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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2021 at 07:53
Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

Being newer doesn’t make the 58 a better camera than the 580. Nor does it make it more suited for the OP. It may be typically cheaper to buy, but like I said, deals can be found.
You did not specify why you think the A580 is better then the A58.

Why I think the A58 is better:
Electronic viewfinder (but you might disagree )
Smaller and lighter
More fps (8 vs 5)
Better video
Looks better (by a landslide)

why the A580 might be better:
Electronic viewfinder
That 16mp sensor without SLT is legendary

Some might think the metal mount of the A580 is a pro, but I disagree. In fact, I think a high quality plastic mount is better then a metal one.

For the price, the A58 to me seems a no brainer unless you want an EVF.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2021 at 11:09
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

   You did not specify why you think the A580 is better then the A58.

Why I think the A58 is better:
Electronic viewfinder (but you might disagree )
Smaller and lighter
More fps (8 vs 5)
Better video
Looks better (by a landslide)

why the A580 might be better:
Electronic viewfinder
That 16mp sensor without SLT is legendary


An a580 with an electronic viewfinder ?
Mine had an OVF .
Yes I did like the sensor .

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


Some might think the metal mount of the A580 is a pro, but I disagree. In fact, I think a high quality plastic mount is better then a metal one.

For the price, the A58 to me seems a no brainer unless you want an EVF.


Unless you want an a58 with an EVF ?
Your out of luck if you don't !

O.k , I have an a580 .
I don't use it .
I bought it as it was looking like it would be Sony's last SLR . It was .
At the time I didn't like the SLT offerings , the A55 & a33 .

Negatives on usability were erratic AF . Usually o.k , but missed when it counted too often .
Possibly a bit too slow was the problem .

When a friend asked me what camera to but as she was just starting a family I suggested an a58 .
Better viewfinder , better AF , compared to the a580.
Ideal for her needs .
I also talked threw offerings from such as Canon , Nikon etc .

After all these years , she's still very happy with the camera , and rarely miss a shot .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2021 at 11:27
Hmmmm, I should reread my posts before posting

TLDR: if you can live with an electronic viewfinder, get the A58. If you want an optical viewfinder, the A580 is there (let me reread.... yes, I think I am correct now)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2021 at 12:16
For a non-expert user I would always recommend the A58 over any other A-mount camera because it is robust, foolproof, good-looking, lightweight, has lots of useful and usable capabilities, is reliable and easily available/replaceable at moderate cost. Oh, and the battery life is so good I never have to worry about it.

If I didn't have an A-mount camera and wanted one to use Minolta or Sony A-mount lenses, then it's still the one I would get (or maybe the A68) IF I could cope with the fact that the FF lenses all behave 50% longer in FL than they should do.

And if that's a deal-breaker, then all the APS-C cameras are out too which leaves only the big heavy OVF A850/900 or the newer and expensive EVF A99i/ii models. And frankly, faced with that choice, I would do again what I just did - buy an A7 of some kind and and an LA-EA4 for a lot less money than an A99.

Obviously expert users here have their own preferences - which are very nice to hear! - and very useful in judging the other contenders. I learn something every time, even if it doesn't (always) sway my choices.
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Greetings!

After many sleepless nights I came out purchasing an odd ball (but one that was mentioned here)

the A35... yep, old, not the best electronic VF, but in the end very comparable with my K-50 that I honestly love.

Got it under $200 with shipping with 2 kit lenses (18-55 + 50-200 SAMs).

Why I went for this - mostly because having the body with the kit lenses gives me the option of getting rid of it if I am not happy.

The EVF might be a challenge, but I am used to a dark VF (I messed up my K-50's VF and never got around to replace it - it is rather dark).

I was to sell my K-S1 in order to make this purchase... but now since it was within a comfortable budget zone I can gift my K-S1 to my cousin, who just lost his A200 to "mother time" and has yet been able to replace it.

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I do not think I'm done with the A-bodies. I hope this is just a start. The info gathered here will help me (and maybe others) deciding what used gear is worth obtaining.

Thank you all - see you at the photo threads.
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Sounds like you got a good deal - hope you enjoy it.
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The 18-55 and 55-200 are quite nice lenses, and will indeed make the package easier to sell on if you decide to get better. The 18-55 in particular, complements your existing lens line-up.

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