Summary: I love my camera. This is a blast. So I was hoping that it would work well with my old Minolta Lenses and it does. I have a 35-80 mm lens and a 100-200 mm lens. I am thrilled. We spent and afternoon in the park and over to my daughters with my Grandchildren. I took a few shots, some very good. Then I introduced my daughter to my new camera and 300+ pictures later....yes, seriously.
Summary: I use this almost on a daily basis for in studio work and photo trips. With a good lens it is a sensational value. Sony cameras are the Photographers dream tool. I regularly use 3 of them almost daily. The SLT-A65 and SLT-A77 are the ultimate camera for any Photographer. I love all three of my Sony's, especially my A350 work horse. Simple but powerful under any condition.
Summary: I bought the Sony A65 when first released. After 2 years and thousands of photos I continue to be impressed & delighted with the photos it produces. Previously I had four years of very positive experience with the 10 MP Sony A100, which was Sony's first DSLR. When I was ready to upgrade, Sony had proven it's quality. Also the Sony Alpha series accepts my old Minolta lenses. The higher resolution of the 24 MP A65 was calling to me -- it has delivered stunning results.
Summary: This is my first foray into the DSLR realm. I have been using 35mm and my trusty Minolta Maxxum for years. Was glad to find this camera body as it lets me continue to use my Minolta AF lenses. The old lenses and new technology works flawlessly and seamlessly. I have re-awakened my enthusiasm for photography with this combo. Seller was fast and even included 2 batteries, a charger and filters with this body.
Summary: I loved my purchase of a Sony A-350 camera, however, my colleague, Roxanee Grunig of Gualala, CA wanted the same camera and was swayed by a New York City Amazon.com camera owner and was told it was dusty. He convinced her, for the same money to purchase a camera A-390 of lesser value . She agreed to the purchase but I think she got horn swaggered. My A-350 cost $1,600 new and the A-390 cost $525. new.
Summary: A quick postscript to an older camera. Read this if you're debating a newer body or this older model. Vs. newer A330/380/390 models: 1. This body style is MUCH better. It fits your hand. They are impossible to hold. 2. The user interface on the newer models is dumbed down to P&S format. It may be useful for non-DSLR users, but for anyone at all familiar with an SLR, the old style UI is vastly superior. 3. The flash controls on this camera are excellent.
Summary: This is a great starter DSLR because of the ease of use, the 14.2 MP and most obviously, the price. Having never used a DSLR, I have no other DSLR to compare the A350 to but, I can say that this camera is really easy to learn to use and even us newbies can take clear, clean, colorful photos with every click. The camera also feels really good in my hands.
My first high quality camera was a Nikon F. This camera seemed to have things Nikon just didn't
Richard Hughes "Pickydick", Amazon
23 October 2010
Summary: I was always a Nikon fan but when I saw the Alpha 350 and read about its reatures I was truly impressed. For a lot less than a grand it seemed to have features that Nikon only had in $2500 to $3000 models and sometimes not even in them. I really loved the live view and the tilting view screen. Nikon didn't have that at the time and I'm not sure they even had live view.