Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Announced Aug 27, 2009 •
25 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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For those set on still photography only, the A850 (based on the A900 platform) is one of the most pure still shooting cameras out there. Externally bristling with controls that naturally fall to the hand and fingers second nature, the A850 is a pleasure to shoot with that only experience with it can enlighten you. The first hand hold of one, you'lll be impressed with how it feels in the hand and falls to it. It's genetics run deep within the Minolta gene pool, carrying over some of the ...

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op1318
 
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This was an amazing camera when it came out, and it still is! I had the chance to buy one new for only 1300 EUR in january 2010. What a bargain for such a high quality full frame camera! This is my main camera, I also own an A77 that I use as a second body and which is a good wildlife/macro performer but really cannot compare to the A850 for other uses. I have been using the A850 for travel, landscapes, wildlife, concerts, macro, etc. and have always been amazed by the results. High ISOs are ...

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Great viewfinder, great ergonomics and body, shooting raw make raw files nicely usable up to iso 3200 (I use DxO v8) and converted to B&W up to the max. iso6400 (with right exposure and correct PP work). Nice and effective AF micro adjust (I calibrated all my primes with spyder lens cal and the difference is visible at widest apertures) Use fast primes and rarely you'll need to go over 800iso. Without cropping I printed stunning A2

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ryansholl
 
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It's a $1700 full frame DSLR. 24MP, huge viewfinder, excellent AF especially after the firmware update (which also alleviated at least 2 of the complaints below this review), and the dynamic range is a delight to work with in post processing. Works seamlessly with flash. Every AF lens stabilized. Just a delight to own. Problems: It's not as fast as current top of the line DSLRs, in regards to ISO or frames per second. A completely useable, but not ideal, sports/action camera.

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Like the viewfinder and the build quality. Raw images contain a lot of detail, vast difference between 12 and 24mb, if I upscale an image from my A700 to match the A850 you loose more detail than I expected. Upgraded from the A700, so a lot of the features/menus/settings are very similar. The intelligent preview is very useful. The beauty of full frame is that all my wide angle lens are now wide angle, takes some getting used to especially with my Carl Zeiss 16-35mm, but love it. Love the fac ...

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This is my fifth SLR, and my first full-frame DSLR. It is by far a a most well crafted camera. I carry with me everywhere. I am so attached to it that keep it on my bed side; even after a month. Feature-wise, everything is easily accessible and very intuitive. You can re-program any specific feature to a button of your choice if you feel the need but I didn't. The image quality is SUPERB for all images of all sizes (L, M, S). I use it with a 50mm f1.4 and when I photograph a person from 10 ...

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Excellent! Problems: No Problem!

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JSeven
 
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Excellent photocamera, the best for the price. Valule for money Minolta lenses, and Zeiss for ultimate quality. Problems: no

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Serious and affordable photographic tool. Excellent!

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chin
 
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Impeccable image quality! http://www.flickr.com/photos/16884460@N04/ With a few pictures to compensate for the lack of proficiency to describe further.

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