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Old Sep 6, 2009, 5:09 PM   #191
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Hi there, Folks-

The sunshine just broke through after all that rain. So is a Sony A-230 landscape for you. Enjoy!

Have a great day.

Sarah Joyce
Hi Sarah,

Thanks! But, somehow I cannot see your photos today?? I'm using FireFox, so I'll try IE.

- Hiro

EDIT: I can see them now!

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Old Sep 6, 2009, 5:38 PM   #192
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Sarah,

So, I guess you used the 18mm end (27mm eq.) for the first photo and the 55mm end (83mm eq.) for the second one?

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Old Sep 6, 2009, 5:50 PM   #193
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Hi Hiro-

The same post now contains both the Sony A-230 and Canon XS photos. The photos were all taken at 18mm (27mm in 35mm terms). They were cropped a bit differently to eliminate distracting elements.

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Old Sep 6, 2009, 6:25 PM   #194
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I think the sony has the best color in the sets of pictures. I am seriously considering the sony a 230
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Old Sep 6, 2009, 8:02 PM   #195
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The is no doubt at all that the Sony A-230 two lens package represents a really excellent value at $(US) 579.00. That is less than any other entry level DSLR.

And I have no axe to grid here at all. My good friend JimC suggested that I add the A-230 into this trial. Frankly, I knew very little about no had much enthusiasm for a Sony DSLR camera. But when you friends help you, you want to return the favor.

Well, was I ever surprised! The A-230 is a really great camera to shoot with because it is so easy. The camera ergonomics are excellent, the menus are easy, and all in all the A-230 has been a very pleasant surprise and a lot of fun.

I honestly think that you have to factor the external flash into your camera budget, because it adds so much to the photo quality of the A-230 DSLR camera.

A week ago I could care less about a Sony DSLR, and here I am 7 days later, really loving the camera.

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Old Sep 6, 2009, 8:44 PM   #196
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Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens (DSLR-A230) + Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens (SAL75300) + Sony alpha DSLR Soft Carrying Case + (4) Four Multicoat Filter Kit + Extra Sony InfoLithium® Battery + Willoughbys 8GB SD SDHC Starter Pack from Willoughby.


I found this package - is it good or not? It's under $700.
If I absolutely need the flash now then I believe one of the links provided by JimC would be a better deal.
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Old Sep 6, 2009, 8:54 PM   #197
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That is NOT the package I posted about, at all. I am speaking about the adorama and sonystyle packages selling at $579.00, NOT the $700+package. Add the external flash later, when the budget allows, but get the dedicated flash and don't chintz. You won't be really happy with a third party flash. But that is just my opinion.

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The 55-200mm is a sharper lens at longer focal lengths compared to the 75-300mm (the 55-200mm is sharper at 200mm from tests I've seen). The 75-300mm starts to get a bit softer at 200mm and gets even softer as you go to it's 300mm end (although if you stop down the aperture a bit, it's not as bad).

That's the usual case with budget 70-300mm or 75-300mm type lenses. The Sony 55-200mm is also smaller at lighter, and it adds very little to the camera kit price (looking at the $579 bundle). On the other hand, the 75-300mm reaches a bit further if you need the extra range.

If you really want a dedicated flash and budget allows it, I'd go with the bundle in third row on this page. That way, you'd get the A230L kit (which has the 18-55mm in it) + the 55-200mm lens + the HVL-F42AM flash for $779.97

You'd save around $100 compared to buying the $579 kit with the HVL-F42AM flash separately (that flash alone normally sells for $299).

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...4&N=4294954580

You can find the same kit as some of the other vendors, too. Here it is at Adorama.com at $779 with free shipping:

http://www.adorama.com/ISODSLRA230P....info=sony+a230

Ritz has a similar deal online for a bit more:

http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/SLR1210.htm?bct=t1134
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P.S.

I'd make sure to look at that kind of kit in a store to make sure you're comfortable with it from a size/weight perspective.

It all depends on how you want to use one, too. For example, Sony does offer a smaller flash unit (it just doesn't have the range and flexibility you'd get with the better HVL-F42AM).
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Hi there, littlejohn-

How am I doing? I have managed to get your H-20 photos into the review, as promised. Who wants to add any other DSLR or super zoom cameras? If I own them, adding them to the mix will be easy. Pease just let me know. Thanks!

Sarah Joyce

You're doing awesome....thanks so much...its amazing so far to see how the H20 is comparing with cameras twice as much...
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