About a few weeks ago I decided to give the Sony gear a chance in a paid assignment. I was shooting the Sony as a second body, alongside my main Olympus system. I had the Olympus E-5 with the super wide angle 11-22mm F2.8-3.5, and the Sony A350 with the 50mm F1.8. I used the Olympus exclusively for all wide angle shots, while the Sony for close up shooting and details. Olympus FL-50R was attached on my E-5 and fired at all times. Similarly, a third party TTL compatible Sunpak flash was on the Sony.
Here are some photographs from the dinner reception at Hotel Maya, Kuala Lumpur.
So how did the Sony perform? Honestly, it exceeded my expectations. I do not understand how so many people can bash Sony's earlier releases of DSLR (at least the bashing is true here locally in Malaysia, observing discussions in online forums, photography groups, etc). I did not find the camera to be inadequate in any way, for a shooting session that I needed to deliver results. The Sony performed well, and I was happy to have used it.
I think it was so easy to talk down another system, especially if you are already stuck with your own system of choice. If you keep an open mind, and really try out that alien system, it may just very well surprise you. Ideally I would want to have another Olympus E-5 as my second body, or even the OM-D E-M5, but I cannot afford either. I make do with what I can at the moment, and hey, it worked well enough.
I have been swarmed with wedding shoots lately. Much of my free time has been eaten up by post-processing works. Oh well... the reality of being a photographer, even though I am not doing it full time.