Any other a300 to a550 upgraders dissapointed?

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Any other a300 to a550 upgraders dissapointed?
Sep 27, 2010

Hey all,
Got my a550 4 days ago and I'm not too sure I'm happy with it.

Maybe I was expecting too much. I am still waiting for that "WOW, what a difference", but it's just not there.

I haven't been able to do any controlled comparisons between the two yet, but have swapped lenses and matched settings.

What I have observed:
The 550 doesn't seem to focus any better or faster.
A lot of the photos have a slightly diffused-halo look to them.

It also seems that the iso is off- meaning with the same settings in aperture mode the 550 yields slower shutter speeds.

Throw in some occasional over exposure also, not just a little, I mean surprisingly overexposed- a lot.

I have taken over 200 shots with maybe half of them being mirrored with the a300. I get the feeling there isn't anything the 550 can do better than the 300. Yes it has the live view manual focus and faster frame rates, but...

Have I expected too much?
Do I have a dud?

I wasn't planning on posting until I did my controlled comparison shots but had some time at work and this has really got my undies in a bunch. I hope to have some shots up tomorrow evening.

What are your thoughts?
Thanks,
JS

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