Saturday, August 29, 2009
Why Sony Alpha?
I had listened to several people who asked me why did you buy Sony alpha instead of Nikon or Canon? Yes, Sony is new in this industry, if not mistaken their first model of Digital SLR was Sony a100 released in early 2006. Basically, Sony alpha utilizes and expands upon Konica Minolta camera technologies. That explains why Minolta lenses fit with Sony alpha. If you compare Sony alpha with Canon or Nikon in terms of specifications, of course Sony alpha is the lowest rank among these three but in terms of the picture quality there's not much difference but depends on your skills. Previously, customers were afraid of buying Sony alpha products because Sony might not be able to compete with other companies such as Nikon and Canon that have been involved in this industry for ages, in the end they might leave this industry just like that and what happen next? No more accessories and lenses will be produced for Sony alpha. That is so worrying. But as time goes by, Sony never seemed to abandon this field. They'r getting better in time with few more Sony alpha cameras being introduced. They'r looking more and more serious to compete in this industry.
In Malaysia, if you search through websites such as Lelong.com or Mudah.com you can easily find items that compatible with Sony Alpha especially lens. You can find lots of lenses, brand new or used, they are all in cheap prices. Most of Sony alpha compatible with Sigma, Tamron and Minolta lenses. Therefore, if you can't afford to buy Sony G or Carl Zeiss lens you can go for Sigma lens and so on. As i can see, it is much easier to find 2nd hand or used lens for Sony than Canon in Malaysia. (Different case if you'r staying in Europe of course Canon is very much popular) In addition, lenses for Sony are much cheaper than others because Sony alpha cameras are designed with built-in image stabilizer which means you don't have to buy lenses with image stabilizer where the prices are much more costly.
In general, you can say that Sony alpha is a "budget DSLR" with high quality of images and functions. It has everything you can expect from a DSLR. After all, it your skills and creativity that is more important.