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New Camera!

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 28 February 2009 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Actually, I got this a week ago, but I had a bunch of preposted images, so you find out now!

This is a Sony Alpha. We took advantage of Crcuit City's hardship and got a great deal.

The reason I did this was I had a great old Minolta Maxxum 35mm with 4 fine lenses that have been gathering dust since I went digital with my Canon. I have been tempted to get a Sony digital after they bought Minolta and their superb technology but was unwilling to spend the money. The Maxxum lenses are accepted by the Alpha cameras. Circuit City's demise took care of that concern about expense. Those lenses, and other accessories like elctronic cable release and flash now have a new digital home.

I am delighting in putting these lenses to work.

This image is taken with a fine Minolta 35-105mm Minolta Maxxum lens. The f5 gave a pleasing DoF. I was just messing around to see what would come out of the camera. Not bad.

I love Minolta focusing and metering. At the risk of off putting Canon types, in all honesty I think the Alpha is superior.

Update: Sony RAW and Adobe: The other day I acquired a Sony Alpha 200 which I just love. HOWEVER, the versions of PS (CS2) and Lightroom (1.4.1) I have can not read Sony RAW files. This is most vexing.

I am not inclined to buy later software as I do not otherwise want or need it.

I'll be trying to figure out some sort or work around.

SONY DSLR-A200 1/80 second F/3.2 ISO 100 50 mm

The new web site is live.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Congrats on the new camera....always fun to get a new one, and lucky you, to have any $$ to spend when circuit city went down!!
and nice photo, too!!

28 Feb 2009 5:06am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Wonderful composition, thank you very much for your comment today! It is nice to meet sensitive people like you, thank you.
Good morning from a very sunny Athens! xx

28 Feb 2009 8:50am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Congrats on the new Camera, alas I didnt get a chance to check out the Circuit city sales

Beautiful shot, great DOF and love the blue of the bird

ps - yes I am surely nuts :)

28 Feb 2009 12:37pm

Sharon from Los Angeles, United States

nice.. :)

28 Feb 2009 12:39pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is a fantastic image - love the blue of the bird and the soft DOF of its perch.
I hope you love your Sony ... good value for the $$$.

28 Feb 2009 1:11pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Enjoy the the new camera. Looks like it works quite well.

28 Feb 2009 1:30pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice job of the selective color. I hope you find a solution to your RAW problem.

28 Feb 2009 1:40pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Hey John!
You know how I feel about the Alpha! I absolutely love mine...looking for another lens for it too!
I did some RAW shots last year just for fun...I was able to load the images with the Sony software that came with the camera and then import them into my PSE program. Hope this helps!

28 Feb 2009 1:50pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Am sure you will enjoy this new camera immensely. I am always partial to Minolta/Sony, since my very first 35mm film SLR was a Minolta and we had a 20 years + love affair. :-)

I hope you find your way around the software issue. Maybe Jen's suggestion could work?

28 Feb 2009 2:43pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

this is a beautiful shot, regardless of the camera :) But what fun it is to play with new things!

28 Feb 2009 2:45pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Great capture, spot on with focus and DOF.
Congratulations on the new camera. Wonderful feeling to be able to use those old lenses. It sounds like you have some adventures ahead. Happy Shooting!

28 Feb 2009 2:58pm

Philip from Joburg, South Africa

Very clever photography this composition was well thought out I love it !!!

28 Feb 2009 3:08pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

So beautiful!

28 Feb 2009 3:15pm

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

Very nicely done. Great composition, framing and detail.

28 Feb 2009 3:26pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States


28 Feb 2009 6:45pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

I was wondering when the AM3 community would see this? Nice. Congratulations on all of the fine work you've been inspired toward. Your imagery has definitely notched up with your new rig. Bravo!

1 Mar 2009 12:49am

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

Wow, that does rock! Yes, my husband bought me an Alpha 700 for my birthday; I am a lucky girl but I still need to figure out all those buttons (blush). Congrats on your new purchase! I've stuck with the company since my first 35mm, a Minolta Maxxum 7000. I loved that camera. Actually, it still works fine -- I just never use it. Love the description of my 500mm, "that Howitzer of a lens". LOL

1 Mar 2009 6:16pm

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

I just noticed your update on Lightroom. We haven't yet found software that works for RAW files, either. Let me know if you find anything great. That's a serious limitation.

1 Mar 2009 6:18pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Congratulations on the A200. I have an A100 and just love it. There should be some software with the camera that reads those RAW files, you can do some minor work there and convert to JPEG. I'm not sure if that will serve your purposes, but I've done it in the past. I use a Mac and iPhoto reads the raw files and works great for the extent of editing I do. It isn't photoshop, but serves my purposes very well.

Best of luck! You might also try posting your question on the boards at, it's a wonderful community of pros and amateurs, and someone can probably help you.

7 Mar 2009 2:06pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

By the way, this picture is stunning! :)

7 Mar 2009 2:07pm

1/80 second
ISO 100
50 mm