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Old Oct 19, 2010, 2:25 PM   #1
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Hi, I have recieved some great advice on this site and have settled on the Sony A500. I am new to the DSLR world and am wondering what I should do for lenses. I am mostly going to be shooting my kids (ages 1 and 4) and don't forsee much need for a super zoom type lens but want to make sure the camera is well equiped.

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Old Oct 19, 2010, 2:31 PM   #2
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The kit lens 18-55 will be fine to start with. Later as you use it, see where you feel the need. Perhaps a long zoom. Perhaps a wider angle. Time will tell. (i have the a550 with both kit zooms).
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 8:02 AM   #3
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Ok thanks. Last question.... What should I do in terms of a memory card, not in terms of size but specs.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 8:47 AM   #4
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The fastest cards for the A500 would be the Memory Stick Pro HG Duo Cards. I'd look at the Sandisk 30MB/Second cards. Here's an example of one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...isk%20Pro%20HG

Note that you do not want to buy one of the Memory Stick Pro Duo cards unless it's a Pro HG (the HG is the important part), as the non HG versions are very slow in comparison.

The next fastest card for the A500 would be a Sandisk Extreme Class 10 30MB/Second SDHC Card. Here's an example of one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820171377

You can find some tests of SDHC cards here:

http://www.hjreggel.net/cardspeed/sp...cards-sdc.html

Note how much faster the Pro-HG Duo cards are:

http://www.hjreggel.net/cardspeed/sp...cards-msh.html

You'll find that the Pro-HG Duo cards are also faster in the Sony models supporting both SDHC and MS Pro Duo media. We didn't test both card types in the A500. But, you'll find a comparison in the A550 review conclusion here (using a Sandisk 30MB/Second Class 10 Extreme SDHC Card, and a Sandisk Extreme III 30MB/Second Memory Stick Pro HG Duo card)

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

In lower priced cards that give you a lot more "bang for the buck", I'd probably look at the Transcend Class 10 SDHC Cards. Examples:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ass+10&x=0&y=0

They're not quite as fast as the Sandisk 30MB/Second SDHC cards, but they're a lot more wallet friendly, and unless you're shooting lots of continuous bursts using RAW files, you won't see any benefit to a faster card anyway. ;-)

As for lenses, I'd probably use the kit lens for a while to get a better feel for your needs. Then, decide if you want a brighter lens for indoor shooting without a flash (you'll need to use a flash for kids indoors with the kit lens). For example, the Sony 50mm f/1.8 or new 35mm f/1.8. Or, perhaps a longer focal length lens for when they're further away, etc. There are many lens choices, and you'll find pros and cons to any of them (size, weight, cost, focal range, brightness, etc.). So, by using a kit lens for a while to see where it's limiting you, you can make better informed decisions later about what lens(es) may better suit your needs

An external flash would also be a good bet, so you can get more diffused lighting from bouncing, without needing ISO speeds as high. I'd look at the Sony HVL-F42AM
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The Sony HVL-F42AM is on sale at Amazon.

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Old Oct 20, 2010, 1:46 PM   #6
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I would suggest getting one of the fast SDxx cards mentioned above and then, as your budget permits, get a Pro HG Memory Stick. You could use one as your primary and have the other one available if you fill up unexpectedly. There's a small switch which selects which card is in use.
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I might add that these sale prices only apply to the remaining A500 inventory. So this bargain opportunity will not be around a month from now. You should make your decision promptly.

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Oh I did not realize that. Is the A500 being discontinued? I hope to pull the trigger in the next week or so.

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I looks that way with the a560 and a580 coming out.
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B&H has some good prices on memory as well:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ck_PRO_HG.html

I personally like to have 2 8GB over one 16.
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