Intrepid cyclist and technology guru Geoff has lent me his ‘spare’ Canon EOS550D camera while he is away dodging people with iron bars trying to mug him in Vietnam. As my latest distraction I have been bidding on mid range DSLRs on Ebay and luckily being unsuccessful. I’ve also got out my old Pentax ME Super that I bought duty free in Singapore on my way to my first visit to Australia in 1983 and have been shooting B&W film. In the meantime I’ve borrowed a Canon zoom (18-55mm) for Geoff’s camera and been trying to work out how good the photos are that these cheapish DSLRs take, comparing it with H’s Sony Alpha that seems to live permanently in a drawer here where its battery seems to go flat without so much as a click of the shutter (as one reviewer has noted).
The Sony is cute alongside a conventional DSLR but it is actually rather weird to hold and use as the lens is so heavy compared to the body and, of course, you end up holding it away from yourself to compose pictures on the back screen.
the quality of the pictures that both produce are very similar. The Canon tends to give more exposure. Its on the left at the top but on the right in the photographs of the studio here:
Both lenses show colour fringing, which I think looks tacky. On the Canon it is orange and on the Sony, purple as below:
and both show some barrel distortion when on the most wide angle setting. Canon is on the right. The two pictures were composed identically and the Canon viewfinder shows less than 100% of what the camera takes:
Overall, I expected better from this £500-600 price range.