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Old Jun 19, 2010, 6:59 AM   #1
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Default Replacing Dimage A200 (28-200 zoom, antishake)

Hi, I came here at the beginning of 2006 and after getting some very useful advice I bought the Konica Minolta Dimage A200 for about E500. I have been very pleased with it, but after many tens of thousands of photos it became unreliable and now has stopped working altogether. I need a new camera that is as good or better.

I take a lot of interior shots of buildings. For me, the key advantages of the A200 were the 28-200 zoom lens and the anti-shake feature. I couldnt do without those two things. The only thing that ideally Id like to improve is the cleanness of the image: not that the A200s was particularly bad, just that after heavy processing with Photoshop (eg brightening up a dimly lit church and altering converging vertical columns) the image sometimes got a little noisy.

Any help in identifying the main candidates for my new camera would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Jun 19, 2010, 7:54 AM   #2
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Hello Bart,

You will find you are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a new bridge camera.
The current favourite around here is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 (FZ38 in Europe)
but there are many other worthy contenders.

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The only thing that ideally Id like to improve is the cleanness of the image: not that the A200s was particularly bad, just that after heavy processing with Photoshop (eg brightening up a dimly lit church and altering converging vertical columns) the image sometimes got a little noisy.
A DSLR would be better than a bridge camera for this kind of shot. Prices
of entry and mid level DSLRs have fallen below the new price of your Konica.
Although you might need to budget for extra lenses.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 9:30 AM   #3
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Thanks Corkpix.

I am totally irrevocably opposed to the idea of having several lenses. I will only work with a zoom lens - and that must be 28-200 or better. I am also entirely content with the viewfinder of a camera like the A200.
I have tentatively assumed that means that I shouldnt get a DSLR, even though I'm happy to pay E500. But I don't really know the market.
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As you are probably well aware, Sony has purchased Minolta a few years ago, so the A line continues. Sony has added quite a few models, with the A2xx being the entry level. Since you like your current lens, replace the body with a newer (or even recently discontinued, but new) model, while letting you use your current lens.
Sony has also added and expanded to the lens family (they have a new 18-250 f3.5-6.3 that would expand your current focal length range)......
There are quite a few Sony shooters here - TCav I believe being one, that are so more informed that I am on Sony, that certainly can expand on Sony in every/any way possible....

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Bart-

Welcome back to the Forum. In view of your experience with the A-200, a fine camera in its day, your choices are somewhat limited if you desire to maintain the same image quality. As previously mentioned an entry level DSLR is one logical choice. another might be the Ricoh CX1, a very high quality P+S with a 920K LCD screen, a good lens and capable of producing some very good photos.

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...Since you like your current lens, replace the body with a newer (or even recently discontinued, but new) model, while letting you use your current lens.
The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 was not a dSLR, and did not have interchangeable lenses. So, you couldn't use the lens from it on a new camera model (it was permanently attached to the camera).

The only dSLR models made by Konica Minolta were the Maxxum (a.k.a., Dynax) 7D and 5D.

You're probably thinking of the Sony A200 (a dSLR model).
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Bart;
One suggestion would be the Pentax K-x body with a Sigma 18-125mm lens. This would give you just about the same reach as the A200, with better low light capability. The lens isn't as fast as that on the K-M, but the extended ISO range should more than make up for that.

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brian-

That is a great suggestion (Pentax Kx + Sigma 18-125mm) but i am not sure if you can get just a Kx body at a reasonable price.

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Yes, the Pentax K-x is sold body only. But, you're better off buying a kit with a lens from what I can see of prices right now.

For example, the K-x body only is showing a cart price of $549.95 at bhphotovideo.com right now, and I see adorama selling it for the same price.

Yet, you can find a kit including the 18-55mm for $513.95.

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Body only:
http://www.adorama.com/IPXKXB.html

Kit including 18-55mm lens:
http://www.adorama.com/IPXKXBK1.html
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One suggestion would be the Pentax K-x body with a Sigma 18-125mm lens.
Brian
I'd prefer simply to buy one camera that includes an appropriate zoom lens of, say, 28-200 or 18-125. But it is beginning to look as if such a product no longer exists on the market (except for compact cameras with no viewfinder).
If that conclusion is correct, it seems I have no choice but to get a DSLR body and a separate lens, very likely from a different manufacturer.
Two questions:
1 Why not a Tamron 18-200 lens (which I've read was designed to go with Pentax cameras)?
2 How in general can I be sure that the lens of manufacturer X will fit the body of manufacturer Y?
Any advice gratefully received.
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