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Sony alpha

flashertwo 11 4 United Kingdom
9 May 2007 8:08PM
Anyone using sony alpha? I would appreciate your views , I have dynax5 and some good lenses do I go for sony or ditch the lot for canon 400 which seems to be the best one if you can believe all the views expressed. Please help.

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keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 May 2007 8:36PM
if you have a collection of good Minolta lenses then the Sony would seem to make the most sense
User_Removed 13 4.9k England
9 May 2007 8:39PM
I concur.......Still miss my Minolta 100mm macro Sad
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
9 May 2007 8:40PM
At the moment you're not gaining a great deal moving from the Dynax 5 to the current Alpha (assuming you have the digital SLR and not the film camera) But Sony promise some much more advanced models in the future, so worth holding on a touch longer I feel.
RipleyExile 15 1.6k 17 England
9 May 2007 9:07PM
If you've got some good Minolta glass I'd go Sony. If I could afford it I'd be hanging around to see what the 'enthusiast' model is like that's due to come out later in the year. I went from Dynax 5 to Dynax 5D and haven't regretted it. Minolta are still there, they're just working for Sony now.
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
9 May 2007 9:14PM
I had a Minolta Dinax, and because I had a few lenses I naturally went for the Alpha, Otherwise I would of gone for the Cannon
flashertwo 11 4 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 7:38PM
thanks for all your comments,looboss how is the alpha,are you pleased with it or otherwise?
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 8:58PM
Oh The camera is great I love it, it's just the lenses I decided to keep that I'm having second thoughts about Smile
flashertwo 11 4 United Kingdom
12 May 2007 6:29PM
thanks looboss, I think I shall go for the alpha,thanks to everyone again, good snapping
CTee 11 129 United Kingdom
13 May 2007 11:08PM
I spent all day Saturday supporting taking photos at a hockey tournament using my Alpha, with the kit 300mm lens, providing shots for sale.

Despite not having 'glass', great action shots, very few out of focus or with camera shake, with approx 600+ photos taken (there were some down to dodging the balls!).

Well pleased with it, and when a pro with 4000 + worth of kit genuinely passes comment "that he was well pleased with the results".

I have had my Alpha since October and I can say I'm well pleased, the only let down was a club studio night when I discovered that the hot shoe connection was not compatible with any of the studio light remotes and there is no sync lead connection. I hadn't sussed out the wireless flash at that stage though!
davewaine 11 141 3 England
14 May 2007 1:34PM
I've had my Sony Alpha since Christmas and I am chuffed to bits with it. I have read some negative reviews of the kit lenses, but I have both of them (rebodied Minoltas in truth) and absolutely no complaints about either. If I spent my life potholing or in war zones, I might think twice, but I don't so it isn't an issue.
Photogeek 13 605 6 Wales
16 May 2007 9:27PM
I've had my Alpha since just before Christmas, and I love it. I am really interested in whats coming next from Sony as I suspect I'll be upgrading fairly quickly. Especially if they manage to do something about the high ISO noise. If I hadn't gone for the Alpha then the Nikon D70 would have made it into my bag. As It happens I managed to bag a couple of quality pieces of glass (70-210 Beer Can and a 100mm Macro - Thanks ColWal Smile ) for an absolute bargain .
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 11:32PM
Silly question if its so good why upgrade so soon? Is that not a contradiction? A friend has one and is over the moon with it. It allows him to use his old Minolta glass as well so he felt it offered him a cost effective camera system.
Photogeek 13 605 6 Wales
17 May 2007 5:41PM
Actually I hadn't really thought my way through that statement . . . Don't drink and chat on the forum at the same time! . . . It is an excellent camera for my purposes, the only niggles are No sync socket so I have to go with a poor mans IR trigger, and the lights I have only have one slave unit . . . PITA, and the noise is noticable above ISO 400 not that I go there that often.

The new model(s) are reputedly going to be 1.2/1.0 Crop factor which will be great for wide angles with my present glass without having to get a sigma 10-20 or 12-24 . . . again not that I go there often, although I'm thinking of doing some Bill Brandt type distored nude stuff so ul;tra wide would be handy.

I suppose that I would actually be better off spending the cash on an Epson 3800 Smile
ecowarrior 11 577 England
17 May 2007 10:54PM
pics of new sony alpha released today:


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