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Offline DAVE BRIGGS

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Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« on: May 13, 2014, 07:29:09 PM »
Hi All

I hope I've posted this on correct forum.

I'm new to the forum and very new to photography.  I have always been a Sony fan (having all Sony products - TV, phone, tablet, laptop, etc...).  I've had a couple of Sony point and shoot camera's in the past (for pure convenience) until Christmas - my partner bought me a shiny Alpha A3000.  Now, I appreciate that on the grand scale of things this is pretty much a 'basic' level piece of kit, but I have been more than happy so far with it, even though so far I haven't wandered far from the intelligent settings.  To solve that issue I am looking at trying a basic photography course to help me familiarise myself with the less basic features.

The advise I am after (at this time - I am sure many more questions will follow in time), is this.  Other than the lens that came with the camera - 18-55mm (which appears to take a good variety of pics), I am looking to buy an additional lens, maybe up to the £200 mark, but have no idea which spec lens to go for.  Ideally I'd like another lens that will afford a variety of shooting styles.  As I say, I'm a complete novice so any advise will be much appreciated.

Kind regards

DAVE

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Re: Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 09:41:32 PM »
Hi Dave.

Glad to see you staying with the Sony brand for your photography.....

here is a link to a site I look at every day to find the best prices, you will find that the A3000 uses the same `E`mount that the NEX Cameras use, and here you will see that you can get a Sony E 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 Lens for around £209.

I have put a link on for 2 reviews fro this lens from the Dyxum website

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Sony/Sony-Compact-Cameras

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Sony-55-210mm-F4.5-6.3-OSS_lens725.html

hope this helps

Gordon
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Re: Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 09:53:57 PM »
Hi Gordon

Thanks for that advise, I appreciate your effort to give a reply.  I have looked at this lens, but with not knowing anything about lenses wasn't sure whether it was an ideal 1st edition to my camera kit.

I'll definitely look at getting one on these lenses in the very near future.

Thanks again.

DAVE

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Re: Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 10:36:16 PM »
Something else worth looking for is  second hand e to a mount adaptor. I have the version with the auto focusing motor and have found that so far it has worked with all a mount lenses on my my alpha 3000 .. something to remember though is that you lose image stabilisation, but the adapted still worth having as secondhand lenses such as the Tamron 18 to 200 and 18 to 250 can be found at bargain prices.
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Re: Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 10:42:58 PM »
Something I will say is that in spite of its poor viewfinder the alpha 3000 can deliver excellent pictures and I have found that even night time shots at iso 3200 seem to have very little noise.

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Re: Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 11:22:40 PM »
Sorry Dave but I think you are putting the cart before the horse..
You want a lens to accommodate a "variety of shooting styles"... We could wade in and suggest all sorts of lenses and Wildmoreway's suggestion is a good one but first you need to ask yourself- where is my current lens deficient for what I am trying to shoot? 

And...  big welcome to the forum  good to have you on board....john
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Re: Wanting some novice advise please - A3000
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2014, 09:56:00 PM »
Thanks for the info gents.

Wildmoreway - I have seen the Tamron lenses and wondered if they were suitable, especially being so reasonably priced.  I will certainly consider buying an adapter too.  Thank you.

Chappo - The lens I have is pretty good (in my limited opinion, but I was thinking a little more for landscape stuff initially.  I live near Cannock Chase in the Midlands and there is some amazing countryside, but it isn't easy to get to some of the locations, hence my thoughts on a lens for its zoom capabilities.  Similar reason for photographing the wildlife.  Thanks for the welcome too.