I bought a new SONY Alpha DSLR ...
Okay ... time to 'fess up, I say! :D
Why did you by the SONY Alpha you did? :confused:
There have been six models released:
α100 - 10.2 MP (APS-C sensor)
α200 - 10.2 MP (APS-C sensor)
α300 - 10.2 MP (APS-C sensor)
α350 - 14.2 MP (APS-C sensor)
α700 - 12.2 MP (APS-C sensor)
α900 - 24.6 MP (Full Frame sensor)
... and you have your reasons for why you did not go with other manufacturers, because they all have similar offerings ... up to a point.
I am offering a quick survey of the SONY DSLR forum to try an narrow these reasons (voluntarily, of course) and if you have something other than the offered ones, please take the time to share them with the members.
Remember, many people are relatively new to this forum and would probably appreciate different insights into their camera of choice. Please try to be as honest as decorum allows ... no swearing and remember, your kid could be reading this. :eek::D
SONY listened to "Joe Average"
I chose to finally go with SONY system after Canon decided to continue their rather insipid idea of not putting Image Stability inside the digital SLR camera body, literally forcing you to purchase it in every lens you mount. Canon does not even include image stabilization in many of their lenses, so this makes no sense to me and I will NOT support any company who, while knowing better, continues to perpetuate this kind of foolish nonsense in business ... and especially in MY own chosen hobby. :mad:
This was a big aspect for me to change, as I had a significant amount of investment in Canon-related products … and still own a Canon EOS-3 35mm film body. :p
Having come from a Minolta camera background, I was relieved to see that SONY was trying to make advancements in the Minolta product line. While the α100 was, effectively, a prototype and a band-aid to hold the Minolta camera owners … I suspected and later was rewarded with the α700’s introduction as everything the Minolta DSLR should have been. Obviously, with sensor improvement in size and shape, the α900 Full Frame is the next logical step, but the economy and price point have me a little at bay at the moment. My personal lens assortment has grown, able to use any A-mount lens and happily pass on having to use a tripod or other support for longer lenses. No matter what the lens … image stability. :cool:
I am convinced, with the current trends in technology and SONY’s commitment to producing a superior product that the next series of camera releases will be awesome. :D
Perhaps Nikon and Canon will, someday, get a clue and produce a camera body with anti-shake technology, but I’m not holding my breath and I just smile when I see these other product users struggling with shake, in low light, not using the rather pricey IS-equipped lenses. They had a choice … and they chose … well, something else. :eek:
SONY’s “Quick-Navi” menu, once you appreciate it, is a fast method of getting your camera set up for your next shot. The joystick on both the camera’s back AND on the vertical grip make for incredibly smooth ergonomic operation. I have yet to see this attention to detail on any other manufacturer’s camera. :cool:
Anyway … it works for me and, yeah, I’m the one who counts in this opinion. SONY has listened and made the changes for the better. Thanks, guys! :)