'Crippled' A mode, only crippled for lazy photographers

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'Crippled' A mode, only crippled for lazy photographers
Aug 17, 2010

There is a lot of talk about 'crippled A mode' on the A900. This refers to the fact that with a non alpha mount lenses mounted on the A900 in aperture mode there is no automatic metering.

In my opinion this problem has been completely over-hyped by some people in this forum. There is a very simple solution to this, which is to shoot in full manual mode. Take a test shot or check in preview mode and you get the right shutter speed. At the limit when there is insufficient time there is always the possibility to recuperate in post-processing.

HOWEVER: to claim a perfectly decent camera is 'crippled' because it does not offer metering with non a-mount lenses, but does let you manually set the shutter is a gross exaggeration. It is inconvenient, pehaps actually annoying if you habitually use non a-mount lenses on your a700 and switch to the A900. BUt when the number of people who actually do this is tiny, and there is a perfectly decent work around, using the word crippled is just wrong.

It may make sense to contact sony if this is important to you, but running around every sony forum banging on about how crippled the A900 is for this really quite banal issue strikes me as simply malicious on the part of a few here.

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