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| p.2 #3 · Full frame dSLR for manual focus? |
Micro-sensor decimal-orgy when TS looks for full-frame. Huh.
But when it comes to Sony FF vs Canon FF. Sorry but I cant see how A900 matches the 5D2 in any respect. Doesnt it lack both liveview and video, and can you change the matte to a fast one (factory supported)? It's a 30€ easy switch for a 5D2. MF is o interest here, and I fail to flush away the ancient feel the A900 steams compared to the 5D2 right there. And then comes ease of adaptability, Sony may be better than Nikon, but both worse than Canon.
The one thing I see is IBIS, but in my experience that is only useful for longer focal lengths which is not what typical MF fans do a whole lot of. The sensor doesnt impress either, as opposed to current generation sensors from Sony such as in the A99 or D600/D800. I'd prefer the 5D2's over what noise I've seen from the A900, but maybe that's just a matter of what you're used to and what tools are available for RAW files between the brands.
Finally, with ML the 5D2 de-aged a couple of years for people interested in focus peaking and such. It also brings a number of other things too, one-click full magnification of screen (LV) and also can impose a small magnified view in the LCD when that is suitable. You can even configure it to a simulated split screen if you want.
A few things:
- the A900 does have user replaceable focus screens from Sony, and it is the best OVF of any 35mm DSLR at any price point.
- I found the stabilization super handy for my 50mm and 85mm primes.
- While the A900 doesn't quite compete with the 5Dii at high ISO (although newer versions of LR have mitigated this a bit,) the IQ of the A900 at low to mid ISO still trumps the 5Dii, so it's a trade off. The color and DR of the Sony are better, and the camera is without the deep shadow banding of the 5Dii. I'd still pick the A900 over the 5Dii, in terms of IQ.
Either way, as I've mentioned before, if I was shooting only MF glass, I'd seriously look into the new A99, because EVFs are fantastic for TTL manual focusing. I'd take the mirror out and Leitax some Zeiss and Leica R lenses.