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Sony Alpha A230L Digital SLR Camera With 18-55 mm Lens £297.40 @ Amazon
Sony Alpha A230L Digital SLR Camera With 18-55 mm Lens £297.40 @ Amazon

Sony Alpha A230L Digital SLR Camera With 18-55 mm Lens £297.40 @ Amazon

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Just for people's info: this camera doesn't have Live View on the screen. ie When you are taking a photo you have to use the view finder.

Still a great camera but just so you know what to expect.

I find the Sony cameras too expensive for what they offer compared to the competition. Not even that good in low light either. I am not voting though because this is my personal opinion and has nothing to do with this deal, which maybe good.

pet2000;6798616

I find the Sony cameras too expensive for what they offer compared to the … I find the Sony cameras too expensive for what they offer compared to the competition.



You speaking about SLRs or their compact range?

When I asked on a few forums last year the general opinion was that you got more for your money with the Sony SLRs.

I purchased the A200 last year and am totally happy with it. Taken some great photos.

Also, I had some very postive comments about low light photos taken on hols in Rome. Dimly lit Piazza Navona, inside St Peters. Seriously very clear.

Got to disagree with pet2000. I have an a200 and find that it is fine in low light, depends on the lens used and what you are shooting tbh. Then again that's my experience with my Sony.
Good thing about Sony is the backwards compatibilty with Konica Minolta lenses from the 1980's. Check out Dyxum forum dyxum.com/len…e=3
Also with adaptors you can use older 42mm fit CZJ lenses :thumbsup:

Not a bad offer, see camerapricebuster.co.uk/cat…tml for best prices

The 18-55 kit lens is rated better than the 18-70 kit lens.
Liveview isn't needed tbh; bit of a gimmick most of the time. I do laugh to myself if I see a DSLR user taking pics via liveview (in the style of a digicam) rather than looking through the viewfinder.

J9STL;6798821

Liveview isn't needed tbh;



I'd go along with that. This was my first digital SLR and I thought it seemed a bit crap but I've not missed it once. You can still review your pic on the screen after taking.

nomad01;6798837

I'd go along with that. This was my first digital SLR and I thought it … I'd go along with that. This was my first digital SLR and I thought it seemed a bit crap but I've not missed it once. You can still review your pic on the screen after taking.



Get yourself a Minolta AF50 f1.7 - good in all light (and fast) and perhaps the 70-210 "beercan" lens - you won't be dissapointed.

edit: these lenses are 20 years old, but still auto-focus and benefit from the Sony's on-camera image stabilisation.

J9STL;6798925

Get yourself a Minolta AF50 f1.7 - good in all light (and fast) and … Get yourself a Minolta AF50 f1.7 - good in all light (and fast) and perhaps the 70-210 "beercan" lens - you won't be dissapointed.edit: these lenses are 20 years old, but still auto-focus and benefit from the Sony's on-camera image stabilisation.



I had a Minolta zoom which worked great but I got sick of switching lenses on holiday so I bought the Sony 18-250 lens which gets good reviews considering it's an all rounder. You have to appreciate the limitations for this kind of lens but I'm very happy with it.

Looking to get a fast fixed lens though so will check out that Minolta.

My fiancee has an A300, and I must say the Live View has been invaluable for when taking pictures of things that are low and close to the ground e.g. of small plants or animals, or pictures above your head when you can tilt the screen down and see properly. Admittedly you could shoot and then review the photos in the LCD, but the tilting live view is really very handy for the situations I have described.

Also agree that you seem to get more for your money with Sony than other brands, although I think the price you pay is that there is a much smaller user base, and as such you may find it harder to find spares, repairs or third party accessories.

I have an Olympus E410 which has Live View and i've only ever used it once, and hated it!
With a professional camera, Live View isn't really needed (as, for starters, it's nowhere near a true representation of the picture you're trying to take most of the time!).
This is a really good deal, the lens is well-rated and the camera's pretty good too!

Sony are BETTER value than the competition. Got the A200 earlier this year - the Nikon D60 uses the same Sony sensor and the A200 got better reviews and was cheaper.

Hot deal - have some heat.

cheaper at abc-digital-cameras.co.uk/sho…cpb
as you are taking of the £50 it is £289.00 here delivered and in stock
also cheaper at warehouse express by about £1.50

price is ok but not really a bargain when £10 cheaper so why so hot???????????

why the hell would u want 'live view' when you can look through the lens? :roll:

okay can understand better angles at times, but i dont think u can beat the naked eye

I have the a200, live view not needed at all, would be a drain on the battery

Any good for a starter DSLR or am I better getting a Canon D1000?

Liveview also slows the cameras down usually and introduces shutter lag which isn't what you want on an SLR.

Liveview could be handy in certain situations but usually not worth it from what I read. I have an A200 and am very happy with it. I have the dual lens kit. Great pictures and even in low light it's produces great shots.

Liveview isn't that crucial, but it's not useless. You can get some really interesting shots at ground-height with it.


ps of the old Minolta lenses, get a 28-135. Weighs more than your car, ugly as hell, but wow.... the photos.

sashicee;6808189

I have the a200, live view not needed at all, would be a drain on the … I have the a200, live view not needed at all, would be a drain on the battery



I have not had livepreview on my previous cameras as well, but since I got Sony A300 I understand what I was missing, At least I am not bending too much or getting on my knee as previously. :whistling:

BUZZIN_NICE;6808161

why the hell would u want 'live view' when you can look through the lens? … why the hell would u want 'live view' when you can look through the lens? :roll:


Macro-photography and Astro-photography are two applications where I want Live View.

icodd im the same, in the market for a starter dslr for my holiday at xmas, but really torn between this and the canon eos1000d, which online bring the canon 1000d out right out at the top of 47 dslrs tested. stuck!!!

whatever u pick camera wise there will be someone to bash it or find fault with it some of the reviews i read are so damn picky it amazes me they actually bought a camera, because people are buying so much from online stores and supermarkets these little shops who specialise in cameras are vanishing quick u now get served by a 16 y.o. school kid earning his weekend cash making it harder to get real honest opinions, the cameras are outdated and redone so much u cant keep up with the technology its become a difficult market to choose wot is right for you...id say stick with cameras by canon, nikon, olympus etc u wont go wrong...

Weighing in; I have the A200, and although far prefer using the viewfinder, I would find Live View handy when taking snapshots. The viewfinder is awkward when wearing glasses, so I find myself putting on and taking off my glasses a lot when in a situation where opportunities pop up frequently. Overall, the A200 (I assume the A230 is just the latest version of this entry-level model) is a smashing camera, with the exception of the auto-focus struggling in lower light with moving subjects, ie Kids).

Good price on this deal.

Actually the Sony's with Live view are the only SLR at present that don't slow down when using Live view, as the camera has 2 sensors so the mirror doesn't need to lift up and down when switching between the 2

75-300mm Lens Deal here if you're looking for something to go with the A230.
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iCodd;6808204

Any good for a starter DSLR or am I better getting a Canon D1000?



I'd try to get the A200 if you can and not the A230. The older model is better IMO.

much better deal for beginner IMHO:

jacobsdigital.co.uk/ind…078

OLYMPUS E-420 14-42mm Lens

best kit lens around, small size, winner for me:thumbsup:
not voting

Everybody keeps talking about 'live view'. [SIZE="4"]What is live view[/SIZE]? Is it the CCD screen at the back to view and take the picture instead of the small view-finder?

I recently used a seven year old Fuji with a 2.5 inch screen to take photo at a party and they looked great.

I am in a market for a SLR camera but not sure what to get since I am new to it. So any recommendations would be highly appreciated.

Robiesanta;6810056

Everybody keeps talking about 'live view'. [SIZE="4"]What is live … Everybody keeps talking about 'live view'. [SIZE="4"]What is live view[/SIZE]? Is it the CCD screen at the back to view and take the picture instead of the small view-finder?I recently used a seven year old Fuji with a 2.5 inch screen to take photo at a party and they looked great. I am in a market for a SLR camera but not sure what to get since I am new to it. So any recommendations would be highly appreciated.



see here:

cameralabs.com/rev…tml

J9STL;6810101

see … see here:http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Alpha_DSLR_A330/video_review.shtml



Thanks but didn't really understand the difference between live-view and LCD viewfinder (I must be thick :-(). Wasn't the dude in the video looking through the LCD viewfinder in both cases?

Anyway, I will look into it more before buying one of these camera.

The codes not working for me,any ideas?

itsjonboyok;6811357

The codes not working for me,any ideas?



Its not a code deal; you need to download the pdf form and return it to Sony with your receipt to get the £50 off.
There's info on the Amazon link. :thumbsup:

here it is anyway : g-ecx.images-amazon.com/ima…pdf

Bought an A200 a year or so ago and it was my first SLR, its been a great value camera and I've learned that 'live view', as some have, said isnt a necessity more a bonus feature. Also, using live view with a wee compact is one thing, but with a big SLR the stability of using the view finder to your eye is needed, plus its easier to turn the lens to compose the shot. Besides, I think it would look very odd holding an SLR out in front of you taking photos, not seen anyone doing that yet.

If you haven't had an SLR before, and want to take photography that bit more serious then you will find an SLR a breath of fresh air and wonder why you never did it sooner. But, you do need to put time and effort into learning the effects of aperture, shutter speeds etc if you want to get the best out of it, and if you do you will get photos that far outshine anyones compact cameras. I find SLR less forgiving, but more rewarding.

radissimo;6809770

much better deal for beginner … much better deal for beginner IMHO:http://www.jacobsdigital.co.uk/index.php?target=products&product_id=43078OLYMPUS E-420 14-42mm Lensbest kit lens around, small size, winner for me:thumbsup:not voting



I'd try and go for an E-520, I didn't like the lack of a grip on the 420, and the is no IS in it either.

I just saw this telephoto lens in t3 today (sony fit). It was only £229!!! I kinda regret buying the olympus e420 w/ pancake lens. I should've waited for the standard lens in my local area.

P.s. The viewfinder doesn't hinder me with my camera. Actually I use it more than the liveview. Sony isn't bad at all but if you want quality, buy a canon.

If anyone has second-hand entry-level olympus lenses I'd be happy to take a look. E-bay is good for me.

I got the A200 2 months ago after debating over which to go for. Being that it was my first DSLR i would have, i went with the cheapest one at the time. Have to say i am very happy with it. The only thing i miss on not having a Nikon or Canon is the name. So for a first time buyer of a DSLR i don't think it's necessary to go for a certain make unless your needs are very specific.

Here's one of my better pics i have taken with the Sony + Kit lens (i'm no pro either lol):

farm4.static.flickr.com/352…jpg

I'll be getting a 300mm lens next April although that one posted above does look very tempting.

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I'll be getting a 300mm lens next April although that one posted above does look very tempting.[/QUOTE]

you can currently get £50 off the SAL75300, making it £87 with this same promotion

nice pic btw :thumbsup:
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