Sony Alpha A700K 12.24MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Lens


  • 12.24-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size prints
  • Kit includes 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED lens
  • In-camera image stabilization and anti-dust vibration systems; Eye-Start Autofocus system
  • 3-inch LCD display; 11-point autofocus system; 40-segment multi-pattern honeycomb metering
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery; stores images on CF I/II and Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo cards

Even though this is not the absolute top of the line, it is certainly worthy of high praise. I am not a professional photographer, but I do take high level (raw) shots, edit them on photoshop and post to websites and make brochures and business cards from my photos. This camera pretty much does all I ask. The biggest selling point was that the anti-shake feature is built into the camera and not the lens. I would recommend this camera to just about anyone. Down side is that it doesn’t have wide format. That is a couple of thousand more that I didn’t have. extremely pleased with this camera. especially combined with the sony lens 18-250 mm. recommend to upgrade to last fw asap. this did really improve some focus issues for me and overall image quality.Great for causal use, good performance/price ratio.

Back focus issue with SAL50F14 (50mm/1.4F) & SAL18200 (18~200mm) depending on aperture & zoom settings, couldn’t be fixed after 3 repair trips, tired of it, now stuck with blurry quick shots (some of them); if you are slow shooter and have more time to adjusting focus (compensating the back focus) for every photo, it’s still a great camera.

Many complain on web about A700 back focus issue, be aware!I totally enjoy using this camera. Its low noise capability (after installing V4) exceeds my old Minolta 5D even though it has twice the amount of pixels.

Pros:

- very fast focusing

- great low light capability

- great LCD

- great ergonomics

- 5 fps and addictive shutter sound :)

Cons:

- so so jpeg output (raw is much better)

LENS: for $200 extra, the 18-200mm Sony lens can be added to the Sony Alpha 700 camera body: Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Aspherical ED High Magnification Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera (see Amazon page, a $330 discount is applied if the 18-200mm lens is ordered with the Sony Alpha 700 camera body). Originally priced at $499, this is a high-quality lens, very sharp at most focal lengths. For $200 extra, it is not just a bargain – it’s a steal.

SONY A700 CAMERA: I’m very pleased with the Sony Alpha 700.

(1) PLEASANT SURPRISE: the Sony (Alpha) A700 is only slightly bigger than my Minolta Maxxum 7 film SLR. Many digital SLR’s are big and clunky; the A700 is almost as easy to carry as a film SLR.

(2) EXCELLENT CONTROLS! Three buttons on the top right of the A700 give immediate access to Exposure Compensation, ISO setting, and White Balance – each of these can be adjusted quickly, for each shot. (ISO setting is like being able to change film speed, for each shot; White Balance is like setting film type – Daylight, Tungsten, or other – for each shot)

(3) EASY, QUICK MENUS. I never imagined I would praise the menus on a digital camera. On my 3 megapixel Olympus point-and-shoot, changing a setting requires laborious searches through stacks of submenus. The menu layout on the Sony A700 is head-and-shoulders superior to any point-and-shoot I have used. Two or at most three clicks suffice to change any setting. Using menus on the A700 is almost a pleasure.

(4) PHOTO QUALITY. The Sony Alpha 700 uses essentially the same photo-sensor that Sony supplies to Nikon for the top-of-the-line Nikon D300. Its picture quality is at the top of the class.

I first bought a digital camera 8 years ago, but never enjoyed using point-and-shoot digital cameras. Poor controls, really lousy viewfinders, sloppy and inaccurate autofocus, long shutter lags which make action photography impossible, all made me dislike point-and shoot digital cameras. For photography where the pictures mattered, I continued to use a high-quality film SLR camera. The Sony Alpha 700 is the first digital camera I have used that performs as well as a top-quality film SLR. This is the first digital camera that I enjoy using.



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Sony Alpha A230L 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization and 18-55mm Lens


  • 10.2-megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor for ultra-fine detail
  • Included SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens
  • SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization; Eye-Start Autofocus
  • 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display
  • Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately)

I found a deal on a new Sony A230 that was too good to pass up (I really wanted the new kit lens). Knowing the comments I have read on the internet, I was skeptical on its performance and especially its ergonomics.

Let’s talk about the ergonomics first. It feels very solid and well made to me. I owned the A200 previously and actually think the A230 has a better build quality. It just feels more solid. The grip is different for sure but I find it is manageable for me by placing the right side of the camera against my palm. Plus it’s lightweight and this helps with the grip. You really cannot get an understanding of the grip by holding it in a store like Best Buy or Target where you cannot hold the camera by itself. I am not saying it’s my favorite grip by any means but it is manageable.

My main complaint in general usage is the lack of dedicated buttons. Many functions are menu driven. However in my case the main 2 options I change regularly are exposure compensation and ISO. There are dedicated buttons for these.

Simply stated, the new kit lens is quite an improvement over the 18-70. I am no expert but the overall image quality was noticeably sharper across the entire range. It is still entry level in feel though. The thing that stands out to me as an improvement over the A200 is the auto white balance. It is very good and a definite plus for new DSLR users. I actually compared it indoors to my Nikon D5000 and the white balance of the A230 was noticeably better. The Nikon tends toward a warmer white balance in general and this drives me nuts honestly.

Another aspect of the image quality that surprised me was its low light performance and noise performance. I tried last night to get it to take pictures without flash inside in a very dark room without flash. I changed to manual mode and raised the ISO to 1600 and then 3200. With the quality as JPEG fine, the noise was well controlled but noticeable, especially at ISO 3200. Then I changed to RAW and the difference was significant. I normally shoot JPEG but shooting RAW will make a difference when a special shot is needed or when the lighting is not optimal.

One area the Nikon noticeably performed better was in low light auto focus. The Nikon can focus quicker than the Sony. However the A230 usually did not give up and could eventually focus.

I personally do not use AEL or Kelvin white balance so Sony removing these features did not impact my decision to buy it. Each person will have to make his/her own opinion on the importance of certain features.

In the end, the A230 won me over for its great out of the box image quality, fantastic auto white balance, excellent kit lens and reasonable price. I definitely recommend it.

this is just about the perfect entry-level DSLR.

It has everything that you need to get great shots out of it, without the high price tag or a bloated feature set. I’d definitely recommend it. It’s not the best, technically, but it’s a great learning tool, performs well under stress, and an expert can get great shots out of it across the ISO range and in all lighting conditions. I would say that this will become legendary for its value as a DSLR. It’s the closest thing to a “throw it up and shoot” cheap little box film camera that you can get in a DSLR. But it still takes great photos, it’s very fast, nice and small, obviously cheap, and very easy to use.

I have to say I’m very happy so far with my choice, and this camera is my first DSLR Camera. The auto focus is fast and accurate. The shutter response is quick. The image quality is very good with lots of detail. The exposures have been very accurate with a minimal number of photos with blown highlights. The image stabilization kicks butt. The dynamic range optimization really does pull highlights out of the shade.

Pros:

-In-body Stabilization

-Compatible w/ Minolta lenses

-Smallest and lightest DSLR

-Very simple to use

-Vivid and good image quality

-Its high ISO (3200) low light performance is increbible

-Price

Cons:

-New Sony lens are expensive

-Some noise at high iso.

Just got this camera for couple days, will update more soon…My title is rather pessimistic, I know, but I’ve been playing with this camera now for a couple of hours, so I’ve had a chance to get a feel for what consumers are going to probably like, and not like, about this lens kit.

First, if you are a serious photographer, you are going to be better off buying the body of this camera separately from the lens. It isn’t that the 18-55mm, 3.5-5.6 aperture lens is bad: it just isn’t great for inside work, as far as I can tell. The kind of “meh” aperture range means you’ll struggle a bit in “normal” indoor lighting to get hand-held shots that don’t really want flash, and the problem with the flash is it is straight-ahead flash, so that your attempts at head shots are going to potentially have a deer-in-the-headlights quality about them. This will be because even zoomed in to 55mm, you’re going to need to be close to a subject for a portrait shot–closer than you really would like to be. Getting the two-lens kit, for a couple hundred dollars more, might be a really good alternative here, because I think the longer telephoto in that kit can go out to 200mm, giving you more flexibility in where you need to stand for shots. I was pretty sure when purchasing the kit that I was going to quickly need a really solid prime to go with it, and the Sony 50mm f 1.4 has already proven itself a valuable addition.

The good news is that, aside from the “adequate-but-kind-of-meh” lens, everything else on this thing mostly rocks! I was a bit nervous because I had seen other reviews in which some reviewers chewed on the ergonomics a bit, but I’m not really finding that to be a problem so far. The battery door, the door to the memory cards, etc., are rigid and open happily and confidently. As far as the battery goes, my advice would be to pick up an extra battery, because after charging mine the first time, I was down to roughly half power without having taken that many photos (maybe 75 RAW out of what I was being told was a 500-image total available. I didn’t expect the battery to make it for 500 shots, but it looks like I would have gotten about 150 shots out of the charge, and I can definitely see situations where a photographer would run into trouble from that.)

One thing that may not be immediately obvious from pictures is that the right-hand grip is quite comfortable, and there is a design feature on the back (basically a bit of a “hump” that provides the right thumb a place to get a kind of secure purchase so that you really shouldn’t ever feel like the camera is in danger of slipping out of your hand. I always put my left hand under the bottom of a camera anyway, so that I can adjust the focus ring easily, and even though this camera and its lenses have auto-focus, that’s still a comfortable place for the left hand.

Many of the features and details of the camera are things that you can find in other reviews or in detail lists for this product, so I won’t repeat all of that. I will state that I had no problems with the placement of the shutter button. I had seen some criticism on line suggesting that the reviewer felt like he was putting a lot of stress on a couple of fingers while firing the shutter button, but I really just didn’t find that to be the case.

All of the controls are really pretty intuitive. I turned the feature off that shows the pictures of what various things mean. If you are stepping up to a SLR from a point-and-shoot, do yourself a favor and learn what aperture is, and white balance. The joy of this camera is taking a photo with “automatic” settings, and then going to manual, taking the same shot, and realizing how completely screwed up your own sense of the shot is! Actually, this is kind of valuable, in that the digital nature of the camera means that you (and I) can get a real lesson about what happens when changing aperture or shutter speed, even sometimes by very small amounts.

In many ways, this camera is an ideal camera for a serious hobbyist (I’m not going to go hyperbolic and say “professional,” because the limitations of this camera are the sort that wouldn’t be tolerated by a professional being pushed to the limits of digital photography. It isn’t that a professional shot can’t be taken on this camera, but that there are digital bodies that would make a professional’s life much easier than the a230 would).

It is going to pretty much meet all of my needs for awhile, at least with the better lens on the front, and maybe a really good zoom to give me a bit more range of options.

The build quality seems fine to me. Nothing is jiggling. Lenses go on and off with no problems. Definitely buy the LCD cover that’s available from Amazon. Otherwise, you’ll discover that basically everything smudges the LCD display. It isn’t the end of the world, but your nose will constantly be pressed against the display, so there will always be a bit of oil and moisture smudged on, otherwise.

This isn’t a bad camera at all, and if you are JUST looking for a system that will give you some flexibility to take “normal” shots of the variety that other people make you sit through after they’ve fed you dinner, then you are going to be immediately happy. The camera will do many of the things that you need for it to do automatically, and can easily take better shots than you would take, if you knew nothing or little about photography, and had no interest to learn. But like many things, if you DO know something about photography, you will be pleasantly surprised about the sorts of things that you CAN do with this rig, as long as you are willing to make an investment in accessories that will give the body a chance to show its stuff.

It blurs even slow moving objects in sports mode. My child was just walking by and his face is blurred…big time….I bought the camera because it focused so quickly..DON’T BUY IT unless all of your subjects will be sitting still.

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Sony Alpha A100K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Lens


  • 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Kit includes 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 lens
  • In-camera image stabilization and anti-dust vibration systems; Eye-Start Autofocus system
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; 9-point autofocus system; 40-segment multi-pattern honeycomb metering
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery (supplied); stores images on CF I/II and Memory Stick Duo cards

I love the way it feels in my hand. I looked for weeks for a DSLR nd for the price and what I read this was it. Im thinking of upgrading the body I have 5 lenes and I like the a350 but I am also looking into the 700. But for a starter SLR you can’t beat the a100.Have been using for almost 3 years now and it is a great performer, especially for landscape/nature photography. Anti-shake is wonderful and makes up for the not top of the line iso handling.

One other plus is the compatibility with all the minolta gear, including both lenses and flashes.I can’t say that the pictures are worth the weight and bulk of the camera, and all the editing I have to do. It does take nice pictures, but they lack that “wow”. I find they’re kind of flat. So I sold it and bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 which I find takes excellent pictures without all the tinkering, but you can tinker if you want.

I guess if you’re a professional, you can get excellent pictures out of this Sony Alpha A100, but it would take alot of tinkering , and for the price, weight and bulk, and editing, it’s just not worth it to me.this is a great camera. beware that some times when you take a picture it will freeze the camera and you will need to remove the battery. other than that, this is a great camera. i recommend sony, since the anti-shake is in the body, where other companies put it in expensive lenses. if you dont want to deal with the freezing of the camera, then go with a newer model, but i recommend staying with a sony. they have features that some other companies didn’t put in there cameras.I’m sooo happy I managed to get one of these before Sony made all their changes. It acts just like my Minolta Film cameras, the venerable 9000 and the newer 5 Film – easy to use menus, controls where I want them and that wonderful lighting fast autofocus. I’m not a fan of anything Sony proprietary (like the battery) but so far it’s been good to me. I bought this to take pictures of my newborn son – cause face it, no P&S will ever react fast enough to catch the boy with his eyes scrunched up and tongue hanging out.

One serious con is the sheer bulk of the thing. My wife LOVED the Maxxum 5 Film, lightweight and thin for her little hands. She needs to use two hands almost exclusively for this beast. It’s not a weight issue either, it’s the shape of the grip. I find my fingernails grinding into the body from the way I hold the camera one handed. Better grips could be had.

There are certainly fuller featured models out there, even in this manufacturer, but really, how often do you use all those features? I know what I’m doing, I’m a photographer from way back with a Pentax K1000 knock off from Cosina, but about all I ever do is change the flash or exposure compensation settings, and usually I get better results if I use the pre-programmed modes anyway.

Takes a darn pretty picture in plain old automatic, too. Just like the Maxxum 5, if you can teach a 5 year old to frame and compose, the camera will do the rest.

Of course there’s the compatibility issue with all my old Minolta glass… eh… some of it plays nice, and some of (and particularly my portrait lens) will not work in anything other than full manual. Which is okay really, better than purchasing an entire new library of Nikkor lenses.

Oh, the image stabilization program in the body? Works like a charm.

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Sony Alpha DSLRA300X 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 & DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lenses


  • 10.2 MP for high-resolution image detail
  • Kit include DT 18-70mm zoom + 55-200mm telephoto lenses
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) with noise reduction
  • Tiltable 2.7¿ LCD screen for high/low angle shots
  • In-camera image stabilization

works very well, I love this camera, it is light in weight ( great for travel or walk around ), uses more reliable cf flash memory cards, has anti vibration built in to camera, unlike canon and nikon that build it into lenses that are more expensive . It also has a tilt up screen, anti-dust vibration and many other features, All that and it is easy to use, with a great 18-70mm kit lens, for a bargin price for a 10mb dslr. I love this camera…great for starter. Still so much to learn about the features…some confusing.There is really only one reason to choose this camera over the more established Nikon and Canon offerings and that is Live View. To put it simply, this is the ONLY DSLR with the ability to use the LCD screen to compose and take your picture with no sacrifice in focus speed vs. using the optical viewfinder. This is similar to how you use a point-and-shoot. Thus it is a great camera for those who prefer to take pictures using the LCD screen.

Canon and Nikon both offer a form of live view that relies on contrast focus to take the picture which is slower and less accurate.

I happen to love taking picture using the LCD screen in part because I wear a motorcycle helmet taking pictures which won’t allow me to use the viewfinder on a traditional DSLR. Those who wear glasses or who like to shoot from the waist, ground, or overhead will also really appreciate this.

If this feature is not important to you, you are better off getting the Canon or Nikon as they are a more mature platform with more support than Sony DSLRs.

Keep in mind that the larger sensor on a DSLR allow a much better picture than any point-and-shoot. You will really notice this in low light/indoor shots where you can take pictures largely without flash which always looks so much better. You will also notice a much faster frames per second rate and much more flexibility in composing shots using custom settings.

Those who simply want a point-and-shoot simplicity can set it on automatic and get great looking shots.

I bought the camera to replace my old 35 mm Cannon, it is as fantastic but digital, I only wish it could also take video, how difficult is that? even my cell phone can. Great product. The Sony Alpha 300 is a very nice mid entry level camera to anyone with a desire to explore digital photography.

I had first purchased the Alpha 200, and about a week later, Sony launched the Alpha 300. I was able to return my out of the box camera, and ordered this newer model. I am glad I did, because of all the features that this camera has, as I will briefly describe below.

It is a fantastic piece of equipment that allows amateurs, and mid level photographers to engage in their creative shooting, while using some of the advantages of a point and shoot camera.

One of the main features that makes this camera so desirable is its ‘live preview’ feature on its LCD screen.

I was used to shooting photos on a Sony Cyber before upgrading to a digital SLR. The few days I had the Alpha 200 I hated the fact that I had to look in the viewer. But with the Live preview function in this camera, I was satisfied of being able to shoot as I had already been shooting for about 3 years, and do it with much better results with this 10Mb pixel camera.

I spent a couple months shooting with the automatic setting, which is just as using a point and shoot camera.

The real power of this camera is unleashed when you start playing with the other shooting settings. I have already transitioned into only using this camera on its manual setting, and being able to create certain moods in the photographs I have shot, all by controlling exposure and aperture, the two technical elements that are required in photography.

They are easily controlled and can be changed on the fly, while photographing your subject matter, by a simple button and a dial.

A less known feature is the ability to take 3 shoots per second, with different exposure settings, using the EAB (Exposure Auto Bracketing) setting, very useful for those who want to combine 3 shots into one, using postprocessing with either Photoshop, or any other graphics program.

The camera is compact, its weight is very manageable, and the life of the battery allows you to take as many photos as you want to create photographic essays on whatever subject you like.

I definitely recommend this camera to anyone getting into the fantastic world of digital photography. As I said, you can set the camera in automatic, and learn to use it, and gradually play with the other settings until you are using it as it is meant to be used.



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Sony Alpha DSLRA300K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens


  • 10.2 MP for high-resolution image detail
  • Kit include DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Zoom Lens
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) with noise reduction
  • Tiltable 2.7¿ LCD screen for high/low angle shots
  • In-camera image stabilization

works very well, I love this camera, it is light in weight ( great for travel or walk around ), uses more reliable cf flash memory cards, has anti vibration built in to camera, unlike canon and nikon that build it into lenses that are more expensive . It also has a tilt up screen, anti-dust vibration and many other features, All that and it is easy to use, with a great 18-70mm kit lens, for a bargin price for a 10mb dslr. I love this camera…great for starter. Still so much to learn about the features…some confusing.There is really only one reason to choose this camera over the more established Nikon and Canon offerings and that is Live View. To put it simply, this is the ONLY DSLR with the ability to use the LCD screen to compose and take your picture with no sacrifice in focus speed vs. using the optical viewfinder. This is similar to how you use a point-and-shoot. Thus it is a great camera for those who prefer to take pictures using the LCD screen.

Canon and Nikon both offer a form of live view that relies on contrast focus to take the picture which is slower and less accurate.

I happen to love taking picture using the LCD screen in part because I wear a motorcycle helmet taking pictures which won’t allow me to use the viewfinder on a traditional DSLR. Those who wear glasses or who like to shoot from the waist, ground, or overhead will also really appreciate this.

If this feature is not important to you, you are better off getting the Canon or Nikon as they are a more mature platform with more support than Sony DSLRs.

Keep in mind that the larger sensor on a DSLR allow a much better picture than any point-and-shoot. You will really notice this in low light/indoor shots where you can take pictures largely without flash which always looks so much better. You will also notice a much faster frames per second rate and much more flexibility in composing shots using custom settings.

Those who simply want a point-and-shoot simplicity can set it on automatic and get great looking shots.

I bought the camera to replace my old 35 mm Cannon, it is as fantastic but digital, I only wish it could also take video, how difficult is that? even my cell phone can. Great product. The Sony Alpha 300 is a very nice mid entry level camera to anyone with a desire to explore digital photography.

I had first purchased the Alpha 200, and about a week later, Sony launched the Alpha 300. I was able to return my out of the box camera, and ordered this newer model. I am glad I did, because of all the features that this camera has, as I will briefly describe below.

It is a fantastic piece of equipment that allows amateurs, and mid level photographers to engage in their creative shooting, while using some of the advantages of a point and shoot camera.

One of the main features that makes this camera so desirable is its ‘live preview’ feature on its LCD screen.

I was used to shooting photos on a Sony Cyber before upgrading to a digital SLR. The few days I had the Alpha 200 I hated the fact that I had to look in the viewer. But with the Live preview function in this camera, I was satisfied of being able to shoot as I had already been shooting for about 3 years, and do it with much better results with this 10Mb pixel camera.

I spent a couple months shooting with the automatic setting, which is just as using a point and shoot camera.

The real power of this camera is unleashed when you start playing with the other shooting settings. I have already transitioned into only using this camera on its manual setting, and being able to create certain moods in the photographs I have shot, all by controlling exposure and aperture, the two technical elements that are required in photography.

They are easily controlled and can be changed on the fly, while photographing your subject matter, by a simple button and a dial.

A less known feature is the ability to take 3 shoots per second, with different exposure settings, using the EAB (Exposure Auto Bracketing) setting, very useful for those who want to combine 3 shots into one, using postprocessing with either Photoshop, or any other graphics program.

The camera is compact, its weight is very manageable, and the life of the battery allows you to take as many photos as you want to create photographic essays on whatever subject you like.

I definitely recommend this camera to anyone getting into the fantastic world of digital photography. As I said, you can set the camera in automatic, and learn to use it, and gradually play with the other settings until you are using it as it is meant to be used.



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Sony Alpha A200W 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lenses


  • 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Kit includes 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses
  • Super Steadyshot image stabilization; Bionz image processor
  • 2.7-inch ClearPhoto LCD; Eye-Start autofocus system
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery (supplied); stores images on CF I/II and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards

So, let’s leap ahead to 1985, and back to Minolta. The Maxxum 7000 comes out, and I can’t resist this camera that does everything but go up to the subject and tell it to say “Cheese!”. Autofocus, motor-driven, auto-rewind, aperture preferred, shutter-preferred, match-needle AND program modes!! Interchangeable Fresnel screens, facility to enlarge battery source, all for about $300.00!! What I had was a Nikon FTN with all the fixins’ for about one third the price! Served me beautifully until, after 20-some years, it started to show its wear. So, I perused the ‘net to see what was for sale and saw a Maxxum 50 for the unbelievable price of $164…INCLUDING the lens!! Got it. A definite improvement over my old 7000 at half the price!

Then disaster! After merging with Konica…Minolta gets out of the photographic camera business! However, they pretty much sell all their rights to Sony, and Sony proceeds to produce a line of excellent DSLRs that use the Minolta AF lens mount. Wanting to go beyond just the regular point and shoot viewfinder digitals, I buy a Sony a200K and couldn’t be happier! The shots I’ve taken so far look like something out of a 4X5 view or “ideal format” medium format camera. VERY sharp! The feature that really has me fascinated is the way the LCD menu will adjust to the way you’re holding the camera, from vertical to 90 degrees off axis….VERY thoughtful feature! The battery’s ability to be charged even if it’s not totally depleted is nice, too! Anti-shake, an in-camera dust-cleaning feature, 10.2 megapixels….shutter/aperture priorities, match-needle and program……I’M IN HOG HEAVEN!! This thing is a studio all in one camera!!

Couple that with the amazing price I paid for mine and the fast as blazes delivery time I got from my vendor, and I’m sure I’ll be a Sony DSLR man for a looooong time!

Recommended and a half!I got the camera on the expected arrival date, in excellent condition. Perfect. The only thing missing was the memory card, but the seller sent it to me when I emailed him. I purchased my A200 on a whim – I am not a professional photographer by any means, just a enthusiast who wanted something better than your normal run of the mill point and shoot.

For a person of limited experience such as myself – mostly sticking with the Kodak’s and other smaller devices, my first DSLR was a welcome change and the interface is actually very intuitive. Being able to take multiple shots right after another – bang-bang-bang – is an amazingly nice convenience. Also, the additional lenses are a great bargain – being able to do both macro and zoom shots by swapping out a lens is nice after being limited to specific zooms. I can’t say enough about how great it is that Sony allowed the use of Compact Flash cards instead of just Sony Memory sticks (which are generally smaller and overpriced). I prefer SD cards but there are quite a few CF to SD adapters so that’s not much of an issue.

I don’t have much experience with the supplied software as I prefer to take the memory card and put it directly into my laptop instead of using a USB transfer.

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Sony Alpha DSLRA350X 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 & DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lenses


  • Incredible 14.2 MP for ultra-high-resolution detail
  • Kit include DT 18-70mm zoom + 55-200mm telephoto lenses
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) with noise reduction
  • Tiltable 2.7¿ LCD screen for high/low angle shots
  • Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization

The picture quality is beautiful. I love that it uses my 35 mm Minolta’s lenses.This is an excellent camera! I like it very well and very pleased with the service!The best thing about this camera is that it is super easy to use in the normal auto mode. It also has a lot of other special settings for custom shots for maximum creativity. The Super Steady Shot image stabilization reduces blur. The screen is tiltable for high and low angle shots. You can use Live Preview on a large w.7 LCD screen. The camera allows you continous shooting at 2 fps (frames per second) while you are viewing your subject in the view finder. You can also check out the high resolution thumbnails. Auto pop-up flash has delayed flash to eliminate red eye issues. 14.2 MP for ultra high resolution. I really don’t have much to say about the lenses because I swapped mine out for some prefered ones once I got the camera.After a extensive research , I choose a350 + tamron 18-200 as my first DSLR solution .

The DSLR is good , i used in my trip to grandcanyon , regret that i should buy it earlier.

Pro:

Price and function , with LiveView/14M pixel/anti shake buildin body/flippable LCD/… and <550Dollar , what you can ask for more ?

Con:

High Iso noice , avoid to use higher than 400 , still fine

OVF slightly small ,

Fps too low , 2to2.5 , what a pity

I bought a 350 from sony and either one or both of the 50mm and 28 mm fixed focus lenses on Amazon. Very unreliable auto focusing with both lenses. Trying to communicate with Sony to get repairs was very frustrating (almost as frustrating as with a cable/dish TV provider). Their “repaired” camera isn’t. Printing a 24×36 poster from my Canon point-and-shoot is as good as one from the 350 and these lenses. Avoid.

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Sony Alpha DSLRA350K 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens


  • Incredible 14.2 MP for ultra-high-resolution detail
  • Kit include DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Zoom Lens
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) with noise reduction
  • Tiltable 2.7¿ LCD screen for high/low angle shots
  • Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization

The picture quality is beautiful. I love that it uses my 35 mm Minolta’s lenses.This is an excellent camera! I like it very well and very pleased with the service!The best thing about this camera is that it is super easy to use in the normal auto mode. It also has a lot of other special settings for custom shots for maximum creativity. The Super Steady Shot image stabilization reduces blur. The screen is tiltable for high and low angle shots. You can use Live Preview on a large w.7 LCD screen. The camera allows you continous shooting at 2 fps (frames per second) while you are viewing your subject in the view finder. You can also check out the high resolution thumbnails. Auto pop-up flash has delayed flash to eliminate red eye issues. 14.2 MP for ultra high resolution. I really don’t have much to say about the lenses because I swapped mine out for some prefered ones once I got the camera.After a extensive research , I choose a350 + tamron 18-200 as my first DSLR solution .

The DSLR is good , i used in my trip to grandcanyon , regret that i should buy it earlier.

Pro:

Price and function , with LiveView/14M pixel/anti shake buildin body/flippable LCD/… and <550Dollar , what you can ask for more ?

Con:

High Iso noice , avoid to use higher than 400 , still fine

OVF slightly small ,

Fps too low , 2to2.5 , what a pity

I bought a 350 from sony and either one or both of the 50mm and 28 mm fixed focus lenses on Amazon. Very unreliable auto focusing with both lenses. Trying to communicate with Sony to get repairs was very frustrating (almost as frustrating as with a cable/dish TV provider). Their “repaired” camera isn’t. Printing a 24×36 poster from my Canon point-and-shoot is as good as one from the 350 and these lenses. Avoid.

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