Minolta Dimage A2 Foggy Pictures

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Ben Eisenstein, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. I bought a used Dimage A2 from somebody at work as my first digital
    camera. I am finding that pictures come out foggy, especially on
    overcast days.

    I took it with me to China on vacation and about half my shots were

    Is there something I am doing wrong with it? I know some people have a
    lot simpler digital cameras are producing a lot better pictures. Any
    suggestions? Can Photshop Elements help?

    Some sample photographs at:

    Ben Eisenstein, Feb 28, 2006
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  2. Ben Eisenstein

    m Ransley Guest

    Just a guess, try shooting at iso 100 and underexpose 1 step.
    m Ransley, Feb 28, 2006
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  3. Ben Eisenstein

    m Ransley Guest

    Photo 2 had the direct sun hitting the lens, dont shoot into sun.
    Outdoors in sun use a circular polariser it cuts haze and richens sky
    blue and colors. If im outside in sun I always keep a circular polariser
    on, its the easiest way to make a great photo. If you cant get it to
    look like it does by Lcd preview by stepping down then it may be a
    camera issue, but all look overexposed. My P&S I keep at 100 asa-iso or
    noise is an issue. It looks like you need to get to know your camera,
    Bracket and experiment so you dont waste shots, my P&S often overexposes
    exerything to my prefrence which is dark and rich color. on I dought
    post processing will cure the issues. On 1 it looks like your
    saturation setting is set on high. Take a scene and shoot a bunch at all
    settings till and with a CP filter till you find your cameras best. Or
    go to a real camera store and take their camera outside to do a real
    comparison with pro advise there.
    m Ransley, Feb 28, 2006

  4. The samples look a lot like some I took with my 1.6 meg "junker" camera
    out in the rain when the lens kept fogging up.

    Since we're dealing with a used camera which could have been subjected
    to moisture, one thing I'd do is shine a flashlight beam into the lens
    to see if there's any internal fog or fungus on the elements. Presuming
    of course that the front surface of the lens itself is already pristine

    So how'd the test shots you took right after buying the camera turn out?
    Bob (but not THAT Bob), Mar 1, 2006
  5. Thank you for the advice. I tried the settings suggested and they helped
    a lot, enough so to salvage a lot of the shots. What amazed me was how
    the color was brought out. I've got a lot to learn on how to use these
    enhancement settings.

    I think now it is a combination of backlighting and overexposure to
    varying degrees.

    Ben Eisenstein, Mar 1, 2006
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