Well, I also think I'm not giving Sony much credit. The new A5xx seem to be (from samples I've seen and feature sheets only) an incredible value for the price, and if it where not for the video (which reviewers make a meal of, unjustly, convincing people they need it in some cases, but that is a fight for another day
) I think it would be a serious contender (might still be) for entry level dollars.
As for my A850...If you own an A300/A350 or A200, DO NOT TOUCH or even LOOK AT A850
. You will buy it, even if you have to sell a few organs.
As is obligatory, I'll give my first impressions:
- Really solid. Nothing to compare it to (I own an A300 and it would obviously be better).
- Very comfortable to hold (Important cus it is heavy, and I have broken 2 fingers on both hands and had surgery on both wrists ( football
), so clearly, ergonomics means a lot to me).
- Viewfinder...no way to describe it really other than GOD LIKE
- LCD looks fabulous.
- The shutter just flies into action. I accidentally took several frames today as the A300 does require quite a bit of pressure to fire. But the A850 just goes for it.
- It is loud! I mean, if I had my A300 go off beside the A850, you wouldn't hear the A300. Not a big deal for me.
- So far, I like the intelligent preview.
I did realize that my Minolta 35-105 isn't gonna cut it (nor did I expect it to) as the corner darkness is pretty extreme and highly visible even at 25%. I hadn't tried my other lenses yet since this is probably going to be the lens that stays on this camera until I upgrade. But, it works for now, and since the printing I do is pretty low end, I doubt it will reproduce (plus I crop like a mad man
My next purchase will be an alienbees 2 light kit+portable power (around $800.00), so the lenses will have to wait a while. After that, I might spring for the Epson R2800 ($600.00) to do some large prints for weddings.
When I do decide to upgrade lenses, I'll probably get the Zeiss 24-70 and the 70-200 G. I might also consider the Zeiss 135 over the 70-200, but that is probably going to be around march next yr.
Did some shooting today (about 300 frames), but I hope to get some real shooting done tomorrow (if the weather holds).
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Oops, forgot to mention that today while shooting the A850, someone came up to me and wanted to know if I was interested in shooting an event and if he could view my portfolio.
The first thing he said, WOW, that's a really big camera, must be expensive!
So, if this works out, the A850 might actually pay for itself pretty soon
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