View Full Version : I'm getting a little nervous

03-07-2007, 06:18 PM
:( 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:confused:

03-07-2007, 06:49 PM
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. ;)

03-07-2007, 08:13 PM
I'll take a deep breath and just learn all I can! Thanks for the encouragement:)

03-07-2007, 08:17 PM
i've been looking into a Sony as well.....
how is the high ISO performance compared to the XTi or the D40/80?

03-07-2007, 08:53 PM
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.

03-07-2007, 09:16 PM
The top four shots were taken, using various zooms and a prime, at the same manual settings:
1/60th sec
ISO 400

and other than resizing, the JPG is pure

SONY AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 "kit" "ZOOM"

Phoenix AF 28-105mm f/2.8 "ZOOM"

TAMRON AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 "ZOOM"

Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 "PRIME"

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"

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"

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.

03-07-2007, 10:14 PM
... 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


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 ...


Weird, huh? ;)

03-07-2007, 10:50 PM
wow very nice....how about ISO800?

thanks for your input.....makes me want the Sony even more.

03-07-2007, 11:43 PM
I can't see anything!!! I know you must have posted some pictures but they are invisible to my eyes:confused:

03-08-2007, 06:56 AM
I can't see anything!!! I know you must have posted some pictures but they are invisible to my eyes:confused:

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

03-08-2007, 09:29 AM
Morning, Don. I can see the images now. I use internet explorer 7. whatever, the newest offering. Microsoft is completely updated too. I like the light saber pic. I am still purusing the test images and I'm liking my Sony more and more. Can't wait to heal from this surgery so I can go out and about. Today is the best yet, so I may get out in the neighborhood! The real test is going to be night shots and right now I only have the much-chided-by-a-certain- individual kit lens:eek: But I'm going to be optimistic and think that maybe my lens is the one perfect kit lens they manufactured:D
Happy Thursday!

03-08-2007, 01:12 PM
My intent is to produce good captures without having to spend more than I absolutely have to, to do it. I bust on the "kit" lens because it is inconsistent. Last night, it was fine against the other zooms ... today, who knows? One day I'll get something reasonable, the next time out ... nothing reasonable. When I am travelling, I just cannot take that chance.

My investment in TAMRON-glass has provided me with excellent and consistent results. I know, also, that if I have a problem with any of their lenses, there is a 6-year warranty on it. If the lens is undamaged and you can successfully demonstrate the problem, it gets fixed ... no charge. Just take your test shots with you and it is much easier. Unfortunately, most of my Minolta-mount glass is well over a decade old ... some, two decades. It still works.

I hope you are up and around, real soon. There is a lot of world to practice your craft on. Post the good stuff ... and ask about improving the ... uh, not-so-good stuff. ;)