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Post Options Post Options   Quote overeema Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2020 at 16:22
Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

Originally posted by tomcat1983 tomcat1983 wrote:

A350, followed by a55 (which ended up with a broken dpad) then an a850. Now im beggining to eye off E mounts now the la-ea5 is a thing.

The reality is that my photography is just for me and my family so it makes it Hard to justify the price of a new toy!


Based on what I see the various models selling for, In my opinion the A350 is the best Sony DSLR for anyone looking to dip their toes in the water without a large monetary commitment.   14MP is a nice bump up from the earlier models, plus you get live view and a titling screen.
Hmm, that 14mp sensor is not a big step-up from the 10mp of earlier cameras and later cameras have CMOS sensors. I think the A58 is the best bang for your buck. The sensor is (much) better, it has a better 15-point AF system, it has a nice EVF and it is not that much more expensive. You might have to look around for a decent deal, but it is not that hard.

The EVF is the same 1.44mp one as in the A6000, I always thought that was fine.

Re. it being just for you: buy something that gives you fun. I guess that A850 is giving you just that Pick up an A6000 for those times you don't want to bring the A850 - cheap but still very capable. As one thing is a bargain, it is the A6000.


Addy I usually agree with your posts and I can not discredit your A58 recommendation.   But notice I said “DSLR”. I meant that down to the letter.   And while 4MP isn’t a huge difference persay, in this case it actually is. I’d call a %40 increase from the diminutive 10MP pretty substantial. A 4MP Difference between two current models is negligible. Ten+ years ago it wasn’t, and nowadays the A350 isn’t much more money to buy than the A300. It can be found as low as $150 and often with a lens. I don’t think that deal is so easy to find with the A58. And personally I’d rather buy the A580 for the same money as the A58. I’m not enthusiastic about the earlier SLT models. Many people still see the A900 as a very capable DSLR. I agree, and I feel the same way about the A580.

I am still using my A350 and have't come to a decision to replace it. It has a decent optical viewfinder, not dependant on the camera powering up. And it uses CF-cards, which to my opinion, are still superior to SD-cards. It's main drawback is the relative noise above 400 ASA compared to newer camera's
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Hmmm, for an DSLR I would go for an A900/A850 as these dropped below $/€500,- making them very interesting: a sensor you can use up to 1600iso (barely), the double cross centre focuspoint and dual card slot (overflow only). And of course the wonderful viewfinder!
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Hmmm, for an DSLR I would go for an A900/A850 as these dropped below $/€500,- making them very interesting: a sensor you can use up to 1600iso (barely), the double cross centre focuspoint and dual card slot (overflow only). And of course the wonderful viewfinder!


I haven't found one yet, but I'm still kind of hoping a good copy of an a900 will turn up here in NZ. I honestly think it was the camera I had the most fun using.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Petrochemist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 December 2020 at 13:23
I have an a-mount lens but no a-mount bodies.
As the questioned was initially asked 8 years ago I assume it's since been expanded to e-mount.
I have two e-mount bodies APSC & FF obviously both Sony
I've also just ordered an old V-mount body/lens but I'm still not quite sure why.
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I just got here in 2021.

Got myself a nice looking A35 (mainly to adapt my Minolta AF lenses) but it also shipped with a few Sony kit zooms (18-55 and 50-200 SAMs I believe).

Looking forward to the results. Bought with kit lenses for resale purposes in case I am not convinced.
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Originally posted by edom31 edom31 wrote:

I just got here in 2021.

Got myself a nice looking A35 (mainly to adapt my Minolta AF lenses) but it also shipped with a few Sony kit zooms (18-55 and 50-200 SAMs I believe).

Looking forward to the results. Bought with kit lenses for resale purposes in case I am not convinced.

Hello there! Both kit lenses (at least the later versions of them) are very good for kit lenses, and will do a lot of things well. Both focus quite close - and stay sharp near MFD - so will work well on flowers/etc where some more expensive lenses won't.
As with all kit wide-zooms, the 18-55 has poor corners wide open at the wide end but if you stick with jpegs in camera and leave corrections on, results elsewhere will be pleasantly sharp.
Hope you have fun with your A35 on the other lenses. Get yourself a spare battery too..
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:


Hope you have fun with your A35 on the other lenses. Get yourself a spare battery too..


Thank you kindly - still getting used to the EFV - funny to review shots in that little screen, pretty cool feature!

I tested the unit and it works properly, which is first and foremost.

I have to get used to the menus and settings - Coming from Pentax (and some Canon) I see these menus quite odd and different - will have to RTM.

One thing I noticed is that aperture priority is not so in-tuned with the minolta glass - a bit off, shoots too bright. I rather shoot darker RAWs as to get all details and then be able to brighten it up in PP.

Can't wait to get a few different decent shots to be able to share.
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Maybe your lenses suffer from "oily blades"? It means they don't close quickly enough and result in over exposed pictures. Don't know about the A35, but in my experience Sony cameras have a tendency to under-expose, not over expose.

What do you mean by RTM? Read the manual?
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Oily blades on all lenses? Doesn't seem that likely - try shots at several apertures, oily blades usually all come out the same (the aperture doesn't close down).

Try dialing a touch of underexposure into the EV compensation - whatever you need to get the image you want.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2021 at 07:08
Yes, it is unlikely with several lenses - but Edgar mentioned Sony lenses and that "aperture priority is not so in-tuned with the minolta glass" I assumed it is just the Minolta lenses and not the (newer) Sony lenses. They should work identical.

I tried the metering of my A7r2 against my Canon EOS R and I saw between no and 1/3rd stop difference, with the Sony having longer shutter times in A-mode. Until I realised that my A7r2 is set to +0.3 Ev. So they are identical and if anything, the Sony should be darker.
Like I said, in my experience Sony cameras tend to under expose and this quick test confirmed this. (though the difference could be completely due to the different sensors)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2021 at 08:45
I have found the metering issue with several Minolta lenses on the LA-EA4 - inconsistent brightness at full aperture. Usually it goes away when a small aperture is set. But I tend to have some -EV set all the time anyway to avoid saturating highlights.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2021 at 18:45
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Yes, it is unlikely with several lenses - but Edgar mentioned Sony lenses and that "aperture priority is not so in-tuned with the minolta glass" I assumed it is just the Minolta lenses and not the (newer) Sony lenses. They should work identical.

I tried the metering of my A7r2 against my Canon EOS R and I saw between no and 1/3rd stop difference, with the Sony having longer shutter times in A-mode. Until I realised that my A7r2 is set to +0.3 Ev. So they are identical and if anything, the Sony should be darker.
Like I said, in my experience Sony cameras tend to under expose and this quick test confirmed this. (though the difference could be completely due to the different sensors)


How did your test confirm this? Surely Sony cameras comply to the ISO standard?
How light or dark an image appears cannot in itself be used to evaluate the exposure.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 April 2021 at 19:01
I checked the metering at 100iso, I did not check the resulting picture.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

I checked the metering at 100iso, I did not check the resulting picture.


But you say the exposures were identical. How do you conclude that Sony "underexpose".
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