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Sony Alpha A-390 has reignited my Photography Passion!
on 17 December 2010
I bought the A-390 to replace my Compact Camera (which replaced my old Minolta Film SLR) and it has totally reignited my passion for photography! There is so much you can do with this Camera and it is also so easy to use. The 18-55mm kit lens is an excellent starter lens and outshines the equivalents from the 'big 2'. To really get the best (sharpness) from this I'd set it on ISO 100, Aperture Priority (f4@18mm, f8@35mm and f5.6-f8@55mm) and set the metering/focus to spot. (Focussing on the bridge of the nose at eye-level works for me and gives me consistent eye-sharp detail in portraits). I also always save my pictures as 'RAW + JPEG'.
The camera is intuitive, light, focusses quickly, feels comfortable and, most importantly, takes great pictures! If you know a good amount about digital photography (probably most of you :-) ) then there are plenty of controls and settings to fine-tune your pictures. If you don't know much about digital photography then this camera will really help you to bridge the gap from 'snapper' to 'fair amateur'.
If you want to try some zoom and/or macro lenses, and cost is a factor, then there are great buys to be found on the second hand market, Particularly 'Minolta AF' lenses. (Ensure you get a lens that is 'fungus free' and with no/few scratches.) I also use the Minolta AF 35-105mm and 70-300mm 'Beercan' lenses and both of these give me wonderfully pleasing results.
I love my Sony Alpha A-390 to bits and so far it has given me many hours of pleasure, and, of course, excellent quality photo files. (Note: As well as learning the controls on the camera, really learn how to take good photos as well.)
Would I recommend this camera to others? If you are a beginner then absolutely! If you are more experienced then I would not be so presumptious and would just say that, in my humble opinion, this camera has all the quality and functions needed on an entry-level DSLR. For my money, this is a Great Camera at a Great Price!