First time buyers, is A65 for us?

Started Sep 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
gooseta
gooseta Contributing Member • Posts: 707
Re: First time buyers, is A65 for us?

I agree with the above poster. I would get your wife the Nikon P510. Although I am a sony boy, the nikon really blitzes the HX200V with a 10% less price, 120fps video, quite a bit more zoom. The Sony only has two advantages, 10fps vs 7fps and higher min. shutter and longer max shutter speed. I would get her the P510 though, which has 120fps video so you can play it half speed or even slower motion. For you, I would get the Sony A55, which is much better than the D5100 for three reasons : built in and lightning fast AF, 12fps vs 4fps, and an EVF, which although some would argue is bad, is great for beginners (it helps you expose) and sports photography. For the lenses, for the standard lens, I would take either the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 (for it's image quality and fast aperture) or the Sony 16-105 f3.5-5.6 (for it's more versatile range and decent image quality. For the zoom, it's all about cash. You have several options which I have put in order of overall performance (af and image quality) top is good. :
Sony 70-400G $1900 on amazon, can be found for $1650
Tamron 200-500 $1k on amazon, can be found for $899
Sony 70-300G $920 on amazon, can be found at $850ish
Sigma 150-500 $1,050
Sigma 50-500 $1,650

TLDR :
Nikon P510 for the wife, great zoom range, 7fps, slowmo video

A55 for you with either a Tamron 17-50/2.8 or sony 16-105 f3.5-5.6 (Standard) and either a 70-400G for amazing iq or 200-500 for amazing iq and range at a good price.

A57 is better than d5100 because : 12fps vs 4, evf (good for sports), great quality lenses vs nikon glass for less money

EDIT : Why is the 200-500 so cheap with great image quality? Because people like range, but if you have the 16-105 this dont matter so much. But if you have cash, the 70-400 is a bit better and has the range.

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