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Old Sep 5, 2009, 1:45 PM   #151
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About how far will that ?-200mm lens take a good picture?
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It looks like a decent lens for the money.

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1271/cat/83


And as Jim mentioned, you can get a kit including the A230, 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses for $579.99. That sounds like a great deal to me.

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Old Sep 5, 2009, 1:57 PM   #152
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Sarah,

As for the ISO 1600 comparison, the Sony A230 is definitely a winner.

BTW, FZ-28's hue looks way off??


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Old Sep 5, 2009, 2:57 PM   #153
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Thanks for your 2 posts. Yes, I agree if you can find the Sony A-230 DSLR camera kit packaged with both the Sony 18-55mm and Sony 55-200mm lenses, you have just about the best entry level DSLR package on the market. The SLR Gear link show that the Sony 18-55mm and Sony 55-200mm lens rate very well.

The best package (as I described it above) price that I found, using Steve's Compare Prices feature on this website was $(US) 515.00. So, even allowing $(US) 20.00 for shipping and handling that brings in the Sony A-230 DSLR 2 lens package at a lower price than you can purchase the Canon XS 2 lens (Canon brand) package. You see, you have to purchase the items separately, as nobody is offering the Canon XS, Canon 18-55mmIS lens, and the Canon 55-250 lens in a single package. The cost of purchasing those listed items with a $(US) 20.00 allowance for shipping and handling is $734.54. Once again I uses Steve's Compare Prices Feature to arrive at that total.

The savings of the Sony A-230 DSLR with the 2 Sony brand lenses compared to the Canon XS DSLR with the two Canon brand lenses is $(US) 179.54. That is a substantial savings.

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Old Sep 5, 2009, 3:09 PM   #154
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A warning to members... Be Careful.

Some of the cheaper vendors do not have the greatest reputation, often "hard selling" buyers on overpriced accessories, insurance, etc. Some vendors have been known to "pad" their ratings with fake customer reviews, too.

I'd try to stick with a reputable vendor, even if it costs you a bit more (i.e, $579 versus $515), since the lowest prices you find in the price search engines (even the one here), usually have a catch or two. If a price looks too good to be true, it probably is. ;-)
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Thanks JimC-

That is a very good warning. Even using, www.adorama.com a very well respected internet retailer, and their price of $579.00 and then adding $20.00 for shipping and handling that brings the total to $599.00.

That still represents a $115.00 savings over the comparable Canon XS DSLR camera with the 2 Canon brand lenses + S&H.

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Old Sep 5, 2009, 3:46 PM   #156
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Usually what happens with Sony bundles is that the Sony authorized dealers will show the same price as you see at http://www.sonystyle.com (only you end up paying sales tax with them). In this case, it looks like some dealer pricing doesn't reflect the current bundle pricing. But, that may be because the special is so new that some vendors haven't updated their price lists to reflect it yet (for example, bhphotovideo.com isn't showing it right now).

I see that $579 bundle price at sonystyle.com, newegg.com (my favorite vendor for memory cards and computer accessories), adorama.com and amazon.com right now (and there are probably many more dealers with it, as those are just a few I've bought in the past that I checked real quick).

But, I don't know how long the current bundle pricing will last.
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Old Sep 5, 2009, 4:04 PM   #157
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Many thanks, JimC-

The $579.00 price is an excellent value. And you are correct, that we don't know how how long it will last. Thanks for calling it to our attention. Now, if the price on the A-700 DSLR camera would just drop some, I would line up.

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It has. ;-) The A700 was $1399 (body only price) when first introduced in Sept. 2007 when I bought mine. They later dropped it to $1299. Now, it's down to $999 (but, it is a two year old model, so price drops were to be expected, given competition). My guess is that it's replacement (whenever Sony gets around to releasing one) will be back at a higher price point (since the new A550 is also at $999 now).
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Thanks, JimC-

That is good information. I will keep watching the A-700 price.

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I have noticed that some vendors (including sonystyle.com) are currently sold out of the A700. So, that could indicate a supply issue (although some other vendors like bhphotovideo.com still have stock). We'll have to wait and see what Sony plans for it as time passes.
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