Though Sony is a newcomer to the digital SLR world, it saw the wisdom of creating such an experience to introduce photo magazine editors to the Sony Alpha 100. Its whirlwind two-day adventure in Alaska allowed me to take a long, hard look at the first Sony D-SLR -- and get beyond the strangeness of using a single-lens reflex with a nameplate I'm more accustomed to seeing on my TV. I've only just recovered from the effects of 24 hours of travel time, which made Alaska seem more surreal than it probably is. Carting our motley crew around in a big bus, Sony kept us going for as long as there was light, which in Alaska this time of year means about 20 hours a day. We took pictures at wildlife preserves, mountain-ringed lakes, and from a boat cruising the waters off the Kenai Peninsula, where we saw humpback and killer whales, otter and sea lions, and flotillas of puffins. We flew bush planes into Denali and sailed over glaciers surrounding a socked-in Mt. McKinley, flying low enough to see grazing moose and pairs of swans along the way. Alaska's beauty is, for lack of a better term, raw. (I now have to fight not to capitalize that word.) It's not the sort of subject matter I'm accustomed to photographing, but I came away impressed with Sony's first effort at the type of camera, albeit a digital version, that I grew up with.