sony a57 vs nikon d7000

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Questions thread
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Re: sony a57 vs nikon d7000
In reply to Haps18, Jul 25, 2013

Haps18 wrote:

I went to a local store to look again at the Nikon D7000, which I was seriously planning on purchasing this week for $1099 (with current rebates) for body & kit lens (although thinking on getting Tamron 18-270 $400ish instead). I would not be able to afford the flash yet (maybe around holidays). Anyway, I happened to see an open box Sony alpha 57 with kit lens for $350 (no box or accessories included) & last one left around. My dilemma is that I am replacing my old Minolta 7D and have 3 ok lenses, flash, & filters already that I am told can be used on the Sony. I don't see much about the Sony and plan on keeping this for years. I feel deep down the Nikon is a better camera, but not sure with the price difference. Can anyone help shed some light so I don't make a regretful decision.

Nikon $900 body, Tamron 18-270 lens $420, nothing else yet, but maybe for Christmas would get 700 flash & 50mm lens

Sony $350 with kit lens 18-55, Minolta 28-100 lens (own), Tamron 70-300 (own), & Minolta 3600hs flash (own), along with a lensbaby, & couple of filters

$1320 or $350? Sony seems like no-brainer, but I kept my Minolta for about 10 years and don't want a dud for the next 10 years!

D7000 is a great camera, but there's so many in that class that it's not worth the 1100 and what not.

1) D5200, better sensor, swing out screen, missing all the pro controls, way cheaper.

2) Pentax K5/K30 same control, same sensor, way cheaper. worst AF system though, the D7000 has one of the best AF system around

3) D600/6D, FF power flexing, not much more, but once you shoot on a FF, you'll know why all crop doesn't measure up. The rendition of color is at a different level.

4) Sony A900, again with the FF flexing, but i got mine for 1200 off a big retailer store, and when you put minolta lens on a FF camera, then you'll realize "hey, this is how it's meant to be". the 50mm 1.7 was not that great on my crop, but once it sits on the A900 it's definitely better :).

5) A37/57/58, you WILL like the EVF, it's so much better, and the AF system on these SLT isn't as bad as it used to be on the OVF days.

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