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Offline brendatn

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Which camera
« on: November 23, 2011, 10:00:09 AM »
I know that is the dreaded question here and at every store. I asked for opinions in another thread whether to buy a good lens first or the A65. I can only go a certain amount with my budget now. I have decided to take good advice and go with lens first. But I would like to have in mind which camera I will get too.
I beginning to think the A65 may not be for me. The large files for each photo is probably an overkill for my MacBook. I don't care anything about video. So my question (finally) The A700, or A55 or ? I want the next level in my photography not taking for the public but only for my pleasure.
One more dumb question--what is ssm on the lens? Is it faster focus?
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Re: Which camera
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2011, 10:21:34 AM »
To answer the lens question, SSM is the Sony version of a fast, silent motor built into the lens, which is used instead of the screw drive system for focussing.

In general it is a significant improvement over the older screw drive system, though some people have said that it is not as fast as the screw drive on a few older top end lenses.

Sony also have SAM, which is a cheaper in-lens motor system.
Sigma HSM and Tamrom USD lenses have a similar system to SSM.

Which body? I have the A700, and it's a great camera to use - given a choice I'd upgrade to an A900 as it's even nicer - but that is a personal preference for FF OVF over crop EVF :)
If I had to buy new on a budget I'd certainly get the A65 over the A55 - the EVF is incredible on it.
I wouldn't worry about the size of the files - external storage is cheap, so you can always archive older images away once you have processed the ones you like, and the level of detail an options for cropping that the 24Mb files give is great (based on using an A900 for a day).


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Re: Which camera
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 12:33:14 PM »
Here is a link to a site that gives you a side by side comparison of cameras. It may help you decide. The A580 is at the top of most of the comparisons. I have the A580 and love it.

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Re: Which camera
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 01:20:53 PM »
Here is a link to a site that gives you a side by side comparison of cameras. It may help you decide. The A580 is at the top of most of the comparisons. I have the A580 and love it.

Frank

http://snapsort.com/compare/Sony-A65-vs-Sony_SLT-A55

Just had a look at that and compared the SLT-A77 to the A580 - a little unfair to give the EVF 0 vs 75 for the OVF of the 580 don't you think?

0 suggests that it is unusable or useless and, in practice, I find it BETTER than an OVF for most (not all!) things.

Apart from that - an interesting site, thanks :)

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Re: Which camera
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2011, 04:00:44 PM »
Hi Brenda,

just to give you my two cents worth: If you don't need a 24 mp sensor for your work then think about the A580 as Sparkie suggested. I've had the A700 and it's a great camera. the only thing I missed with it was liveview but 'each to his own'. I briefly tried the A55 and found the EVF awful, again my opinion. Apparently the A65 and 77 have a better EVF.

I only recently bought the A580 and find it an excellent camera but like you don't need the video function. Like a few others I don't think video and still on an SLR seems quite right but maybe that's just being old fashioned.

Good luck with your quest, the best way is probably to have a play with them in a dealers (if you have one close enough!).

Had a quick look through your blog, loved the dog photos.

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Re: Which camera
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 04:31:33 PM »
Brenda, first of all I do agree large files are not really a problem these days with external harddrives. Secondly, for the time being I would refrain from comparing the A65 or A77 to any other camera as the new firnware update is not out yet. Looking back at the firmware update of the A700 it was a huge improvement. Both the A65 and A77 are exceptional cameras and so are the A580 and A55. Nevertheless between the last two I would opt for the A580, because the A55 has some issues with studio use and that is something that is important for me. If you are not under pressure I would give it some time and wait what happens over the next couple of weeks.
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Re: Which camera
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 11:30:08 PM »
Thank you all, this does help. Now I will read about the 580  and have a direction to go. I use the live view a good bit on a tripod so it would be important to me.
It is so hard to find any Sony's around here to compare with. Thanks again
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