William Porter "William Porter Photography", Amazon
24 April 2013
Summary: I'm a portrait and wedding photographer and I bought this A850 as a second-camera to use with my Sony A99 (which I also love). The A850 was the last of Sony's great traditional digital SLR bodies. It has a magnificent optical viewfinder, brilliantly designed ergonomics (I like the positioning of buttons on the A850 better even than on the A99), and most important, takes fantastic pictures.
Summary: they don't make it any more. I had a hard time getting a new one after I dropped my first on in a creek :( Sony has just come out with several new cameras, so you may want to look at those rather than pursuing this discontinued model. All the same I was very glad that I was able to find one.
Summary: Being a Minolta fan for some years, I one day discovered that Sony sheared the same lens mount. I found a A850 on Amazon rated as good, but as it came I found it excellent. Since then I've been trying out all my AF Minolta lenses with very good results. I have had the A850-book from David Bush to help me pick out the best choises in the A850's meny, so I'm amazed at the fine pictures, I'm very happy with my Sony Alpha A850.
Summary: I love my a850. If you like shooting landscapes and like a simple camera this one is the one you want. I always read the biggest draw back to full frame is the cost of good lenses. But I have been using the Konica Minolta 17-35mm and 70-210 4.0 Beercan and the results are stunning. I also have read the cropped sensors were getting so good that there was really no reason to go full frame. I disagree with that now.
Summary: The camera was delivered earlier as expected. It was a very pleasant surprise to find out that the condition was 'mint' instead of 'mint minus'. You will hardly be able to find such camera in such conditions for such price. A,xiously waiting for the sun to do a 'round of shooting' with this jewel.
Summary: This Sony a850 replaces my Sony a100 and a Minolta Maxxum 9xi. The lenses for these cameras fit the a850, so no new lenses had to be purchased. The viewfinder is the brightest ony camera I have owned, and the 35mm format suits the wildlife and scenery work I do. I wish I had this camera when working in Alaska, where a few of my Leica photographs made it into the Alaska Magazine many years ago.
Summary: It always feels good when you make a good decision. The camera is not expensive as the a900 and under 2000.00$ and it just blows away the competition. The 24.6 Mp sensors make a picture you can keep scrolling in and it just stays crystal clear. Almost frightening... Sony has always done a good job of layout where adjusting the f-stop, Shutter speed, and ISO are a snap. And I mean truly better than any other camera...