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Old Apr 15, 2009, 5:13 AM   #11
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Old Apr 26, 2009, 5:55 PM   #12
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i tried to but it would not let me.. but here is a question. should i use the pre set setting on my a300 or use the P setting and just do the fstop setting on my own. with the shutter speed. i got the 50mm minolta lens. its on its way. now to figure out what zoom lens i should get next..400.00 budget.
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Old Apr 26, 2009, 7:27 PM   #13
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i tried to but it would not let me.
If you already have a photo sharing site, follow the instructions under "the Insert Image". If you don't, reduce the resolution and size of the image so the file size is smaller than 250400 bytes, and f0llow the instructions under "Attach an Image".

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should i use the pre set setting on my a300 or use the P setting and just do the fstop setting on my own. with the shutter speed.
The Auto and scene modes won't remember your settings, while the P, A, S, & MModes will. Since you're juststarting out, stick withAuto or the SceneModes until you figure out what's going on. Once you have some standard settings you wnat o use all (oreven most of) the tiem, start usingthe P, A, S, & MModes.

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i got the 50mm minolta lens. its on its way.
Good luck with it. It's a fine lens.

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now to figure out what zoom lens i should get next..400.00 budget.
For $400, the best zoom lens you can get is the Minolta 70-210mm f/4.0, affectionately known as the 'Beercan'. It's relatively big and heavy, but it's very sharp, has a great bokeh, and a constant f/4.0 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range. It sells on eBay for about $200.

On the other hand, if you want to replace the kit 18-70 lens that came with your A300, the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 is very good. It's sharper andfaster, and is a 1:2.3 macro lens to boot. It sells new for about $350.
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Old Apr 26, 2009, 9:47 PM   #14
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is the sigma better than the tamron. i was looking at one. but i saw that you said the sigmas are a little bit noiser then most.i have a 70-210 minolta. but its not the beercan. macro. but i was looking for something faster and i do appreciate all the help here also.
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Old Apr 27, 2009, 5:59 AM   #15
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is the sigma better than the tamron. i was looking at one. but i saw that you said the sigmas are a little bit noiser then most. ...
The Sigma 17-70 is a very good lens for a relatively low price. Which Tamron were you looking at?

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... i have a 70-210 minolta. but its not the beercan. macro. but i was looking for something faster and i do appreciate all the help here also.
Perhaps you could mention all the lenses you've got, so we don't double up on anything.
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Old Apr 27, 2009, 9:53 AM   #16
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here is the lens i was looking at but not really deciding on
TamrodddnTamron SP dA
tamron sp af 90 mm f/2.8 Di Macro
i have the stock lens that came with the a300, and a minolta 70-210 f/4.5
and the stock minolta 35-80 f/4 - 5.6. and now i have the 50 mm minolta coming
in the mail. so im trying to get some good stuff, that is why i was wonderiing on
getting a cannon or upgrade to the a350 but just looking around now.
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The Tamron 90/2.8 Macro is an excellent lens, and would do well for head-and-shoulders portraits.

While none of your other lenses are bad, none are particularly good either.

If you want to persue wedding photography, I'd suggest the Sony/Zeiss 16-80 and a good flash.
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You'll see menus with lesson choices if you click on the Beginners and Advanced Tabs on this page:

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It looks like that one is under an A700 section I had bookmarked. But, you could apply the same lessons to the A300.

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