Upgrading - What to buy?

Started Jul 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
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A book, and maybe a nifty-fifty
In reply to gooseta, Jul 23, 2012

Looking at the photos on your site, picture quality is poor because of your inexperience, not your equipment. Try this experiment: Go some place pretty 5 times for one day each, one day sunny, one day overcast, one day with scattered clouds, one day after a rainfall, etc. Look at air pollution levels too. Try taking photos at different times of day. See how the photos under different conditions compare. Most of your problems with contrast would be present with any camera and lens. Some editing could make them slightly better, but not good.

Your lenses are fairly sharp. The major limitation of the lenses is in poor light -- the kit and the 55-200mm don't go to a very wide aperture -- but with outdoor shots like yours, a much nicer lens won't be much better. The Sony a230 sensor might be a piece of junk by late 2012 standards, but was absolutely stellar for sensors circa 2007. Except for full-frames, any photos taken prior to 2007 -- including things you see in National Geographic and in wedding albums -- were taken with a camera with a sensor less capable than yours.

If I were you, I would invest in:

  • Several books on photography

  • Optionally, a 50mm f/1.8.

  • Time to practice shooting.

  • Time to practice editing.

So long as you're not getting good photos with a230+nifty fifty lens, the problem is you, not your equipment.

If you don't want to learn, a good option is a low-end dSLT. Those are much more automatic than a dSLR, and will work with your lenses. Once you do learn, the best option is an older, but more pro-level camera (assuming you cannot afford a modern pro-level camera). In Sony, this is an a700 right now, and once it starts going obsolete, the a77. You'll eventually want two control knobs, back-button focus, etc.

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