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I will let the price drop a bit as well and then probably replace my A350 with the A550 sometime next year. I will definitely keep my new A700.
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I want to wait, of course, until I see results, but the spec look good. Even with it's small viewfinder, I don't have a problem with the 350, so this will be an improvement. I do hope that they included an x-sync socket so that I can use my old flashes!
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Good Point - "salvo shooting" can act as MLU (at the price of one un-sharp photo at the begining of the sequence, but it's quite limited in long exposures - but in those I need the MLU.agorabasta wrote: Barry, those 7fps must be MLU starting 2nd frame and on... Cheer up!
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Well, that's the question. It seems only natural ... but did you actually try it? For example, the Nikon D90 will flip the mirror down and up before taking the shot when firing the shutter in live-view mode.David Kilpatrick wrote:The Manual Focus Live View mode is mirror lockup, in effect.
From the specs, I really like the A550's 7 fps speed-priority mode (will it work with raw captures or with JPEG only?) and the manual-focus-check live-view mode. However I sorely miss a DOF preview button, mirror pre-fire, mirror lock-up, auto-focus micro-adjustment, and a CF card slot.
If in any of the two live-view modes the lens gets stopped down to the selected shooting aperture then that would be a good replacement for---or even better than---the missing DOF preview button. If in MF-check live-view mode the shutter gets fired immediately without flipping the mirror then that would be a good replacement for the missing MLU feature. The missing AF micro-adjustment, however, cannot be replaced, not even by MF-check live view.
So let's hope for the A700 replacement to arrive soon.
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Quoting Richard Butler from DPR:David Kilpatrick wrote:The Manual Focus Live View mode is mirror lockup, in effect. The camera also has a wired remote socket. It will be possible to get MLU in effect by using LVMF.
"I've just tried all permutations and the mirror always flips down, just prior to the shot being taken. "
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Sighpakodominguez wrote:Quoting Richard Butler from DPR: "I've just tried all permutations and the mirror always flips down, just prior to the shot being taken."
So just like the A2XX and A3XX series, the A500 and A550 models are snap-shooter's toys rather than photographer's tools.
The SSS dedicated button / slide-switch has gone
Very useful visual reference when it's on the tripod as a reminder to switch it off. Perhaps you never have to switch off SSS now? More likely to be saving money on buttons.
I like the look of the new live view, with articulated screen and grid pattern.
I hope to god we never get mega 5" screens and touch screen controls, then it really will be time to quit photographer forever
Just to add a bit of perspective to this discussion about MLU. In 35+ years of SLR photography I have never used MLU even though I have had it on several SLRs/DLSRs. Sure, I know some people want it and use it, but there are many of us who don't care. It depends on what kind of photographs you take.01af wrote:So just like the A2XX and A3XX series, the A500 and A550 models are snap-shooter's toys rather than photographer's tools.
For that matter, I don't care about FPS either. Well, I care as long as it is, say, at least 1 FPS, but I could live with 0.5 FPS too. I have never used continuous advance mode. Again, I realize some people care about this and use it, but not everyone does.
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I haven't heard that 'speed priority' mode is limited to short exposures only.Yagil wrote:Good Point - "salvo shooting" can act as MLU (at the price of one un-sharp photo at the begining of the sequence, but it's quite limited in long exposures - but in those I need the MLU.agorabasta wrote: Barry, those 7fps must be MLU starting 2nd frame and on... Cheer up!
So if it really keeps the mirror up, that's a true MLU starting 2nd frame and on...
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