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The reason I almost never buy Sony

OK, I usually stay off the bashing Sony stuff, but this latest foasco has me undeniably beyond stunned. I stopped buying Sony products years ago because of some bad experiences with their support. This wasn't a boycott, just a 'if theres a choice' its not going to be Sony.

So when I bought my DSLR it was not without much deliberation, but because of the compatibility with old Minolta lenses, I went for the Sony.

Here we are a year later, Ive got a new computer and need to install my RAW conversion software (this is now pay for software that comes free with the camera, this is what you need to view/edit the RAW files the camera makes), but cant find the I go to the Sony website and after a few minor frustrations, I find the support page and a file named for the digital image conversion software. I downloaded it, but its only a update not the full package. I hunt for 10 minutes and cant find it so I contact support...

Who tell me you can't download the software required to use the cameras RAW format, you have to buy a new CD from them.....wait..what? I go round and round with this customer service representative for at least 20 minuets, but he insists that there is not option, and that the software is not available for download.

I think I heard his head hit his cubical desk when I asked;

"Are you telling me that the quickest, easiest and cheapest way for me to get the software is to go to the Best Buy a mile away, purchase a new Camera, copy the disk....and return it?"

I hope he recovers...cause its not his fault he works for a company with the customer service focus of your average carnival worker

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typo..."this is NOT pay for software that comes free"

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silly me, cant type its *NOT* pay for software, its like the utility your printer comes with that lets you determine DPI and such.

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thats crazy stupid

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thats crazy stupid

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Just one thing.

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Which camera? I tried twice to see which one to see if there was support for RAW in Photoshop or other titles for your Sony but I couldn't do that as I couldn't find the model number in your post.

If I missed it, sorry. Or if you omitted it, was it because you only needed to rant?

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I've found the software I needed, and knew I could

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The whole point is just how insane the policy is. Many people will not have the resources to get the software easily. Thanks though, and just for completeness, its the original Sony SLR Alpha 100.

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All the camera and camcorder makers seem to fail or flail

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Look in our camcorder forums for pleas for the missing CDs. Not a Sony exlusive but that doesn't mean they get any reprieve from a flogging.

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