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Next Camera Suggestions

Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:01 pm

I am finding the limits to my entry level Sony A350 with a 18-135 SAM lens. Good light, motionless subjects, I can't complain. But when I see some of the great lower light subjects here at, I realize I need a step up in equipment. Not to sure if I want to spend the big dollars on a full frame setup. Will something like a Nikon D7100 give a good starting point to capture lower light subjects? I've been trying to shoot aircraft at Dusk and I can see I suffering with my current setup.
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RE: Next Camera Suggestions

Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:17 pm

For lower light subjects, I switched my Sony A290 for a D7000, and I must say I have been very happy for the last years. I couldn't and can't afford a FF setup, but I would totally recommend the D7100!
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RE: Next Camera Suggestions

Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:14 am

It all depends on how much you're wanting to spend.

You could stay on the A-Mount system and get an A35/A55/A57 or A77.

The A55 has the best ISO performance out of them but the worst battery life.

The A35 is an A55 without GPS, a flippy screen, and slightly worse ISO performance but comes with much improved battery life.

The A57 is pretty much an A35 with flippy screen and new body. It's the successor to the A55 but seems to have more in common with the A35.

The A77 is a much more professional body than the other ones. It's weather sealed and I believe has the best battery life. It does have the worst ISO performance due to the first generation 24mp APS-C sensor. It also has the best Autofocus (below the A99).

If you want to switch systems (I wouldn't advice it due to the cheap but great Minolta glass), I'd go for a Pentax K-5 or Nikon D7000. Both have the same sensors but the K-5 has better dynamic range and build quality.

The Nikon will have better video and autofocus. In the end though, it depends on which one you like more. Pentax is great at prime lenses but not so great at zooms. No Full-Frame upgrade path for Pentax either.

Since you're wanting to do lower light shooting, I can't recommend a mirrorless camera like I normally would.

They haven't quite nailed the low-light focusing with them.

Out of the cameras that I listed, I've only used the A55 and an A77 at a Sony store.

I like my A55 but I'm looking to move back to the NEX system (mirrorless) due to the size and becaus

Another suggestion of mine would be to head into a store and get a feel for what you like.
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RE: Next Camera Suggestions

Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Thank you both for the replies.

One thing I've noticed is my A350 focus is hunting when I get towards sunset. Maybe I have to switch off autofocus and go to manual for that type of shooting? For many years my shooting was motionless static aircraft for slide trading so I am having to learn new techniques. Most of my shooting is aviation but my work allows for good access but occasionally like to catch aircraft on take-off.

I had given consideration to the A77 or Nikon D7100. My thoughts were, would I be regretting the purchase because it still couldn't cover the low light work well enough? Sometimes I wish more people listed there equipment that they took there shots with.

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