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Should I get SAL1118 or Sony a65
SAL1118 25%  25%  [ 1 ]
Sony a65 75%  75%  [ 3 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:05 pm 
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I currently have a sony a200 and just won $500 photo contest so i wanted to get myself a present! i have been looking at the SAL1118 wide angle lens which is about $600 and sony a65 is $900.

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The standard answer would be "depends on what you want to do more". Do you need the ultra-wide angle more or less than you need more body features?

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I would go for the a65, it's a far superior instrument to your a200. You can also pick up a new Sigma 10-20 for less than $600 and a good used copy for even less than that.

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I have been getting into more strobist stuff but still enjoy going into some old buildings which a wide angle would be great for but i am interested in video aspect of a65 as well.

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Or even a Tamron 10-24mm for less - I see them for between $450 and $550, and they are a good match for Sony bodies (the Sony 11-18 is made by Tamron - the 10-24 is a better, newer-gen lens).

It does depend on whether you feel limited by your camera body in your photography, or are unhappy with the output. If so, consider upgrading. If you are perfectly happy with the A200 and are not being limited by the camera's abilities, then get the lens and have fun.

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i am interested in sharper images that i can print large so would a lens or body be better for achieving that? i know body will let me print bigger will it have any affect on sharpness?

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Well, generally lenses will affect sharpness, in that better lenses will give better results on any camera body. However, your camera is an older model, which though quite sharp can likely be outdone in larger prints by today's newer, higher-MP sensors. Not to mention the newer sensors can perform sharper results even at higher ISOs in lower light.

Any current Sony CMOS sensor camera should outperform your A200 in general, except maybe for medium prints taken in good daylight. If you don't want to go with the A65, consider also the 16MP cameras which are all good as well and can be had quite a bit cheaper, such as the A55, or the last DSLR model, the A580 (that uses an optical viewfinder like your A200, rather than an electronic viewfinder like the A55, 65, and 77).

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