Some A57, A65 and A77 questions

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2005magnum
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Some A57, A65 and A77 questions
May 11, 2012

Hi all

wife and I are stuck in the house with a new puppy so I am just sort of killing some time. Intrigued by A57, A65 or A77.

Are you able to use old Maxxum lenses?

Any Nikon DX users who have switched and your impressions?

Would you start with the kit 18-55 or buy something else (even 3rd party lens)?
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Re: Some A57, A65 and A77 questions
In reply to 2005magnum, May 11, 2012

2005magnum wrote:

Hi all

wife and I are stuck in the house with a new puppy so I am just sort of killing some time. Intrigued by A57, A65 or A77.

Are you able to use old Maxxum lenses?

Any Nikon DX users who have switched and your impressions?

Would you start with the kit 18-55 or buy something else (even 3rd party lens)?
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AF Minolta lenses work great
Never shot with nikon so will pass on this question

kit lens is a good start and it is actually quite good,but you might outgrow it quickly depending on your projected learning curve. Minolta lenses are good cheap options but you need to hunt second hand for them

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In reply to 2005magnum, May 12, 2012

I really like my A65. I use a Nikon D70 at work, and much prefer the A65 to it, and liked the handling and viewfinder much better. I realize the D70 is pretty old so the comparion isn't exactly fair, but by brief experience with D5100, D3100 etc didn't change my mind. The pictures from the Nikons are fine, it's just a matter of preference. I also think Sony is hands down the best now for video.

I've been using the kit lens, and I think it's fine for now. Since I was upgrading from a 10x zoom compact camera, I really missed the extra reach so my second purchase was a Tamron SP 70-300 USD telephoto. I'll upgrade the kit lens to something nicer when finances allow, but I don't feel it's urgent. Next I'll probably get a 35/1.8, it's cheap and supposed to be very good.

My advice would be to decide how much you're willing to spend, then go try out the cameras in that range and see which you prefer the handling of. Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others too like Panasonic and Pentax all make good products that suit different people for various reasons.

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All Minolta AF, Maxxum AF Konica Minolta lenses work. I started with the Sigma 18-250
and a assortment of Minolta lens.

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Yes all the "AF" Minolta lenses.

I never used the Kit lens... I bought all my Minolta lenses few months before buying my first Alpha A Body (A55)

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In reply to 2005magnum, May 12, 2012

2005magnum wrote:

Would you start with the kit 18-55 or buy something else (even 3rd party lens)?
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If you bought an A77, then the kit lens would be the 16-50mm f2.8 which IS a lens worth owning. Personally, I prefer to steer clear of SAM lenses

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I would go with the top of the line, so I wouldn't second guess my decision. The Kit lens for the A77 is brilliant, and at a 100 dollar saving.... The Kit ( body and lens ) is weather sealed.. this is the way all lenses will be in the future.. The A77 is by far the best camera Ive ever owned.
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I have an A65 and use the F4 Beercan 35-70 mainly which for me represents great value, I paid less than £30 for it. It's sharp and has really nice colours. I also have the 70-210 F4 Beercan again good value.

I found the Sony 18-55 kit lens to be OK but shows quite bad CA. I still have Nikon D5000 and D50, I would say they are different to use and it would be difficult to say which is best. One small thing that does stand out for me though, AWB seems to be much closer to the mark with Sony. Also I do prefer to use the EVF and focus peeking.

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Try this. http://www.abetterdj.net/SONY-SLT-A77-SAMPLES.html A great review from someone coming from a different brand.
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Even though Sony makes the best 18-55MM kit lens of any manufacturer it is still garbage compared to any of the Minolta lenses except the 18-70. If you buy a Sony camera that comes with one resell it as new on eBay and apply the $ you get towards a Minolta 28-135. I've put the 28-135 up against about 100 other lenses and it keeps reminding me that it has rare qualities that are tough to match.

My wife pretty much only uses our 20MM 2.8 Minolta for when there isn't 5' (the 28-135's MFD) from the subject to work with. We shot a wedding yesterday using only our 2 A77s with 28-135s and all the pix are keepers!

Other great Minolta lenses to consider:
28-85
17-35
37-70 (metal)
100-300 APO
50MM 1.7

Sony 16-50
(but the Minolta 20MM and 28-135 combo beat it for the same money)

sleeper lenses that are cheap and not well publicized:
100-200
28-105

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In reply to ABETTERDJANDPHOTOGRAPHER, May 13, 2012

Get the body and the Tamron 17-50 f2.8. Used can be had for under $350.
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In reply to Peter McNeill, Oct 26, 2012

After shooting our 1st 100,000 photos we sold our 1st 2 A77s and have 3 new Sony A77s. We have totally revised our lens armory. I think we may have had a bad copy of the Sony 16-50 2.8 because the next 2 copies we tested were much sharper and tied or beat primes in its range. We've also tested and retained a few of Sony's newer lenses and a few Minolta favorites.

We now have:

Sony 16-50 2.8 (perfect wedding and portrait lens and blows away the Tamron)

Sony 18-135 (surprisingly close enough to our Minolta 28-135 to replace it)

Sony 35MM 1.8 (great for indoor video)

Sony 50MM 1.8 (great in low light)

Minolta 80-200 2.8 (super sharp)

Minolta 500MM AF (amazing lens)

My wife shoots mostly with the 16-50 and 35MM (great for indoor video) and I shoot mostly with the 80-200 (concerts) and 18-135 (weddings)

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