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Planning my first a900 shot
« on: November 21, 2008, 08:40:52 PM »
The camera should arrive Monday or Tuesday.

I've decided to shoot a single raw photo, no JPG, with the camera right out of the box (well, as soon as the battery charges, in any case) and to take that photo to CS3 immediately without any other shots.

I'll set up a scene and studio lights and determine the aperture that I want with an incident flash meter (or better, the Maxm 7D).  I'll probably shoot with the CZ 135 f/1.8 at about f/4, ISO 100 or 200.  (From the manual, I assume it will start at a default of ISO 200, but I'll set that down first...). 1/250 off of the tripod should do fine without silly-shot.

I'm betting I nail exposure on the first frame.

However, compared to the Maxxum 7D, would you say that it exposes the same or more/less?

By the way... if I use DOF to get a preview, will the PC sync close to fire the strobes with the a900?

[NOTE: We all need to fire off a letter to Sony to get them to get an English writer to do their next manual.  Full of poor noun choices, bad grammar and ambiguities not to mention complete omissions.)


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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008, 10:45:30 PM »
Right I am trying with my poor grammar... ;)
1) If you set the camera up onto a tripod don't forget to switch of the anti-shake.
2) When you use the focus preview button it will give you automatically an intelligent image preview. If you change your parameters you can tell from the preview how this will affect your image
3) Set the camera to standard colour mode and Adobe RGB
4) Your dof will be shallower when shooting wide open eventhough this depends on the distance between the camera and your subject
5) Decide on whether you turn the NR off in the menu or not
6) ISO 200 is the "native" solution- so the one you should use
7) It should fire the strobes or the whole idea of intelligent preview would be nonsense

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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008, 09:58:15 PM »

7) It should fire the strobes or the whole idea of intelligent preview would be nonsense


Does the strobe fire when you hit DOF for the preview?  I agree it *should*, but ** does ** it???  Have you tried it?


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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008, 02:54:11 AM »
I have not tried a strobe but I have tried the wireless system with the dof and this does work. So I don't see any reason why it should NOT work with the strobes. Guess you will be able to tell us soon ;)
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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2008, 08:06:27 AM »
You made me dig out my old Vivitar 283 which could be triggered with hot sync cable.
I can verify that the hot sync terminal (beneath the alpha logo) is triggered when you hit DOF/intelliview button.
Happy now? :-)

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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2008, 08:49:41 AM »

What a helpful first post - welcome to the forums FarmerDave :D

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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2008, 04:56:38 PM »
Thanks FarmerDave- and welcome!
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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2008, 05:29:57 PM »
You made me dig out my old Vivitar 283 which could be triggered with hot sync cable.
I can verify that the hot sync terminal (beneath the alpha logo) is triggered when you hit DOF/intelliview button.
Happy now? :-)


Happy?  I am delighted! 

Thanks FarmerDave for going above and beyond the call of duty.

By the way, I could also use a $100,000 cash loan, just send it in a paper bag and we'll work out the details afterwards...


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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2008, 02:49:55 AM »
I heard the Epson 3800 is quite an ink hog, is that why you need the loan? :-)
Just print some with that crazy printer!

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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2008, 10:32:04 PM »
I heard the Epson 3800 is quite an ink hog, is that why you need the loan? :-)
Just print some with that crazy printer!

Never mind why I need the loan, just send the cash, pretty please !!!

Ink hog?  It's a misconception for three reasons:

1. There are 9 cartridges.  Costs over $500 to buy a full set (as I recently did to stay ahead of the machine)
2. They are 80ml carts.  (v. 15ml or so for a home printer)
3. When changing to the deepest photo black, there is ink loss ( $3 - $5 worth) so one has to plan to do several deep black prints and stick to that to minimize flipping cost.

Compared to an office photo printer, it's less costly to print by about 40%, actually.


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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2008, 07:58:20 AM »
Now that you got your first shot, I won't be accused of diverting the thread. High on my agenda is either an Epson 3800 colorburst or Canon ipf5100. Have you seen the Canon in action? I think it is $500 (Cad) more 12 color system.

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Re: Planning my first a900 shot
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2008, 09:58:55 PM »
Now that you got your first shot, I won't be accused of diverting the thread. High on my agenda is either an Epson 3800 colorburst or Canon ipf5100. Have you seen the Canon in action? I think it is $500 (Cad) more 12 color system.

The Canon is very highly regarded, as is the Epson 3800.

The Canon advantages include built in color calibration (self test print and scanning) as well as roll paper.  Roll paper is not supported on the Epson 3800.  It is about $500 more than the Epson.

The only 'fly' in the Canon ointment that I've heard of is that if you have to replace the printer head, you may as well replace the entire printer.  (There is no servicing of the Epson head - it is a lifelong part).

Further (and I may be wrong) the Canon does not come with full ink carts whereas the Epson does (check that as part of your purchase decision.  When a set of carts costs $500 - 600 it makes a huge difference...