Finally decided on and purchased my new DSLR- Sony a200

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  1. Idaho21

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    After reading lots of reviews here and abroad, I finally decided on a Sony a200. I just ordered one brand new in the box, with a Sony 18-70mm lens, and all accessories for $434 shipped.

    I was wondering how you guys and gals that own an a200 like them?

    What lenses do you prefer to use? I saw some good deals on Minolta Maxxum lenses, and they seem to get pretty good reviews. I am looking at getting a Minolta Maxxum 100-200mm lens.
    Finally, what types of filters work well? I found a Carl Zeiss 3 piece kit that looked like it would work well. Being an avid shooter (guns and cameras), I know that Zeiss makes some quality stuff.

    This is my first DSLR camera. I have only used P&S up to this point, and have never been really satisfied with the image quality I was able to achieve them. I can't wait to take my new a200 out and take some pics.
     
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    wish more good shots with your first DSLR
     
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    <- wouldnt buy a sony DSLR... but thats a personal choice.. i prefer to go with the names that know photography... not someone who noticed that there was a big uprising in DSLR so they made one... you could have gotten a Nikon D40 for the same price, or cheaper (my D50 cost me 250 bucks)...
     
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    I have a sony a100 and love it! Got mine used at a really good price. I already had minolta lenses so that was a plus, all I really needed was the body.
     
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    Don't sony make Nikon camera sensors though?
    I know there is a link between the two companies with regard to sensor manufacture or at least design
     
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    i suppose i'll have to give another look to the Sony's...i'm kind of stuck with the idea that a Nikon is going to be my best option
     
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    canon!

    i checked out sony's new a line, not too bad, i loved the i think a350 or somethin which had the swiveling lcd screen, like my poershot s5 has
     
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    I brought a A200 about 3 months ago and am very pleased with it. It won a stack of awards and is very reasonably priced. It's the heaviest and biggest of the entry D-SLR's but not enough to notice and it's got everything that you need with the exception of live view. I have another sony with live view and to be honest i never use it, certainly not worth the extra it costs you! Some may say that there's a limited choice of lenses compared to Canon's or Nikon's but plenty of third party manufacturers make lenses with sony fittings. Enjoy.
     
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    I found lenses made for the Sony A series by Sony, Minolta, Cosina, Sigma, Tamron, and Carl Zeiss (ouch. Have you priced these?:mrgreen:). There seems to be quite a large selection. Not nearly as large as Nikon or Canon, but there are plenty available.
     
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    I'm just curious why you'd buy a camera from a company not known for cameras?? With my Nikon, for example, I can say that my Nikon body is compatible with all Nikon lenses made in the last 40 years, but you can't say that your Sony is compatible with such lenses, as they haven't existed but for the last few years..

    Why wouldn't you look at what the pros use and go with that, either high-end or low-end, but with decades of camera experience... Pretty much Nikon, Canon or Pentax for serious photography.. I'm sure a Sony can take good pictures, as the sensor in my Nikon is a Sony, but as for accessories and history..Sony just doesn't have it.

    If lamborghini made a gas barbeque grill tomorrow, I still wouldn't buy it, even that Lamborghinis are the shiznit-they don't know grills, parts will be expensive/rare..etc.......
     
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    Out of all of the cameras that I was interested in, the a200 fit the bill for my needs. I like a lot of features that it has, and it has gotten really good reviews.
     
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    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As far as I know and have read (here on the forum) Sony bought out Minolta, so their camera division does have quite a lot of history, just as much as Nikon and Canon. I've read they are compatible with Minolta lenses that have been made the last 40 years (or however long).

    I just have other thoughts of Sony, as in every single Sony item I've purchased since my 10 disk CD changer for the car in 1990 has broken.

    That CD changer is a different matter. It's been through accidents, multiple drunken camping trips, and has played thousands and thousands of songs through 18 years and I still have it installed in my current car and it still never skips a beat. It was the first multi-disk CD player to come out for the car.
     

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