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    A290 Simplicity ?

    I cope with high functioning Autism and camera collecting and taking considered snapshots helps keep the shadows at bay .

    I am fortunate, through an inheritance , to have been able to afford a Leica M8 , adapted to accept Sonnar and Jupiter lenses from my Contax / Kiev collection . I love it , but tend to keep it for special occasions so as to extend it's life .

    I also have twin used Leica Digilux 3 / Panasonic L1 bodies 'cos I love the traditional interface , used 4/3rds zooms are very reasonable - and my many Rokkors live again !
    Although I love using them , especially with the bounce flash facility , they are squinty to focus !

    I also aquired a used Pentax K10d purely to use inexpensive [ at the time ] 28 / 50 and zoom lenses .But it's a bulky , heavy beast for me and is awkward to use .

    I recently added an ex-dem Panasonic G1 , as both compact point and shoot and to use both Leica screw USSR lense and the Rokkors - rather seduced by the micro 4/3rds hype I guess .
    This was to be my last digital camera due to enforced retirement , but the EVF gives me a headache ! I mean it's useable , and I will not get rid of it , but I have little idea what the exposure will come out like [ I am useless with live view !

    It makes no sense whatsoever to buy into another system , especially one which does not readily accept manual lenses , and considered a lighter and smalller Pentax , but I played with a Sony A290 , and it was so reminiscent of my light and competent Minolta 404si ....
    At first , I could not grasp why it is so perfect for me , then I realised that it is devoid of all the dials which protrude from most DSLRs . It's smooth and uncluttered , which is perfect as ASD gets hung up on details and is light and compact . Even the main dial is recessed into the body !
    The downside is that many elements are menu derived , but at least I won't worry about knocking the single shot / exposure compensation etc dials out of sync as I have on the G1 !
    I don't need the guides offered , but it's a good idea for new users , and all the usual facilities are present , including a decent sensor as entry level cameras now compete with previous generation mid priced models .

    I have the Minolta 35/80 lens from the 404 , which adds little extension to the standard zoom , but I like the 120mm which it proffers .

    I would like to buy an adapter for my Rokors , but am concerned about the loss in quality due to the glass insert , and how manual lenses work with the A290 .

    I know - I could have a good system with many lenses for the same outlay , but I have been learning what works with my ' mind blindness ' , and all give me a great deal of pleasure .

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    Re: A290 Simplicity ?

    Thanks so much for your post! I have to admit, I anjoyed reading a post by someone with autism. It's sort of a look into a different world and it's interesting to see your perspective on things - especially the A290

    So are you asking us if we think you should buy an A290 or did you just want to share your experience with it? I understand you not wanting to invest in another camera system - there's certainly no shortage of cameras in your life. But if the design of the A290 helps you take more and better pictures, then maybe it would be a good addition to your collection. Because taking pictures is really what it's about.
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    Re: A290 Simplicity ?

    I have not tried, but the Sony Alpha community generally does not recommend using the adapters with glass for SR-mount lenses due to reduced IQ. The exception may be using the old Minolta A-mount to SR-mount 2x teleconverter - very hard to find. Terry
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    Re: A290 Simplicity ?

    Thanks guys .

    I did buy the A290 and I love it !

    I do not wish to expand the Pentax in terms of auto focus lenses , neither would I wish to buy prime lenses for a camera with an EVF like the G1 , though I know it's the way it's going , it plays havoc with my ASD !

    [ I like constancy without the ' window ' changing all the time , so a prime fixed focal length lens is best - and a rangefinder with clear frame even better , which is where emMa8 / M8 with vintage Summitar is just so magical ]

    The Pentax remains stand alone system with kit lens and K 50 f1.7 / 28 f 2.8 / 80-200 [ equ 120 - 300 ] manual lenses .
    It's not going anywhere , but will have less use now .

    Yes , using SR lenses on the A290 is a no-no , but this has been a frustration back in my 7000i days , but the G1 steps into the breach here.

    I like the nom 75mm which the Pentax 50mm gives on APS-C so a Sony 50 f 1.8 auto focus lens would probably be my sole lens for the A290 .

    The neat 135 f2.8 Rokor creates a tiny fast 270 at infinity [ no focus worries ] on the L1 plus my only long 80-300 equ Olympus auto focus zoom 'cos they are so cheap used , so I have admittedly dated cameras for long distance .

    I used the A290 at a childs' Birthday party , along with the G1 with 35mm f2.5 manual Color Scopar for interiors and the old L1 plus 40-150 [ equ 80-300 ] for shots from an upstairs bedroom into the garden .
    Neat having different cameras for different viewpoints .

    I love using the Sony , the G1 is kinda OK for a budget / compact alternative [ 280 ] camera to carry anywhere , with playtime for lenses , but the A290 just fits somehow !

    I have no intention of buying any more digi-boxes , but ... an A580 body plus 50mm would be my altimate retirment DSLR as that sensor is amazing !

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    Re: A290 Simplicity ?

    Quote Originally Posted by misdee
    I have no intention of buying any more digi-boxes , but ... an A580 body plus 50mm would be my altimate retirment DSLR as that sensor is amazing !
    ..."as that sensor is amazing !"

    Until the next one. Terry
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    Re: A290 Simplicity ?

    It was not so long ago that the Nikon D90 / D5000 sensor etc was declared to be incredible !
    How come this is no longer so ? Do those cameras no longer perform ?
    I can't keep up !

    The K5 / 5100 / A 580 16 meg sensor will be enough for me , for sure ... retirement precludes more expenditure .... I like the ability to take several shots at various exposures and stitch them together for increased dynamic range , which propably won't appear on future entry level Sony cameras - which will be fixed mirror with EVF , I guess . However if this sensor appears on a the A2..? then I may be tempted ! LOL

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