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    My new DSLR Impressions........Sony A100

    Well after extensive debate and looking and trying out the competition, I ended up with the Sony Alpha A100 DSLR.

    Features:

    AF built into body
    Image Stabilizer (Steady Shot) built into body
    10.2 MP
    Based on Konica Minolta Platform so accepts their SLR lenses
    Built in DRO (dynamic range optimizer) function
    Noise reduction function etc
    Dust reduction sensor
    Same CCD hardware as the Nikon D200
    Eye-to-view finder AF (as it senses your eye approaching the view finder it AF's)
    3FPS continuous shooting until card is full (3fps is not sporadic like competition)
    2 function dials

    Impressions:

    I really like the spectrum of colors this thing cranks out. No muddy pics, the red and blues and purples are reproduced better than any other camera I have seen. The built in AWB seems to perform very well, and not once have I had to adjust it like my old Digicam. Its is very comfortable, more so than either of the Canon or Nikon offerings that are comparable. The 2.5" LCD has awesome backlighting and accurate color reproduction, plus doesnt wash out with ambient light like others I have tried. The battery lasts forever!!! After 200+ shots my battery meter still registers full. I bought a back up just in case but it might have been a waste of money.

    Why buy over the competition?:

    If you don't have a previous stock pile of lenses, this camera offers an amazingly affordable route. Since AF and IS are built into the body of the Cam there is no need to spend $800 on a lens to get it.

    Canon Rebel Xti

    The Xti kit is slightly more expensive, and to get a comparable 28-300mm f3.5 zoom lens, it is $799 compared to $200. Less comfortable to use (Sony is little smaller than D80 size). Kit lens with Canon is reputed to be junk and is hated in all reviews I saw (even by die hard canon guys), not to mention has 20mm less zoom. 15-50mm vs 18-70mm. So expect to buy an additional lens if you don't have one out of the box.

    D40x

    Not AF motor built into body which means every lens you buy has to be equipped with AF which=$$$$. No IS built in which adds to lens price.
    Too small for my hands. Even my old Panasonic Lumix FZ5 felt better to hold. Non continuous shooting 2fps for 27 shots. A lot less features for same price.

    D80

    Same issue with lens expense, more expensive and does have a few extra features that would be nice. Is bordering on the verge of clunky with its size and weight.

    What the reviews say:

    From all my research I concluded that the Sony was trying to break into a pretty exclusive class of digicams that for years has been ruled by canon and nikon and has partisan lines drawn accordingly. The main complaint I unanimously found was that noise gets high over ISO 800. Personally I do not shoot over ISO 400, and I haven't found an instance where I have needed to. Not to mention the competition and the Sony manuals alike do not recommend above ISO 400 for pic quality. This could be however just my skill level. If someone has a valid instance please chime in.

    Conclusion:

    Buy it if you want incredible value for the money and don't already own proprietary lens systems or own KM lenses. Over all I am pretty happy and am glad I stepped outside the box.

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    Playing with zoom with shutter open.








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    wow, good pics.
    nice camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by efmd3 View Post
    wow, good pics.
    nice camera
    Thanx
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    how much did that set ya back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by efmd3 View Post
    how much did that set ya back?
    Camera kit was $719.00
    Memory Card 2 Gb ultra 2 sandisk $35.
    Official Sony bag + extra battery $100
    BestBuy 4 year no questions warranty w/ a feee bat every 2 years $120

    OTD $1000ish
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    Few more pics:


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    awesome pics and camera!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Camera kit was $719.00
    Memory Card 2 Gb ultra 2 sandisk $35.
    Official Sony bag + extra battery $100
    BestBuy 4 year no questions warranty w/ a feee bat every 2 years $120

    OTD $1000ish
    not too shabby
    kinda OT, but do you think the camera sucks or do i just suck at taking pics:
    album
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    Quote Originally Posted by efmd3 View Post
    not too shabby
    kinda OT, but do you think the camera sucks or do i just suck at taking pics:
    album
    Well night exposures are always the toughest especially without a tripod, but I have found the more I learn about photography, the more capable I am with any camera.

    After looking at your exif data and seeing the camera you have, I definitely think that its a limiting factor. You have no manual control over shutter speed, or exposure length, which are the 2 most important in night photography.
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQueri...q-locale=en_US

    In short If you bought a better camera you would by default take better pics. But I still think you have a little room for improvement with your current one.

    Next time try using "night mode" and turn off flash, if you have a tripod use it. See what the longest exposure time your camera will allow is. But a black car at night no matter what camera you use is a tough shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
    Well night exposures are always the toughest especially without a tripod, but I have found the more I learn about photography, the more capable I am with any camera.

    After looking at your exif data and seeing the camera you have, I definitely think that its a limiting factor. You have no manual control over shutter speed, or exposure length, which are the 2 most important in night photography.
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQueri...q-locale=en_US

    In short If you bought a better camera you would by default take better pics. But I still think you have a little room for improvement with your current one.

    Next time try using "night mode" and turn off flash, if you have a tripod use it. See what the longest exposure time your camera will allow is. But a black car at night no matter what camera you use is a tough shot.
    still trying to figure out that night mode thing...(how'd you know what camera I have?????????)

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    Quote Originally Posted by efmd3 View Post
    still trying to figure out that night mode thing...(how'd you know what camera I have?????????)
    I'm a ninja.






    http://s115.photobucket.com/albums/n...eighton039.jpg

    click show exif data (bottom left in blue). All digital photos before edited have a tag associated with them with all the technical info.
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    BTW is ISO the shutter speed?
    and really, how'd you know what camera????
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    Quote Originally Posted by efmd3 View Post
    BTW is ISO the shutter speed?
    and really, how'd you know what camera????
    Nope its the sensitvity.

    http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/key=sensitivity
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    ^^^ freakin genius
    but what about this:
    Shutter speed 4–1/1400 seconds, long exposure max 4 seconds

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    ISO is the "films" sensitivity to light. The lower the number (100) the better the quality, but has a harder time with low-light shots. The higher the number (1600) the better low-light images will turn out, but with degraded quality.

    Shutter speed is just how long the shutter stays open for. So 1/6 is a sixth of a second and quite slow, where 1/500 is a five-hundredth of a second, and quick.
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