Sony Alpha 850 - 3fps version of Alpha 900. Sony’s new Alpha 850 will be identical to the Alpha 900 in size, handling and external design – including the omission of onboard flash.
The camera, expected to be launched before September, uses the same 24.6 megapixel CMOS sensor as the Alpha 900 but has – it is rumoured – only a single BIONZ processor, and a very slightly modified viewfinder. It is shipped without the Remote Commander (this becomes an optional extra) indicating that minimum retail price is Sony’s aim. This is a screen grab from Fotobrenner.de in Germany who have the body only offered for €1999.00 and the kit with SAM 28-75mm f/2.8 new lens for €2699.00. As listed that makes the body about 10% more expensive than the current street price of the Alpha 900 – indicating either that the A850 prices are RRP and will rapidly fall, or that the A900 is about to get a price hike.
Sony launches DSLR-A850 full-frame digital SLR: Digital Photogra. Pre-IFA 2009: Sony unveiled its second full-frame digital SLR in the shape of DSLR-A850.
It offers almost all features of the company's flagship full frame DSLR A900, but at a more affordable price. Sony Alpha 850 Review. Full Frame / 25 MP / Around $2000 What's Not to Like?
Setting The Stage Sony likes to win, and much of the time they do. Betamax was an exception, even though it was technically superior to VHS. But, it then went on to become a broadcast standard that lasted more than two decades, actually outliving VHS. Other than that Sony has a long history of winning products, and of dominating the market segments that they target. Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging. Imaging Resource rating: 4.0 out of 5.0.
Sony Alpha DSLR A850 Review - AlphaMountWorld.com. User Manual (PDF) Changing the Alpha 900 focusing screen. This is not a step by step, since the instructions for this operation are very clear and the procedure is simple and nearly foolproof.
It is simply a reassurance for those worried about changing their screen, with some tips. First of all, clear a suitable table – I used a table in my studio, and lit it with a flash unit, good light is essential. Next, I made sure I had an unused cleaning cloth and a blower bulb handy; then I blew all dust off the camera, noting that the rear screen (which has an adhesive plastic protector on my A900) tended to attract dust with static.
Then the package containing the screen and instructions was opened. Sony's New Wireless Flash Protocol. The Friedman Archives Newsletter January 2009 In this issue:
Konica Minolta / Sony DSLR Flash Facts. Konica Minolta / Sony DSLR Wireless Flash Facts Minolta's groundbreaking wireless flash system was first introduced in the early 1990's.
And a direct descendant of that system, originally designed for autofocus film cameras, was and still is employed in all the DSLRs and wireless flashes later produced by Konica Minolta and Sony. But strangely, all three companies have done a poor job promoting an appreciation for, and understanding of, their invention. There has been much mystery and confusion about how it all works, which could easily have been avoided with just a little more care in creating the product user manuals. I hope to address that here with a handful of essential facts that curious photographers should know about our wireless flash system as implemented in DSLRs - practical information that should answer some persistent questions and eliminate some lingering misconceptions.
PhotoME - Exif, IPTC & ICC Metadata Editor. Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 RS lens Adobe Profile. By admin, on August 17th, 2010 Although it’s far from a perfect lens, this small 1999 Minolta RS optic is my favourite for general travel and everyday use on the Alpha 900. It is a convenient size and weight, performs well when stopped down a little, and has exactly the range and minimum focus I need. Mouseover image to see effect of this profile used on a shot taken at 70mm focal length. Sony Alpha 55 and Alpha 900 Color Profiles.
This really should be the last nerd entry.
Promise. Up for grabs today are colour profiles for all my lenses (technically peaking, they are camera profiles, but colour profiles is more to the point), both measured on two different camera bodies, the Sony Alpha 900 and Sony Alpha 55. What are they for? Well, they are meant to create rather neutral and consistent colours among all the different lenses (with their different kinds of glas, coatings, etc.) in my camera bag.
a900 colour profiles in lightroom 2 [Page 1]: Sony DSLR Talk Forum. White-balance will only do very litle if your profile is off.
A850 color profile [Page 1]: Sony DSLR Talk Forum. Not critisism but my opinion on the profiles presented.
Take the photo of a girl on a street. Adobe Standard profile is the most accurate in this case - it decodes correctly the yellow cust of the morning light. The 850standard profile compensates the yellow cast and adds slight unwanted tint of magenta. While 850blackbody profile provides strong cooling with noticeable magenta cast.
After playing with all 3 available A850 profiles applied to my own images I still found Adobe Standard profile to be the most accurate. Note, I am talking now about Adobe profile provided with Camera Raw 6.1 and LR 3 final. Ajoakimbengtsson's Shared Files. Sony A900 ACR and LR Color Profiles [Page 1]: Sony DSLR Talk Forum. I've created some new Sony DSLR-A900 color profiles (standard, faithful, landscape, leica, portrait, neutral, positive film, skin tone darker, skin tone lighter, vivid blue, vivid green, vivid red e vivid) to use with Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom: I've shoot, with the Sony DSRL-A900, a 24 color GretagMacbeth/X-Rite table under direct sun light, I've converted the ARW to DNG; I've then used the Adobe DNG Profile Editor to create the "Standard" profile.
Starting with the "Standard" profile and using the Nikon D3X profiles as reference, I've created the landscape, neutral, portrait and vivid profiles. The other profiles was mad using Canon and Leica ones as reference. The profiles must me saved under the following folder: Windows XP: "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Dati applicazioni\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles\Sony DSLR-A900". Windows Vista/7: "C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles\Sony DSLR-A900". A900: Zeiss 2.8/24-70mm, Sony 2.8/28-75mm, 3.5-4.5/24-105mm, Minolta 4-4.5/28-135mm, 3.5-4.5/28-85mm. Lenses. Sony Alpha 850/900. a850 vs a900, 1 stop better noise performance?
Well, the digital communication lines out from the sensor in the D3x are only twelve lanes wide, just as the 850/900... And I seriously doubt they "hid" the missing two lanes somewhere else. There's a definite correlation between the slower read-out times 12>14bits and this. This is not 100% certain proof, but a very good indication. The CFA's in the A850 and the A900 seem to be slightly different, but I've no hard data there yet. I have to take the time to go through the 850. You2: Most cameras can be "good enough" with good light, and the right profile.
So, in good light with the right profile, any camera will do. AlphaLensInfo. The AlphaLensInfo program takes Sony/Minolta raw and jpeg images (for both A- and E-mount) and adds a lens desciption that can be read by programs like Lightroom. Now you can finally see what lens you used to take a particular photo. If you are also interested in flexible photo importing you may want to look at the ImportPhotos program (which includes the AlphaLensInfo functionality) Download Usage This is a command line program that needs to be called from a command prompt.