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Old Oct 23, 2003, 12:37 AM   #1
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Hello all! I'm new to the forum and pretty new to photography, aside from the basic point and shoot.

I'd like to pick up a W/A for my 707, but I'm having trouble deciding on what's what being so new to this camera. I wish the hot shoe was actually functional so I could add an external flash.. Oh well...

IN addition to the W/A, I'd like to get a telephoto as well. Anyone with this particular setup have some advice? Unfortunately, I don't have a decent camera shop anywhere near by that I can go and 'try' lenses before they are bought. I only have the information I pick up online to go by.

If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know. Also, if you have shots of you lens(es) in action, mail 'em to me if you'd like.

Thanks and I hope to learn a lot from the forum!
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 6:39 AM   #2
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If I can make a suggestion about the flash, you may want to look into the Metz 34 CS-2 slave flash. It's very powerful for a small thing (it does have multiple power levels); it fires when it sees another flash fire, and it can be used with cameras that have a preflash (I'm not familiar with Sony, I use it with my Olympus which has a proprietary flash socket and no hotshoe). The only thing is, if you use it on the F707 you'll have to insulate the plate of the shoe because the Metz also has a contact and will fire even in slave mode (scotch tape on the hot shoe plate will do). I really like the fact I can stick the flash on a tripod and not be attached to it. The big downside of this flash is it uses non-rechargeable CR2 batteries. Here's a shot I took at night with the Metz:
http://photobucket.com/albums/0803/M.../metz34cs2.jpg

Another idea is a Promaster digital flash (either the 5550DX or 5750DX with their 9908 module which plugs into the F707 via cable. Again I'm not familar with the Sony so I can't say if that gives you TTL compatibility. See the following links:
http://www.promaster.com/digitalmodules.html
http://www.promaster.com/flashes.html (don't freak at the list prices, you can buy them a LOT cheaper than that online, Precision Camera (I haven't bought from them) lists the 5550 at $89 and the 5750 at $129, and the module is $69)

There are other options, but those are the ones I'm familiar with (but again only have info about using them with Olys).

Just thought I'd mention these as an FYI.
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Old Oct 26, 2003, 12:59 AM   #3
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Anyone else have any recommendations?

Bueller, anyone?
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Old Oct 26, 2003, 1:16 AM   #4
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People might think I work for Raynox, but they have some good lenses, and they actually show the lenses on the exact camera (not some some generic pictures). Check out:

http://www.raynox.co.jp/english/digital/egsonyf707.htm

You can see various Raynox lenses on the F707 and if you click on any of the cameras you can see sample pictures of that lens compared to the picture without the lens.
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