Finally got the replacement camera, after sending the earlier one back because the flash wouldn’t synchronise. Guess what? I took the new camera out of the box, charged up the battery, set the time and date, put a CF card in the slot, and took a flash picture.
Yup! The flash didn’t work. I phoned up and caused a flurry of calls between the shop and Minolta and they couldn’t understand it as they hadn’t any returns other than mine.
So I thought I had better go through the setup and the custom setup, to see if I could find a solution.
I had purchased a body only and Minolta had set the damn thing up to work with D-Lenses (Digital Lenses). These are brand new lenses and are only just appearing on the market. You would have thought Minolta would have set it up for the majority of users! Or at least had a sticker on the manual cover warning of this.
Even the Minolta rep seemed surprised!
Anyway it is now working well and I am spending this week in testing all aspects of it.
Once I have tested the famous Minolta Anti-Shake system I will report back to the blog.
Anti-shake is useful in two areas. One, it enables you to hold the camera with large telephoto lenses and fire at a slower speed than you would normally have to if you wanted sharp pictures. Three stops down in fact – which is an enormous help to the sports or news photographer. For example, if you have a 600mm Telephoto lens, you may have to fire at a 500th of a second normally. Now, with anti-shake, you can reduce that to a 60th of a second.
The second area is, if you are an old codger like me, who likes his brandy and Jack Daniels, you will find you probably shake a little more than most. Using a standard lens I would have to hold the camera at 125th of a second. Now I can hold at a 30th and get a sharp picture , and that is only two stops!
I will get back to you when I have tested it thoroughly.