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User currently offlineAC77W From Canada, joined Apr 2007, 113 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2402 times:

Brand new to photography and was wondering if the A100 was a good starter SLR feedback appreciated and recommendations for other cameras welcome


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User currently offlineCalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2383 times:

You should do a search on the forums. This question has come up several times and folks seem divided - they either recommend sticking with Canon/Nikon for greater variety of lenses and accessories, or they swear it's the best camera ever made and Sony will soon rule the world (well, they're almost there anyway!).


User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2377 times:

Quoting CalgaryBill (Reply 1):
or they swear it's the best camera ever made and Sony will soon rule the world (well, they're almost there anyway!)

 Wow! Lets hope it never gets to that stage!

User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1801 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

I use the Minolta Maxxum 5D, which is the predecessor of the A100. KaiGwyer uses the A100.

The A100 is a nice camera, but Sony is prepping new bodies, including a replacement for the venerable Minolta 7D. If you have an existing collection of Minolta AF lenses, the A100 is definitely a good buy. If you're starting out, it's not a bad camera. The main knock against it is high ISO noise at night when shooting at ISO 800 or higher. This is because the camera uses less in-camera noise reduction than similar cameras, which yields higher detail at any ISO.

I'm an old Minolta guy and most of us Minolta guys are still on the fence with Sony. If they don't deliver the advanced bodies we want, we're probably on the way out, which is sad. I love Minolta but I will not buy a Sony until the 5D dies. The target is around the end of the year.

The nice thing about the Sony is you can pick up good Minolta glass on the cheap, like the 70-210 f/4, 75-300 f/4.5-5.6 (Metal version), various primes, et cetera. Minolta's G series glass is world renowned in its quality, but you can only buy it used (unless you buy new Sony G glass which costs $$$). There's also healthy third party support from Tamron and Sigma.

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12323 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Like Dvincent said, it's a decent camera. I have it with the kit lens and also the "big beercan" 75-300. I have one picture here accepted with it, and a few more on that other site.

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