Hey, let's share how we first met our Sony alphas.

Started Jun 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Mike Courtney Regular Member • Posts: 255
Re: Hey, let's share how we first met our Sony alphas.

Well, my SLR experience started with Minolta. I still have my X-700 and lenses...haven't used them in nine years, but I still have that film system.

When I got into digital, I went with a Fuji S602Z. A good digicam to learn with...but not a DSLR. A friend of mine had a Canon DSLR that I took a look at and used on a fall photo trip. I was impressed enough with the DSLR that I started looking at Konica-Minolta...just after Sony bought them out.

The Minolta DNA was in the Sony, so I went with Sony...bought an A100, 18-70 and 75-300 lenses. However, the A100 was slower than my Fuji on multiple shots. Just about then, the A700 popped up...and it covered a multitude of problems with the A100. So, that was the next step.

I picked up a Minolta 500mm mirror and a Sony 18-250. The 18-250 rarely comes off my camera.

Then Sony decides to drop the A700...without replacing it.

I started looking for a second A700, but didn't find one that I thought was worth the asking price.

I bought a Sigma 10-20 zoom and started hearing about the A77. I was interested until I saw the price. The A65 was released about the same time and I like what I read about it and the price was better. I went for the A65. The only dislike I have with the A65 is that there's no battery grip. The grip with the A700 gives it more balance and it fits my hands better. So far, I haven't changed my mind, but in time, I may get an A77. Just received my Tamron 90mm macro. Fun times ahead.

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Sony SLT-A77 Sony a77 II Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM +3 more
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