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    heyy, i was recently given a sony DSLR but i dont know if should sell it and get a canon instead? this is my first DSLR camera. i was only using a canon p&s and i am still rather new to photography.

    is a sony DSLR just as good? as i see many pro using either canon or nikon. i went to see the prices of the sony lenses they are rather pricey. i dont know if other brands are the same.

    i havent even open the box :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonred View Post
    heyy, i was recently given a sony DSLR but i dont know if should sell it and get a canon instead? this is my first DSLR camera. i was only using a canon p&s and i am still rather new to photography.

    is a sony DSLR just as good? as i see many pro using either canon or nikon. i went to see the prices of the sony lenses they are rather pricey. i dont know if other brands are the same.

    i havent even open the box :P
    If Sony DSLRs are not as good as C&N,they(Sony)would have folded long ago.BTW,there are also pros using Sony DSLRs

    What's the model n.o of the DSLR that was given to you?

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    If Sony DSLRs are not as good as C&N,they(Sony)would have folded long ago.BTW,there are also pros using Sony DSLRs

    What's the model n.o of the DSLR that was given to you?
    LOL! yeapp that is rather true. hmm... cos usually i see people going for nikon. guess i havent really seen much yet :P

    ehhh its the a230

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    welcome to the club

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    The Sony A230 is a very simple entry level camera. It's good for beginners who wish to upgrade from a PnS camera. As the grip of the camera is rather small, you may want to try the cam at the Sony stores before deciding. If it's uncomfortable to you, you would not like to use it. Heard that the grip is designed in this way on a purpose, you may wish to check with the staff at Sony on what is the correct way of holding the cam.

    As for whether the Sony is as good as the Nikons and Canons, I would say that there are strength and weaknesses in each model of the cameras regardless of brands. In case you are not aware, Sony actually acquired Minolta a couple of years back and Minolta has a very long history in making great cameras.

    Lens wise, they are about the same as the other brands I would say. Some lenses may be slightly more expensive while others may be cheaper. So using lens prices to guage whether it's worth to get a camera of a certain brand is rather irrelevant to me, unless you are buying a big bulk of the same lens.

    So I would suggest that you go to the shops to try the cameras of different make and model and decide for yourself based on the cameras handling and see if the user interface appeals to you.
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonarciso View Post
    welcome to the club
    thank you!! (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    The Sony A230 is a very simple entry level camera. It's good for beginners who wish to upgrade from a PnS camera. As the grip of the camera is rather small, you may want to try the cam at the Sony stores before deciding. If it's uncomfortable to you, you would not like to use it. Heard that the grip is designed in this way on a purpose, you may wish to check with the staff at Sony on what is the correct way of holding the cam.

    As for whether the Sony is as good as the Nikons and Canons, I would say that there are strength and weaknesses in each model of the cameras regardless of brands. In case you are not aware, Sony actually acquired Minolta a couple of years back and Minolta has a very long history in making great cameras.

    Lens wise, they are about the same as the other brands I would say. Some lenses may be slightly more expensive while others may be cheaper. So using lens prices to guage whether it's worth to get a camera of a certain brand is rather irrelevant to me, unless you are buying a big bulk of the same lens.

    So I would suggest that you go to the shops to try the cameras of different make and model and decide for yourself based on the cameras handling and see if the user interface appeals to you.
    thank you for your reply. i was given the sony camera and i have ever tried a friend's canon camera a while back. i havent tried the sony camera though.

    i have to agree that every brand has its strength and weaknesses. oh and i didnt know sony bought over minolta.

    hmmm... maybe i would then consider keeping the camera i was given. since the lenses are more or less the same.

    thank you once again!

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    hmmm... what are some good basic lenses/ equipment to start with? since i have now gotten a DSLR

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    Don't have to spend to much when you are just starting out. The kit lens would be good enough. Try to see what are the things you would like to shoot first.

    If you are taking landscape a tripod and probably some filters would be good.
    Minolta. Konica Minolta. Sony

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonred View Post
    hmmm... what are some good basic lenses/ equipment to start with? since i have now gotten a DSLR
    Hmmm,since you have the kit lens(18-55mm),you should see what types of genere you like.Macros,wildlife,landscapes.....

    You might wanna consider a kit-telezoom like the 55-250 or 75-300 for longer reach.Wide-angle 11-18mm for landscapes,30mm f2.8 for macro.There are lots of options for you to choose.

    If you have the time,you can make a trip down to Sony Style at Jurong Point.They have all of Sony's lenses on display from small(50mm) to big(300mm)

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    Oh,and do get a dry cabinet($108 for a 30L)to store your gear,a basic UV filter(Hoya/Tokina)to protect your kit lens and a camera bag to store your gear when u bring them out.

    Go down to Cathay Photo(Peninsula plaza) or Alan Photo(SLS/Funan) or Orient Photo(SLS) to take a look at their bags

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonred View Post
    hmmm... what are some good basic lenses/ equipment to start with? since i have now gotten a DSLR
    I would say a tripod and dry cab is a must...

    hmm... maybe a cleaning kit and UV filter for your lense as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillicutter View Post
    I would say a tripod and dry cab is a must...

    hmm... maybe a cleaning kit and UV filter for your lense as well?
    LENS!!!!! Not lense

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleonbus View Post
    LENS!!!!! Not lense
    kk..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleonbus View Post
    LENS!!!!! Not lense
    Cool down ... I know how you feel ...
    A picture a day keeps the blues away!

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    Just explore the Camera and see if you are comfortable with it. Usually for beginners it boils down to the user-friendly interface and form rather than function. Later on they'll start griping about performance and stuff.

    I use a 1000D myself, and I've always felt it was a "toy camera" due to its weight and size. Still, it hasn't failed me and I'm glad to have captured good moments with it.

    Welcome to CS, and if it wasn't for my friends who are using Canon, I might've gone Sony instead too =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dingaroo View Post
    Cool down ... I know how you feel ...
    Cannot cool down lah...everyday there will be someone typing lens as 'lense'.If this goes on,every of my post will be 'Lens is spelt as lens,not lense'

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    Camera + lenses = tools to take photos.

    Although the A230 is very basic, but it has all the necessary functions to control the settings.

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    i still think the brand of the dslr doesnt matter... @ least sony has IS built into the body unlike Canon or Nikon where you have to spend more on IS lenses later on...

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    Ask yourself,

    Are u looking for some high quality cheap older models(with or without IS) of 2nd hand L Lens from Canon? If yes, u may consider. There are tons of such lens out there.

    All brands are great.

    Are u pressured by ur friends who is using the "bigger" brands? If they do, just smile and move on.

    I was in Canon camp but now using m4/3 as my shooting needs have change. So there nothing wrong with Sony. They do have good pro lens out there but like u say it's abit pricey...u got to do research...
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