Laura's questions - Sony
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    Laura's questions - Sony

    by risyntira » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:02 pm

    Hi again guys,
    Hope its ok, but I wanted to make a thread just for my questions. (Is this allowed?)

    I was thinking when I have a question I will be able to come in here and type my thoughts, beliefs, questions and preogression photos.
    I don't want to clog up the forums with all my questions, and what better way to do this then have my own thread?

    First question I do have is about lenses.
    I really wish to take more macro shots with my current camera Sony A230 as I would like to have this repaired at a later date. But I would like to get some decent shots with a Sony A55.
    I have the twin lens kit when I brought the A230 but want to branch out into new avenues.

    I am interested in close ups of bugs, butterflies etc but dont think the lense kit is good enough.

    I'm looking at a Tamron Af 70 - 300mm F4 5.6 Di LD Macro len0
    http://www.nextag.com.au/tamron-af-70_- ... 7D6BCB71C3

    Any recommendations I would love to hear about.
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    by Busiboy » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:53 pm

    Fine to create your own thread, you'll need a longer type macro lens for what you have in mind.

    Look for a macro lens, over 100mm if possible
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    by heartyfisher » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:55 pm

    What lenses do you have now ? they may be good enough with some attachments. like a close up filter or extension tubes.

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    by risyntira » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:32 pm

    My lenses are DT 4-5.6/55-200 SAM & 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM
    These were sold as a twin lens kit with the Sony A230.
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    by Busiboy » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:57 pm

    The 55-200 might be a good starting point, an extension tube might give you a cost effective start to work with for macro
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    by risyntira » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:15 am

    Just another quick question which Sony is better A35 or A55?

    I thought the A55 would be best as it is 10 fsp were the A35 is 7 fsp.
    Interested to hear other peoples thoughts.
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    by LOZ » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:21 am

    risyntira wrote:Just another quick question which Sony is better A35 or A55?

    I thought the A55 would be best as it is 10 fsp were the A35 is 7 fsp.
    Interested to hear other peoples thoughts.


    :? how often if ever will you need 7 or 10 fps?

    http://snapsort.com/compare/Sony-SLT-A3 ... ny_SLT-A55
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    by risyntira » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:29 pm

    Thanks for that link.

    the 10 fps caught my eye when I was looking for a camera and the Sony A55 did that, but the only thing I do not like about the 55 is the flip out screen, I would most likely never use that.

    The Sony A35 does not have that option and to be honest never really looked at it until I did a search for other Sony models.

    I know that the Sony A55 is dearer than the A35.
    But I was planning on buying a 'gray' camera from OS rather than here is Aust.
    The OS website have the A55 advertised for $409 + $75 postage
    the Aust website have the A35 for $580 (not sure on postage)
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    by Busiboy » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:38 pm

    The flip out screens are handier than you might think.

    I have one and use it occasionally, great for above crowd shots especially, then there is the unusual perspective shots down low or up against a wall.
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    by risyntira » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:27 pm

    what's your opinion of the warrenty issued but OS websites?
    I enquired about the A55 from Citiwide who give out 3 year warrenties with Mack (I wanted the 3 yr diamond). Do Aussie companies honour their warrenties?
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    by beeb » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:36 pm

    LOZ wrote:
    risyntira wrote:Just another quick question which Sony is better A35 or A55?

    I thought the A55 would be best as it is 10 fsp were the A35 is 7 fsp.
    Interested to hear other peoples thoughts.


    :? how often if ever will you need 7 or 10 fps?

    http://snapsort.com/compare/Sony-SLT-A3 ... ny_SLT-A55


    On this, I think it'd depend what you're shooting a bit. I know my girlfriend shoots a lot at dog shows, and at those high frame-rates are extremely beneficial. Capturing the correct "movement" shot - which basically means freezing the 'movement' while the dog is in the correct pose - is incredibly tricky. The fact the dogs are often run in triangles or circles in small rings only gives fleeting moments to get the right shot, so that's where the high FPS comes into it's own. Not needed by everyone, but not to be sneezed at either - it's just another tool to have the option of using to improve the chance of getting the results desired.
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    by Busiboy » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:48 pm

    Spray and pray

    I found better results anticipating than praying for a result even with motor sports I'm more likely to use single frame shots
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    by beeb » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:21 pm

    Busiboy wrote:Spray and pray


    Lol, yep...

    Busiboy wrote:I found better results anticipating than praying for a result even with motor sports I'm more likely to use single frame shots


    I hear you and generally I agree, but I honestly challenge anyone to do dog shows and not come to the same conclusion. The owners all want the 'perfect shot' of their dog, so the slightest dip of a paw or a wonky topline and it's considered incorrect "movement" and greatly reduces her chances of selling the shot.
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    by risyntira » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:17 pm

    Thanks Beeb,
    You must know me.... (?)

    I have show dog and attend dogs shows with my camera, everyone wants that perfect shot of their dogs.

    ETA:
    I just spoke to a friend about the A35 and A55 and we both agreed that the performance of the A55 is obviously better, but I am still worried about the warrenty being honoured if something happens.
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    by beeb » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:56 pm

    risyntira wrote:Thanks Beeb,
    You must know me.... (?)

    I have show dog and attend dogs shows with my camera, everyone wants that perfect shot of their dogs.


    Haha, I think only someone that has attended a few shows and gotten to know the people a little could begin to understand! :lol:

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