I have finally pulled the trigger on a new camera purchase. I have been eying the new mirror-less Sony’s for quite a while now. First the A55 and recently the A77 (drool). I usually don’t buy first generation devices for obvious reasons, but I came to the realization that the Alpha 77 is out of my budget right now. So I placed my order for the Sony Alpha 55 SLTA55VLBN Kit. It comes with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM Kit lens and the 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT SAM lens.
Sony a55 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm zoom lens
Why a new Camera
I think once the photography bug bites you, especially if your a tech geek like me, that you are going to always be wanting the next piece of cool gear to hit the market. The problem is my want list and my funds list don’t always see eye to eye. I do enjoy getting new stuff, but at the same time it has to serve a useful productive purpose for me. With that said, I justified my new camera purchase based on a few criteria.
- The first is so that I can have a good backup camera. I have been on a couple of shoots where it would have been nice to have the 50mm on one body and the 70-200mm on another. This reduces the time it takes to change lenses and you miss a lot less shots. Plus camera breakdown is always an option.
- The second is to add video capability to my arsenal. I have a really nice JVC Averio HD Video camera. But the ability to use multiple lenses to record trump the 30Gb HD in that unit.
- The Third is that the A55 is capable of 10 frames per second vs my A550s 7 frames per second. Since I am an Avid NASCAR fan, this is something I look forward to.
- Finally……I WANT IT!!!!! which I feel is the best justification for any purchase. Within your budget of course. I waited over a year to finally decide on this. So I think I have made a well rounded purchase. We shall see.
Why the Sony Alpha 55?
When I bought my Sony A550 a while back, I was considering the A55 at the same time. But I had it in my head that I only wanted my DSLR for pictures and not for video. No need to clutter up a good piece of gear with unneeded junk. I have had point and shoots in the past that had video capabilities, but the result was paltry at best. In many ways I am glad this is the path I chose, because it gave me the time to concentrate on the technical aspects of taking a good photo. I can’t claim to be any better than anyone else, I can just claim to understand the technical side of my camera better than most. This is important not only for taking good images. But when traversing from photo to video you will be much better armed when the time comes to add a dramatic effect in a clip, such as shallow depth of field, or focus transition from shallow to deep.
The straw that broke the banks back.
After watching a few really good videos on YouTube, that weren’t available when the A55 first came out, I was amazed at the abilities of this little camera. Plus I think sometimes when you get a new piece of gear, it sparks a new found interest in your hobby. I look forward to getting it in the mail, much like a kid waiting for Santa to come on Christmas morning. Then when I get it, un-boxing it is a treat kind of like panning for gold. Each new piece that comes out is a surprise. just holding it in your hands triggers a response from you that makes you feel good.
Why the Kit?
I picked up the SLTA55VLBN Kit that includes the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM Kit lens and the 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT SAM lens. I already have the 18=55 that came with my Alpha 550, so why would i buy another one? My reasoning behind this is if I ever decide to sell my A550, that I can sell the entire kit that I originally bought, and still retain the 18-55 capabilities. I Currently have a nice Sigma 70-200mm Push Pull lens that I love, and I wanted to compare its performance to the Sony DT lens. I picked up the Sigma second hand, and sometimes it is easy to blame the lens for a bad image that you take. I am going to test my own resolve and see if its the lens or if it is in fact me. That review will come later.
So the waiting game has begun, and the Camera is on its way. As soon as I get it, and have some time to play with it, I will post a review / opinion article about the camera. I was able to finagle 2 day shipping out them, but the order date was on Thursday, so i am probably going to be waiting all weekend, but it should be worth the wait.
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