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November 16, 2006



Well, I wish I could have been you before I grew up, I'm sure!

Hey, do you know anything about this Sony camera: http://www.sony.com.au/dis/catalog/product.jsp?categoryId=34306

Dell are offering it to me for $900. I'm interested, because of the anti-dust thing (dust being a big issue out here) but don't know anything about Sony's track record with SLRs.


Naturally I must now answer these questions immediately.

Why are these things so addictive?


Well, Sony's never made a DSLR before, but they bought out Konica Minolta's camera business, which had a few models (the Dynaxx series, I think they were called). So it's Sony's first, but using Konica Minolta technology.

It's getting some good reviews about the place: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/92164/sony-dslra100.html

The anti-dust systems are good, and they're becoming more common: apparently Olympus does a good one too. But my understanding is that they're not a foolproof solution and in a super-dusty environment you're still going to get particles in the body every time you change the lens.

Anyway, the pricing does look good for the alpha -- compare that to the pricing for the Nikon D80, which is also 10MP. Though I would be a little bit concerned about limited lens choices personally, though in practice it's not such a huge deal.

I'm not sure if any of that is helpful. I'm personally hanging out for the D80, but I really like Nikon and have been really impressed with the D70s I've been near. I think Nikkor lenses are also damn fine.


And here's a round-up of all the newest D-SLR reviews. The doods ate CNET are pretty good value and their reviews are generally reasonably trustworthy.



Thanks. That's a lot of food for thought. I shall peruse carefully, esp as a some time Nikon fan.

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