A Grand and Historic Day, But Still Dangling
Tuesday 25 January 2011 — Category: Equipment
Today is a grand and historic day! I’m soon to own my first SLR in 25 years! (See Brian’s Photographic Journey for more details.) Yes, today I ordered a Sony Alpha α55!
As the picture to the right suggests, I ordered the body only. The stock lens that comes with it, a Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens is a cheap ($200) and slow lens that definitely does not inspire! The other lens I've seen bundled with the α55 body is an equally uninspiring and slow DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Zoom Lens. No thank you!! I’m not buying a nice camera body only to be stuck with bottom-of-the-line lenses! But exactly which len(es) I will be getting is another story for another day.
Well, that’s the good news. The bad news is that the α55 is not yet available in the U.S., and I won’t be getting it until sometime in March. That still leaves me dangling in camera limbo, because I've already sold my old camera (four days ago!), as I wrote in my last blog entry. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it’s going to seem VERY long as I anxiously await the arrival of my Precious.
I’m so excited to be going back to my photographic roots with an SLR — well, actually, the α55 is not a traditional SLR, but a new type of camera called an SLT: single-lens translucent. In a traditional SLR, a mirror in front of the sensor reflects light up to an optical viewfinder. When you press the shutter release button, the mirror flips out of the way, the light now hits the sensor, the picture is taken, and the mirror flips back down. In the new SLT cameras, the mirror is translucent (semitransparent) and does not move. Part of the light is continuously relfected up to an electronic viewfinder, while the rest of the light continuously hits the sensor. There are advantages and disadvantages to this method, which I will discover more fully once I start using the camera.
I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Another Grand and Historic Day occured exactly eighteen months, to the day, after I had written this article — be sure to follow the link and find out what happened!