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Offline spinner

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Sony A350
« on: July 18, 2009, 12:29:00 AM »
Well thanks to my sensor faux pas, and it not being recoverable without shelling out at minimum $300 cdn. I decided to pickup a used A350 from our equivalent of Jessops (talking size not service or knowledge). Been humming and hawing about it for about a month. Had the cash and a bag full of Minolta lenses so it was pretty easy decision. I must say I'm impressed with the clarity from the sensor, but IMHO that liveview thingy is a complete bust. I tested it out on an overcast day and even with the brightness cranked right up I could hardly make out the screen.


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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009, 06:45:25 PM »
My MkIII has live view - and apart from using it to calibrate my lenses, I don't think I've used it in anger.

Mind you mine is MF only, so its really a tripod job only - probably good for studio or macro.
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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009, 08:53:59 PM »
It was Macro I had in mind when I bought it. But if I can't see the screen in daylight, and I shoot my Macro stuff outdoors at the local Botannical Garden it's seem to be ill suited for the job.
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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009, 11:48:32 PM »
Have the same thing on the D3 but never used it. Perfer to use the viewfinder.  :tup:
If you need it for macro then you will need a cloth, to cover your head and the camera so you can see the screen.  ;D

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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 02:17:05 PM »
Duh, how stupidly obvious was that? I feel like a real twit.  :-[ I guess it's the old can't see the forest for the trees thing, so focused on looking forward that I forget the old tried and true. Maybe I'll build a wooden box with a big clear ring on the front mount my Sony in it and pretend I'm really retro.  ;D
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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 05:42:20 PM »
Duh, how stupidly obvious was that? I feel like a real twit.  :-[ I guess it's the old can't see the forest for the trees thing, so focused on looking forward that I forget the old tried and true. Maybe I'll build a wooden box with a big clear ring on the front mount my Sony in it and pretend I'm really retro.  ;D
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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2009, 11:38:03 AM »
After two weeks with this A350 I'm of two minds. :-\ I like the camera, size wise nice to hold. Now that I've got a handle on it I'm seeing limitations to some of my old Minolta lenses. :o Still don't see any good use for the live view, but haven't had a chance at trying any Macro yet. I've shut off the steady shot feature, I was using it to compensate for the 2 f-stop loss you get using a teleconvertor and I honestly don't think it works. I am however enjoying playing with it, haven't touched my Nikon since getting it. I'm saving for a used Tamron AF 90mm, but with my luck even though it's been in the camera shop for months, it'll get sold the day before I have enough money. :'(
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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2009, 11:37:04 AM »
I had a Pentax 90mm in Pentax fit - really nice lens!

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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2009, 05:37:37 PM »
Spinner I bought the A350 back in May (twin lens kit/bag/memory card all from Jessops for £523) and I am loving it, I know what you mean about the live view in bright light, however I did find it was REALLY useful when I went to Kew Gardens a couple of months ago, they were having their Summer Swing which was basically the Counterfeit Stones and The Bootleg Beatles playing. VERY VERY Useful having a pull down screen, hold the camera above your head, pull the screen down hey presto....there was a couple of CANIK users having all sorts of problems seeing what they were trying to shoot....I'll try and post some shots at some point keep with it, I think it just takes a bit of getting used to and is a little "clunky" but I like that about it
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Re: Sony A350
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2009, 07:57:45 PM »
I'm saving for a used Tamron AF 90mm, but with my luck even though it's been in the camera shop for months, it'll get sold the day before I have enough money. :'(

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