Sony A100

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  1. Chumpy

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    Hi
    I'm making a move into photography, with little experience in this hobby.

    However, I want to buy something which would allow me to grow with the hobby.

    I'm considering buying a Sony A100.

    Does anyone have any view on this camera??

    Which lenses does it take?? I hear it takes all Minolta lenses...??

    Any opinions appreciated.
     
  2. mkalcevic

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    I'm in the same boat you are right now. I'm also considering the alpha. To me it looks really good. all the features are there that I want and more. It does take most of the minolta lenses, but if you're anything like me, by the time you can afford to pick up new lenses, there'll be a whole line specifically for this body. For me the biggest selling point is having the IS built into the body. I'm sure you'll hear plenty of views from others on here, as I have, but it comes down to what you want in the end. look at my post in the equiptment forum. there're a few different opinions in there, but mostly they're all saying buy what you want in the end.
     
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    The Sony won't take all Minolta lenses. It'll take auto-focus Minolta lenses, not the older manual ones. I just thought I should point that out. Other than that, the Sony has got some good reviews, and the previous Konica-Minolta DSLRs on which it's based were very good indeed. Basically, it's a very good DSLR; whether it's more suitable for you than any of the other very good DSLRs on the market now is something you can only really decide by trying them out yourself. Bear in mind though that you can get a 6-megapixel DSLR for up to $200 cheaper, and you may not need the 10 megapixels the Sony offers.
     
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    I haven't really heard all that much good about the alpha, stick to Nikon or Canon.
     
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    That's odd, I've heard lots of good things about it. Googling for reviews shows the following in favour of the camera...

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/alpha100.html

    http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/camera/review/108/page_1.html

    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/sony/dslr_a100-review/index.shtml

    http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/review.php?reviewId=1694

    http://www.shutterbug.net/equipmentreviews/proquality_digital_slrs/0806sonyalfa/

    http://www.popphoto.com/photographynewswire/2694/buying-advice-comparing-the-sony-alpha-100-and-nikon-d200.html



    Meanwhile, one review complains about image quality at high ISO levels and suggests its anti-shake system may not be as useful as advertised... but still calls the camera's specification a "killer line-up" and calls it the "best value digital SLR on the market"... and that was the negative review!

    http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/SonyA100/index.shtml


    So I'm really not sure why you should automatically discount the Sony in favour of Canon and Nikon, unless you're someone who automatically discounts everything that isn't Canon and Nikon. Which presumably doesn't cover Chumpy since he's new to photography, so I'm inclined to let him make his own decisions, and stick by my original suggestion of trying out the various brands and models yourself.
     
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    No, I'm someone who talked to real people who have tried the camera and were less than impressed. I don't discount anything based on brand names. He asked for opinions and I gave one to him, I'm sorry if it doens't agree with yours. My opinion is not based on brand name or internet reviews, but talking to actual people who have shot with the actual camera. I don't appreciate the tone and comments in this last paragraph. You know nothing about how I came to my opinion and made invalid assumptions. Not eveyone is going to agree with you and not all internet reviews are accurate.
     
  7. Don Simon

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    Sorry if I offended you, but to be fair I didn't like the tone of the post I was responding to either. I've spoken to "real people" too (so are internet reviewers fake people?) and I've tried the camera. AFAIK you haven't, so really, why would an opinion based on what someone you know has told you be any better than an opinion based on what a reviewer says? I'm well aware that not all internet reviews are accurate. Which is why I provided several. What makes you think the opinion of your friends is any more "accurate", when they may not be looking for the same thing in a camera as someone else? At least with internet reviews the guy can read some opinions on the specific pros and cons of the camera, beyond simply "people I spoke to don't like it".

    You specifically said "stick to Nikon or Canon", thus ruling out not only the Sony but also the previous Konica-Minolta models, plus any Pentax, or the other brands now entering the DSLR market... in other words, ruling out anything that isn't a Canon or Nikon. So I don't see my assumption being all that invalid. I didn't actually suggest Chumpy buy the Sony; I told him to try all the competing models. You on the other hand specifically said to avoid it in favour of two particular brands, based purely on what other people have told you.
     
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    I haven't shot with the camera but I've held it and have seen images. A lot of noise above ISO 400, most images were soft (that's probably a lens thing), seemed flat to me. For some reason you seem to feel the need to defend this camera like it's personal. You like it, great, I don't. My opinion is just that, an opinion, there is no right or wrong with opinions. I've had my experiences with the Alpha and some people who've used it, I formed my opinion based on that and that alone. And yes, I would rule out other cameras in favor of Canon or Nikon, so? There must be reason why they are the top two and everything else gets compared to one or both. That's my opinion and what I'd recommend, no one has to agree with the opinion or follow the recommendation.
     
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    Well my apologies again if I overreacted. I don't have any particular interest in defending this specific camera, I do however get a little defensive of all brands except the big two. Why? Because hearing about their inherent superiority all the time gets old quickly. I don't expect people to agree with me all the time. I don't expect them to agree with me very much at all. But when people disagree I prefer them to have reasons and put them across, rather than repeating the same old mantra of "Buy a Canon or Nikon, don't consider anything else", with the implication for the rest of us being "You're wrong, what's the matter with you, why can't you see the light?"

    I'm sure you have very good reasons for thinking those two companies make the best cameras. But in posts like this, people are rarely told the reasons, they're simply told to buy a Canon or a Nikon as though it were some received wisdom that should be passed on. Reasons that are given include availability of lenses and accessories (as if the average amateur would really need to aquire a specific lens or flash anywhere in the world at a moment's notice), and the quality of the glass on higher-end lenses (which won't be bought by most users anyway). The reasons given for the superiority of Canon or Nikon mostly involve the reasons professionals use them, and the people asking what camera to buy on a forum are unlikely to be professionals. Professional use aside, of course there are reasons why Canon and Nikon are top, and everything gets compared to them. But those reasons include the fact that professionals have always used their professional models and they're the most recognised brand names. The fact that some other companies are not particularly good at marketing. And the automatic assumption by a fair few people that anyone who wants to take good photographs needs a Canon or Nikon to do so.

    No, no-one has to agree with your opinion. But it's not easy for people new to photography to make an informed opinion when everyone, from clueless shop assistants to intelligent people on internet forums, seems to be telling them "Go for Canon or Nikon. They're popular, there must be a reason they're popular. Professionals use them, there must be a reason for that too. Why would you consider anything else? Go for Canon or Nikon." Maybe I'm being unreasonable, it's just that when it comes to consumer choice I don't just believe in "Survival of the fattest", I like competition and like having other companies around to occasionally make products that are more innovative or more affordable, and I think it helps if consumers are aware that going for those other companies is a valid choice too.
     
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    We're having this same argument on another forum. Someone made a good point.

    Sony makes TV's, stereos, CD players, cameras and a plethora of other devices.

    Nikon makes cameras, microscopes, telescopes and other lens based equipment.

    Just an observation.
     
  11. Don Simon

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    That is a good point. Another would be that Sony has been making compact digital cameras for a few years now, is pretty good at it, knows what it's doing on the technology side, and has inherited a system of cameras and lenses from Konica-Minolta, who did make lens-based equipment - very good equipment at that. There's also Pentax, who have been making quality cameras and lenses for a long time now and continue to do so. And how often are their cameras recommended on forums? Things about other products that mark them out as unique - like the KM/Sony cameras' anti-shake technology, or Pentax's much clearer viewfinders - are ignored or conveniently dismissed as gimmicks. I really have nothing against either of the "big two" and if I could afford to buy their higher-end lenses and cameras - the ones that actually do set them apart from the competition - I would. I just don't understand the assumption that the average user would inherently be better off with an entry-level Canon or Nikon.
     
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    These discussions do tend to erode quicky, and rarely do they help the original poster.
    I guess what Chumpy can take from this is that no camera is perfect and not everyone is going to like all cameras. You need to decide for yourself what you like and what is acceptable and buy that. It a personal decision, everyone is different.
     

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