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    Sony a65

    Hi,I am thinking about buying a SONY A 65 I am a photography enthusiast any feedback,pros,cons regarding this camera.....

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    Re: Sony a65

    Hi Bernard,
    I always check out camera gear on this site.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyslta65/

    They give a thorough and unbiased opinion of the pros and cons of every camera they review.
    My opinion would be biased as a current Sony owner, but honestly I don't think you would be disappointed if you bought it. Sony cameras tick all the boxes for me.
    Cheers, Greg

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    Re: Sony a65

    I can tell you I am very happy with the big brother to this model...the A77. I have owned it for a year now and if I had to by again I would not hesitate in making the same choice. Do you have specific questions/concerns? What do you currently shoot?

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    Re: Sony a65

    Quote Originally Posted by Benjy View Post
    Hi,I am thinking about buying a SONY A 65 I am a photography enthusiast any feedback,pros,cons regarding this camera.....
    My first question is why are you looking at this specific manufacturer and camera model?

    Generally when I look at buying something (and not just cameras), I try to understand my needs and once I have that figured out I can drill down to make the appropriate choice as to what I required and then move forward.

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    Re: Sony a65

    Paul,as a amatuer at photography I dont really know that much about it and as I have saved some money I would like to upgrade from my Sony alpha a230 and after searching for a while I fancied the a65,just didn,t have any Idea if it was an ok model.....
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    Re: Sony a65

    Manfred,as I currently have a Sony a230 I thought I should stick with Sony....

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    Re: Sony a65

    Hi Bernard:
    Like Paul, I'm now shooting with the A77 and love it. Don't know the A65 but my friend has an A55 as a back-up to his A77 that still does great work. You're not going to go far wrong with Sony. There are a lot of Canon (I used to be one) and Nikon fan boys out there but I am now firmly in the Sony camp. Very happy with the switch.

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    Re: Sony a65

    Bud, the A65 is the A77 minus the weather seal and I believe one or two jpeg only modes.

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    Re: Sony a65

    You absolutely must go and try one in a store - don't whatever you do buy it online unless you do this first.

    Why?

    Your A230 has an optical viewfinder - its a SLR - whereas the A65 has an (EVF) electronic viewfinder - its a SLT.

    I'm not saying this is a negative but you must see if you like the EVF before spending your cash on one. Some photographers do and will never go back but it is a fundamental shift in the way you view and shoot so has to be seen first.

    Other than that its a decent camera, will work with your existing glass and flash gear, its quick has reasonable AF and if you're into video the Sony cameras are fantastic at it.

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    Re: Sony a65

    Quote Originally Posted by Benjy View Post
    Manfred,as I currently have a Sony a230 I thought I should stick with Sony....
    If you have a substantial investment in other related Sony gear (lenses, etc) this could be a wise choice. There will be a comfort level and reduced learing curve if you stick with their line.

    The main reason for asking is that Sony has gone down a unique path with a fixed mirror and electronic viewfinder that is not to my taste. When I bought my first DSLR, I had a good look at the Sony line and at the time, they had some nice gear, but I was a bit nervous about how a company that has a large consumer electronics presence was going to carry on with the Konica-Minolta heritage. They are also the largest professional video camera producer out there.

    I'm not 100% sure I like where Sony with their still camera gear right now.

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    Re: Sony a65

    A Big Thanks to everyone for comments/views concerning Sony A65 they have been most helpful,as Manfred suggested I will try the EVF before I purchase the camera,once again Thanks for all your help.....

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