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 Post subject: A350
PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:22 pm 
Hi Folks,

am trying to make my mind up on my first digital SLR (used to have a 35mm back in the old 'film' days). Currently I'm torn between the Sony A350 and the Canon EOS 450D. Generally the reviews on the Sony seem to point at a few downsides i.e: soft picture quality; not being able to use manual focus in Live View and not being able to see the Live View screen in bright light conditions. However, I like the features and look of the camera and was wondering if there are any owners out there who can comment on these issues:

1) For instance does upgrading the kit lens solve the soft picture issue (I'd prefer to have a lens that covers most ground rather than having to carry two lenses around).
2) Is the screen and bright light really an issue in practice?
3) How much of an issue is not being able to manually focus when in LV?

Thanks heaps for any feedback,
Fred.


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 Post subject: Re: A350
PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:53 pm 
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Fred101 wrote:
Hi Folks,
1) For instance does upgrading the kit lens solve the soft picture issue (I'd prefer to have a lens that covers most ground rather than having to carry two lenses around).


Yes it does, higher quality glass will solve the Kit lens dilemma.
Try the 18-250 if you don't mind spending a bit more.
http://www.alphamountworld.com/reviews/ ... -63-review


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I never had the kit lens so can't comment there.

The screen can be a struggle to use if you're in direct sunlight. Other times no problem.

You can manually focus in LV, just you can't see as much detail to know exactly when you get it just right. Having said that, I personally don't use MF in LV mode, let the fast AF do its work. There is focus indicator on the display which tells you when you've got manual focus, but if you do that why not use AF in first place? Exception might be in very low light when AF is unreliable.

In all the above, you can always fall back to the VF if needed.

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OK, so if the LV is not that great for manual focussing and you have to revert to the VF....do you find any issues with this as I've seen the VF described as 'very small' and 'tunnel like' in some of the reviews I've read?
I do actually wonder if it is any worse than say the Canon 450.

Finally is it possible to attach a manual magnifier to the eyepiece - not sure exactly what this is or what it looks like - just saw someone refer to it in a thread?
Thanks,
Fred.


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Viewfinder image size is relative... cant really describe it so do get down to a shop and try it. I have no problem with it myself, but then I don't have much experience of others.

Haven't looked into magnifiers myself.

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There are two magnifiers available for Sony DSLR's (officially from Sony, there will be other options for sale on Ebay etc.). Here are the options:
- FDA-A1AM: angle finder
- FDA-M1AM: magnifier
The last one's just a magnifier, the angle finder is more useful, and does the same as the magnifier plus more. See the Alpha compatible Lenses and Accessories guide for links to the Sonystyle.com pages.

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