Perhaps this is a stupid question but -

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  1. Dagwood56

    Dagwood56 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm trying to get a Sony A100 through e-bay. Many do not come with USB cable or manual. The manual is not a big deal as there are downloads for it and the lantern guides. Windows Vista Premium, which I have, is listed as being able to recognize the camera because it already has the proper drivers and as for upload software, Adobe PE5 has an upload manager. My question is this - are all digital camera usb cables the same? Probably not.....and can I purchase one at a camera shop or computer store? Any idea what one I will need, or will the "knowledgable" :wink: sales clerk be able to tell me what one I need?

    Thanks for the help.

    Carol
     
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    There are basically 2 kinds of usb cables (more if you look back in time but 2 common use now) they are the 4 and 5 pin cables. you just need to find out which one the camera uses and order one off of e-bay (they cost like $20+ in the store you can often find them for $5 or less elsewhere). Good luck.
     
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    I may have an extra one kicking around. Let me know which one you need.
     
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    Thank you both. I won't know for several hours yet if my bid will win - sure hope it does, this camera looks to be in mint condition and comes with several accessories.... just have to wait and see. Thanks again.
     
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    That's not a stupid question, but I really wonder why you'd be looking for an Alpha 100 when the 200 is so cheap. Many people I talk to say they weren't very impressed with the 100 and that it was only the 200 made them take Sony seriously.

    But I guess you've got good reasons.
     
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    Forget the cable, get a card reader.
     
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    Dagwood, you were originally looking at the A300. What happened? Didn't you get that one? I would agree with D.D., 200 at least and the 300 would be better.

    skieur
     
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    +1

    I've owned my D300 since the first week it was introduced, and it has never been plugged into a computer.
     
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    +1 for the card reader as well. easier and if you happen to hook the cord connecting it, its only the reader falling and not your camera.
     
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    There are no stupid questions.... only stupid answers. :lol:


    The best advice has already been given, get yourself a card reader. I have never connected either of my cameras directly to a computer.
     
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    That's a good point. I've got the A100 and have really enjoyed the camera, but I also bought it when it was the only Sony DSLR on the market. I'm currently saving for the A700.

    The A100 will definitely be cheaper than the A200...but probably only by $100ish which isn't much considering how much accessories, lenses, etc. will be.
     

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