Sony SLT-A58

Announced Feb 20, 2013 •
20 megapixels | 2.7 screen
DaPonti
 
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After about a year and thousands of pictures, I remain convinced the a58 was the best camera I could buy for its price. The obvious good (shared with all SLTs I guess): EVF, IBIS, good availability of 2nd hand lenses (paid 320$ for the 16-50), beginner friendly modes, good color rendition, good live view, autofocus is fine, focus peaking is great... The good: (1) Well finished software: responsive UI, tethering works flawlessly, no bugs whatsoever;

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(1) The A/F and lock-on focus are quick and very useful both in still as well as video. (2) OLED EVF is smaller than A65/A77 but still more than good enough at this price. Far accurate than A57. LCD & EVF is vice-versa from A57.. (3) I've not tested the battery back-up ...

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yndesai
 
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My clear need was bird photography with fast autofocus and some reach. I did some hands-on on a borrowed A58. Wanted IBIS for using 50F18. There are many other reasons and my feelings about this camera. My rating are explained : Kids / pets : Quick autofocus (just some hunting in low light) Action / sports : Well its just 4fps but that can be good for school games with 8fps only jpg mode it bits others in class. Landscapes / scenery: excellent (Just remember to shoot RAW) Portraits : great ...

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I loved using the ability to use the tilted viewfinder. Got some awesome results at recent car shows. One of the quirks of the camera was the location of the movie button. I had a few instants where I had hit the button while changing settings on the camera. I located the disable button in the menu and it was not an issue after that was turned off. The other issue I had was the RAW format was not compatible to my PhotoShop CS5 software. It required an additional conversion to a DNG file ...

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