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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