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chriswood
chriswood  4 United Kingdom
20 May 2014 - 9:03 PM

I upgraded from A100 to the A700 and was very impressed with it that i bought another one i use a battery pack with one of them and i have a selection of lenses including the sigma 150/500 has any one tried the A700 i would like to know your thoughts on this camera

Last Modified By chriswood at 20 May 2014 - 9:05 PM
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Scottelly
Scottelly  135 forum posts United States
29 Mar 2013 - 5:03 AM

Though I like my 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Tamron, I think the older, $450 Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX is probably the best value and one of the best over-all wide zoom lenses you can get for the Sony cameras. A friend of mine prefers it, because it gives better image quality than the newer Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX, and he says the Sigma 8-16 it sharp, but makes the horizon bend more at 10mm, which he finds more difficult to correct in Photoshop. For some reason the newer 10-20mm f3.5 EX does not seem to be as sharp, but its aperture opens up more, if you need to shoot fast shutter speeds in dark situations, as does the Tamron. If you can live with a little shorter zoom range, the 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina lens opens up the most. The Sony 11-18 is supposed to be sharp, but it's pretty expensive, and it gives a limited zoom range, like the Tokina. I haven't used any of them, unfortunately, except my Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5, which I am happy with, but not completely. I think I would like a sharper lens. I do plan to eventually get a full-frame Nikon, like the D800, so I can shoot with the amazing Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G.

This looks like a good article: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/photography/hands-reviews/wide-and-extreme-w...

So does this: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-wide-ang...

I did not know about that article, when I got my Tamron, but I decided on it for its range and image quality as I could see it in samples at Pixel-peeper, combined with its wide aperture, which I figured would make it a good performer at f8, since I would be stopping down so much from the widest aperture to get to f8. Now that I have it, I can tell you I definitely like its auto-focus. It seems very quick and accurate to me, though the only other wide lenses I have had in the past were for my full-frame Canon 5 D. (I had the Canon 17-40mm f4 L and the Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX, but the Sigma did not focus well at all - I would always use manual focus when using it, often estimating the distance of a subject and setting focus of the lens using its distance markings.)

One of the things I really LOVE about Sony is the fact that I get image stabilization, even while using my super wide lens.

I like to check the 3D graphs at SLRgear - see the Sigma 10-20mm lens there:

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/171/cat/31

Unfortunately they haven't tested the Tokina lens, but here are links to the other lenses you can get for the Sony:

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/970/cat/83 http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/47/cat/23 http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1186/cat/23 http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/171/cat/31 http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1250/cat/31 http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1330/cat/31

It looks like the Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX gets the best rating by readers, which supports my theory that it is the best value.

Last Modified By Scottelly at 29 Mar 2013 - 5:23 AM
bias
bias e2 Member 1bias vcard Belgium
25 Mar 2013 - 10:23 AM

[quote]One of the great things about the Sony cameras is the fact that the old Minolta lenses fit them. You can get good old lenses for a fraction of the cost of the new lenses. I am shooting with a Sony A55, the first Sony SLT camera, and I have a Minolta 24-105mm f3.5-4.5, which works GREAT on it.[unquote]
Great lens this 24-105mm...I have bought the 28-135 and to be honest I am not really satisfied.
any other suggestion for a great wide angle lens ?
thanks

Scottelly
Scottelly  135 forum posts United States
24 Mar 2013 - 11:48 PM

One of the great things about the Sony cameras is the fact that the old Minolta lenses fit them. You can get good old lenses for a fraction of the cost of the new lenses. I am shooting with a Sony A55, the first Sony SLT camera, and I have a Minolta 24-105mm f3.5-4.5, which works GREAT on it. The lens goes great with my Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 wide-angle lens. My next buy will probably be an old 100-300, to complete my Sony kit, which will be my all-around kit and my speed specialty kit. In a few months I'll be getting a Sony A65 as my main camera. Then it's on to the Sigma stuff. I plan to buy a Sigma SD1 (the sharpest DSLR for shooting long range, such as birds, butterflies, and other wild animals). Eventually, once I have a decent Sigma kit, I'll start on the Nikon kit, which will be my wide-angle specialty kit. I'll be getting a D5200, D800, Tokina 10-17mm fisheye, and Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G. I'll probably end up with a Nikon 24-120mm f4 VR for that kit too. I used to have a Canon 5 D with L series lenses, but I have moved away from Canon for various reasons (not that the 7 D isn't a great, time-tested camera).

PaulThetfordPhotography
24 Mar 2013 - 10:05 AM

Hi Rainfall
The 900 and the 99 both use the same mount and the Minolta lens will fit as well,
I've been using the slt a99 since last October and it is a fantastic camera.

rainfall
rainfall e2 Member 3rainfall vcard United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 - 9:23 AM

Hi, can someone help me with a query please? I have an alpha 900 and am thinking of going for the @99slt. Will the lenses for my 900 fit the slt? Is it,the same mount? Will my old Minolta af lenses fit it? Thanks

Scottelly
Scottelly  135 forum posts United States
20 Mar 2013 - 4:11 AM

This answer is for Ray and Bianca both. I would pick either the new Sony 18-135 or the Sigma 18-125mm HSM. The Sony was about the same price, but it looks like they've become very proud of their new lens lately. The Sigma will give you slightly superior image quality for significantly less money.

Read what Dyxum users have to say about them:

http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/Sony-DT-18-135-F3.5-5.6-SAM_review660.html
http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Sigma-18-125-F3.8-5.6-DC-HSM_lens511.html

Because I already had a Tamron 10-24mm, I got a Minolta 24-105mm f3.5-4.5 . . . because I expected great corner performance, since I am under the impression that the lens covers full-frame. I have not tested that yet, but I have found the corner sharpness is not what I hoped for. I would spend the extra $100 or so to get the Sigma 18-125mm for the longer range and to have a warranty, knowing what I know now. Besides, I am willing to bet that the Sigma focuses faster and is probably sharper. The Minolta lens has some CA, so I am willing to bet the Sigma matches or outperforms it in that respect too. I don't really need the wide aperture of the Minolta. I just figured it would be sharper at f8, where I shoot most of the time, because that would be two stops from wide open instead of just one stop. I find I shoot at f11 a lot, when I'm shooting at the long end.

Anyway, I just may end up getting the Sigma 10-20mm and 18-125mm.

bias
bias e2 Member 1bias vcard Belgium
27 Feb 2013 - 10:47 PM

hi,

I am using A77 and I am looking for a good lens for portraits...budget price. as far as I heard that the 28-135mm it is still good and reasonable price.
do you have any other suggestion or pictures?
thank you
Bianca

Ray12
Ray12 e2 Member 171 forum postsRay12 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2013 - 9:29 AM

Hi again, i forgot to say i am using the Alpha 77

Ray12
Ray12 e2 Member 171 forum postsRay12 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2013 - 9:26 AM

Hello.
I am looking for some advise, i am going to Nepal in May, i will be going trekking again this time i am going to do the Annapurna Curcuit, Lukla, and Bardia Nature Resurve, i am looking to take a standby lense, i already have a 10-20mm wide angle, 24-70mm, and a 170-500mm all Sigma, i have been looking at a few, limited choise, limited budget. I have narrowed it down the these, Tamron 17-50, & 18-270........Sigma 18-200, 17-70, 17-50, 18-50. I have looked at them all on youtube, but still not sure Sad. So if any one can please advise it will be very much appreciated

Doug1
Doug1  3 Wales
26 Dec 2012 - 5:09 PM

right time to start looking for an upgrade i'm thinking only because my trusty a290 (been my best m8 for a few years now) don't have a socket for a remote lead Sad im looking at going a65/77 cant really make my mind up won'y be getting rid of the 290 though .....

stupot
stupot  2 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 - 9:30 PM

Getting used to the A99. Proving in my eyes, to be a real winner. Out of 100 I will give it 99.9% Have another photo shoot on 21Dec Twindles 1st Birthday Party. Should be interestingGrin Will try to improve, and put the results on this site.

Scottelly
Scottelly  135 forum posts United States
20 Oct 2012 - 6:33 AM

I just made an observation, which made me think I should mention it here. Sony Alpha cameras have fold-out screens! Yes, I know you probably know that, but think about this for a minute. What is the number one thing that differentiates the Sony Alpha line of cameras from Sony's competitors? . . . Yes, the fold-out screens. Very few Canons or Nikons have them. The fold-out screen on my A55 is the reason I bought a Sony in the first place! Oh, the fact that the Sony focuses faster than the Nikon and Canon alternatives has to be considered too, since both Nikon and Canon do offer a model or two with fold-out screens, but frankly, I don't see how that is really competitive. It's as if Nikon and Canon really don't care about giving photographers the creative advantage! Sony seems to see the light. The others don't. I don't know why. Anyway, back to that review, and maybe the explanation for WHY both Canon and Nikon don't see the light.

The review was a Sony A99 review, done by a Canon user. He totally avoided the whole issue of the fold-out screen. It's as if he didn't even know that the screen could fold out of the back of the camera! It made me wonder. Was this guy for real? He was writing a review of the World's first full-frame camera with a fold-out screen, and he failed to mention it? It was shocking. And then it struck me. He doesn't even know what to do with it! It's funny, because I've been using fold-out screens on digital cameras for many many years, since I bought my first digital camera, a Canon G3. Surprisingly, the fold-out screen feature does not seem to have found its way into the higher-end DSLR market, except where Sony is concerned. I think it is because most photographers are old men, who don't know how to change their ways, or don't want to. Frankly I don't get it. In fact, with all the new DSLR models having video functionalidy added, it just doesn't make any sense at all to me that the video screens that video cameras have do not get added to these cameras too, especially since Sony has shown the World that it can be done, and since Canon had such features in little point-and-shoot cameras almost a decade ago!

christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
30 Sep 2012 - 5:26 PM

hi i have a sony a55 and i have had it a bout 18 mouth now,and i love it.i try to go out as much i i can with it i just love tacking photos regards christine.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

CDSINUK
CDSINUK  2223 forum posts England
14 Sep 2012 - 4:47 PM

ive had my Alpha A230 about a year and a half, its been a great introduction to DSLR photography , now looking to upgrade soon to something more proffesional , but going to stick with sony alpha's, the technology has come on leaps and bounds,

DarylH
DarylH  442 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 - 10:42 PM

I've been the proud owner of a Sony A550 for just over 2 years following on from a Konica Minolta, so i thought I might added a couple of images for starters
My portfolio images are all taken using the A550.

TedBraid
TedBraid  1 United States
13 Sep 2012 - 1:12 PM

Well Scott, here I am.Wink
I will do my best to hang with you actual photographers, hoping it rubs off on me some. Lord knows I could use the help.
Great seeing you. Next time we may stay in Key West. If we do I know it is a haul from South Beach, but would love to have you come down so we could shoot together...

Ted

Scottelly
Scottelly  135 forum posts United States
7 Sep 2012 - 8:50 PM

Well, I was thinking that it would be cool if we could have a dozen members in this new group by the end of September, but it looks like my hopes will be met long before the middle of the month! It looks like we may end up with more than two dozen members by the end of September, and I guess that means my hopes that we reach 100 members by the end of the year just might be realistic! Thank you everyone, and please spread the word. I am hoping we can get half the members on ePHOTOzine.com who are shooting with Sony Alpha cameras to join our group by the end of next year. THAT would be something, huh?

JJGEE
JJGEE  96214 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 5:21 PM

Well, as I have a Sony Alpha camera, the A900, thought I would tag along and add a few shots to the Group.

Almost all of the uploads in the last 3 years in my epz portfolio have been with this camera.

Doug1
Doug1  3 Wales
7 Sep 2012 - 1:24 PM

hi ive just uploaded my first pic taken a few miles from my house on the isle of Anglesey north wales

Scottelly
Scottelly  135 forum posts United States
7 Sep 2012 - 5:56 AM

Thank you everyone who has been joining the group. I have found that the system does not let me send everyone private messages, so I am posting this comment instead of messaging you directly. Please do post a photo or two. We look forward to seeing them!

Smile

Scott Kennelly

macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
4 Sep 2012 - 3:02 PM

I've had my Alpha100 since 2006/07, and it has performed well in general.

But it's getting a bit long in the pixels and I'm considering the A77, body only, as I have 3 lenses that do a fair job.

One minor annoyance and a reason for updating is that the remote socket has given up the ghost, and as it would cost to have it fixed I may as well upgrade, and keep it for a general purpose carboot based camera.

Hopefully the A77 should show a marked impovement on image quality, resolution.

AlanWillis
4 Sep 2012 - 11:35 AM

"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York.
As he entered the front door,the host said'I Love your pictures-they're wonderful;
you must have a fantastic camera.' He said nothing until dinner was finished, then:
That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove."

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