No argument here, my friend
Hey, I'm in complete agreement with you on this point. My proposal of the "A99" was an attempt to point this out. Based on the proposed Minolta 9D-prototype, the "A99" would compete toe-to-toe with the likes of the Canon EOS 1Ds MkII or EOS 1D MkII.
Will SONY deliver on the Minolta-promise? Gosh, I would hope so ... otherwise sell the prototype to someone who will. We're all waiting. :cool:
EDIT: (3/1/2007) The SONY "Flagship" is currently in the works and will be a pro-level model, perhaps even full-frame. Canon collectively gasps.
Take a look!
I hope this helps in your thinking ...
While these AF lenses will work with the SONY, I believe you will note that they are rather slow in autofocus. Your image clarity may also suffer, because digital lenses and film lenses are a little different, in the way the image is presented to the two different media (Sensor vs film). As a "starting point", they may be fine, but you get shooting, will soon notice (as others have) that you will want more out of the lenses or they are simply not performing to your ... expectations.
Originally Posted by rengstrom
Comparison: The best idea I've been able to come up with concerning the quality difference between digital lenses and film lenses is to simply see it for yourself. This does two things:
- You can reset your expectations of your existing lensing for future photographs
- You get a great chance to explore methods of improving your shots through upgrading your glass ... or if a glass-upgrade is even warranted. (You may be happy with what you are getting :rolleyes: )
If you can get to the camera store, that carries TAMRON lenses, take your older lenses in and do a side-by-side shoot with comparible lenses.
The TAMRON AF28-105 f/4-5.6 might be best replaced by the TAMRON SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF). With the SONY's 1.5x digital cropping factor (DCF), the 17-50mm becomes effectively 28-75mm. That's usually plenty for walking around. You still get your wide angle and good range.
The TAMRON AF70-300 f/4-5.6 LD might best be replaced by the new TAMRON SP AF70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) due out this year. It's not quite ready for distribution, yet ... so in the meantime, you may want to consider the SIGMA APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM. Once again, with the SONY 1.5x DCF, your lens effectively becomes 105-300mm.
- The first thing you'll notice with the new glass is the speed of focal lock you will enjoy.
- The second is the much sharper overall image you'll have.
- Finally, with f/2.8 lenses on your camera, your low-light capability with the in-body IS will be rather impressive.
Noteworthy: f/4-5.6 zooms tend to suffer indoors, without an external flash or more (studio lighting, etc), due to shutter-speed constraints. The in-body IS of the A100 will forgive some of this, if you steady-up a bit, but f/2.8 is the real solution - or at the very least, a tripod.
The costs involved in the upgrade-glass is quite nominal (almost 1/2 the cost) compared to what it would cost to do it with Canon-glass.
Can you really have it all ... with only the manufacturer?
Well, in the recent year, I have been busily putting together a system that should provide "the basics." And while this doesn't include every lens you can imagine, it does cover a number of bases.
To be realistic, though, a lot of people start off with one major lens and then eventually pick up a "better" lens later on. It was what I personally did with my Canon EOS 20D system.
When considering the SONY, I had no idea that SONY would be so highly-priced with their glass. I had hoped for some reasonable level, but as long as people will pay these ghastly prices, we are stuck with them. Third-party glass seems even more reasonable than before and hopefully, as the demand increases ... the prices might drop in order for the SONY lenses in order to sell the "rebadged" goodies they got from Minolta. The lenses are already two-years old and they are not getting any younger.
Guess the wait begins. :rolleyes: C'mon SONY, let's sell some glass!
EDIT: Well, prayers eventually get answered, I guess. The SONY 70-200mm f/2.8 G dropped in price by $400 and B&H Photo has it for $1899. Still not great, but definitely moving in the correct direction.