New to Sony DSLRs -- 3 Questions about A850

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New to Sony DSLRs -- 3 Questions about A850
Mar 24, 2014

I have been shooting portraits for several years, but have never used a Sony DSLR on an assignment. I am about to purchase a used Sony A850, and have a few questions:

1. Is it safe to use older Minolta Maxxum dedicated hotshoe flashes on Sony digital cameras? Or does the voltage warning still apply to Sony DSLRs with Minolta 35mm flashes, too? (For example: Sony A850 with a Minolta 3200i flash . . . Safe or Dangerous?)

2. What firmware updates need to be applied to an older Sony A850 running firmware 1.0? Should I apply them immediately, or only if I encounter specific issues? Where can I find details?

3. Are there any known problems or issues that several people on this forum have encountered when using the A850 body? (NOTE: I am not concerned about high ISO issues that DPR and other websites have reported when comparing the A850/A900 with Canon 5DmkII, 7D, Nikon D3.)

Thank you!


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