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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Hi,
As I have some Sigma lenses from my old camera, I wanna buy a Sony A100 because it's the only one that fits. I've read some good reviews, but I was wondering if some travellers here at TP know or use this camera.
Thanks, Michael.

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Sam, our Overlord, has this camera. I played around with it for a bit when I met him in Singapore a few weeks ago. Pretty neat. This is just my personal opinion from a 5mins of use.

3. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Do you have that many lenses? as you're limiting yourself a bit if all you have is a couple of low value bits of glass :)

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

the camera has good write ups about it.

i cant say i own one myself but i know i wouldnt buy a camera just because i have the lenses for it...

ok maybe the lenses that you have are bought for a couple of hundred bucks, but like the previous post says...are you not limiting yourself...?

plus there might be better cameras out there? which there is...also depends what you look for in camera...and what kind of photos you take. the sony a100 may suit others but may not suit you.

the decision is yours:)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I have to sigma lenses, a 28-200 mm and a 70-300 mm, total cost many hundreds of dollars. Other cameras don't fit these lenses, and I am not going to buy other lenses again. This digital stuff cost me a lot of money already.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Hi Michael,

As Hien mentioned, I have this camera and can express nothing but delight about having purchased it. Like you, I probably bought it in part so as not to waste a few good zoom lenses I had lying around and this was the only camera that fit them. In itself that wouldn't sway me, but the reviews on the camera are great and it's only a little more expensive than the Canon which I otherwise would have bought! You really get a few great semi professional features included as well, which are lacking in some other models around the same price point. The pics are great and the camera having a built in shake protector works nicely since it will save you on lenses otherwise having to have this built in (also good for those older lenses).

Pics in my gallery from the Cook Islands onward were taken on this beauty

Sam
ps. I should also say it's very very easy to use. My wife is not really into this kind of stuff at all and she loves using it (much more than our old compact)! I know the EOS 350 is easy to use too, but I was pleasantly surprised on this aspect. Oh, and it sits very nicely in the hand; somewhat better than others I tried....

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Thanks for the positive reply.
I guess it's an extra 'go' sign that I have to buy this camera.
Nice pics by the way, I assume the one on Byron Bay is taken with it as well...;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2007, at 7:38 AM by Utrecht ]

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

It's a great camera. Get it.

If you're worried about lens compatibility, then your choices are limited anyway. Nikon & Canon make multiple bodies for the same mount from 12mp $6000 pro to 6mp $1000 bodies. It gives me the flexibility to choose my standard of gear for the task. Rent if necessary. I can even use a Fuji with the nikon mount if I felt the dynamic range was worth it for the shot.

Which is why the choice of "system" is often a function of the lens mount.

9. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Quoting Q'

It's a great camera. Get it.

If you're worried about lens compatibility, then your choices are limited anyway. Nikon & Canon make multiple bodies for the same mount from 12mp $6000 pro to 6mp $1000 bodies. It gives me the flexibility to choose my standard of gear for the task. Rent if necessary. I can even use a Fuji with the nikon mount if I felt the dynamic range was worth it for the shot.

Which is why the choice of "system" is often a function of the lens mount.

True, but the Canon lens range is huge compared to most others :)

Your lenses aren't high value either, so personally i'd sell and get a Canon. I'm now locked in to Canon as i have a number of high value lenses (L glass), and am more than happy with the bodies Canon produce.

Unless you've got £thousands worth of lenses, there really is no point limiting yourself to a system, let alone a system with little choice of bodies.

10. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Quoting Anzxio

True, but the Canon lens range is huge compared to most others :)

Your lenses aren't high value either, so personally i'd sell and get a Canon. I'm now locked in to Canon as i have a number of high value lenses (L glass), and am more than happy with the bodies Canon produce.

Nikon or Canon. Both are flexible enough. But the diversity quickly drops as soon as you move away from the two standards.

Quoting Anzxio

Unless you've got £thousands worth of lenses, there really is no point limiting yourself to a system, let alone a system with little choice of bodies.

I think you're thinking of Utrecht. I do have several thousand dollars worth of Nikon glass.