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Question on Lenses
Hi guys, I have made up my mind on getting an A300 but I am not sure yet about lenses. I have currently 2 options in mind and was wondering if people could advise me on which is better?1. Sony A300 (body only) and Sigma 18-200mm - $500 + $300 = $800.

2. Sony A300 with 18-70mm kit lens and Sigma 18-200mm - $600 + $300 = $900.

It seems to me that the Sony A300 (body only) is only sold by non-authorized Sony dealers. Should this be a cause for concern? It is $100 cheaper overall but I am a little worried that this might end up in me having a defective product?.

Also, if I already have the 18-200mm, would there ever be days when I would use the 18-70mm lens?.

Last but not least, if I do go ahead with option 2, what are the chances I would be able to sell off the kit lens and for what price?Thanks!..

Comments (7)

You seem to have your mind made up on the A300. Why did you choose that over a different model Sony, or Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus? The kit lens and / or superzoom range is not unique to Sony..

I don't mean to derail you but do think about what you'll be shooting and what the long term investment is for equipment purchases...

Comment #1

There are many reasons for which I chose the Sony A300. If you are interested, perhaps we could talk about this offline. I am asking about lenses here though, and what you wrote was totally irrelevant...

Comment #2

Actually it's not irrelevant. The types of things you want to shoot will determine what lenses you need. Some lenses are available for some brands that others do not have. In other cases equivalent lenses are available but cost more for similar quality..

For instance if you want to shoot photo's of your children playing sports in low light (a guess on my part) neither a kit lens nor the superzoom will do the job. For that job you'll need at least a midrange Nikon or Canon body and and expensive lens you won't easily find in another brand..

I voluntarily withdraw from this discussion...

Comment #3

You might want to consider a nice compact point and shoot..

Both lenses you're looking at aren't the best of the pack. Combined with the A300 you might find things haven't improved over your previous camera..

For quality, you might want to consider the Sony 24 - 70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar ZA Digital..

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #4

Unfortunately photography is one of the fastest ways to financial ruin. Pick any decent lens will set you back 1 grand or more. So please consider what you really need. For recording daily events, a simple P&S will suffice...

Comment #5

You would be better off asking this question on the Sony SLR forum. However, the Sony 17-70 kit lens does not have a good reputation - see the review on this site:http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sony_18-70_3p5-5p6_m15/page4.aspChris R..

Comment #6

I doubt you will use the kit lens much if you also have a zoom that overlaps the range unless you just want to save some weight walking around with the camera..

Have you considered the 2-lens kit with the 18-70 and 75-300 zooms? These, of course, are not the best lenses out there, but are excellent for the price. I would also suggest picking up a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 Auto lens for low light and portraits. Sharp lens and a bargain for about $80...

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