Nikon or Sony

Started Jan 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
Stephan Def Regular Member • Posts: 457
Re: Nikon or Sony

Shunda77 wrote:

Sher Singh wrote:

Hello Everyone,

I am not in photography profession & I never used a digital camera other then cell-phone cameras, but I would like to have SLR for personal use only. I'm from New Delhi, India and Nikon/Canon are very famous here. I'm a bit technical so 've done a bit of online research and found some interesting reviews on Sony/Nikon lineups but I hated Canon's technical terms. I did finalized Nikon D5200 but when I went to the shop it wasn't friendly where as with Sony A58 demo piece the interaction was easy or may be the difference in button positions or the presentation from both stores got me confused. I don't want GPS or wifi so I already rejected D5300/A65.

D5200 is around $200 expensive here as compared to A58, not an easy handling or may be I need to learn it and I indeed need a flip out screen so no D3x00 or D7x00 series pls. D5200 gives a better IQ & low light performance.

In Sony A58 I like EVF with Settings effects (from ads) & video, battery life but IQ does costs some amount of light. I also like stabilization and AF motor that increases support for a variety of lenses.

I want A58 but the image quality should be closer to D5200, the other feature of A58 attracting me with its cheaper price...

Any budget lens recommendation would also be helpful!

Best Regards
Sher Singh

The problem with Sony over Nikon is that you don't have as much choice when it comes to lenses, and the good Sony lenses seem to be very expensive.

The Nikon D5200 is also a very refined camera now with a good user interface, whereas the A58 has a few issues that could be a problem in certain circumstances.

I think the Nikon is the better option in this instance.

Hello, you are right, the good "Sony" lenses tend to be from Zeiss and they are very expensive, that is one of the reasons I moved away from Sony and got my Nikon D5100 which, incendently, would probably be a good Camera for you too, if you can still get one. The D5100 still has the 16 MP Sensor, which has excellent low light performance and very good dynamic range. In the US they are available refurbished for very good prices.

As far as Sony goes: I am keeping my eye on them because I have this feeling that they will be rolling out a mirrorless APS-C Camera in the first half of this year. The SLT-A77 is about ready for an upgrade and I think they plan to drop the translucent mirror (which uses up too much light).  They already did this on the A7 and A7r. If they offer something comparable (without any mirror) for  their standard Alpha mount for their APS-C Cameras I would strongly consider buying it. I think this year is Photokina, so likely there will be some major anouncements coming our way.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Nikon D5100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
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