I like Pentax because they are supposed to have a great selection of prime lenses...
Thanks I have no pentax lens but have 4 A mount minolta lens from the flim days,,but does not mean that much....but they could be used on the Sony....Ron..
I bought the Sony Alpha just for the reason you stated. I had some Minolta lenses from my Maxxum SLR film camera. If the lenses are the auto focus lenes, they work perfectly on the Sony. I am extremely happy with the Sony and would buy it again. If you formerly owned a Minolta Maxxum, you will be very comfortable with this camera right out of the box. A lot carries over and the learning curve will be quick.
If effect, a 100mm lens becomes a 150mm lens. You can end up with some pretty long telephoto lenses...
For the K20d see the review on this site:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxk20d/.
I don't see an A200 review on this site yet..
I like the ergonomics, viewfinder, and prime lens collection available for the K20d. Also consider the Pentax K200d. I don't know anything about the Sony..
Visit both fora on this site and ask questions. I would also suggest you look at the other brands, Canon, Nikon, and Olympus. Possibly you factored them out for one reason or another already, but you didn't mention..
PS: Oops, sorry I misread K200 as K20d...
Thats the kind of infro I need,,,i had a 800si ,,& 700si,,,and a max 7 and many lens,,,but the fact I can use them on a Sony might make the difference,,but pentax looks good too,,,weather sealing is about the only cam difference,,,& price...Do you have an A200.??.Thanks alpa..
Yep, I bought the A200. I have shot 35mm for 35+ years and found that I used my digital point and shoot more and more, so it was time to take the DSLR plunge. I was open to goint to another brand and investing in the lenses if I found them to be a lot better. Also, with the prices falling and the performance increasing, I did not think I had to get into the higher end lines. I looked at the Nikons, Canons, Olympus, Pentax and Sony entries..
The Sony has some distinct advantages for me. First is built-in anti-shake so the all your old lenses work with this feature. With Canon and Nikon, it is built in the lens and you have to buy that type of lens at a high cost. With the Sony, you can use the old Minolta lenes or buy the older used lenses. The Sony has a 9-point focus system as opposed to 3 on the Nikon and Olympus. It has a RGB histogram built in as opposed to the monochrome one on the Nikon.
You can easily change metering modes, white balance, exposure compensation etc with a couple button pushes. Start up is quick and shutter lag is almost non-existant. The eye-start is carried over from the Maxxum and the camera start to expose and focus as you bring it to your eye. By the time you view the shot, it is ready to shoot the picture..
I read aboud noise in high ISO settings, but I do not find it to be bad at ISO1600. I figure at those 1600 and 3200 settings, I am just trying to get the picture and not win a prize with it. I have shot several stage shows with it at high ISO and slow shutter speeds. The anti-shake has worked well in these situations and the images were pretty good..
I also looked at the A300 and A350 with live view. I did not like them for two reasons. Firse, the viewfinder was quite a bit dimmer than the A200 and the LCD screen sticks out a little more and hits your cheek. Besides, the first thing I did with my P&S was ti turn off live view and use the viewfinder..
Bottom line, get the Sony. No camera is perfect and there are trade offs in all of them. The lens factor should tilt the decision..