I want a new camera, what about sony a55?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by 1Cy, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. 1Cy

    1Cy Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    i can get a very good deal on a Sony alpha a55.

    I have been interested in photography for a while but never really done anything about it, and am looking for a good entry level dslr.

    Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this camera and what your thought might be on it.
  2. 52342cyclone

    52342cyclone Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toledo, IA
    I have been interested in photography for quite awhile, just considering getting started as well. Best of luck to you.
    What I want is a Nikon d7000. suppose to be AWESOME. almost to the pro level. a kit runs about 1000-1250 online. has amazing reviews by the pros. That is what I am holding out for. also, i don't know a lot about it so I want to take the classes/workshops that Nikon puts on. I will have to drive to Chicago to take it but who better to teach you about your camera.

    Again, best of luck.
  3. 1Cy

    1Cy Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    This is definitely a good camera, but MUCH more than what i would be paying for the a55. Everything I have have researched has said that in the entry level range of dslrs this camera is right there.

    Anyone have other thoughts about it?
  4. HFCS

    HFCS Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2010
    Art Director
    LA LA Land
    I'd recommend any Nikon model from D90 down for a beginner. Get it with or without whatever zoom lens package they're selling but also get Nikon's cheaper 50mm f1.8 fixed lens (not much more than $100). That's the best value lens for a beginner to use. Your indoor photos will look much better than other people spending a lot more than you using the zoom lens packages they bought and you won't have to use flash so you can snap away indoors and at museums without annoying people.
  5. BigRedPowrWagon

    Jun 20, 2010
    Personally i would stay away from sony when it comes to cameras. Ive had cannon and sony point and shoot cameras. Ive also messed with Cannon and Sony cameras for photo shoots. Without a doubt for the best use camera id go with a Cannon or Nikon. They just seem to be a cut above the rest. As a guy with a house full of sony electronics i would still have a Nikon or Sony, just seem to work better and take better pictures. Thats one mans opinion though.
  6. blizzisu

    blizzisu Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Polk City, IA
    I believe the Sony a55 can use all of the old Minlota AF lenses just like my a200 can. If so, that right there makes it a great starter camera.

    I picked up my Minolta 50mm f/1.7 for $30 and a Sigma 24mm f/2.8 for about $100.
  7. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Healthcare IT Project Manager
    Denver, CO
    Invest more in your glass than you do the body - you'll be much happier.
  8. cyclon

    cyclon Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    I purchased the Sony a33 about 9 months ago. The big advantage to this camera is the speed between shots (up to 7 a second) and the HD video quality. The picture quality is very comparable to any entry level NIKON or Cannon. The only downside in my opinion is the electronic view finder as opposed to an optical one. All in all I would recommend this camera for entry level. Lens are also cheaper for Sony because the image stabilization is built in to the body not each lens.
  9. 1Cy

    1Cy Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    you are right, it definitely can use the minolta AF lenses.
  10. 1Cy

    1Cy Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    #10 1Cy, Oct 10, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011

    I've also herd that (the internet would lead me to believe the same thing) that the entry level nikons actually use the sony cmos sensor. I know the sensor isn't everything, just thought it was interesting.

    Also getting the less expensive lenses is a plus since this is my first camera, and I would be using it to learn and to see if photography is something i DO in fact like to do.

    The electric viewfinder also makes me a little nervous, but i think this is offset the by the good deal that i would be getting, plus i do like the information it can tell me while taking a photo. Not that i travel a lot but i do like the built in GPS the a55 has for tagging my photos as well.

    I dont know much about what makes a goog lens good, but i did figure from my hunting optics knowledge that the glass can make all the difference, and its good to know the same can be true here.
  11. Cyclones_R_GR8

    Cyclones_R_GR8 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    I'm no expert but my opinion on cameras is stick with actual camera companies (Nikon, Canon, Olympus) and stay away from electronics companies that decided to get into the camera business. (Sony, HP, Casio)

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