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Offline lothian

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Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« on: September 23, 2010, 09:27:00 PM »
Hi All

I'd love some feedback on a couple of accessories I have on my wish list.  Basically,  I'm looking to improve the handling of my A850 in the following circumstances:

1.  With the camera near the ground, I thought an angle finder would save my back.  The Sony model is 10x the price of the off-brand offerings on Ebay.  I'm thinking the Sony is probably optically superior and a better match for the A850's viewfinder.  Has anyone tried either or both?

2.  Using the camera vertically with a heavy zoom e.g. 80-200G, I find it much harder to hold the camera steady without something to lean on.  Horizontally, I find the combination just fine.   The genuine vertical grip is quite expensive but looks perfect for me.  Again, I'd appreciate your thoughts.

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Re: Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2010, 12:21:50 AM »
Lothian- re your first point- I can't make any comments about this as I have not used them. Re.: VG grip- this boils down to taste and my best bet would be to go out to a shop and try one. I have my A700 with grip and my A900 without grip. There is somewhere a thread in our archives where we have discussed the pros and cons- at the end of the day though it boils down to individual taste. I would say I love the fact that the A900 without grip is less bulky and less heavy and it is much easier to use with tripod. On the other hand if you shoot tons of portraits it might be easier with grip.
At the moment I have no interest in adding it to my A900.
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Re: Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2010, 12:32:12 AM »

I'd recommend the genuine vertical grip for sure - much much better integration with the camera than off-brand versions, and frankly I won't trust powering the camera with a 3rd party grip.

For the angle finder - I use a genuine one, but the ebay generic ones are so cheap now it's not a big deal to get one and try it... if it's no good and you replace with genuine, you haven't really spend THAT much (last time I looked, anyway).  :)

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Re: Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 06:37:33 PM »
Hi Lothian

I have two angle finders - an old Minolta one and a Seagull brand x1-x2.5 'switch-able' one.  I have to say there really isn't much to choose between them optically.  The Seagull one appears to have been made to a Minolta pattern as you don't need an adapter to mount it onto a Minolta/Sony eyepiece.  Note that with the x1-x2.5 model you need to refocus the angle finder when you switch between magnifications, but I understand that all 'switch-able' ones do that.

This is useful: http://www.macrobellows.com/right_angle_finder.php

..and so is this review of the Seagull item: http://johnfedwards.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=29

Hope that helps.

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Re: Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 08:39:47 AM »
Thanks everyone for your input on this.

Sorry for my late reply - started a new contract in sunny Aberdeen last week,  patchy internet access from my room, but hopefully some interesting photo opportunities when it stops raining!

I think I'm going to  try one of the cheap angle finders + a genuine grip. 

Kind regards.
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Re: Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2011, 03:09:34 PM »
I always buy original accessories because I know the fit and finish will match perfectly and will just work. My friend has a canon and a off brand VG and he is always having issues with it.  Yeah the Sony stuff is expensive but I know it'll work and it'll match up perfectly same with the leather battery grip, i tried a cheap one on ebay, it sucks!  i have 3 sony leather battery grips as they just fit like a glove and are smooth on the hand.
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Re: Genuine A850 Accessories - worth the money?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 11:35:09 PM »
This is a bit late but I only found this tread today. As I have both angle finders, Minolta and Seagull, I can give the following information:

The Seagull with 1:1 and 1:2,5 or similar must be refocused after change of magnification. That is not the case with the Minolta.