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Offline marc pk

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« on: August 25, 2012, 12:26:20 PM »
Lot's of rumors about this new camera; announcement on Aug 28 in Japan?
Here is my question; My faithfull A900 needs a serious re haul after over 4 years (it was one of the very first to arrive in Europe)  over 50,000 pictures in sometimes very tough conditions (desert, Ethiopia etc.). I want a new back up when it's in the shop as my old A300 won't do any more (quite beaten up...). Do I get a NEX 7, wait for the A99 or simply go for the RX100 ?
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Re: A99
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 11:21:43 PM »
I would wait for the A99. Your A900 still has at least 50,000 actuation's left.
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Re: A99
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2012, 08:54:52 PM »
I agree with Ascot. The handling of a Nex camera needs some getting used to and you should definitely try one before even thinking about getting one. I would wait for the A99 to see how it performs and then make a decision.
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Re: A99
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 09:10:36 AM »
Thanks; I'll wait! An important date is Sept 12 re A99 annoucements... In the meantime the wireless flash on my a900 is gone. An avid student of the Friedman archives, I am having a hard time without that capability.
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Re: A99
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2012, 01:42:30 AM »
http://www.photoprice.ca/leaks/

some of the photo leak for A99 looks almost the same as A77 , size wise might be the same too

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Re: A99
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 07:59:35 PM »
Thanks; I'll wait! An important date is Sept 12 re A99 annoucements... In the meantime the wireless flash on my a900 is gone. An avid student of the Friedman archives, I am having a hard time without that capability.

Are you sure that you have not inadvertently changed a setting in the camera? You have four choices in the 1st menu, page 2, Flash mode, and it is quite easy to accidentally change it, or if using rear sync, forget to set it back to wireless. Worth a check.

If it is not the above then it may be the flash you are using attached to the camera, if that is how you are doing it. That flash may not be working correctly, or you may be setting it up wrongly. If you are using a sync cord then it me be faulty. I say all this, not to question your competency which I am sure is impeccable, but because it is what I have done on many occasions. :D
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Re: A99
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2012, 09:34:55 PM »
Thanks AScot.

No, I am afraid it is the camera. I changed channels on the camera and the flashes, etc... All works fine with my old a300; it clearly is the a900 that is at fault. I brought it to a Sony shop in Paris and they couldn't figure it out either. When I return from my current trip I order the a99 and the a900 goes in for servicing. I know it is at half life (50,000 frames) but I really need a full working order camera as photography has become one of my purposes in life now I've retired... I'll have a great back up camera :-) Can't wait for end october when the a99 starts being delivered!
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Re: A99
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2012, 03:07:30 PM »
Well, the a99 sounds attractive, but the uncertainties surrounding the usage of old Minolta lenses leave me perplex. I thank the writers in other forums for all their explanations, but I am overwhelmed by the technicalities... Bottom line, I will wait before getting an a99 and making any other replacement decision. I'll get my old a900 repaired and use my equally old a300 as back up (I also have an a100 somewhere...); I might just also pull out my D7 which is in perfect running order!
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Re: A99
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2012, 06:15:03 PM »
Mark,
All the old Minolta lenses will still work with the A99, it's just that they won't be able to use PDAF ( if i understand everything correctly ) and make use of the improved AF.

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Re: A99
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2012, 02:32:17 AM »
Quote
Mark,
All the old Minolta lenses will still work with the A99, it's just that they won't be able to use PDAF ( if i understand everything correctly ) and make use of the improved AF.

Rob

They certainly will still be able to use the focus sensor PDAF.  The question is how much of the new dual focus system they will be able to utilize. - Terry

None if they are not supported. AF-D is not usable for those lenses which means the 102 on -sensor AF points. In fact you have AF wise exactly the A77 if you mount an unsupported lens.
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Re: A99
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2012, 08:20:22 PM »
So then, if i now understand it correctly,
Any old lens/third party lens will still work and be able to use the PDAF but wont be able to use the AF-D (im assuming this is new Dual focussing system).
So therefore, the AF for anyone that hasnt got the AF-D supported lenses, the focussing will be effectively the same as the A77 barring any slight improvemnts to that system ???


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Re: A99
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2012, 09:24:52 PM »
So then, if i now understand it correctly,
Any old lens/third party lens will still work and be able to use the PDAF but wont be able to use the AF-D (im assuming this is new Dual focussing system).
So therefore, the AF for anyone that hasnt got the AF-D supported lenses, the focussing will be effectively the same as the A77 barring any slight improvemnts to that system ???


Rob

thats how i read it as well

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Re: A99
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2012, 01:34:29 AM »
So then, if i now understand it correctly,
Any old lens/third party lens will still work and be able to use the PDAF but wont be able to use the AF-D (im assuming this is new Dual focussing system).
So therefore, the AF for anyone that hasnt got the AF-D supported lenses, the focussing will be effectively the same as the A77 barring any slight improvemnts to that system ???


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Correct.
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