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Old Mar 16, 2011, 8:00 AM   #1
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Jessops just dropped their price again - 550 for the A580+18-55 kit including a free mini 'activity camera' - so I've gone ahead and ordered for delivery tomorrow:

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Old Mar 16, 2011, 8:31 AM   #2
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Nice package! Good luck with it.
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 9:16 AM   #3
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nice, congrats. looks like a great start!
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Note that for future reference, the Sandisk 30MB/Second Memory Stick Pro HG Duo cards are significantly faster (number of photos in a burst and full buffer frame rates shooting RAW, buffer flush time) compared to the Sandisk 30MB/Second Extreme Class 10 SDHC cards in Sony dSLR models I've seen tested supporting both card types. For example, see our Sony A550 review conclusion for tests comparing a Sandisk Class 10 30MB/Second Extreme SDHC card to a Sandisk 30MB/Second Extreme III Memory Stick Pro HG Duo card.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...lusion-43.html

I'm seeing the same types of advantages to MS Pro HG Duo in Sony's newer SLT and NEX models, too (the Sandisk 30MB/Second Memory Stick Pro HG Duo cards are significantly faster, allowing more RAW photos in a row before a slowdown, faster full buffer frame rates, and faster buffer flush times).

The Sandisk 30MB/Second Memory Stick Pro HG Duo cards are often less expensive compared to the Sandisk Extreme 30MB/Second Class 10 SDHC cards, too (at least at some of the U.S. based vendors I typically buy from). They're not much use in non Sony devices if you plan on sharing media with more than one camera, but if you want the fastest cards you can get for the A580, I'd go Sandisk 30MB/Second Memory Stick Pro HG Duo instead (both the latest Sandisk Ultra II and Extreme III MS Pro HG Duo cards are very fast, just make sure they're marked as 30MB/Second on the card).

Of course, the A580 has a relatively large internal buffer as dSLR models in it's price range go, and if you're not shooting a lot of consecutive bursts using RAW (where you fill up the buffer faster than it's flushing to the card), you may not care if one is faster than another. :-)

Congrats on the A580, and please keep us posted on how you like it.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 3:24 PM   #5
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Thanks guys - still a lot to learn but here's a few sample shots from my first week. Having fun and pleased so far :

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oh these are nice, really love the lines and form in #3 and #4 you captured the action nicely. looking good so far
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Martin-

Congratulations on your new A580. And thank you very much for the impressive photo series. The photo quality is impressive.

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great shots..!! congratulation on buying a new camera.. why did you prefer a580 against a55 and all the other dslr ..!! ..? just curious..thanks..
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Some worries on the a55 were the reports on shutter lag using flash and reflections from the mirror. Battery life on the a580 is much better and the final decider was the better 1 or 2 stops performance for low light. I'd have to spend much more on faster lenses to get the same performance from the a55. If video was important I'd have had a harder choice but as it was it was a clear choice.

The k5 has the same great new sensor but expensive with the weather sealing.
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Good choice of the A580 over the A55 which has overheating problem. Congratulation in getting the new camera!
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