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Sony A100

Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:03 am

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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RE: Sony A100

Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:42 pm

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!).

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RE: Sony A100

Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:21 pm

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!
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RE: Sony A100

Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:09 am

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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RE: Sony A100

Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:45 am

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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