Forthcoming Sony Alpha DSLRs Spec Lists Rumored

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Since we first saw the "advanced amateur" Sony Alpha DSLR earlier this year, it's been shrouded in mystery and its spec list has been rife with guesswork and conjecture. Now we're seeing the next round of soothsaying by a flimsy Franco-rumor site, telling us that the higher-end amateur model will have a 14.4-megapixel sensor, a 2.5-inch LCD viewscreen (no word about whether it will have live view or not), CompactFlash card support and wireless flash from the camera. There were even more rumors flying around, too.

Illustration for article titled Forthcoming Sony Alpha DSLRs Spec Lists Rumored
Illustration for article titled Forthcoming Sony Alpha DSLRs Spec Lists Rumored
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Illustration for article titled Forthcoming Sony Alpha DSLRs Spec Lists Rumored

Sony told us at PMA in March (that's when we took the pictures you see above) there would be an even higher-end pro model forthcoming, too, but would tell us nothing else. Now rumor has it that one of the models will be called the Sony A300, with the flagship called the A500 (pictured above), and that one's packing a 20-megapixel sensor. [Digital Camera Information]

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I have an a100 and other than high ISO noise, I've been very happy with it. The Alpha mount has some robust lenses available for reasonable prices.

One of my favorites, "The Beercan," 70-210 f4, is very sharp, focuses reasonably fast and about $150.00 for one in good shape.

Another is 50 f1.7. Less than 100 bucks...50 f1.4 for about 200 bucks.

These lenses make the Sony kit lens look bad...really bad.