A100- Such A Pleasure

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cgarrard
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A100- Such A Pleasure
Apr 8, 2012

6 years after I bought my A100, it still brings me quite a lot of pleasure not only with it's image quality- but with how it operates, meters, and focuses.

In the middle of doing a lens review currently, I had to use the A100 as my backup to complete the review because the A580 and lens I'm using simply do not want to communicate well (backfocusing). I've not had that issue on my A580 before (guess I've been lucky), and I'm glad I have the A100 around to complete the review with.

Glad I'm "forced" to use the A100 with this lens, the little A100 doesn't get used that much anymore but I still keep the engine fired up enough to justify it's existence around the house.

Something about that CCD though, when reviewing images that really continues to shine. There's a contrast and overall pleasant sharpness to the images that does stand out from other Alpha DSLRS I've used over the years.

The handling is just icing on the cake, it's nearly perfect.

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Re: A100- Such A Pleasure
In reply to cgarrard, Apr 8, 2012

Yes Carl, there is something special about the CCD sensor, I have noticed that too. It seems to be perfect for 'good light' landscape photography. The colors appear very natural.

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In reply to Karl Scharf, Apr 8, 2012

yes i still have mine X2 of it. keeping them in the humidifying cabinet.
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Re: A100- Such A Pleasure
In reply to k-aus, Apr 8, 2012

Count me in as another fan of the A100. While I use my A55 most now the 100 still produces good images---better than a lot of my Nican friends get with much more expensive gear.

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Still got mine also!
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In reply to cgarrard, Apr 8, 2012

The A100 has a certain magic about it. Much like the D40, just a camera that won't die.

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Reminds me of my Miinolta 5d.....
In reply to yakky, Apr 8, 2012

..it just had colors and contrast that my A65 can't duplicate! Oh, and neither could my A200 or A700!

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In reply to JusLookN, Apr 8, 2012

The A100 was essentially the last of the Minoltas with the first of Sony's great APS-C sensors. Using Rokkors on my NEX-5 and especially my NEX-7 invokes a very similar feeling....

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Question about CCD colors
In reply to cgarrard, Apr 8, 2012

Could describe the different colors given by CCDs, perhaps with comparison pictures? I've only had one CCD camera before, but that was a really old Canon G1 with a CYMG filter pattern (instead of the standard bayer GRGB). The colors seem better out of my a580.

Also, how hard is it to process a CMOS raw file to get the CCD colors?

Something about that CCD though, when reviewing images that really continues to shine. There's a contrast and overall pleasant sharpness to the images that does stand out from other Alpha DSLRS I've used over the years.

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Welcome to the Luddite thread, enjoy!
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May I gently disagree?
In reply to ProfHankD, Apr 8, 2012

ProfHankD wrote:

The A100 was essentially the last of the Minoltas with the first of Sony's great APS-C sensors. Using Rokkors on my NEX-5 and especially my NEX-7 invokes a very similar feeling....

While I can see where you are coming from, in my irrelevant opinion the a900 was the last Minolta DSLR. All the great colors, a user interface as good as it gets and a stills photography workhorse down to its bones.

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But everyone keeps saying the A77 is way better than the A900!

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In reply to cgarrard, Apr 8, 2012

Should I find a used a100 in good shape at a good price, i might just add it to my luddite gear collection (Dynax 9, KM5D, a700, a900 OVF die hard stuff plus the a55 1st gen EVF with no real WYSIWYG to speak of) out of curiosity on its IQ specifics at low ISOs.

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In reply to dennismullen, Apr 8, 2012

Don't say everyone....

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Ralf Bliesener wrote:

Should I find a used a100 in good shape at a good price, i might just add it to my luddite gear collection (Dynax 9, KM5D, a700, a900 OVF die hard stuff plus the a55 1st gen EVF with no real WYSIWYG to speak of) out of curiosity on its IQ specifics at low ISOs.

Nearly ready to open a museum.
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mike_2008 wrote:

Ralf Bliesener wrote:

Should I find a used a100 in good shape at a good price, i might just add it to my luddite gear collection (Dynax 9, KM5D, a700, a900 OVF die hard stuff plus the a55 1st gen EVF with no real WYSIWYG to speak of) out of curiosity on its IQ specifics at low ISOs.

Nearly ready to open a museum.

With the Dynax 9 being the prominent exception, it is quite an active 'museum', with the KM5D in the hands of my nieces and the a700, a900 and a55 in active use as photography tools - each with its own pro's and con's.

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In reply to Ralf B, Apr 8, 2012

But they don't have Auto Portrait Mode!

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@ Dennis
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Portrait mode - some, if not all of my collector's items do have it - but I never used it so far. Time to reconsider my approach, maybe. Or maybe, not.

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In reply to Ralf B, Apr 8, 2012

New on the A57...

"Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits. "
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In reply to dennismullen, Apr 8, 2012

dennismullen wrote:

New on the A57...

"Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits. "

Wow? Does the a77 have this, too? Or not, rendering it almost a collectible item? If the latter is the case, another Sony firmware update (up-grade) seems to be of urgence.

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What cam did Ben use - and which auto modes of the respective cam made him come to the above quoted conclusion?

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