A35 or A55

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theoldfella Regular Member • Posts: 176
A35 or A55

The used A55 I bought last week had to go back as it was faulty so I'm now faced with a new dilemma.

I'm put off buying used again so do I try and source a new A55 (no dealers locally in the UK seem have them in stock) even though it's an older model or do I go for the new A35. I can't justify the A65 (or really afford it!) as I'd rather buy an all round lens to go with the body (eg 18-200 - BTW, anyone use the Tamron version, it seems too cheap to me to possibly be any good but reviews seem ok).

I would probably miss the articulating screen that I have on my current panny G2 but apart from that the 35 and 55 seem almost identical.

Any thoughts would be welcome to help my decision..... Thanks

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jamo spingal Junior Member • Posts: 37
Re: A35 or A55

If you want the latest image sensor, longer battery life and the ability to take video up to the camcorder duty threshold (28 mins) then choose the A35. If you want the articulated screen choose the A55.

TrojMacReady
TrojMacReady Veteran Member • Posts: 8,684
Re: A35 or A55

Like the poster before me said, if long videos (> 10 mins) and a bit longer battery life are important to you, go for the A35. If not, I would go for the A55 for the articulating screen, level indicator and slightly better high ISO performance.

JeffS7444 Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: A35 or A55

A55 also has electronic level display and GPS, and it can be remote-controlled using Sony's IR remote. I could have gone either way, but wound up buying the A35.

Denis247 Senior Member • Posts: 1,485
Re: A35 or A55

Not local but Big Norman has them

http://www.bignorman.com/search.asp

theoldfella wrote:

The used A55 I bought last week had to go back as it was faulty so I'm now faced with a new dilemma.

I'm put off buying used again so do I try and source a new A55 (no dealers locally in the UK seem have them in stock) even though it's an older model or do I go for the new A35. I can't justify the A65 (or really afford it!) as I'd rather buy an all round lens to go with the body (eg 18-200 - BTW, anyone use the Tamron version, it seems too cheap to me to possibly be any good but reviews seem ok).

I would probably miss the articulating screen that I have on my current panny G2 but apart from that the 35 and 55 seem almost identical.

Any thoughts would be welcome to help my decision..... Thanks

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Alpha2Alpha New Member • Posts: 19
Re: A35 or A55

I'd say just go for the A35, if you can live with the fixed LCD.

theoldfella OP Regular Member • Posts: 176
Re: A35 or A55

Off to try and buy the camera tomorrow, currently leaning towards the A55 but will try the A35 out too.

But I'm hoping to get an all round lens at the same time. Funds are limited though - anybody used the tamron 18-200 (seems older but gets ok reviews) or should I simply put my money aside and just wait until I can get the 18-270?

I can't help thinking I could get the 18-200 plus the 35mm 1.8 for quite a bit less than I'd be spending on the 18-270, but am I just being too impetuous.

Buy in haste, repent at leisure? Advice please!

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alexcam Junior Member • Posts: 28
Re: A35 or A55

I have the a55 and as said in a previous post (If the a35 cannot use the remote the a55 uses) I would not even consider the a35 at all. I have used the remote a lot and find it really useful.

About the lens I have the new tamron 18-270 and I am quite happy with it but find it soft sometimes on the long range, so I am thinking of getting the 70-300 G and the 35 f1.8 as well.

But I like the over all usability of the tamron its weights and size, and at some focal lengths and f stops it is also sharp. After 5 months and 6000 shots it starts to creep but I keep it locked most of the time while it hangs from my neck. It is useless to say that it is better than the kit lens and that if you have plans for a lens it is better not to buy it at all.
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meanwhile
meanwhile Senior Member • Posts: 1,253
Re: A35 or A55

[edit] One site says that the A35 can be used with the Sony RMT-DSLR1 remote, but the Sony site itself doesn't list it. It lists the RM-S1AM and RM-L1AM as being compatible.

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alexcam Junior Member • Posts: 28
Re: A35 or A55

meanwhile wrote:

The A35 can be used with the Sony RMT-DSLR1 remote.

I thought so but was too lazy to check it out
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meanwhile
meanwhile Senior Member • Posts: 1,253
Re: A35 or A55

I thought so but was too lazy to check it out

I may actually have been wrong. I think the first site may have copied and pasted from the A33 specs in their A35 writeup. Imaging Resource does list that it's wireless remote compatible, but that's as specific as it gets.

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rfielder Regular Member • Posts: 482
Re: A35 or A55

I have found the articulating screen on my A55 extremely useful - far more than I would have expected. Would not consider another camera without.

The GPS is good once in a while.

Batteries from the far east are cheap, and all the ones I have are reliable. I carry three, but have never needed more than two for a day except when one of them was not fully charged (forgot! DUH!!!)

The Tamron 18-270mm I have can be a little soft at longer lengths, but if you can throw the background out of focus, either through aperture or post processing, it makes the subject look sharp. I have a few where this worked well enough to really make the lens look good - we are very happy with ours.

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