A whole new bag suggestion
Let's say you opted for the SONY A100 (10.2 MP) with its body-level sensor stabilization "Super SteadyShot" over the Canon 30D (8.2 MP), a Nikon D80 (10.2 MP) and even the Olympus E-volt 500 4/3 DSLR.
What lenses would you slap on the front of this camera to make it a quality bag?
UWA (optional): SONY DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 ($600)
WA-prime (optional): SONY DT 28mm f/2.8 ($249) w/ 0.45x UWA Add-on lens: Phoenix 0.45x lens ($69)
Normal: TAmROn SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DiII LD Aspherical (IF) (SONY/Minolta-mount) ($449)
Prime (optional): SONY DT 50mm f/1.4 ($319)
Telephoto: Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 ATX (SONY/Minolta-mount) ($649)
Even if you only got the TAmROn 17-50 f/2.8 and the Tokina 80-200 f/2.8, this would be quite the system with Image Stability thrown in for free. The total cost for the Camera, and the two lenses... $1900!
The Canon EOS 30D equivalent system (30D, 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, & 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM) would be $3700... almost double!!
Consider SONY... it's money in the bank... or... a few more lenses. :D
Even if you thought you hadn't made up your mind about which system has the "bang for the buck", you should have now. :cool:
Remember the place you read this...
This is the SONY forum... and specifically is catering to the SONY camera issues. I brought up the "SONY-bag" as a way to simplify purchases to that end.
Personally, for the "average" (whatever that means) photographer, the SONY has most of the tricks covered, plus throws in the Super SteadyShot for all your lensing. It would be hard to go wrong with this set up... and if a photographer did have a notion for Full Frame, then a Canon-investment would be in order. Get out a good sized wallet, though, as Canon IS-equipped lensing is serious extra cash... :eek: that you simply would NOT have to spend using the SONY. :p