A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

Started Jun 23, 2004 | Discussions
Peter Heberer Regular Member • Posts: 274
A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered the dat2 Vision Optics .5x super wide angle and dat2 Vision Optics 2x compact ultra lite telephoto lenses. Also I ordered the Sakar Digital Camera Universal AC/DC Battery Charger. I was told they were all compatible with the A2.

I've found that the wide angle lens has severe vignetting up to 30mm which makes this lens totally unusable. Camera normally goes to 28mm.

The wide angle does not give clear photos when in telephoto. I get a bigger blurry image. Camera's lens at 200mm is smaller but clearer. This makes this lens totally unusable.

These lenses are 52mm and need a 49-52 adapter ring.

I called Sakar about their #CH-3200CL charger and they say they do not presently make a quick charger for the NP-400.

I'll not mention my supplier but beware that you get only compatible equipment for the A2.

Anybody have an incite to these problems?

Fun info.

My first digital was the the FinePix 6900Z great but I had trouble with focus and low light problems. When done correctly it gave great prints but I just had far too many blurry photos. Most were operator problems because I do mostly hand held shooting.

The A2 in comparison with the low light capability, superior auto focus, and stabilization is unbelievable. I now have to try to get bad pics.

Interesting is I went digital for many of the normal reasons but especially the small form factor and light weight (compared to my Minolta 7000i - very heavy and big with the zoom lens). The A2 is big and heavy compared to the 6900Z but what a camera.
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Pete H

Da Larry Senior Member • Posts: 1,305
Re: A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered the dat2 Vision Optics .5x
super wide angle and dat2 Vision Optics 2x compact ultra lite
telephoto lenses. Also I ordered the Sakar Digital Camera
Universal AC/DC Battery Charger. I was told they were all
compatible with the A2.

I've found that the wide angle lens has severe vignetting up to
30mm which makes this lens totally unusable. Camera normally goes
to 28mm.

The wide angle does not give clear photos when in telephoto. I get
a bigger blurry image. Camera's lens at 200mm is smaller but
clearer. This makes this lens totally unusable.

These lenses are 52mm and need a 49-52 adapter ring.

I called Sakar about their #CH-3200CL charger and they say they do
not presently make a quick charger for the NP-400.

I'll not mention my supplier but beware that you get only
compatible equipment for the A2.

Anybody have an incite to these problems?

Fun info.
My first digital was the the FinePix 6900Z great but I had trouble
with focus and low light problems. When done correctly it gave
great prints but I just had far too many blurry photos. Most were
operator problems because I do mostly hand held shooting.

The A2 in comparison with the low light capability, superior auto
focus, and stabilization is unbelievable. I now have to try to get
bad pics.

Interesting is I went digital for many of the normal reasons but
especially the small form factor and light weight (compared to my
Minolta 7000i - very heavy and big with the zoom lens). The A2 is
big and heavy compared to the 6900Z but what a camera.
--
Pete H

Thanx for the background info, Peter. I have a Fuji S602Z which I like a lot but I am also a long time Minolta User and fan. I am looking very, very hard at the A1 or A2 and have been lurking here for some time. I am just a little leery about all the QC issues that seem to plaque these two digicams; the A2 in particular. All of my old manual Minolta's were wonderful and well built cameras and this spate of problems puzzles, saddens, and gives me pause. My Fujio has been rock solid but I really want the A2's features.

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Mauricio23 Regular Member • Posts: 467
Re: A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

I just don't get this attitude. Here's a simple plan of action:

1) Buy A2

2) Use A2

3) If A2 has QC issues, take it back to the store for a replacement. Return to step 2. Otherwiise, go to step 4.

4) Enjoy A2.

The fact that a few A2s had problems (as a few units of every model have) doesn't mean that every unit has the same problems.

Laurence W. Stewart wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered the dat2 Vision Optics .5x
super wide angle and dat2 Vision Optics 2x compact ultra lite
telephoto lenses. Also I ordered the Sakar Digital Camera
Universal AC/DC Battery Charger. I was told they were all
compatible with the A2.

I've found that the wide angle lens has severe vignetting up to
30mm which makes this lens totally unusable. Camera normally goes
to 28mm.

The wide angle does not give clear photos when in telephoto. I get
a bigger blurry image. Camera's lens at 200mm is smaller but
clearer. This makes this lens totally unusable.

These lenses are 52mm and need a 49-52 adapter ring.

I called Sakar about their #CH-3200CL charger and they say they do
not presently make a quick charger for the NP-400.

I'll not mention my supplier but beware that you get only
compatible equipment for the A2.

Anybody have an incite to these problems?

Fun info.
My first digital was the the FinePix 6900Z great but I had trouble
with focus and low light problems. When done correctly it gave
great prints but I just had far too many blurry photos. Most were
operator problems because I do mostly hand held shooting.

The A2 in comparison with the low light capability, superior auto
focus, and stabilization is unbelievable. I now have to try to get
bad pics.

Interesting is I went digital for many of the normal reasons but
especially the small form factor and light weight (compared to my
Minolta 7000i - very heavy and big with the zoom lens). The A2 is
big and heavy compared to the 6900Z but what a camera.
--
Pete H

Thanx for the background info, Peter. I have a Fuji S602Z which I
like a lot but I am also a long time Minolta User and fan. I am
looking very, very hard at the A1 or A2 and have been lurking here
for some time. I am just a little leery about all the QC issues
that seem to plaque these two digicams; the A2 in particular. All
of my old manual Minolta's were wonderful and well built cameras
and this spate of problems puzzles, saddens, and gives me pause.
My Fujio has been rock solid but I really want the A2's features.

Da Larry Senior Member • Posts: 1,305
Re: A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

Mauricio23 wrote:

I just don't get this attitude. Here's a simple plan of action:

1) Buy A2

2) Use A2

3) If A2 has QC issues, take it back to the store for a
replacement. Return to step 2. Otherwiise, go to step 4.

4) Enjoy A2.

Hmmmm. Simple, simple minded or simplistic? I think I'll stick with my current plan. Carefully investigate before purchase. I completely understand that evidence gathered on this forum is anecdotal and not scientific. However, an A2 is not a cheap date and my trust fund is about tapped out. Before I pay a price premium for anything I'd like some assurance that it is going to perform as expected. It is not at all clear what the magnitude of product defects is but it is clearly no-trivial. I'll continue to gather information, thank you very much, and make a decision when it seems as though there is a better than even chance that I'll get a camera that manifests none of the aberrant behaviours so often complained of. The opportunity to take it back is small comfort when contemplating a purchase of nearly one grand.

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Mauricio23 Regular Member • Posts: 467
Re: A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

I still don't see the point. You take it back, you get a well-functioning unit or your money back, at your option. It is 100% risk free. You write as if geting a defective unit the first time around would mean losing $1000. But to each his own.

Laurence W. Stewart wrote:

Mauricio23 wrote:

I just don't get this attitude. Here's a simple plan of action:

1) Buy A2

2) Use A2

3) If A2 has QC issues, take it back to the store for a
replacement. Return to step 2. Otherwiise, go to step 4.

4) Enjoy A2.

Hmmmm. Simple, simple minded or simplistic? I think I'll stick
with my current plan. Carefully investigate before purchase. I
completely understand that evidence gathered on this forum is
anecdotal and not scientific. However, an A2 is not a cheap date
and my trust fund is about tapped out. Before I pay a price
premium for anything I'd like some assurance that it is going to
perform as expected. It is not at all clear what the magnitude of
product defects is but it is clearly no-trivial. I'll continue to
gather information, thank you very much, and make a decision when
it seems as though there is a better than even chance that I'll get
a camera that manifests none of the aberrant behaviours so often
complained of. The opportunity to take it back is small comfort
when contemplating a purchase of nearly one grand.

OP Peter Heberer Regular Member • Posts: 274
Re: A2 Accessories & Lenses - warning

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered....

This thread was written not for which camera to buy but to understand the problem with accessories. Oh well.

My vote, I'm predjudice (I own one), is the A2 period.
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sparrowminded Regular Member • Posts: 478
Wandering thread

Peter Heberer wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered....

This thread was written not for which camera to buy but to
understand the problem with accessories. Oh well.

My vote, I'm predjudice (I own one), is the A2 period.
--
Pete H

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Photographers acquire the equipment they need, and they photograph.

"Shoppers" and "investigators" are mall rats who grew old. This is a photographers' forum.

It's regrettable that you spent your money for nothing with the accessories. I haven't seen a lot of telephoto gear discussed here, but the most effective and rewarding macro accessories appear to be the Close-Up Lenses, as offered by Hoya and others. I've tried the Hoya set with +1, +2 and +4, with very encouraging results. I've messed about with reversing a 50mm F/1.4 Nikkor on the A2, and it is extremely finicky.
My galleries with this and other stuff is online at:
http://www.procabbie.com
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Da Larry Senior Member • Posts: 1,305
Re: Wandering thread

sparrowminded wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered....

This thread was written not for which camera to buy but to
understand the problem with accessories. Oh well.

My vote, I'm predjudice (I own one), is the A2 period.
--
Pete H

hmmm. I invite you to examine my photographs.
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sparrowminded Regular Member • Posts: 478
Re: Wandering thread

Laurence W. Stewart wrote:

sparrowminded wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered....

This thread was written not for which camera to buy but to
understand the problem with accessories. Oh well.

My vote, I'm predjudice (I own one), is the A2 period.
--
Pete H

hmmm. I invite you to examine my photographs.
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How can it be then, that you have the gumption to venture into such foriegn places as this desolate Chinese province and the edge of a terrible fire, but have such reservations about moving along to the A2? The return problem is an entire non-issue if you buy at Costco. Ante up thier $45 price of admission, and the price of the A2 is still very good, with a full year of returns. I believe they had the Sandisk 2 Gb. CF for sale at about $350 too, and may still. Your galleries don't speak of a fence sitter....
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Da Larry Senior Member • Posts: 1,305
Re: Wandering thread

sparrowminded wrote:

Laurence W. Stewart wrote:

sparrowminded wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Peter Heberer wrote:

Recently I purchased my A2 and ordered....

This thread was written not for which camera to buy but to
understand the problem with accessories. Oh well.

My vote, I'm predjudice (I own one), is the A2 period.
--
Pete H

hmmm. I invite you to examine my photographs.
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I had no intention of inviting so much attention to myself, hijacking Peter's thread, and certainly not to trash Minolta. This is an interactive community and all I really intended to do was give Peter a few "props" for contributing to my education and research regarding the A2. Having said that, your last post actually makes my case. The one thing that my my Minolta SRT-101, SRT-102, X-700; my Oly D-460Z; and my Fuji MX1200 and S602Z have in common is that I pretty much knew what would happen when I pressed the shutter or changed a setting. I do get to some out of the way places and inevitably run into some "once in a lifetime" shots. The last thing I want is to worry about whether or not my camera is going to function as designed. There aren't many Costco or Ritz Camera outlets within walking distance in large swaths of the world. This was brought home forcefully on my last trip to China. I brought along my brand new HP laptop, purchased a week or so before the trip. About 10 days into a 2 month trip the "a,s,d,f,;,l, and k keys decided to stop working. The fact that it was under warranty and would have been easily swapped out was of little comfort or practicality. Those of you who travel know that a warranty on a product purchased in the U.S., U.K., or E.U. means little outside of those territories.

The Minolta A2 interests me because of it's outstanding feature set and, less importantly, because I have always considered myself a Minolta person; even when my Nikon and Canon owning friends looked down on me. I am sorry if my lack of alcarity disturbs some. Again, that was not my intent. However, I'll make a move if and when I feel that the kinks in the A2 have been worked out. This is my last post in this thread. I don't know how it became about me and my "waffling" or "fence sitting" but I won't be responsible for continuing it.
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