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Old 09-06-10, 09:30 AM
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Hi all,

Newbie here.

I'm looking to venture into higher-end DSLR photography, having previously only used models in the 200-300 range. I've stumbled across this model - DSLR-A380 + DT 18 - 55 mm DSLR-A380L Sony Prices - and wonder if it would be a good stepping stone? Anyone with any experience of it - is it a quality camera?

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Old 09-06-10, 11:48 AM
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Hi goblin1, a warm welcome from me to the forum! I can't help with info but I am sure someone will be along to offer the advice you seek.
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Old 09-06-10, 01:20 PM
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Hi Goblin, welcome to the forum.

My rule of thumb. Spend as much as you can on the lenses. You are better off putting a 200 body on a 600 low F stop lens than a 600 body on a 200 high F stop lens.
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I had a sony A300 recently and it was pretty good for a starter camera but just not getting the quality I was looking for. As a wee upgrade from the 300, the 380 will be a bit better.
Just don't use Sigma lenses with them. use tamron.
The sigma has a tendency to run faster than the sony can handle and the barrel in the lens gets jiggered.

But try a Nikon D3000, or D5000
They will be a lot cheaper than the newer ranges but should be great for you.

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Thanks all

Yeah I've been considering the Nikon D5000 as I seem to be able to get it for a reasonable price - Nikon D5000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens - better than Sony, then?
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Old 17-06-10, 05:08 PM
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I think the Nikon will be much better than Sony.
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Welcome Goblin, I have the Sony 550 and have to say I am really pleased with the way it handles. I have taken some great photo's with it, but as Maggie quite rightly said don't use Sigma lenses, stick to Tamron or sony's. Wecome to the forum.
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Thanks for all the advice guys, much appreciated
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