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 recently sold my Sony A77 that I bought new to buy a used A850. The A77 is more modern in every way, with incredible features based around its translucent mirror technology. It (the A77) even has about the same 24 MP resolution as the full-frame A850, so why the move from the latest and greatest of 2011 to a stripped-down version of what was already considered a very basic camera in 2008 (A850 is essentially a reduced feature set A900) along with a significant weight...
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: I purchased a Sony A850 as I wanted to move up to full frame. I found that Sony makes excellent digital DSLR's and I have absolutely no complaints about the camera. The pictures capture great detail and the color is fantastic. The only thing negative, is that judging from my own experience as a person majoring in Digital Photography at a local college, is that most classrooms are divided into two camps, Canon and Nikon.