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Sony A58 users and thoughts?

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by Stumpie, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Stumpie

    Stumpie Member

    Are there any A58 users? Not long after buying it I found out its and SLT and not a proper DSLR. I still not sure what that means lol.

    I get quite a few good pics with it, but as it technically isn't a proper DSLR, would upgrading to a proper DSLR produce significantly better photograph results?
  2. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I am a user of the A57 and A65 as well as an A850. The first two are of course SLT type cameras.

    SLT Single Lens Translucent. Without going into unnecessary detail the camera uses a pellicle type mirror, this is translucent and allows light to the film and to the viewfinder without lifting up during exposure. Advantages are that there is no mechanism to raise the mirror which eliminates a possible source of vibration which can cause camera shake as well as a potential cause of breakdown. Also the viewfinder does not black out during exposure and you get a frozen image of the picture in the viewfinder after exposure so you know exactly what you have shot. Disadvantages, some light is diverted away to the electronic viewfinder so in theory at any rate the image from the sensor is a touch lower in quality than from SLR type cameras. Usefully Sony SLT cameras incorporate image stabilisation into the body (steady shot) meaning all lenses are stabilised.

    Should you "upgrade" to a DSLR, only if you want to waste your money tbh. I am perfectly satisfied with the images these cameras can produce, I can make a decent A3 print from them. If you want some upgrade try buying a better lens, although the Sony kit lens isn't bad really. Would buying another camera produce significantly better results? In a word, no!
  3. Stumpie

    Stumpie Member

    Thanks for clearing up the SLT thing :)

    Ah right ok, I have been looking for new lenses on jessops.com and its mostly Nikon/Cannon lenses.

    I mainly shoot motorsports, so looking for a lens with fast AF and a good zoom range.
  4. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Your looking in the wrong place then (just Jessops ).

    WEX has 91 lenses in Sony A-mount .
    See here : http://www.wexphotographic.com/sony-fit-a-mount/b3079?showall=1&sortby=1

    For comparing prices look on Camera price buster , here; http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Sony/Sony-SLR-Lenses

    And for reading user reviews , have a look at the lens data base on Dyxum . An A-mount dedicated forum here ; http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/results.asp?chbLensType=3

    For other help and advice look at the specific areas in it's forum.
    Here ; http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forums.html , do a search in the search function , as what ever you could ask has already probably been asked before .

    With regard to your first question on if the a58 is a "proper" camera , yes it is !
    It's every bit as capable as the Nikon and Canon etc counterparts .

    If the picture's no good , go back and try again ;)

    Having a suitable lens for the task involved does make a big difference though .
  5. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    ^ Jessops is not the ideal place to check lenses out. With a bit of effort there is plenty of Sony fit stuff to be found. I have accumulated quite a few, mostly bought used from a number of sources, including Ebay. LCE have quite a large range of secondhand Sony/Minolta lenses for a start.

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