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Sony A100 Digital SLR Body £149.00 Delivered @ Park Cameras

£149.00 @ Park Cameras
* 10.2 Effective megapixels * APS-C sized primary color CCD * Super SteadyShot in camera body * 2.5 inch LCD Screen * Anti-dust system The new a100 digital single lens reflex(d-…
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* 10.2 Effective megapixels
* APS-C sized primary color CCD
* Super SteadyShot in camera body
* 2.5 inch LCD Screen
* Anti-dust system

The new a100 digital single lens reflex(d-slr) camera from Sony. With 10 Megapixels, Super SteadyShot built into thecamera body to combat picture blur, and an advanced anti-dust protection systemfor the CCD, youre surer to get crisp, clean, pin-sharp results everytime.
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#1
Supposed to be a fairly good camera, being Sony's first DSLR, and you should be able to use old Konica/Minolta lenses, as an alternative to Sony's all new lens lineup.
#2
looks like a great deal especially for your first slr
#3
hot!!!
#4
Any of the budget lenses they sell worth looking at? Or better just hunting on ebay?
#5
Although superceded by the A200 this is an excellent DSLR,watch the reviews on youtube,as stated above if you can drop on any Konica/Minolta lenses made in the last 28 years,you could have a very decent set up for not a lot of money.
#6
Total bargain! Unbelievably good in fact.
#7
Bargain for this money

The A100 has mirror lockup and DOF preview which the A200 does not.
#8
Hi, i was wondering if i bought this for my dad for chirstmas, would it take good pictures without buying a lens for it? An then in the future he would be able to get himself a lens for the camera? Suppose i'm just really wondering if it would be a good gift if it came without a lens? as it seems a real bargin at this price!
Thanks!
banned#9
Hot. Just bagged myself one, this will soften the blow after not getting the 400d for £199!. Got to look for some lenses now.
#10
Yep thats a bargain! =)
#11
No - you need a lens to be able to take any photos.

I have had an A100 since they came out - cracking bit of kit an better made than the A200 which replaced it.
#12
Okay, in that case, any half decent cheap lens to get him anywhere? :D

Thanks!
#13
Wow! been looking for a cheap body to use all my old minolta lenses with, had to grab one of these.:)
#14
Bargain! Been wanting an SLR for ages.
banned#15
So i'm new to SLR photgraphy, what kind of lenses would i need with this?
#16
Devil666v2;3291090
Okay, in that case, any half decent cheap lens to get him anywhere? :D

Thanks!


http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp - this lists a lot of lenses that will be compatible. Each lens has user reviews, sample pics, lens info and pictures of the lens itself (invaluable if you decide to buy off ebay.) You can customise your search e.g. zoom only, from 70-210mm, display results in order of highest rated by users, also by brand if you so wish.

The 'standard' kit lens is Sony's 18-70mm (pretty standard) and is around £100 to buy new but because no-one wants them you should get around £40 off ebay. If it were me in this position (wish it was but already have an A200 camera) I'd stay clear of the kit lens and get 2 second hand Minolta lenses off ebay. Anything that says it's compatible with Minolta/Sony "AF" should work but remember to check out on dyxum before bidding/buying :)
#17
Seems a good price for a body but if you are just starting out, don't decide on a single body which system you commit to. You will be stuck with this system so you need to be sure it's right for you. I personally would go with a more popular make (Nikon, Canon, Olympus, etc.) unless you already have some old Minolta lenses and/or flash equipment.
#18
£149 is undoubtedly a good deal, and it's far from a bad camera.

HOWEVER...

Bear in mind that you can get the far superior A200 complete with kit lens for under £250 now
See here: http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod609.html

Once you've thrown £50 at a basic second hand lens for this one, there's only £50 between the two cameras. The A200 is by far the better buy when you bear that in mind, plus its lens will be new and under warranty.
#19
wotguvnotmeguv
£149 is undoubtedly a good deal, and it's far from a bad camera.

HOWEVER...

Bear in mind that you can get the far superior A200 complete with kit lens for under £250 now
See here: http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod609.html

Once you've thrown £50 at a basic second hand lens for this one, there's only £50 between the two cameras. The A200 is by far the better buy when you bear that in mind, plus its lens will be new and under warranty.


I am an A200 owner, and I'm very happy with it. However, to say that it is "far superior" to the A100 is laughable. The A100 has features that the A200 doesn't (mirror lock up and DOF preview). The A200 is more refined (lighter, quieter shutter, bigger LCD) but I think it's a toss up as to which is the better camera. This is a brilliant price, if I didn't already have an A200 I would snap it up straight away.
#20
This is the best SLR deal that there has been on this forum in my opinion. I used to have the A100 and it is a superb camera. According to most magazine reviews the new generation of cameras out this year did not really supercede the old cameras for picture quality. Only on feature count are they better. However, the A100 had the best features of all of the previous generation of cameras so it's not that far behind.

Buy this camera and then pick up a Sigma or Tamron 18-200mm Sony mount lens on ebay. You will often get them for £150 ish on auction. Otherwise you can pay about £30 more on buy it now. There are two auctions for the Tamron on ebay at the moment that will probably go for less than £150.

£300 for a great camera and all in one lens. Some deal!
banned#21
Hey Carleast, any cheap lenses you can recommend for this camera, I don't know anything about lenses. What would the one above be used for?, seems like quite alot of money
#22
I have just bought the fuji s8100fd - not yet been dispatched though so could probably cancel it. Question is though should I. Seriously thinking about this now - I want a camera that has the option of a point and shoot (so wife can use it on hols) but one that also giving me more possibilities, hmmm - any opinions on my dilemma ?
#23
Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR
Sorry, the product you requested is currently unavailable. :x

Just my luck !
#24
Rooster#1
Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR
Sorry, the product you requested is currently unavailable. :x

Just my luck !


Thats just happened in the last few mins - may well make my dilemma an easier one - lol
#25
gone now
#26
pet2000;3291387
Seems a good price for a body but if you are just starting out, don't decide on a single body which system you commit to. You will be stuck with this system so you need to be sure it's right for you. I personally would go with a more popular make (Nikon, Canon, Olympus, etc.) unless you already have some old Minolta lenses and/or flash equipment.


I really can't agree - you'd only be 'stuck' if you ended up buying a whole heap of lenses and extra kit but even if you did and wanted to jump ship in the future it can be sold second hand. All those brands make decent DSLRs in a similar price range with not a lot to choose between and all brands have plenty of lenses - new and old - to choose from (Sony use Minolta's alpha mount) so I would say don't be put off Sony just because they are relative newcomers to DSLR. I'm not saying definately buy this camera though, choose one you're comfortable using/handling. Unless you're a pro (and you probably won't be reading this if you are) then 2 or 3 lenses will do for the vast majority of amateur use.
#27
Rooster#1
Sony Alpha A100 Digital SLR
Sorry, the product you requested is currently unavailable. :x

Just my luck !


Not surprising it's sold out but keep watching site or ring them for cancellations etc.
#28
I am suprised the availability lasted as long as it did at that price.
#29
Oh dear! I just had to have one!
#30
bargainsgalore;3291562
Hey Carleast, any cheap lenses you can recommend for this camera, I don't know anything about lenses. What would the one above be used for?, seems like quite alot of money


Not aimed at me but see my previous post in this thread i.e. [url]www.dyxum.com[/url]

18-200mm is a large range - 18mm is wide (wide field of view e.g. landscape), 200mm is telephoto (narrow field of view like a telescope e.g. 'zooming' in on far away objects such as animals at the zoo.) The newer version of this lens is the 18-250mm by Tamron (and Sony do a rebadged version) which gets great reviews for an all-in-one solution however it is circa £300 new - a lot of money for an amateur but put it in perspective that pros can easily spend £1000+ on a lens. Minolta AF lenses can sell from a few quid to a few hundred quid on ebay.

Before buying any lens think what you want it for and read reviews :)
banned#31
Loony, would a lense like this be good for close up stuff, ie portrait photography?
#32
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#33
bargainsgalore;3291761
Loony, would a lense like this be good for close up stuff, ie portrait photography?


Good thing about portraits is you (mostly) have control over the subject and can be patient, positions yourself etc. so really any lens that is in the range 35-70mm will be fine but for excellent (not just 'great') results then something like a 50mm (fixed, not zoom) f1.7 prime - basically means it lets a lot of light in and is of high quality. Because there's no zoom you move the camera/yourself physically closer to 'zoom in.' Not cheap though and not much use for as a 'walk around' if you're more of a opportunist photographer. If you really want a DSLR then honestly it's worth doing a little research, go to Jessops or wherever and have a bit play with a few.

Looks like this deal is gone but as someone else said the A200 (and Nikon D40) is great value and to be found on hotukdeals. Both great value for money worth consideration IMHO.
#34
mrpink123
I am an A200 owner, and I'm very happy with it. However, to say that it is "far superior" to the A100 is laughable. The A100 has features that the A200 doesn't (mirror lock up and DOF preview). The A200 is more refined (lighter, quieter shutter, bigger LCD) but I think it's a toss up as to which is the better camera. This is a brilliant price, if I didn't already have an A200 I would snap it up straight away.


I was a long-term Minolta user, and I was deciding between these two to be my first DSLR.

I tried both, and the A200 won out in pretty much every situation. Feels a lot more responsive in general for me. The absence of mirror lock-up and depth of field preview didn't bother me in the slightest as I'd rarely - if ever - have cause to use them.

In particular for my purposes (sports and gig photography), pictures are much, much cleaner with the A200 at ISO 800 and above. The A100's ISO 800 in fact appears to produce more noise than the A200's ISO 3200 setting. This was the clincher for me.

The feel of the camera is much more MInolta-like as well, which was a big help.

I'm not pouring water over sub-£150 for the A100 by any means, as it's a very good camera and a superb entry level DSLR. I just think that £100 more for a better camera complete with a kit lens is a better deal.

Expired now anyway, so all a bit moot.
banned#35
Ok i think i'll look for a 35-70mm lense then.Glad I got in there just in time with this deal
#36
bargainsgalore
Ok i think i'll look for a 35-70mm lense then.Glad I got in there just in time with this deal


Before plucking for the 35-70mm lens I would go and try one out in Jessops. The focal length may sound fine to you right now but whn you try it out youmight think otherwise.

My recommendation would always be to try lenses out in Jessops before buying.

Personally I would sacrifice some picture quality for versatility any day. A DSLR beginner will rarely take a picture good enough to easily tell the difference between an all in one 18-200mm lens and a dedicated 35mm-70mm lens at 50mm. However, everyone, from a professional to my nana, can appreciate a wider focal lenth.

The 18-200mm lens would always be my recommendation even if it does stretch your budget.

I have the more expensive Sigma 18-200mm OS lens and it's awesome. Unfortunately I haven't seen any of the Sony versions on ebay yet.
#37
Urgh... I paid £650 for mine when it came out!... that is depressing! lol

Great camera though, I had bought some minolta lenses before I the camera was released before the market started bumping up their value.
#38
bargainsgalore;3292029
Ok i think i'll look for a 35-70mm lense then.Glad I got in there just in time with this deal


Please note though I said within that range (general portrait range) so not saying an actual 35-70mm zoom is ideal, just something that can get in that range e.g. as carleast said the 18-200mm will also cover that range and a lot more either side though personally I prefer a 2 lens solutions over that range. Anyway a 100-300mm for example would not be suitable for portraits :-D

Coincidentally I recently bought a 1993 (year) 35-70mm Minolta zoom off ebay for under £20. It's a 'full frame' lens and I didn't get it for portraits, it was just an impulse buy considering the price for a lightweight reasonably fast (f3.5-4.5) 'walkaround'.
banned#39
Well i'm close to buying a minolta 50mm F1.7 for this camera, but i'm looking at around £100 on ebay, seems a bit steep to me. So can i use the Sigma 18-200mm OS lens for portrait work?
#40
Ordered this at 11.20 with stock still showing and in fact stock was still showing until about 1pm at least.

Just got an out of stock mail from Park Cameras

Maybe even bait and switch merchants

offered me an overpriced A200 body or A200 kit - £20 more than Amazon !!!!!!

anyone actually get one?

EliTom

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