Which camera do you currently use?

 
  railsymphony Train Controller

Location: Over the rainbow
My current weapons are a Sony A100 DSLR and a Sony HDR-CX130 DV camera. The lenses I have are a Sony 18-70 which came with the SLR, Minolta 35-100 and Tokina 100-300. The latter two lenses were used on my mother's old Minolta film SLR, and when my parents decided to go digital, Sony was the only real option for them because of the lens compatability.

I'm now thinking about upgrading my SLR if the tax man is kind to me (and considering he owes me almost enough for a new camera from last year, it should be good!). Again for the lens compatibility, I'm probably likely to stick to Sony. I've been looking at the A57, possibly with the 18-55 and 75-200 twin lens kit. If I was entering the market fresh I'd almost certainly go with a Canon, but I want to be able to continue using the equipment I've got and mix it up occasionally.

Anyway, any thoughts from any other Sony owners? or particularly anyone who has used Sony alongside other cameras Smile

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  M636C Minister for Railways

My current weapons are a Sony A100 DSLR and a Sony HDR-CX130 DV camera. The lenses I have are a Sony 18-70 which came with the SLR, Minolta 35-100 and Tokina 100-300. The latter two lenses were used on my mother's old Minolta film SLR, and when my parents decided to go digital, Sony was the only real option for them because of the lens compatability.

I'm now thinking about upgrading my SLR if the tax man is kind to me (and considering he owes me almost enough for a new camera from last year, it should be good!). Again for the lens compatibility, I'm probably likely to stick to Sony. I've been looking at the A57, possibly with the 18-55 and 75-200 twin lens kit. If I was entering the market fresh I'd almost certainly go with a Canon, but I want to be able to continue using the equipment I've got and mix it up occasionally.

Anyway, any thoughts from any other Sony owners? or particularly anyone who has used Sony alongside other cameras Smile
"railsymphony"


I had a Sony A100 which I used alongside Canon digital SLRs.

In the case of the A100 I compared it with the Canon 400D which had the same resolution (10Mp).

I went to a lot of trouble to take as nearly identical photos as possible with a range of lenses and I found that the A100 had inferior colour and a reduced dynamic range, at least using JPEGs out of the camera.

I had managed to pick up a Tamron 28-200 XR series in a Sony mount second hand for $135 and the combination of that with the A100 gave me amazing flexibility and really sharp photos, the Sony couldn't cope in challenging light conditions compared to the 400D.

So I bought a Tamron 18-250 for the 400D (for about $650) and gave the A100 and the four lenses to my cousin who was using Sony for her work as a professional photographer. The Tamron 28-200 is the usual lens on her full frame A900 now.

My cousin now has an A55 which I've used occasionally but I'm not sure I like the electronic viewfinder but she likes it.

I think some of the advantage the Canon had was due to using CMOS rather than CCD in the A100, and the later SLTs have CMOS now. One thing that had annoyed me about Canon was inconsistent auto white balance in daylight, which I overcame by using pre-selected white balance. Cloudy WB is a big help on dull days.

However, the Sony, even the A57 is quite expensive and you could get a Canon 550D for less money.

In case you can't guess, I'd recommend getting a Tamron 18-270 zoom with whatever body you end up with and, as a result your existing lenses would not be so important.

M636C
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
I just upgraded to a Nikon D800 Mr. Green

Took two months for the backorder to be filled so certainly a bit of a wait! Looking forward to trying it out on the weekend, but it's great to finally have a full size viewfinder again! 8)
  nr1_r761_s300 Train Controller

Location: Where ever the wild wind blows....
I just upgraded to a Nikon D800 Mr. Green

Took two months for the backorder to be filled so certainly a bit of a wait! Looking forward to trying it out on the weekend, but it's great to finally have a full size viewfinder again! 8)
"VRfan"


I saw it in action between Bendigo and Woodend...

I was the kid standing next to you at Woodend! I was also at the pedestrian crossing just outside Golden Square!  Razz

Back on topic... I have just acquired a Pentax K-x body, Sigma 18-200 OS II lens, and still have my old faithful Sony CX110E video camera!
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Just got my G12 back after warranty repairs by Canon for a scratched lens. Certainly works a lot better now!

A few months before I sent the camera away, I acquired a FA-DC588 filter adapter for the camera. This allows me to use 58mm filters, and extends and retracts with the lens barrel when zooming in or out. Basically I have a UV filter fitted to it at all times to help protect the lens, and also improve my photos. I have also acquired a polarising lens which I use on brighter days.

Certainly makes a difference!
  jibbonpoint Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
I have a Pentax K10D That I purchased some years ago as a replacement for the Ricoh so I could use the existing lenses.

Every lens produced by Pentax can still be used on the new units and I regularly pull out the Super Tak 50mm 1:1.4 which is fully manual.

My favorite zoom is a Tamron 80-210 Adaptall2 model 103A. Really crisp shots and pretty fast at 1:3.8. This also fits the other brands with the right adapter.

So long as you don't mind fully or manual focus only, you can get some great glass for a small outlay.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Well I've taken the plunge and purchased a Pentax K-30 body which I can use with all my existing Pentax K-mount glass.  I just couldn't resist the recent drop in retail price at Ted's...

Meanwhile my film cameras will NOT be retired.  (i.e. 35mm, Holga 120, and Super8 movie)
  nr1_r761_s300 Train Controller

Location: Where ever the wild wind blows....

Well I've taken the plunge and purchased a Pentax K-30 body which I can use with all my existing Pentax K-mount glass. I just couldn't resist the recent drop in retail price at Ted's...

Meanwhile my film cameras will NOT be retired. (i.e. 35mm, Holga 120, and Super8 movie)
"Carnot"


Hows it fairing? Im considering buying a K-30 body only and keeping my K-x as a back up..

got any rail related samples I could have a squiz at?

Darcy

  Carnot Minister for Railways


Well I've taken the plunge and purchased a Pentax K-30 body which I can use with all my existing Pentax K-mount glass. I just couldn't resist the recent drop in retail price at Ted's...

Meanwhile my film cameras will NOT be retired. (i.e. 35mm, Holga 120, and Super8 movie)
"Carnot"


Hows it fairing? Im considering buying a K-30 body only and keeping my K-x as a back up..

got any rail related samples I could have a squiz at?

Darcy

"nr1_r761_s300"


Still very much getting a grip on the whole Digital camera caper.  Ergonomically the K-30 is brilliant, but I reckon digital makes you spend most of your time editing photos on your PC.  That needs some learning...  Anyway, a few shots (which all need a fair bit more photoshop work to be honest):








  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A

I just picked up and EOS-M to add to my collection (5DMkII & 7D)

What a fantastic little mirrorless camera!

Handheld with my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II!















  Carnot Minister for Railways

For anyone with Canon lenses, the EOS-M would be great buy IMO.

Incidentally, most of the photos I took above on my K-30 were through a plastic Sigma 28-70mm lens which in all honesty is carp...  
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p

Still very much getting a grip on the whole Digital camera caper. Ergonomically the K-30 is brilliant, but I reckon digital makes you spend most of your time editing photos on your PC. That needs some learning... Anyway, a few shots (which all need a fair bit more photoshop work to be honest):
"Carnot"


I find I spend less time than when I had so scan photos. ie: I don't have to correct for dust or scrat