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Old Apr 11, 2007, 11:46 AM   #1
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I'm still researching dSLRs and stumbled across a few good reviews about the Sony A100.

What are your thoughts on it? Does anyone here have one? Please post some pics if you do!

What I really like about this camera (from what I've heard) is the excellent picture quality and anti-shake built into the camera (meaning I won't always need a tripod?).

I would love to hear more about it and the kit lens (and people using it with other lens) - from what I've seen and read it seems to be a no brainer. But whats the catch??
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 12:36 PM   #2
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I own a Sony A100 and am very satisfied with the picture quality. As with all cameras no camera is perfect. The following is what I like about the camera:

Picture quality is excellent
Controls are easy to use and placed well
A large lcd with lots of info
Super Steady Shot does work and easily turned off and on
The kit lens is a good first lens
Uses Minolta AF lens
Camera fits well in my hand

The best way to test the camera is to go to a local vendor and try it out. I would even purchase or bring my own Compact Flash card to shoot with. You can also use the CF card in the Canon or Nikon cameras.

The Sony A100 is a better dslr than I am a photographer. I think this could be said about the other dslr in this price range.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 1:54 PM   #3
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Could you post some pics please? Or direct me to some that you think show off this camera? Would really appreciate it! And thanks for replying
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 3:08 PM   #4
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Go to the following link:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/sony/dslr-a100

I think you will see the dynamics of the camera by scrolling through these photos.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 3:29 PM   #5
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Thanks

I just found these comparisons on Steves review:

1)

Sony: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/DSC09485.JPG
Canon: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/IMG_2236.JPG

2)

Sony: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/DSC09504.JPG
Canon: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/IMG_2239.JPG

3)

Sony: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/DSC09519.JPG
Canon: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/IMG_2254.JPG

4)

Sony: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/DSC09539.JPG
Canon: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/IMG_2266.JPG

5)

Sony: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/DSC09560.JPG
Canon: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/IMG_2275.JPG

6)

Sony: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/DSC09593.JPG
Canon: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_...s/IMG_2281.JPG

The Sony wins hands down with the kit lens - but what would it be like with a comparable third party equivilent? Any chance Steve could do a test of them? Pitting them against each other with lens that are of the same quality? That would help a LOT :-)

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Old Apr 12, 2007, 10:36 AM   #6
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Raze,

One very important question that you need to answer is what do you want to do with your photographer and where do you hope that it will take you in the future? By knowing this we will best be able to advise the route to go down so you get the features you need now and also the best system moving forward.

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Old Apr 12, 2007, 10:48 AM   #7
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Go to this link on DP Review

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1037

You will find the discussion of many 3rd party lens and sample photos.
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 1:41 PM   #8
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Hi Mark

It will be my first SLR/dSLR and I guess I will begin using it for pics of generally everything, probably mostly people and pets.

Perhaps one day might go one step further and take pictures for publications (of dogs/cats) or sell prints. Perhaps even for printable consumables such as mugs, mousemats etc.

It will be a learning experience for me that's for sure - but I like to think I am a quick learner, especially when it comes to technology.

I am a perfectionist tho, and so image quality is at the top of my list.

If you need any more info, just ask. Thanks for your help.
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That's cool, just wondered as sometimes a particular system lends itself to an area of photographer.... I was mainly thinking sports (as this is what I shoot) where Nikon or Canon would in the long run give you a better growth route however for the sort of thing you are talking about then Sony will do you well and you won't be unhappy with the quality of the 100. The only area it might be a little weak is in low light work but that is about it.
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