Sony Alpha A100K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Lens

  • 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Kit includes 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 lens
  • In-camera image stabilization and anti-dust vibration systems; Eye-Start Autofocus system
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; 9-point autofocus system; 40-segment multi-pattern honeycomb metering
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery (supplied); stores images on CF I/II and Memory Stick Duo cards

I love the way it feels in my hand. I looked for weeks for a DSLR nd for the price and what I read this was it. Im thinking of upgrading the body I have 5 lenes and I like the a350 but I am also looking into the 700. But for a starter SLR you can’t beat the a100.Have been using for almost 3 years now and it is a great performer, especially for landscape/nature photography. Anti-shake is wonderful and makes up for the not top of the line iso handling.

One other plus is the compatibility with all the minolta gear, including both lenses and flashes.I can’t say that the pictures are worth the weight and bulk of the camera, and all the editing I have to do. It does take nice pictures, but they lack that “wow”. I find they’re kind of flat. So I sold it and bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 which I find takes excellent pictures without all the tinkering, but you can tinker if you want.

I guess if you’re a professional, you can get excellent pictures out of this Sony Alpha A100, but it would take alot of tinkering , and for the price, weight and bulk, and editing, it’s just not worth it to me.this is a great camera. beware that some times when you take a picture it will freeze the camera and you will need to remove the battery. other than that, this is a great camera. i recommend sony, since the anti-shake is in the body, where other companies put it in expensive lenses. if you dont want to deal with the freezing of the camera, then go with a newer model, but i recommend staying with a sony. they have features that some other companies didn’t put in there cameras.I’m sooo happy I managed to get one of these before Sony made all their changes. It acts just like my Minolta Film cameras, the venerable 9000 and the newer 5 Film – easy to use menus, controls where I want them and that wonderful lighting fast autofocus. I’m not a fan of anything Sony proprietary (like the battery) but so far it’s been good to me. I bought this to take pictures of my newborn son – cause face it, no P&S will ever react fast enough to catch the boy with his eyes scrunched up and tongue hanging out.

One serious con is the sheer bulk of the thing. My wife LOVED the Maxxum 5 Film, lightweight and thin for her little hands. She needs to use two hands almost exclusively for this beast. It’s not a weight issue either, it’s the shape of the grip. I find my fingernails grinding into the body from the way I hold the camera one handed. Better grips could be had.

There are certainly fuller featured models out there, even in this manufacturer, but really, how often do you use all those features? I know what I’m doing, I’m a photographer from way back with a Pentax K1000 knock off from Cosina, but about all I ever do is change the flash or exposure compensation settings, and usually I get better results if I use the pre-programmed modes anyway.

Takes a darn pretty picture in plain old automatic, too. Just like the Maxxum 5, if you can teach a 5 year old to frame and compose, the camera will do the rest.

Of course there’s the compatibility issue with all my old Minolta glass… eh… some of it plays nice, and some of (and particularly my portrait lens) will not work in anything other than full manual. Which is okay really, better than purchasing an entire new library of Nikkor lenses.

Oh, the image stabilization program in the body? Works like a charm.

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