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HELPLINES AND INFORMATION
Authorised & warranty repairs, assistance and enquiries
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n a review of the Alpha 350 elsewhere, I commented on the missing feature OUR website www.photoclubalpha.com is now packed with detailed features
which means you can keep shooting (and seeing review images) without on the Minolta and Sony Alpha systems, has a busy Forum and you can search
a card in the slot. I’ve also commented on the small optical viewfnder. the site for help on topics. It has a full directory of useful links for downloading
Well, tonight, as I write the final page for this edition, I put my software or obtaining help. For personal advice from the Club, use e-mail only
Alpha 700 down to pick up something else before going out for please, to david@photoclubalpha.com. Letters can not be answered by post.
the evening. It was safely loaded with a memory card and I’d been
using it earlier. A minute later I nipped back and picked it up. A DEDICATED helpline is available for Konica Minolta Dynax and Dimage
Later on, I took a few pictures when walking outdoors. Then I wanted a digital system owners, and also for film camera owners. The helpline phone
family shot before leaving. After taking five or six pictures, I decided to show number is 0870 0104107.
them – and realised it had no memory card. It wasn’t even the Alpha 700!
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words, it was just as familiar and the view was not suddenly looking small. Hempstalls Lane
As for having no memory in the camera, I clearly didn’t have much in Newcastle under Lyme
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CONTENTS
SONY may announce further firmware upgrades or indeed products. Your first
step should be to check Sony’s website regularly:
Cover Baby tiger, Parque Cocodrilos, Ingenio, Gran Canaria. Sony
www.sony.co.uk
Alpha 350 with 70-300mm Tamron LD Di lens, ƒ5.6.
Their general helpline, which will have information on any other numbers,
2 Editorial, Contents, Info. See www.photoclubalpha.com
addresses, departments or offices which Konica Minolta owners may need to
reach in future, is: 08705 111 999
3 The Sony Alpha Unseen Britain Challenge
For downloadable printable manuals, legacy firmware and software updates,
4 New full frame lenses for new full frame Alpha
visit:
http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/americas/
5 Three new cameras – Alpha 200 and 300/350 reviewed
For the Sony European user service – there is still no UK user club:
10 A photo walk – Penzance to Land’s End, with Vaughan Brean
http://www.sony.co.uk/nextlevel
To order KM/Sony parts, accessories, and new Sony flash components etc, visit
14 Gallery – superb pictures from Alpha users worldwide
the Photoshore, where Bernard Petticrew also hosts an advice forum:
18 Technique – Spherical Panoramas and
http://www.photostore-uk.com/
QTVR explained by Daniel Oi
22 Accessories – Viewfinder Attachments MINOLTA REPAIRS
23 Accessories – the new Sony HVL–F42AM bounce flashgun
by specialist workshop in Milton Keynes
24 Which Wide-to-Tele Zoom Lens? Sony’s five kit or
FOR MANY years Camera Repair Workshop, based in Milton Keynes
package lens options examined by David Kilpatrick
close to the original Minolta UK service department, handled the repair
27 Review – Tamron 70-300mm ƒ4-5.6 LD Di Macro 1:2 lens
of classic SRT, X, Vectis and later film cameras for Minolta UK.
They have obtained many of the spare parts and KM’s stocks of older
23 Accessories – the new Sony HVL–F42AM bounce flashgun
‘cannibalisation cameras’ like 7000 and 8000i. Their proprietor is David Boyle,
30 Portfolio – Fired up with Smoke by Jim Miller
and his two technicians are Minolta trained. As an independent repairer they
will specialise in film and digital, and hold parts going back to models like the
31 Club Events – Quest and Duncan McEwan photo activities
XM. The Dynax 9 is an exception, previously serviced by a special European
32 Offers
centre, and must be sent to JP (see right). No VAT is chargeable at present, and
they offer Photoworld Club members a 10 per cent discount on prices which
34 Lens Hire Service
they say are already better than former retail repair charges. This enables
35 SonyCentre UK specialist retailer guide
the Club to continue with its 10 per cent service and repair discount offer.
The Photoworld Club Camera Check scheme will be operated by
Camera Repair Workshop, though in absence of Konica Minolta’s former
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