I posted in the WRONG Sony forum
:o Looking for Alpha 100 users and I feel like a real dunce!! But what's new?!! I just joined these forums and so far have managed to sound even less educated every time I post:confused: . Oh well...bumbling right along. I just purchased this awesome little camera last night and having just had surgery (recuping at home) I'm not able to hobble around much to use it:( I was thinking the shutter sounded loud, but after reading another post, Don, says the Canon 20d is louder. Good! I feel better. What other good info do y'all Sony 100 A users have?
Well... it didn't take me long ...
Well... it didn't take me long to figure out that I wasn't getting what I wanted out of the kit lens. I did some side-by-sides with some of my existing and much older Minolta lenses, just to get a feel for this brand spanking new 18-70mm I added to the collection and almost "gagged" at the results. In fact, they were so outrageous, I immediately repacked the lens and there it sits.
Now, don't get me wrong ... I have two TAMRON 28-200mm f/.3.8-5.6s that are good lenses, but they also have a minimum focus distance of 6.9 feet. What that means is: everything and everyone you shoot has to be at least 6.9 feet away from the end of the lens. Indoors, that's kind of rough.
The new TAMRON 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 cuts that minumum-distance down to only 18-inches! Hoo-ray for our side! It also is a lot wider than the 28mm bottom end of the other two I spoke of. I am so sure that this lens is worth the money, I have already plunked down the $550 to special order it, last month. Yes, I will put the money where my mouth is. I talk the talk and walk the walk.
I bought the TAMRON AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), last year (2005), for my Canon EOS 20D, before I embarked on the great glass hunt of 2006!
Please understand that this idea-exchange is basically to produce the best image I can for a reasonable cost. The 18-70mm just will NOT do it. Try as I might, I cannot "get the shot" with it. I had really hoped for better, but its just not going to deliver the goods. Contrast is terrible (black to white), color appears washed out ... like I said ... I won't shoot through it, don't make me. :cool:
I had a similar experience with the Canon "kit" lens (EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6) and wound up tossing it (my wife literally did) in the circular file. I replaced it with the above mentioned 18-200, but I also continued to buy another excellent lens, the TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) and have not looked back. This lens is a "prize-winning" offering from TAMRON and has delivered the goods. It is designed for lower light, indoors and they also make it for the SONY, but I'm not ready to spend the money, as long as my Canon EOS 20D has it covered.
Photography is all about LIGHT! If you can get the light to your sensor with minimal distortion and brightness, your image should be pretty good. That requires decent glass, not half-decent.