Into the World of DSLRs

3 03 2010

Its been a very long time since i made a plan to get my hands on a DSLR. I was so lazy to go buy one , that plan kept dragging on. After many months of DSLRs walking my dream , it was the day. Decided to burn my pocket and make myself poor with a DSLR on my side. So called up a friend dragged him in to watch me become pauper, and off we went to shopping.

The main criteria i had for the cam were budget of-course, then the live view feature as i wanted the cam to be easy to use for dad also. With this basic criteria went to check out canon and nikon. Even thought they had really good professional DSLR, the range was very limited when it comes to semi pro DSLR. Also the price of those cam with live view were so high that i might have to sell few of my body parts to buy that. I knew sony had some few camera on the budget category and semipro which also included live-view feature. So off we went to the Sony showroom. I was keen to check out the A330 bronze edition. The color  was really good to check out, sadly there was no stock of the bronze edition nor any of the A330 model. Since A2xx series are without live-view . I now had to choose between two models that they had in stock and was near the limit of my budget, A380 and A500. Since A500 was asking for a little of my body parts to be sold. Decided on the A380L with the standard kit lens. With hands heavy , pocket light , guilty of burning money , happy no body part was lost  in becoming a owner of a A380L.

Sony had made enough changes to a380 to make sure this one lies in between A330 and A500. A330 comes with a plastic handgrip which is a bit uncomfortable for long use. A500 on the other hand has leather grid which is much more comfortable. A380 comes with a rubber grip which is better than A330. The interface is supposed to be easy to use for the beginners , seem like i am yet to reach the beginner level. The basic interface is easy enough to get through. But when it comes to making few manual setting, its chaos. Sony has happily scattered buttons all over the back and top of the camera. Its kinda like a jigsaw puzzle to play with . Good way to kill time if you are bored. Make yourself a objective and try to set it in the camera within the time-limit of taking a picture with tat camera, its fun :D.

When it comes to basic point and shoot , the camera is easy to use with a predefined set for basic photoshooting which includes, landscape , potrait , macro , sports, nightshoot and the magic word of all “auto”. This would workout for most of the basic photoshooting. After having a short time messing around with the camera figured out few more controls , and decided to take it on a test run the next day. Destination BirdPark.

Now it was time to test the camera , my memory on the control , my creativity, battery life. I had planned to use live-view for the entire day to check how good the battery would come. Was actually suprised to there was still enough juice left in battery for another 300 shots. I had taken around 300 shots that day.  The first thing that i missed on the camera was the zoom. Yea took time to realize i was not on cheap camera, but a DSLR tat burnt my pocket day before and still dosen’t know zoom. I had figured out it had a zoom while messing with it day before, but totally forgot which button it was. After lots of trial and error decided to give up and roam the park. Of the 3 test 1 test has failed already , my memory failed to remember the controls. Then it came to night photography with no flash. The area of owl are so dark that we barely see them with naked eyes, and flash photography was prohibited. So tried the night photography with no flash. The camera took a little more than normal time to focus and take pic, also the success rate was only 50%. most of time it couldn’t focus in such low lights. Not a bad performance comparing to my point and shoot camera which totally failed to capture any image here. Then tried macro and few landscape photography. Not bad taking into consideration it was me who is taking those photos . Needs to get used to controls soon to get the most of the camera. Still its a buy that not gonna be regretted.

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