Old 14th May 2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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Well, this was a bit of a roundabout journey.

As some will have seen, I was thinking about a new Canon camera, but a couple of things changed my mind. The bonus was not big enough, (bit of a killer that), but I was also VERY irritated on checking again that there was still no fix for the big which made video unworkable on my compact Canon. And there was not going to be one.

This really put me off the idea of spending a lot of money on a Canon anyway, and I had a think.

One way of saving money would be to get something with the same lens fitting. A bit of poking around suggested that the Sony Alpha 58 might be a good bit better than what I had. I could not find a decent price body only, and given the low cost I was expecting a really crappy lens, (The lens that came with my A200 was unusably bad, it would not even focus properly).

I got it, and almost immediately started thinking I should have been patient and put the money towards something better.

But to my great surprise, I am seriously impressed with the camera - and the lens that came with it!

The lens is 18-55 mm, and VERY sharp indeed, and it focuses very quickly. I was not expecting to be impressed with the extra pixels, but I have found I can crop very aggressively and still have enough detail for a good image.

The colours are good - I need to make a lot less in the way of levels and white balance in PSE. I also notice that when stitching a panorama, the vignetting correction is much smaller than the (more expensive replacement lens) on the old camera, and the way it gets a very good sit in the stitch suggests that my impression of less distortion is also correct.

I tried in on some extreme colour, (intense flower colours) and it keeps detail better in the strong tones, and also seems to preserve more detail in bright and dark areas of a photo too. Super auto gets clever with things like auto HDR, I'm still trying to understand what it is doing for me, but that will come.

At 280 quid, I think it's an absolute bargain.

Some sample photos to follow...
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Old 14th May 2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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Those shots look nice. Happy new camera
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Thank you!

I need to relearn how to clean up in photoshop, but that's down to the images being better, and needing more subtle tuning. I'm really looking forward to trying it ion my forthcoming trip to Switzerland!
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If you're looking some great Photoshop add-ons, I can definitely recommend the NikCollection:
https://www.google.com/nikcollection/

Nothing in there, that you couldn't achieve manually with some work, but it makes a lot of post-prcoessing much simpler. It's a little investment, granted, but WELL worth it.
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I'm just back from Switzerland, and VERY happy with the way my new camera performed, it's on a different level entirely from my previous Sony Alpha, despite being about the same price.

It coped really well with difficult lighting, (including keeping detail in snow in direct sunlight), and generally delivered much nicer looking results than I expected.

A real bargain if you are looking for an entry level DSLR.
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I love the pics, congrats on the camera but I'd appreciate it if you'd stop showing photographs of my summer house or my car!
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