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Old Feb 8, 2008, 8:29 PM   #11
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Well I found a great deal on a Maxxum 7000 camera on Ebay so I now have the 70-210 f/4 beercan, 50mm 1.7, 28mm f/2.8, and a Diez .42x Macro lens, a pretty nice camera bag for everything and some extras including cheap filters, lens cases, flash, etc. Lenses were in like new with hoods and caps.

The best part about the deal was that the 50mm lens wasn't even listed in the package deal details so it was a surprise when I opened the box. All that for the price of what a beercan goes for on KEH.com in excellent (ex) condition!

Now if I could just get my a700! Very soon
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Old Feb 8, 2008, 10:07 PM   #12
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Congratulations!

That sounds like a great deal!
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Old Feb 9, 2008, 12:02 AM   #13
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Fantastic! Finding the great deals is half the fun.
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Old Feb 9, 2008, 9:27 AM   #14
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Now if I could just get my a700! Very soon
You might want to re-examine your choice of the A700.

Sony just introduced the A200, A300, and A350. Preliminary information seems to indicate that the A200 has many of the goodies that the A700 has (but with the 10MP sensor in the A100), the A300 is an A200 with 'Live View', and that the A350 is an A300 with a 14MP image sensor! And they all cost less than the A700!

This is exciting stuff!
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Old Feb 9, 2008, 10:01 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info. I did hear about the press release the other day regarding the 300 and 350. Although the tilt live view is tempting I think I'll opt for the higher end 700. I believe it won't be as plasticy as the others and I didn't want to go below 12mp since I plan to blow up pics. Yes the 350 has 14mp but the A700 still has a faster shutter speed so it wins. The CMOS is a big draw for me as well.

I may not need all of the features of the a700 at first since I'm a newbie but I feel, knowing how deeply I imerse myself in a hobby, that I'll want/need a higher end camera.

That and I can hardly contain myself with the WAIT for the a700 let alone waiting into March/April!
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Old Feb 9, 2008, 11:29 AM   #16
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What's missing now is the live view version of the a700!
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What's missing now is the live view version of the a700!
An A750?
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Old Feb 9, 2008, 12:31 PM   #18
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That and I can hardly contain myself with the WAIT for the a700 let alone waiting into March/April!
I know it would mean working with film [suB]:shock:[/suB], but you could try your hand with the Maxxum 7000, just to get the hang of working with an SLR. In fact, you can leave the film out and just play with the camera to see how things work.
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Yeah, I've been experimenting with the camera and lenses. I'm still anxious to get my hands on a digital and see the difference of my settings by looking at photos. I think I'll learn better that way. I've got the feel and the focusing down though w/the beercan and the 50mm.

I've went ahead and bought some accesories for the camera and lenses.

Hoya Pro 1 Circ. polarizing filters
Hoya Pro 1 UV multi coated filters
Op-tech Pro Strap
Lowepro Sling 200
Lens pen
lens cleaning kit

Any other suggestions on must haves?
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Yes, you'll need "film" for the camera. :-)

You'll need a CompactFlash Card for it to store your images on. Note that the A700 has an extremely fast interface to memory cards.

So, it will take advantage of the latest 266x/300x UDMA type CompactFlash Cards. My fastest card now is a 16GB 133x Transcend Card (which is fine for what I'd shoot). But, some cards will be around twice as fast as this one (for example, the Sandisk Extreme IV and Lexar 300x UDMA cards). Here is a good place to shop for memory cards:

http://www.newegg.com

You may also want to consider an external flash.

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