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Old Jul 27, 2010, 9:50 PM   #1
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Default Do any professional photographers use Sony cameras?

Lately online when I see any photos which I look stunning, they've always been taken with either Canon or Nikon cameras. Also, out of the really good photographers I know, all of them use Canon or Nikon. I guess I've just been disappointed with my Sony Alpha a230. Maybe its just the lens? I have the standard lens that comes with it.

Next year at some point I think I'd like to spend $1000 to upgrade my setup...I just don't know if I want to make the switch while I still haven't spent much money on Sony, and buy a Canon 50D, or buy something like a Sony a550, or keep my a230 and buy a SAL1680
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Old Jul 27, 2010, 11:28 PM   #2
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Here's one:
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There are, however this might reduce the number down even further in the future http://forums.steves-digicams.com/so...ull-frame.html
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 3:12 AM   #4
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Canon and Nikon, together, have about 90% of the market. They've also been making professional level dSLRs longer than Sony/Minolta. That's why there are a lot of pros using them. But some pros are using Sonys.

http://briansmith.com
http://www.andykatzphotography.com/
http://www.davidmclain.com/
http://www.photographybylambert.com/
http://mjs-exp.com/
http://www.merakohphotography.com/
http://www.studiotempura.com/
http://www.don-k-blogsite.com/
http://www.jrphotography.info/
http://www.karenengelphotography.com
http://www.kristencaldwellphotography.com/
http://www.photomargaret.com/
http://www.nigelbarker.tv
http://www.thepicturedesk.ca/
http://www.cristinamittermeier.com/
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Ok, thanks for posting those links...They've (sorta) restored my faith in Sony.

And sorry for the late reply...it took 2 hours to get home from work today...thats what I get for living in Chicago I guess...

Now I have a question, would I be better off buying a new DSLR (Probably a550), and sticking with the standard 18-55 lens, or would I be better off buying a lens for my a230 for around $500-600?

If option B, what is a good lens around $500-600? I primarily shoot landscapes (not animals), and people, so I really don't need any sort of zoom, I just want something that makes my pictures "pop." I feel like the standard lens I have produces dull color and is often noisy. If I could get a lens that shot nicely in low light, that would also be a plus. Also, if possible, I would like it to be able to be compatible with full-frame cameras, because somewhere along the lines I'd like to upgrade to a newer version of the a700 or a900...

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I had the same feeling but I also needed a longer zoom reach, so I changed lenses. But SLRgear thinks the kit lens is pretty good. "pop" may not have been a design criteria tho.
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1272/cat/83
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The Tamron 17-50/2.8 is an excellent replacement for the kit 18-55 lens, and I've heard that the Sigma 18-50/2.8 is also very good. And if you need something slightly longer and/or with a little bit of macro thrown in, the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 1:2.3 macro is also a good choice.

LensRentals.com has the Tamron, so you can try it out.
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Thanks for the lens recommendations...That Tamron 17-50/2.8 looks like exactly what I'm looking for...

What about my other question?

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Now I have a question, would I be better off buying a new DSLR (Probably a550), and sticking with the standard 18-55 lens, or would I be better off buying a lens for my a230 for around $500-600?
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While the A550 has some freatures and improvements your A230 doesn't, if you're not frequently bumping into the limitations of the A230, in general you're better off putting you money into lenses than bodies.
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In general, basic body with good glass is better than basic glass with good body...... obviously good body and glass is best.
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