UltimateMike...or anyone that knows Sony...

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Mike: I copied the post below from the other thread that we were talking on, to ask you more about your thoughts of me getting a Sony...!

"The Sony a65 looks very interesting to me...I would love to know what anyone else thinks of this camera!! :) "

Do you know about or had experience with this camera??

A viewfinder and rapid succession are 2 things I mentioned AND 2 of it's selling points... :)

I was also wondering if my lenses would work just as well, using an E-mount adapter...OR would that make them more sluggish or take more time to focus...OR in anyway lessen the quality of the lens...Just curious, as I only looked at Sony's A-mount cameras and have not looked at the E-mount ones, yet, but saw a tutorial on an E-mount where they were using an adapter with an A-mount lens...The camera, [don't remember which model] was said to be smaller and lighter, and could fit in a purse...[not that i necessarily need a small one...] Just want to check out all my options...!
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Actually, NOW, I am also looking into the Sony A77! What do you think?
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I have the a77 and L-O-V-E it.
Best features: the light meter gives you a live preview... so although I do know how to light meter on my old a300, the a77 lets you cheat a bit and it increases/decreases the brightness of your display as you change settings.
The digital images stabilization is great.
Lenses for Sony cameras are a bit cheaper because the optical stabilization is in the body, not in the lens.
I'm not sure about newer cameras of other brands - but although I use the optical view finder- when I want someone else to take a quick snapshot of me, having a really accurate and quick live view screen for on the back for taking photos is handy. (My a300 has it also, but at one point most digital SLR's didn't)
Autofocus is very fast.
Now.... the only negative thing I have to say... is that I always find myself editing my colour curves or my levels in photoshop. that could be as much of a personal style thing as anything- but when I compare to my friends images- we both could have perfectly exposed our images, composition is good, but hers seem to just have a depth of those midtone colors that mine lack.... but again, that could be preference, or it could be the way I shoot.... not sure.
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I've never tried a lens mount adaptor... I have just bought lenses specifically for my sony cameras...
From what I understand, the a65 was released at the same time as the a77, and has most of the same features- so it depends on how serious you are about photography. (or how many bells and whistles you like?)
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Oh, and my other negative feedback- at least in Canada it's harder to rent lenses for Sony cameras. All of our local stores have many choices for lens rentals for Nikon and canon if you just want a fancy telephoto for a weekend or something...but nothing to rent for Sony here!
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Just to show you how much I DON'T know...I didn't even know you could RENT lenses!! :)

Thank you, Sandra!!

As this question started in a different thread...I had mentioned having 2 zoom lenses for my Minolta film camera...A 28-85 AF Lens with Macro, that I but with my 7000 Maxxum and a newer 100-300mm, that i had hardly used at all, when everything went to digital...They said I could use those same lenses on a Sony Alpha DSLR...

When I started looking I found the a65 and the a77...

The only digital, I have right now is a Coolpix S210...LOL!! Leaves me wanting so much more!

Thanks for the input!!...Do you find the Electronic VF to be 'hard' or 'easy' to use in BRIGHT, or LOW lighting??????
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The Minolta A mount is the same as the Sony A mount. The E mount is used in the newer Sony NEX mirrorless cameras, you can buy A - E mount lense converters but the NEX series cameras use digital viewfinders like your Coolpix and don't have a Through The Lense (TTL) viewfinder.

Sounds like this is not what you are looking for.
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You're right...I really do want the option of a viewfinder!

Thanks Mike!
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So...I wonder , is Ultimatemike on vacation, or does he have no answer...?

He is the one that directed me towards Sony...so I was wondering if he knew much about this camera...???

Is there anyone else with experience with these cameras??
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I initially used an older Minolta lens for my Sony with good results- if it was a good lens for your film camera with good glass, it will work with a Sony too.

I haven't had any issue with the Electronic viewfinder... Sometimes I have a moment of adjustment when I switch back and forth between my cameras (my older alpha 300 has a regular view finder) Overall, I find that I like the electronic one better.
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Thank you, Sandra...That is good to know... I have never tried one, but I am getting tired of trying to see the picture image on a 3 inch screen, outside in the bright sun...How can you compose, when you cannot see what you are aiming at! :)
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Sorry Linda, I missed this post. I've never used a Sony DLSR. When I bought my first DLSR I chose Canon, and once you start buying lenses it's hard to change to another camera because that means you have to buy all new lenses ...

The reviews I've seen on Sony cameras are all favorable. I have seen some of the Pro's who post on Google+ announce that they are changing to Sony and there is no noticble difference in the images they are posting based on the camera. So you can feel confident that Sony makes a good product and should be around for a long time. Buying a Sony camera will not put you at any disadvantage from what I see.

As for which Sony to buy, well that will probably be determined by how much money you have to spend! The A77 has a very positive review ratingof 6/6 starts with 124 reviews on phphotovideo.com, it doesn't get much better than that as far as reviews go. $900 (body only, no lens) is about middle of the road for pricing.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product...

For $250 less The Sony Alpha SLT-A65 camera looks to be pretty good (5.5/6 starts) with almost the same feature set (fewer focal points, and less frames per second).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/contr...

Here is a side by side comparison:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/contr...
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Hey! Thanks for the side by side...I really do like the fact that the A77 has more features...and if I'm saving that much, might as well save a little more...right?

I would love to talk to togs who have used/are using the camera...but I'm not sure what Google+ is...?

I will look through the reviews, though and see what has been said.

Thank you!

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