yes is low but it does shoot raw.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:16:18 PM »
For my a900, I have Minolta 20 2.8, 24 2.8 (for my Infrared 7d), 35 f2, and Sony 50 1.4.  I love primes as they just work well and provide great images.  For a crop get a 24mm to go with the 35 and you'll have a fairly wide and a 50mm look and a real 50 on a crop gets it into the short portrait area.   That's why I have my 20,35,50 so I have ultra wide, in between and a narrower decent all around portrait lens that can do more that just portraits.

Primes are just fun.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:42:50 PM »
Welcome. Great Rebecca! Primes are where it's at! Zooms work but primes make your camera come alive!  lol.  You just learn how to get great pics with a prime instead of just ok ones with a zoom because you are the zoom!

Congrats on prime number 1. You'll probably get another one soon. I have 4, looking for more.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:56:41 PM »
Welcome. Glad you went with the 1.8. You'll like it. Enjoy!

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:38:34 PM »
I'd find some reviews to before getting the macro. Who makes it? Is it a Sony? Or a siggy?

The macro may give you more bang for the buck since you'll have that close up ability too. I just know the 35 1.8 is a steal of a deal from all the reviews I've read on it.

Just read a bunch of reviews first, everyone has their opinion and they all point out the good and bad.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: December 11, 2012, 07:32:22 PM »
Yes they are. I paid more than I wanted to but it was well worth it!! Fabulous little lens.

If you want a 35mm prime, look at the Sony 1.8. Kurtmunger.com loves it and reviews it very very well. Especially on an a77, it'll be right in the sweet spot.

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Lens Talk / Re: Which prime "walk about" lens
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:27:00 PM »
The best is the Minolta 35 f2.  I used it the majority of The time.   I do have a a900 so on FF it's awesome. On my a700 I used the 35 just as much but it had a 50mm fov.  It's a marvelous lens, sharp at low F stop and its just a great lens.

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