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    Sony A-580

    Ordered one last week - should have it shortly. I considered the A-55 as well as the Canon D60 and T2i but in the end I thought this was the best camera for me.

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    now all you need is some good lenses,flash,tripod,head,memory,batteries,case,
    filters,software,faster computer.......

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    Question Doesn't that come ...

    in the accessory bag?

    Congrats on your decision, "palermo22". The α580 is, perhaps, the best choice in APS-C DSLRs at this time. It seems to be offered at a fair price and with the battery life reportedly at over 1000+ images, Niiiiiice.

    The SLTs are not even close at half of that!

    The α580's Optical Viewfinder ... means power-economy. Running a set of "ready spare" (one or two) $ONY rechargeable batteries for an α55 is not cheap. Throw in "time-to-charge" each battery (one at a time!) ... and it gets to be a rather cumbersome overhead. I've done the battery shuffle with BOTH flash units and the various cameras ... and I hate having to dance to that tune.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-27-2010 at 03:00 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    now all you need is some good lenses,flash,tripod,head,memory,batteries,case,
    filters,software,faster computer.......

    LOL !!!

    So true !!

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    Actually the first item I did get was Gary Friedman's new book on the A580 - it's a wealth of information. Highly recommended!

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    almost forgot..52" plasma to watch your videos..

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    a580 Flash Questions

    I just got the email from Crutchfield today. My a580 body only, which I ordered on Dec 19th has finally shipped. Can't wait.
    Now, my question: does anyone know if my old Minolta 3600HS D flash will work with the a580?

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    Not fully but good enough with the right settings

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    3600HSD Flash

    Thanks for replying Sonynut.

    I read in the a560/a580 manual that ratio flash isn't supported. Do you have any idea what other limitations I might expect? Aside from it being pretty wimpy in the first place.

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    I use one all the time..........i actually like it better than the fully auto ones......you can dial in what you need manually with no surprises

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