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  1. #1
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    I'm getting a little nervous

    Everything I read about DSLRS is directed at Canon or Nikon users. I even have free classes for DSLR since buying my Sony Alpha 100k, but the classes are directed to Canon/Nikon users. All the references are for them. Did I do the right thing buying this Sony????? Waaaaaa

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    Thumbs up Stay the course ...

    Give the SONY some time ... Canon & Nikon are well established ... and most people really don't appreciate the costs involved until they had serious gotten caught up in it.

    With the SONY, you can shoot the very same stuff the C & N can, but at like half the cost. Who's crying now? You are way ahead of the game, but just don't know it, yet.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  3. #3
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    Okay,

    I'll take a deep breath and just learn all I can! Thanks for the encouragement
    Kathy

  4. #4
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    i've been looking into a Sony as well.....
    how is the high ISO performance compared to the XTi or the D40/80?
    Canon EOS 7D

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  5. #5
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    I just got my A100 on valentines day and I love it. Still trying to work the kinks out, but its fun learning to use a new camera. I'm still frustrated with my night shots because they are all coming out blurry but I'm sure over time it will be ok.
    Sony A100

    Olympus SP-500uz AF 6.3-63mm 1:2.8-3.7

  6. #6
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    I took these test shots, tonight

    The top four shots were taken, using various zooms and a prime, at the same manual settings:
    • 28mm
    • f/4.5
    • 1/60th sec
    • ISO 400

    and other than resizing, the JPG is pure

    SONY AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 "kit" "ZOOM"
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    Phoenix AF 28-105mm f/2.8 "ZOOM"
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    TAMRON AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 "ZOOM"
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    http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...-200f38-56.jpg

    Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 "PRIME"
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    The next two 50mm "PRIME" (fixed focal length lens) shots were taken at the same distance as the 28mm shots, using the same settings as above.

    Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7 "PRIME"
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    http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...ta/50mmf17.jpg

    With the 50mm is at the same distance as the 28mm, the image should be and is a bit sharper.

    Here's a bonus comparison ... using the same settings on a Canon EOS 20D w/ Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II "PRIME"
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    I think the 50mm vs 50mm clearly shows that the SONY holds its own against the Canon, so don't be too worried. Just have a drink with the fine gentlemen using alternatives to the SONY and know, your getting the shots, also. You may notice the SONY holds its color spectrum a bit better than the Canon, with the angular light stripe in the upper right hand corner. The Canon-shot tends to wash it out.

    This time the "kit" fared a bit better than it had in past tests, so I will refrain from chiding it ... this time. As soon as my new TAMRON AF 18-250mm f/3.5-5.6 XR Di-II LD Asherical (IF) shows up, I will add it to this presentation to see if all the hype of digital coating and improved refraction is true.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-08-2007 at 07:27 AM. Reason: Added links for "Photobucket" backup images
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Red face A change of Mode ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer79 View Post
    ... I'm still frustrated with my night shots because they are all coming out blurry but I'm sure over time it will be ok.
    Try going to "S" mode

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    and shooting at either 1/60th or 1/125th sec, max aperture and see if it improves at all.

    For a while, I had some blur with a few of my night shots, too ...

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    Weird, huh?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-08-2007 at 07:28 AM. Reason: Added links for Photobucket backup images
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  8. #8
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    wow very nice....how about ISO800?

    thanks for your input.....makes me want the Sony even more.
    Canon EOS 7D

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  9. #9
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    Well

    I can't see anything!!! I know you must have posted some pictures but they are invisible to my eyes

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    Quote Originally Posted by klh54 View Post
    I can't see anything!!! I know you must have posted some pictures but they are invisible to my eyes
    I'll see what I can do ... I really hate when that happens, you miss all the important stuff ... the production.

    What kind of web browser are you using, by the way? Do you have the latest updates from Microsoft?

    Try the link under the image ... see if that helps at all. It refers you to my backup "Photobucket.com" images
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-08-2007 at 07:05 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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