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Old Sep 3, 2009, 11:36 PM   #11
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Hows the Macro?
Dunno about the new 18-55 Sony. But with my older 18-70 Sony as an experiment I put a +3 diopter closeup filter on it. The tightest frame I could then get was about 40x60 mm. While the 3rd party lens makers do offer Sony mount lenses, these can be hard to find in the stores. Most stores would rather stock the Canon and Nikon mount.

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Thanks, Kelly-

But what does that have to do with this thread.

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Old Sep 4, 2009, 2:15 AM   #13
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What's your problem Sarah? That I'm not signing on to selling the 18-55 ?
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Sarah - I think you missed that the OP asked about Macro capabilities. Hence Kelly's response...
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Sarah - I think you missed that the OP asked about Macro capabilities. Hence Kelly's response...
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Thanks a lot, Mole, for the heads-up on that-

Kelly, I apologize that post apparently came in while I was writing my reply. No offense intended.

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In actual use I found that I could easily focus down to about 12" with the Sony 18-55mm lens. You could get much closer than that by adding a close-up triplet, or doubler.

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Thanks a lot, Mole, for the heads-up on that-

Kelly, I apologize that post apparently came in while I was writing my reply. No offense intended.

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In actual use I found that I could easily focus down to about 12" with the Sony 18-55mm lens. You could get much closer than that by adding a close-up triplet, or doubler.

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Or new Macro lens

Well then it seems that I'll just use my P&S for Macro. It can focus as close as 3".
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A simple screw-on doubler costs about $10 to $12, and you would have the advantage of more MP on the A-230 DSLR and through the lens viewing.

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A simple screw-on doubler costs about $10 to $12, and you would have the advantage of more MP on the A-230 DSLR and through the lens viewing.

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Ok Thanks.

How long does Sony replace their cameras usually? I don't want to buy the A230 and have Sony release one a few months later.
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The A230 was announced in May 2009 (and didn't start shipping until later than that). Chances are, you're not going to see a replacement for at least another year (for example, the now discontinued A200 was first announced in January 2008).

I'm currently shooting with a Sony A700, purchased in 2007, and it still hasn't been replaced with another model in it's market niche (although I expect to see one soon, since we're right at two years since it was announced).

Around 18 months is typical for a dSLR model (sometimes sooner for the models on the entry level side, and sometimes a little longer with more advanced models). Competition within a given market niche also enters the equation.
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