sony A350 vs D80

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  1. mike11165

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    Went to wolf camera today, Im on a camera purchasing journey, after a few hours on TPF forum speaking with the pros, I wanted to check the touch and feel of d80 and in my mind, thats what I was going to purchase. After the sales associate got a hold of me, I left without a camera and thinking I need the sony a350. His reasons were- 14.2 mega pixels vs. 10.2- it has image stab. and auto focus built into the body where the d80 would need much more expensive lenses that contain Nikon's VR because the d80 doesnt have imag stab. Also said the sony zeiss lenses are superb and the live action lcd is the best one made- price for sony w 18-70mm is $799- D80 body only $700... Wanted some feedback from the experts before I buy a sony because I dont see a lot of you guys using them..help!
     
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    Sony is great. Although, there have been more complaints about the A350 than the A300. If you like the Live-View, I'd say go for the A300 because it's the exact same as the A350 except it has (slightly)faster FPS shooting and better noise performance.
     
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    thats great information, thanks!
     
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    The Sony A350 is one of my cameras and I have no complaints whatsoever. The live view is great and better than on any other DSLR since it just involves a switch..no lag, focus, or other problems. The Sony SSM autofocus motor is extremely fast and quiet, apparently better than the Canon 40D according to one review.

    I avoided kit lenses however and went for a Sigma f 2.8 18mm to 50mm macro (35mm equivalent of 27mm to 75mm) and the Sony G lens 70mm to 300mm. (35mm equivalent of 105mm to 450mm).

    There is a little high frequency picture noise at the highest ISOs 1600 and 3200 in the dark areas of some shots but it doesn't show up in most prints and can be filtered out easily with a program called NoiseWare Professional, if you are really picky. The included Sony Motion Picture Browser is quite good for quickly looking at large numbers of images and the sharpening fix in the same program is one of the best, I have seen.

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    Yay! A Sony supporter on TPF!

    I wouldn't recommend Sigma lenses for Sony though. There have been many instances where the Sony AF is too fast for Sigma's lens' gear's and they end up stripping. Tamron (17-50mm f/2.8) is a really good choice. The Sony lens skieur has is a VERY good lens too.

    The body only is a very smart approach (wish the US had that option for the A200/A300).


    I'm not going to say purchase Sony, but I'm just trying to help in your decision. I know for sure that if you were going to get the XSi, which is a great camera by all means, you might as well get a 40D because they're so close in price.

    Good luck in your decision.
     
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    I'm using a camera right now that has some of the A100/300/350 technology in it. All I can say is SWEEEET!

    Personally from all that I've read (and that's ALLOT!) I think that unless we're talking about one of Nikon's tanks (D2x, D300, D3, D700) Sony makes a better camera. More features and each feature works better than the Nikon equivalent.
     
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    I have not had any problems yet and was not aware of that issue. I do find that the autofocus is extremely fast on that Sigma lens and it seems to have a solid build.

    Nevertheless Tamron's newer technology Sony lenses are testing out very well too, so I agree that this is a good choice too, or instead of, as the case may be.

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    I prefer to sell the D80 over any of the sony's because IMO the AF is eaiser to use and see, and Nikon's superior flash system, wireless or not.
     
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    I agree with everything you say, and would add my own little bit... Nikkor lenses don't fit on a Sony, and Nikkor lenses are why I shoot Nikon... they are absolutely fantastic.

    To me, it is all about what lens system you want, and frankly Nikon and Canon have the best lens systems... it isn't even close.
     
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    Interesting that you said best lens "systems" which is not the same as best lenses.

    Most of the test lab results that form part of reviews tend to point toward Leica and Zeiss as the BEST lenses and these lenses are respectively associated with Leica, Panasonic and Sony cameras.

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    I am not sure how any AF would be "easier to use and see". AF is fast or slow, quiet or noisy, but hard or easy to see.???:wink:

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    There are 23 Sony lenses available on B&H under Digital SLR lenses. The 300 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, 24-70 Carl Zeiss, 85 mm f/1.4Carl Zeiss, the 135 f/1.8 Carl Zeiss, the 35 f/1.4 and the 100 f/2.8 macro are the best of them... several of which can be classified as "pro" quality lenses.

    The system doesn't have a 400, 500 or 600mm pro quality lens (for sports shooters), only a couple of fast zooms, nothing with tilt shift or defocus control, and only one long fast prime lens.

    Just run down the list of available options on both Canon's and Nikon's lens systems and it becomes pretty clear that the Sony system is MUCH more limited (albeit they do have some fine glass).
     

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