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Re: cameras used
LeeH920226 at aol_com wrote:
> In a message dated 4/5/01 5:35:32 PM, huntley1 at home_com writes:
> << . I'm cheating. >>
> You call it cheating, I call it expertise. So should I go buy a Sony 770 and
> what is the price?
If you are used to and like a normal 35mm SLR, go for it. If you prefer a
pocket P&S camera, you'll probably like the Nikon 950 better.
The 770 was an abortive attempt by Sony to get a more professional camera
into amateur hands. They discontinued it, but there might be a few left in
the pipeline, if you watch U-Bid, or you can get a used one on E-bay.
Consumers wanted more than a 5:1 zoom, and that's not possible with really
good resolution at consumer prices. Many were returned because the buyers
did not know how to adjust the TTL diopter settings, etc. Sony still sells
the identical camera (with a couple of electronic differences) as the
DSC-FP3, to Pros, but not through retail consumer channels.
If you *want* to spend a several grand more, I'd suggest you look at the
Canon EOS D30. Good 770s often go for $5-600, and used FP3s are a bit over a
thousand, usually. The D30 the cheapest and best that lets you use the whole
Canon EOS lens line. [The 770 has a fixed zoom lens and no way to change it.
I use a Canon tele-extender to increase the zoom range for field work. Macro
is automatic, BTW.]
http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html are a couple of good
review sites for current digital camera stuff.
Also look at http://www.cyber-shot.org/cgi-bin/new/class/class.pl?#173 for
used Sony gear. Right now, a lot more are posting "wanted" than "for sale"
though. The 770 has a "'58 Chevvie" cult following, I think.
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