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Old Sep 18, 2010, 6:55 PM   #11
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Based on my experience with my recently purchased A-500 ($434.95 for the body) you will not be seeing noise at ISO 400 and above. Here is a photo taken at ISO 800 with the A-500 and it is pretty clean.

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/So...9_xZy2J-X3.jpg

Here is another photo. This one is at ISO 400:

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/So...8_4NAvT-X3.jpg

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But you can probably get what you wnat at ISO 200, and a slower shutter speed.
You're right, having 4 kids though I try not to go lower than 1/100 but i have done it.
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Based on my experience with my recently purchased A-500 ($434.95 for the body) you will not be seeing noise at ISO 400 and above. Here is a photo taken at ISO 800 with the A-500 and it is pretty clean.

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Sarah, wow ISO 800 and it looks great!

I'm pretty sure i'll be going for the Tamron 17-50. Thank you all for all your help & advice!
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Hello Debbie. I shot this one of my grandson about an hour ago.

Sony A550 with the Tamron 17-50. I was on the floor with him shooting aperture priority mode in burst (the little sucker is quicker than he looks)

50mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 no flash.

I did about 80 captures in total and there were a couple where I could zoom tight enough to read the day and date on the watch.

I love my Sony.

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Being the brain damaged person that I am I directed you to a link of a resized image that would not show decent resolution.

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When using an external flash, and by letting the external flash supply the light, the flash can also be effective in stopping action. Both my sample photos were taken with my external flash and the Sony 55-200mm lens that I bought on E-bay for $72.00.

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Old Boat Guy ~ Your grandson is adorable! Nice and sharp and i'm amazed at the noise level at iso 800. Great shot!!

mtclimber I dont like using the flash, maybe I havent spent enough time learning how to use it properly, I have an external but barely use it. Your photos dont even look like you are using a flash which is great IMO, thank you for sharing. I think my a300 is just terrible with noise and i'm glad to see that with an upgrade i'll be able to use a higher ISO and get nice shots.
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Learning to use your external flash effectively would go a long way toward improving image quality overall, thus allowing you to get more out of the A-300.

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If I were backed into a corner, and I had a good external flash, I think I'd learn to use it before I bought a new camera. That is, unless there were other things about my current camera that I was dissatisfied about.
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If I were backed into a corner, and I had a good external flash, I think I'd learn to use it before I bought a new camera. That is, unless there were other things about my current camera that I was dissatisfied about.
I have the HVL-F42AM, I dusted the case off and got it out and its on the camera right now. I'll play with it and do some reading and see if I can get the natural look I like. Just from spending 30mins with it i've tested a few settings where I can reduce the flash so its not so harsh and more natural looking.
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