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Old Dec 12, 2010, 8:26 AM   #1
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Hi Clint501
Scoobydude here from the Panasonic section. I'm seriously concidering getting a A55 with the 18-250 sigma lens. How do you compare this agains the Fz cameras (i've recently got the Fz100).
I feel I need to step up to a SLT for the following:
Better low light pic's
Improved image quality
I still want auto focus in video and a good FPS burst mode.Any chance of a couple of pic's showing the zoom capabilities of the 18-250. One from wide then one from full zoom.
how are you finding the camera, pros and cons.
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 10:11 AM   #2
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Scooby - the A55 is a great camera and I like the Sigma 18-250. I like it much better than the FZ35, FZ40 or FZ100. I still like and will keep the FZ35 but hands down the A55 is a great step up. All the things you mentioned above are quite an improvement over the FZ35 or FZ100 (especially over the FZ100 in low light situations). In my opinion it takes great pictures at 1600 ISO.
The auto focus works well in video (but I haven't done very much video - only a few). The burst speed is great. Here are 2 shots from 18 to 250.






The A55 with the Sigma 18-250 is quite a bit heavier than the FZ100 but you can get much better pictures in low light. I don't mind the weight at all. If you use the kit lens with it (Sony 18-50mm it is very light - probably not much heavier than the FZ100).

Not the best is battery life so I purchased 2 more spares.

If you saw my previous post you can see how it performed on auto, using the built it flash in low light.

I also don't mind changing lens. I was doing that any way with the FZ35 when I used the LC55 macro lens.

I really like the camera. I'm looking forward to getting some good macros with the Sigma 105 that I just purchased.
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Thanks for the quick reply clint and the pic's much appreciated.
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you're welcome - the chair is about 60-70 feet away.
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Just a quick last question. With the better image quality how much are you able to crop the pic and still keep it good.
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Old Dec 12, 2010, 3:27 PM   #6
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I guess that would depend on which lens I use and at what focal point.

So I really don't know how to answer.
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Considering the light condition (lots of shade), the camera and lens performed well. The zoom shot lacks resolution but it's somewhat expected due to the circumstances. Personally, I don't care too much for lenses that cover a wide focal length. They are practical but have their fair share of limitations when compared to other lenses. Also, 250mm is not quite long enough for me. I like at least 300mm with a 1.5x cropping factor.
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Old Dec 13, 2010, 12:52 PM   #8
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You're right Tullio - I noticed the Sigma 105 appears sharper and clearer.
I guess you sacrifice a bit of quality for a "one-lens-for-everything".

Still learning all this lens stuff!!!
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There's no doubt most prime lenses will perform better than those wide FL counterparts. Those lenses are good when the conditions for lens swap are harsh (at the beach on a windy day, etc.) but I still prefer the ones with smaller zoom ranges as they produce much better images.
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