Minolta A1 DSP/MR function

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Browntimdc, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. Browntimdc

    Browntimdc Guest

    This topic has been mentioned in bits and pieces in other threads, but I
    thought it should get some front and center consideration.

    The top dial on the A1 can be set up to select 5 automatic shooting modes
    (sports, portrait, etc.), called DSP, or it can be set to recall 5 user
    defined settings.

    If the MR mode is chosen and the dial is set to recall a user defined
    setup some parameters cannot be subsequently changed.

    For example, if a setup is recalled that uses AWB then you select another
    WB mode the reverts to AWB after a few minutes. You can't switch flash
    modes. You can't switch drive modes. And of course you can't turn the
    dial to switch from aperture priority to shutter priority, etc.

    So overall the MR mode is useless for me.



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    Browntimdc, Dec 17, 2003
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    Dave Oddie Guest

    Isn't the "bug" (if there is one) the fact you can change the settings at all?
    Seems to me you use the user memories to record a series of settings such as
    flash, WB, mode (aperture priority, shutter priority etc) the camera is
    assuming that these are settings you want to use when you recall those

    Surely it would be confusing to think you were in a user mode which you
    programmed to use shutter priority, have the camera allow you to change it
    (without it reverting back) and a five minutes later the mode you programmed
    and are supposed to be "in" is now working differently?

    It seems the user modes set a whole host of settings to be what you chose and
    now you are saying you want to change them. So why not just switch out of user

    Don't know how other camera handle this but it seems sensible if you recall a
    user memory to use a particular set of settings the camera uses them until you
    switch out of the user mode.

    Dave Oddie, Dec 17, 2003
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    Browntimdc Guest

    What I want to do is quickly call up those 10 or so parameters and make
    minor changes to suit a particular situation. Can't do that in MR mode.
    It's not confusing for me. I can remember the settings I put in 5 minutes



    "The strongest human instinct is to impart information,
    and the second strongest is to resist it."

    Kenneth Graham
    Browntimdc, Dec 17, 2003
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    browntimdc Guest

    (Dave Brown) wrote in
    That sounds even more time consuming than just using the recall position
    on the dial.
    browntimdc, Dec 18, 2003
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    browntimdc Guest

    (Dave Brown) wrote in
    The MR positions should LOAD new settings into the camera once,
    not permanently enforce them. The way it is, your settings
    (the ones that can't be changed) have to EXACTLY match your needs.

    If it worked the way I described, your settings for a MR position
    might match you exact need, and if so good, and if not you could make
    the simple change to adjust. That would save a lot of time over
    staying in one of the P/S/A/M modes, as most options would be loaded
    by the MR.

    It's my opinion that if you manually change a setting, the camera
    should always obey, rather than flash your change on screen and
    revert, as it does now. The MR positions should be starting points,
    sort of like multiple reset buttons, each of which puts the camera
    into a different known state suitable for a particular situation. You
    should then be free to tweak.

    Having the MR positions be semi-locked is over-limiting.
    browntimdc, Dec 18, 2003
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