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Offline chorleyjeff

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A290 SteadyShot not working
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:35:24 PM »
Steadyshot on the menu is greyed out.
The indicator in the viefinder shows all the bars and is flashing.
Have tried resets etc.
The sensor seems to have jammed such that the actual image is lower than shown in the viewfinder ie the top ofthe frame is cropped and extended at the botom of the frame.
The image is nice and sharp
Anybody any idea how much I could expect to pay to get it repaired. Or alternatively how much to adjust the sensor so that it is  centered but not working - that would be ok because the camera is mostly used on a tripod.
Newton and Ellis say I have to take it in to get an estimate. Bit reluctant to take it to N and E  now because It cost me £132 this week to get my lens repaired.
Any advice would  be gratefully received.
Cheers
Jeff
PS I have asked the same question on a general forum  without much success.

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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 11:41:26 PM »
Might be cheaper to buy a second hand body on the net.   john
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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 09:00:51 AM »
that's what I think too, try here if you want to do that.

http://www.ffordes.com/category/Digital_Cameras/Digital_SLRs/Sony

http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Used-Sony---Minolta-DSLR-s.html

you can get an A700 from the link to Mifsuds for £249, a bargain price for a great camera
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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 11:01:14 AM »
Might be cheaper to buy a second hand body on the net.   john

Indeed yes. But I will not know until I know the repair cost!
I bought the camera 13 months ago from the local camera shop. Perhaps I would have done better to buy from EBay :-((

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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 11:12:21 AM »
that's what I think too, try here if you want to do that.

http://www.ffordes.com/category/Digital_Cameras/Digital_SLRs/Sony

http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Used-Sony---Minolta-DSLR-s.html

you can get an A700 from the link to Mifsuds for £249, a bargain price for a great
camera

But £249 is a bit rich for me for the time being.
The camera body is for use with my 70-300 lens. I find changing lenses in windy and exposes places as well as on beaches is a recipe for dirt on the sensor cover so second body is an indulgence.  A simple camera is fine for that purpose. My A580 is what I use when advanced functions are needed.
I guess if there was no flipping mirror or SteadyShot waggling around there would far fewer mechanical parts to fail so maybe an SLT would be good when funds permit.
Cheers
Jeff

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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2014, 11:32:08 AM »
that's what I think too, try here if you want to do that.

http://www.ffordes.com/category/Digital_Cameras/Digital_SLRs/Sony

http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Used-Sony---Minolta-DSLR-s.html

you can get an A700 from the link to Mifsuds for £249, a bargain price for a great camera

Just checked.
The A290 for sale at £99 is for spares.
I got the A290 because it is light weight, relatively simple, has 14 MP and takes SD cards and is ideal for my purposes.
Cheers
Jeff

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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2014, 12:05:25 AM »
Good luck! :(
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!

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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 01:01:40 PM »
Good luck! :(

Hmmm. Is that an irony smiley :-))
Cheers
Jeff

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Re: A290 SteadyShot not working
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2014, 03:20:23 PM »
Jeff I know what you mean exactly. When I bought my A99 I should have kept the A77 as a second body for the same reasons you have listed plus sometimes I would like the extra length I gain with the APS-C sensor. I did not really like the A77 but thing I will like the A77ll from the reviews I have read. My main problem now apart from lack of funds is when funds do permit my bag just gets heavier and heavier.
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