snubbr.com

Sony Alpha vs Nikon D80
Hello all,.

Just starting to venture in the world of SLR's. I have been doing a bit of research throughout reviews & forums etc. I have narrowed it down to the entry level cameras of either a Sony Alpha A100 or the Nikon D8 in my price range. They both have arguments for each but I am still undecided. Can anyone please help me in getting over the line and choosing one or the other. I am leaning towards the Sony, mainly as it has the image stabiliser and it's photos look to be a little crisper from what I gather.Also it seems to be a little cheaper than than the Nikon.

Is the Sony okay ? Am I better of going the sony as with the standard 18 - 70mm lens it would a good all round camera for the newbie or should I look at the Nikon? Any suggestions in helping me choose would be great and appreciated....

Cheers Slammer..

Comments (8)

The Sony is a nice cam and the kit lens is very good for being a kit lens (as far as optical performance anyway). I can't comment on the D80 as I've never used one. I would recommend you find a camera shop with both models. Go and handle them both. Whichever one that's easier for you to use and is most comfortable for you is the one you should buy. This should be your deciding factor..

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savage..

Comment #1

To add to it, if you select the Sony be sure to wear your thick skin if you end up shooting near Cannon or Nikon owners... I have a KM 5D and be it at the Zoo, the Ball Park, a Car Show or just about anywhere someone with one of the 2 mentioned almost always comes up and has a comment or two like "Couldn't afford the best huh?" or "I looked at one like that but wanted/needed something better". Sometimes it's from someone I know but usually it's a complete stranger....

...Dennis..

Comment #2

If you are likely to be in situations calling for really fast glass (indoor sports, concerts/live music, etc.) then you may find yourself hunting for fast lenses in the Sony/KM camp. There are some, but a lot fewer than are available for the two major players. And they will cost you even more if buying new ones. I'd definately search around for some fast KM lenses if you think you might need them. (By fast I mean f2.8 and faster.).

Compare what you find against those available for the Nikon based on price and availability..

Just my two cents worth. (I have a friend who bought an Alpha and is in this situation now.)Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

Comment #3

There are readily available standard fast zooms for the Alpha mount, i.e.:.

Tamron 17-50/2.8Tamron 28-75/2.8Sigma 18-50/2.8Sigma 24-70/2.8 (I've got this and it is excellent)Sigma 24-60/2.8Sigma 28-70/2.8.

Of course these are third party, but they are good quality and get IS'd for free..

Getting a longer fast zoom, like a 70-200/2.8 is hard, unless you want to shell out for a Sony 70-200G. Last I heard, the new Tamron 70-200/2.8 is close to being released, and Sigma is restarting production on the Alpha mount, so we'll see a Sigma 70-200/2.8 again..

Of course, then there are all the used lenses out there you can find and use... like the KM 28-75/2.8, 28-70G/2.8, 80-200/2.8, etc...

Comment #4

I have been using the Sony Alpha 100 and I am very happy with it. The Nikon D80 is also a very good choice. I will likely move up to the new Alpha 700 shortly. My recommendation is to go with the one that feels most comfortable to you. That way you will take more pictures, laern more features, and become a better photographer..

I included a copy of my personal files for the Alpha and D80.

Http://personafile.com/...Megapixel-18-70mm-Lens-DSLR-A100K-P027242000036.htm.

Http://personafile.com/...0.2-Megapixel-Digital-Camera-D80-P0182080000115.htm.

A Few Of My Favorite:http://personafile.com/kcair/public..

Comment #5

Chych wrote:.

There are readily available standard fast zooms for the Alpha mount,i.e.:.

Tamron 17-50/2.8Tamron 28-75/2.8Sigma 18-50/2.8Sigma 24-70/2.8 (I've got this and it is excellent)Sigma 24-60/2.8Sigma 28-70/2.8.

What about under f/2.8? Like the great but cheap Nikon 50mm f/1.8, the 35mm f/2, the 85mm f/1.4 (or f/1.8), 105 or 135 DC f/2... not sure if the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 exists for Sony. This is the problem with the Sony system - I'm sure the body's fine but the lenses just aren't there..

Alex.

Http://akiralx.smugmug.com/..

Comment #6

Alex Leach wrote:.

What about under f/2.8? Like the great but cheap Nikon 50mm f/1.8,the 35mm f/2, the 85mm f/1.4 (or f/1.8), 105 or 135 DC f/2... notsure if the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 exists for Sony. This is the problemwith the Sony system - I'm sure the body's fine but the lenses justaren't there..

Sony offers a number of bright primes (all AF by the way), including a 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8 if you want brighter than f/2.8..

They're all stabilized on a KM or Sony dSLR, too (thanks to the in body stabilization system)..

Of course, any Minolta Autofocus lens will also work on a Sony dSLR, and Minolta made some 16 Million Autofocus lenses..

Here is an incomplete list of Primes made by Minolta, Sony and others in this lens mount..

Http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/results.asp?IDLensType=1.

You can see the lenses I use in my profile (including some bright Minolta AF primes)..

BTW, some of these lenses like the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 AF Lens are dirt cheap on the used market. I only paid a "buy it now" price of $49 for mine (and that included a working Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR, a flash, case and manuals)..

JimChttp://www.pbase.com/jcockfield..

Comment #7

What fast lenses is Sony missing?.

1.4/351.4/501.4/851.8/135.

Plus various other 2.8 primes they have..

We also know 2 new zeiss wide primes are coming..

The 2.8/24-70 is coming..

Sure, they may not have the most lenses, but what they have is very good lenses. And there is also the minolta used market where you can find those that Sony didn't carry over from minolta..

One of the complaints since Sony took over is their Speed Fetish, since they are going and making all the new higher end lenses real fast, and not showing signs of bringing some of the slower lenses like 2/28, 2/35, 1.7/50, 4.5/400..

Items like the fast wide prime from PMA are rumored to be a 1.4/24 Like that is a very needed lens. Or them showing a 2.8/400 that Minolta never had, instead of showing a SSM version of the loved 4.5/400...

Comment #8

Click Here to View All...

Sponsored Amazon Deals:

1. Get big savings on Amazon warehouse deals.
2. Save up to 70% on Amazon Products.


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

Categories: Home | Diet & Weight Management | Vitamins & Supplements | Herbs & Cleansing |

Sexual Health | Medifast Support | Nutrisystem Support | Medifast Questions |

Web Hosting | Web Hosts | Website Hosting | Hosting |

Web Hosting | GoDaddy | Digital Cameras | Best WebHosts |

Web Hosting FAQ | Web Hosts FAQ | Hosting FAQ | Hosting Group |

Hosting Questions | Camera Tips | Best Cameras To Buy | Best Cameras This Year |

Camera Q-A | Digital Cameras Q-A | Camera Forum | Nov 2010 - Cameras |

Oct 2010 - Cameras | Oct 2010 - DSLRs | Oct 2010 - Camera Tips | Sep 2010 - Cameras |

Sep 2010 - DSLRS | Sep 2010 - Camera Tips | Aug 2010 - Cameras | Aug 2010 - DSLR Tips |

Aug 2010 - Camera Tips | July 2010 - Cameras | July 2010 - Nikon Cameras | July 2010 - Canon Cameras |

July 2010 - Pentax Cameras | Medifast Recipes | Medifast Recipes Tips | Medifast Recipes Strategies |

Medifast Recipes Experiences | Medifast Recipes Group | Medifast Recipes Forum | Medifast Support Strategies |

Medifast Support Experiences |

 

(C) Copyright 2010 All rights reserved.