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  1. #11
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    There's one for sale on eBay right now.
    Comes with a case and memory card and only one bid so far. You might get a decent deal.

  2. #12
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    Have been looking at that one, but it's already 215 posted. For an extra 30 I can get a refurbished one with warranty etc.

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    Just in case you were curious where the previously posted "creative" image example came from, it was from a fireworks display, back in 2008.

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    I like to think it provides some proof you can take routine and average and make it say so much more.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomosllyr View Post
    Have been looking at that one, but it's already 215 posted. For an extra 30 I can get a refurbished one with warranty etc.
    Yes, already too much.
    How about an A100 like this.
    Looking at completed listings you'll see it go for as little as 130 although one idiot paid 475, must have thought it was an A700.
    Frank used this combo to good effect.

  5. #15
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    I had my A100 for about 4 years and used it everyday. It was a good camera. I never had any problems and I took over 50,000 images.

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  6. #16
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    Is it worth buying a 4 year old camera though? How much difference would I see in the quality compared to a brand new one?

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    Quality wise there's not much in it.
    AFAIK, the 100/200/230/300 all had the same CCD Sensor although it was tweaked for the 200 up to improve ISO sensitivity but to be honest, the difference is marginal at best.
    The CCD Sensor is pretty sharp and a lot of users prefer it to the later CMOS one.
    The AF motor was beefed up for the 200 as well.
    Ergonomically the A100 is a much better camera according to most opinion.
    Whether it's worth it depends on the price, I guess.

  8. #18
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    I read a few reviews about the new Sony cameras and they all compared it to the A100. I thought it was a typo but seen it in another review too. The two biggest draw backs i had was slow AF (auto focus) and not being able to shoot over 400 iso.

    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  9. #19
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    Read quite a few reviews now. Seems that the best "entry" DSLR at the moment is the D3100. As it's a bit outside my budget I've opted to go for the slightly-less-dazzling-but-still-praised A290 (my local photography store owner tried to convince me to go for a second hand D3000 but reviews state the A290 is the better buy).

    So was trawling through some local classifieds today and saw a job-lot of sony lenses and filters for sale. Doesn't say how many or what types so I need to call to find out more. They're listed as SLR lenses so guessing they're from the film era. I'm pretty sure they'll fit a DSLR, but what are people's opinions on using older lenses on newer cameras? Any issues I need to look out for? Do they compare with lenses built for DSLR's? They're on sale for 40, all boxed, so if I could get one or two decent lenses in the pack I'd be saving myself a small fortune.

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    Sony didn't make any so they are probably Minolta.
    Make sure they are AF lenses.
    You may be in for a bargain.

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