Lives in United States Estes Park, CO, United States
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Joined on Dec 2, 2003

Alan_S's current gear

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Sony a99 II
Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
An amazing "bridge" camera. IQ of the Zeiss 24-600mm equivalent lens with the 1" sensor can actually rival that of full frame in good light/low ISO. Makes for a great hiking camera for stills, and produces amazing 4k video. The image stabilization is best I've seen, making high quality hand-held shooting at the 600mm end a reality.
One of the best kept secrets in the current camera world... At the time of its release in late 2017 it was easily the best overall DSLR-type camera on the market, with specs easily exceeding the then-new Canon 5Dmk4 and Nikon's flagship D810, and got near zero attention. One year later Nikon introduced a virtual clone (D850) that gets rave reviews. This is still an incredible, top-notch photographic tool.
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II
Other gear:
  • Minolta 600/4 G HS APO Downsides (age, audibly noisy screw drive AF, lacks modern lens coatings to eliminate CA/PF) are easily outweighed by the qualities. Aside from CA/PF that is easily corrected in post, optical quality is what you would expect from a prime. Amazing sharpness & bokeh, snappy AF that is every bit as fast as modern SSM, and less than 1/3 the price of the modern alternative (Sony 500/4; $13k).

Alan_S's previous gear

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
sold this one to upgrade to the a850
bought an a77 to accompany my a850; but liked the a77 so much I sold the a850 for a second a77!
Sony SLT-A55
Sony SLT-A77
Sony Alpha a99
actually, this was the wife's camera, she's shooting a77 now.
Great in its day. Quickly out-done by the A99 and A77II.
Sony SLT-A77 II
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
For a 24 MP crop sensor this one is hard to beat. Owned two of them at one time, but gave them up to help finance complete shift to FF A99II.
Good for the price range but not the superior optics found in the Sony 70-400G1/2, which can be cropped to the 600mm equivalent and provide better image than the Tamron. Didn't own this for very long. Actually tried two of them hoping to find a solution for quality reach beyond the 70-400, and quickly rejected both for reason stated above. For reach beyond 400mm I moved to the Minolta 600/4 APO HS instead, and haven't looked back.
Other gear:
  • Minolta 100-400 Owned for about a year, my first lens over 200mm, seeking more reach for wildlife. Good for the price, but completely and utterly blown away by the superior Sony 70-400G (1 & 2).