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Old March 10th, 2011, 09:33 AM   #16
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Re: Sony Monitor for Alpha SLT/DSLRs

Ok, I got tired of waiting and bought one. Waiting for delivery.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #17
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Mine just arrived. Didn't realize a battery wasn't supplied. Awsum.

Off to the battery store.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #18
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Jason, what are your first impressions?
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Old March 11th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #19
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Mine will be here tomorrow. It should be fun.

I have an extra battery for my SONY A850 so I've got that covered. Batteries are as cheap as $20 if you buy the Chinese knockoffs.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 01:31 AM   #20
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I've had the CLM-V55 for only a few hours but I'm totally impressed.

I was able to visually calibrate and get good color and contrast quickly. The presets of 9300K, 7200K and 6500K are readily tweeked with the Color tone (Phase), brightness, contrast and backlight adjustments. Popping in and out of the menu for these is quick and deliberate.

Peaking works like it should and if your res is 800X480 or higher you can go 1:1 and check focus at the center of the image quite effectively.

The pop up hood is sweet. It gives good shading in the full sun while never limiting a quick glance from off center. It snaps back down easily and becomes a good travel protection. The included soft cloth drawstring bag can easily hold the CLM-V55 with the hood and a battery attached.

The Auto-Lock shoe mount swivels and tilts easily with a good amount of resistance to keep it right where you put it, no creeping or sagging after you take your hand off.

Battery life is very good. I ran it for a couple of hours and popped the battery back in the charger where it fully recharged in under an hour. Batteries are light and cheap so I don't feel like I'd want to tether it to another battery system.

SONY has brought a great little 5" display to the market for a very good price.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #21
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Kirk, I'm about to purchase the Sony, but I'm holding back due to size and thinking of the Marshall 7". Have you used a 7", and do you feel the 5" is adequate for focusing?
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Old March 13th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #22
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By the way, Kirk, the reviews for the Pearstone batteries are pretty poor, (if that's what you're using) at least on the B and H website, so be prepared for a possibly short battery life...keep us updated!
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Old March 13th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #23
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Jeff I'm using SONY batteries. If you shop around you can find them for under $40. I've never risked cheap Chinese batteries in any of my gear.

I have used the M-LCD7-HDM and I prefer the SONY. They're both 800X480 but the SONY is much lighter and it's much less obtrusive mounted on the shoe. The higher res on the smaller screen makes it very nice and sharp. Quite easy to see.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:05 PM   #24
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Kirk, I don't know why I thought you said you were using generics, I was clearly confused with someone else's post somewhere.

Anyway, thanks for the report, good to hear from someone who has used both! I'm glad you're pleased, and at any rate being newer equipment I thought it would be bound to be decent. At heart I really am a Sony fan to begin with, and I really wanted the monitor, so I guess I'll go ahead! thanks again!
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Old March 15th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #25
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Re: Sony Monitor for Alpha SLT/DSLRs

Who do you guys buy it from, Sony site tells me "No results found for "CLM-V55" in All of Sony" :)
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Old March 15th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #26
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Buba,

I assume you're looking at sonystyle.ca Canada. They don't appear to offer it yet on their site, but if you take a look at sonystyle.com US, it's listed under DSLR accessories or you can type CLMV55 in the search. Another option is B&H...looks like they have it in stock as well.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #27
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i know Sony Canada don't have it, i was looking sony.com
but thanks for the tip :)
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Old March 15th, 2011, 12:39 PM   #28
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Huh, you're right...it's nowhere to be found on sony.com. Seems strange...but you will definitely find it on sonystyle.com
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Old March 15th, 2011, 01:03 PM   #29
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All the usual vendors have had it in stock. B&H, amazon, SONY Style.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 06:00 PM   #30
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I found it on Sony before B&H, you just have to look in the right place, but it's $50 cheaper at B&H anyway.
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