Summary: The camera is excellent, perfect, too much camera for the price, the only thing i didn't like about the package was the tripod and the memory card wallet, also, the Macro/Wide angle and the 2X telephoto converters have to use a mounting ring because they are for 58mm lenses, the mounting ring came in the package, everything else was excellent, the 3 filters have a really nice case and the tripod has it own bag, just like the filters.
Excerpt: I loved using the ability to use the tilted viewfinder. Got some awesome results at recent car shows. One of the quirks of the camera was the location of the movie button. I had a few instants where I had hit the button while changing settings on the camera. I located the disable button in the menu and it was not an issue after that was turned off. The other issue I had was the RAW format was not compatible to my PhotoShop CS5 software.
Summary: Those who are familiar with recent Sony dSLTs/dSLRs will be confused by this product. As a disclaimer, let me state that I do not own this camera. I do own an earlier model, and I did take a look at and handle this camera. One would expect the Sony A58 to be an update of the A57. This is NOT the case at all. Sony had 4 models previously. The entry level was the A37. The top tier APS-C camera was the A77. In between, they had the A57 and the A65.
Summary: I've owned a Sony A33 for over 2 years and felt the camera met my needs fairly well. Since it was a 1st gen product (of the SLT line), I've always planned to upgrade it when Sony released something new. As the A58 is the 3rd generation SLT, I thought it would be great and pre-ordered one.
Excerpt: Ok took some shots at the local camera store same lens different body same settings and have to say the A58 had softer images not by much but very easy to tell the difference no pixel peeping just image to image it was clear my A37 was better. On the flip side the OLED viewfinder was much much better then the one on my A37.
Satisfactory but can get better at this price point, possible compatibility issues
Chas Spring, Amazon
26 August 2013
Summary: I bought the Sony alpha 58 from a shop for a very good price, if I had bought it online I would have sent it back to get my money refunded. In this review I will tell you what the sales assistant should have told me/what my research should have pointed out. Previously I had a Sony Alpha 200, a selection of lenses and accessories so thought it made made sense to stay with Sony. First off compatibility issues.
Summary: I had a choice of moving away from Sony to a Canon 60D with two lenses for a little over what I had to spend to get the Sony A58 but as I had Sony lenses, batteryâ€™s and a flash I stuck with Sony. This may have been a mistake. The picture quality of the A58 is very good even at with high iso shots which is what you want from a SLR. The menu is relatively easy to navigate and gives you options to change some of the button uses to fit the users needs.
Summary: I would class this is an entry level dslr and it replaces the Sony SLTA 37 even though naming suggests it might be the successor to the SLTA57, which it kind of is and isn't. I am pleased to say that it addresses many of the criticisms I had of the SLTA37 I previously reviewed. There's a boost in megapixels to 20.1 and the viewfinder is now an `OLED Tru Finder' compared to LCD used previously which produces a sharp image which was nice and bright.