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Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:46:09 PM »

http://aliasimages.com/Sonya900Revue.html

(will be edited some more, just a start).

In particular, I've added some suggestions for Sony (and I have sent these to Sony already via the Canada and Japan sites).
http://aliasimages.com/Sonya900Revue.html#FUR



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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008, 07:55:40 AM »
Alan- your point 8 with teethered shooting and immediate review is possible. I'll talk you through tom. You just need to set in Bridge the right watch folder and change the viewing priority order. Is also possible with the A700.

They will never do Adobe DNG- that would mean a cooperation with Adobe and they will not do that. NO 7 non resettable counter- well as far as I know there is a way of checking how many shutter clicks the camera actually had without the possibility to reset this.

Thanks for going through the trouble to write to them.

I had a long conversation with them not long ago. I hate it when you shoot in RAW and the image on the back of the camera reflects the Jpeg settings. Completely mislading particularly when setting the DRO to anything but off. Once oyu open the raw file on your computer you are in for a wake up call. I think they should change it so that if you shoot in RAW and did not reset all the Jpeg settings to zero- they should for the time being automatically be reset. Discussed this also with David Kilpatrick over at photoclub Alpha- that's very annoying.
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008, 10:32:04 AM »
Alan

Thanks for the post and your thoughts. I don't have a 900 yet but it will be on my shopping list at some point no doubt.

>> Stef: I'd also be interested in your guidance on tethered shooting. Not something I've done as yet, but certainly something that I'm planning to do very soon so looking forward to it.

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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2008, 08:57:32 PM »
http://www.dynaxdigital.com/index.php/topic,4197.msg60620/topicseen.html#new

Dominicall- your wish is my command ;) See above; just put a tip up about tethered shooting- hope this is useful?
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2008, 08:59:37 PM »
Just saw it come in - thanks Stef :D

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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2008, 11:23:45 PM »
Hi Stef,

Good comments in reply, thanks.  Regarding tethered, it's no biggie (hence bottom of list) but I believe it should be done in a single app.  Old fashioned that way, I am.  I'll try it again when I have a few of those time units free.

Regarding DNG.  Of course they won't ... unless we all demand it.

Full conversion, non-lossy DNG files are 10 - 40% smaller than the ARW's too meaning more storage and faster transfers (image basis).

I've sent my list to David as well (I've known him (electronically) for quite a while).  No reply yet.  I think he's tired of me as I've been bombarding him with a900 questions over the past month ... he was traveling as well, recently.

I was delighted with a900 last night as I continued the studio tests to discover that (unlike the Maxxum 7D) I can shoot raw only yet still chimp and zoom.  This boosts the storage by a good 25% or so.  Now if they'd only adopt DNG....

Pls advise on shutter counter as I cannot find it on camera, not in image EXIF data.

Is there a configuration splash screen?  How does one display that? (vague memory of such on Maxxum 7D [not the counter though]).

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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2008, 12:41:25 AM »
Alan- re. shutter counter I need start digging. I think I remember it was discussed here as well a while ago. Give me some time and I'll dig it out.
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2008, 08:17:23 AM »
There is a check box at the bottom of the Sony camera control software that when checked would show your image in the Sony supplied Image data lightbox SR. It took about 3 seconds for my desktop shooting RAW for the image to appear and half a second to go a little sharper.The most recent image automatically comes up but you can easily mouse click to another one back and forth and compare.
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2008, 11:41:14 PM »
Alan- re. shutter counter I need start digging. I think I remember it was discussed here as well a while ago. Give me some time and I'll dig it out.
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I appreciate that.  I have not seen this mentioned in the manual (which is pretty crappy).

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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2008, 03:34:36 AM »
It is not in the manual.
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2008, 08:30:17 PM »
It is not in the manual.
Stef.

With the camera on, press Menu, then Display.

But ... firmware version is displayed without a shutter release count.

Anything else?

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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2008, 09:02:47 PM »
Alan- the number displayed on the back of the screen is NOT necessarily the actual shutter actuation number. It is the number of images that you shot with the camera. Also when you get over 10000 is goes back to 0. Only with some Nikon and Canon cameras you can see the number of actual shutter releases with the help of specific programs or EXIF displayers. There is no way to "prove" how many times the shutter was pressed with a Sony camera yet and unfortunately it is very easy to reset the number of your camera to a lower number. You just have to rename a file that you have downloaded to your computer to a different number- then save it back to your memory card and insert this one back into your camera. The camera will then count from that number onwards. You can also tell when you upgrade your firmware on your camera as this usually reset the image counter to 0.
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2009, 06:33:31 PM »
Yes Stef that clarifies what I already know.

The list of improvements I suggest is ... well a list of improvements.

Having a shutter counter is a very minor s/w item and it puzzles me that it is not on the camera.

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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2009, 04:28:50 AM »
Shutter count. I just raised that question with Sony in regards to total shutter actuations the camera has performed.
According to Sony USA none of the Alphas have it. Only a technician when you send it in can see to determine warranty coverage.
I explained that they are killing there used camera market by not having it. Would you buy a used car without a odometer? Or someone buys a Sony used camera that is well used but undisclosed and has problems. What will there thoughts be on the brand?
They said they would raise it to there Managers but it probably fell on deaf ears.
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Re: Review of a900 and request for firmware upgrades to Sony
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2009, 06:39:18 PM »
They said they would raise it to there Managers but it probably fell on deaf ears.

I sent a formal letter to Sony Japan and posted a web page requesting a shutter count (item 7.) amongst other things.
http://aliasimages.com/Sonya900Revue.html#FUR