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Old 24-04-2009, 22:57   #1 (permalink)
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Old 24-04-2009, 23:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: sony a 200

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I've no personal experience with the Sony, but it gets good press.
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Old 25-04-2009, 01:51   #3 (permalink)
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Re: sony a 200

I have the A100 (it's older brother). The standard kit lens (18-70) is good as kit lenses go and with care it can take excellent photos. The camera has all the usual auto modes and the ablity to overide them if your feeling creative. It will cetainly allow you to expand your photographic skills if you so wish.

They're excellent value at around 260.
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Old 25-04-2009, 10:49   #4 (permalink)
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Re: sony a 200

I have an Alpha 200, but will caveat what I'm about to say next with....I'm new to this and don't have anything to compare it to, so will restrict my comments purely to my experience of the A200.

I bought it about a month or six weeks ago so have had time to play around with it. As well as the kit lens I bought the 75-300 zoom too.

I did quite a lot of research (which is great fun in itself!) and read loads of reviews, and the A200 seems to get quite a good press.

As a newcomer to the world of DSLR I have found it very easy to use - the menus are pretty intuitive with only one or two functions popping up in odd places (eg flash compensation not in the flash menu). There are some good preset modes and once you get comfortable all the usual priority modes are there too along with full manual.

I handled quite a few different cameras and it felt good in my hand (a very personal thing though), weighty enough to feel solid but not so heavy that it's uncomfortable. For me, the shutter button is positioned slightly behind where my finger naturally falls, but I soon got used to this. I like the 3 frames per second burst mode although have already found that I could do with more, although I don't think you will get more than this unless you are looking to spend more money. I also really like the intelligent battery - battery life is good and it tells you in percentage form how much battery life you have left.

Ultimately I bought the Sony on price. The Image stabilisation for the Sony is built in to the body so this meant I could get the camera plus kit lens, plus the zoom for a fair bit less than the equivalent Canon with equivalent Image stabilised lenses, or the equivalent Nikon, as the deals on the Nikon didn't seem to be with the AF-S lenses.

In terms of image quality I am certainly pleased - it takes better pictures than I am capable of taking at the moment, but I will stress again I don't have anything to compare to.

If I am honest, had I had a bigger budget I would probably have gone down the Canon/ Nikon route mainly on availability of second hand lenses and accessories etc, but so far am chuffed to bits with my Sony. If the photography bug gets you and you find you want to upgrade, or buy accessories you will find far more choice with Canon and Nikon than is available with Sony at the moment.

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Re: sony a 200

That is a great reply from slowpoke rodriguez

I have to say that when dishing out buying advice most of us would recommend getting a short list of about three cameras and then handle them to see how easy the controls fall to hand and how easy the menu system is to navigate. If the camera does not feel comfortable and easy to use, you won't use it to its best.


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I handled quite a few different cameras and it felt good in my hand (a very personal thing though), weighty enough to feel solid but not so heavy that it's uncomfortable. For me, the shutter button is positioned slightly behind where my finger naturally falls, but I soon got used to this.
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it is very important to buy a camera you feel is right for you. All of the major makes will give you similar image quality, and will do general photography very well, so your shortlist should consist of cameras that will do what you are interested in. For instance, if you like sports and action, you ought to consider cameras with good frame rates, fast focusing capability and a good high ISO performance. If you anticipate doing a lot of flash photography, this should also be taken into consideration as the different makes have different flash capabilities.

Remember you are buying into a system, so look to see what is available for you if and when you decide to expand your system.

If you have already been through this process and the a200 has come oiut on top, I don't think you will be disappointed with it.
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Re: sony a 200

NO doubt Sony have come up with some very very good camera options but what turned me away from Sony ( I have the a100 ) to Canon was not the camera but the availability and range of lenses.

In South Africa lenses are considerably more expensive than in Europe and US ( based on straight currency rate - this has a few flaws but gives a good comparison )so for me the lack of new lenses and 2nd hand lenses from Sony became a big problem. With Canon there are alot more people selling 2nd hand lenses

When looking at any camera I would look more closely at lenses. Still I believe Sony have done a great job and I believe they will continue to grow in the highly competitive market. Enjoy it - you'll have great fun
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Cameras have never interested me! as long as I have got one!
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Re: sony a 200

There are a reasonable number of Minolta lenses on ebay that will fit Sony Alpha cameras.
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Re: sony a 200

I have the A350 and can reccomend the Sony system; I bought the Sigma 17-70 macro to go with mine and it proved to be a good marriage. The one criticism I have with mine is that compared to my Nikon system the Sony feels bulky and clutered to handle, but I soon get used to it and I have to say, I love using it; the controls are all easy to access and are very intuitative.For the price , the 200 has to be a bargain and there are plenty of non O/S lenses available at reasonable prices. Build quality is not up to Nikon standards but it is still a well made camera and feels very solid.
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Re: sony a 200

I have owned an A200 for a year now. Since I wasn't sure at that point how serious I was about photography I wanted one of the basic DSLR models.

I think for all the talk about different brands there is little significant difference between DSLR's these days when it comes to taking pictures - the differences are largely in the details.

For me, it came down to handling. I went to a local camera store and picked up a D60 (just released at that time) and the 450D (I think - might have been a 400D) as well as the A200. They were all fine cameras and all would have taken better pictures than I am capable of taking, but the A200 felt better.

To me the D60 felt too small and the Canon too flimsy. So the A200 was my choice. I have not been disappointed and if I had chosen either of the other two I would not have been disappointed either.

The issue of lens availability is a red herring - as someone else noted, every Minolta AF lens will work on Sony, as will every Minolta AF fit Tamron and Sigma (and Tokina) lens. As well as the current range of Sony lenses nearly every current Sigma and Tamron lens comes in a Sony fit.

I have no idea how many hundreds of lenses this amounts too, but I suspect that if you can't find the lens you want in this collection, you are not going to find it with any other brand either.

One other point worth noting that I felt was significant is that the Sony approach to stabilisation - putting it in the camera body rather than the lens - means that all of these older lens benefit from stabilisation.

So buy what works for you - and if your photographs are rubbish it won't be because of the camera.
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olli is absolutely spot on!
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thanks for all the input..i have just ordered a sony a 350 after all that.(really want live view)
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