Throwback to the original Alpha camera - Sony A100

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Snapppy
Snapppy New Member • Posts: 10
Throwback to the original Alpha camera - Sony A100
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Hey all,

Dropping by to say I made a video today recapping (briefly) the history of the Sony A100, sharing some pics, and talking about my experiences with it.

I own two that I bought a few months ago. An IR converted one and regular. I own a few Minolta lenses for them. 28mm f2.8, 50mm f1.7, 24-105 and 70-210 3.5-4.5. The primes are the best. I'm amazed at what lenses you can get and for how cheap.

All-around a very cool camera and neat piece of history - also performs beautifully!

Let me know your thoughts and what you're shooting with. If there are any A-mount lenses I need to try out that aren't too expensive.

Nikon Coolpix A100
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QuietOC
QuietOC Veteran Member • Posts: 5,441
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FYI: the original Alpha camera was the Minolta A-7000. The A100 was just Sony's first Alpha camera.

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 16,319
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QuietOC wrote:

FYI: the original Alpha camera was the Minolta A-7000. The A100 was just Sony's first Alpha camera.

Yes.

Called Maxxum 7000 in the US and AF 7000 in other markets, the Japanese name for it was α 7000.

Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 9,270
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Thanks for posting. Nice video and narration.  I'm not a lawyer or engineer, unfortunately.

Renato1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,382
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Thanks, I enjoyed the video.

The only thing I didn't like about the Sony A100 was its pop-up flash. Pictures I took using it were not as good as with the predecessor Konica Minolta 5D, as it very often didn't get exposure right.

I also recollect complaints here that the A100 didn't have the Minolta colours present in the earlier two DSLRs and Minolta's numerous bridge cameras.

And I also remember positive comments back then

a.  that it didn't have the First Frame Black problem of the earlier two KM cameras so that one didn't have to worry about it dying, and

b.  from memory - that it didn't have an anti-aliasing filter, thus giving it amongst the sharpest pictures at the time.

Regards,

Renato

Tjaika Regular Member • Posts: 272
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Nice video.  I kept my old A100.  The A99II is on service and I should take some fall-color pictures with the A100 I guess.

I remember Nordstjernen had a thread called "the noise loving thread" or so.  The a100 had noise, but it was pleasant and filmlike.

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tbcass
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My first ICL digital camera was an A100. I produced great photos as long as you kept the ISO below 800. By ISO 800 the noise was blotchy and unpleasant to look at.

But in good light the colors did pop.

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felix from the suburbs
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Thanks for the video. Brought back a few memories as the A100 was my first DSLR.  For me, it was a nice landscape camera. I used it for a few years but, in my case, due anything over ISO 400 being problematic and an inconsistent flash exposure,  I eventually traded it in. Sometimes I think I should have kept it, but the reality is that it would likely never be used by me again. Better that it went to a good home.

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