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Author Help. Complete novice. Sony A58 with 2 lenses or Nikon D3200
cpcrampton
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1st Aug 14 at 16:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ok....so i am a complete novice with a camera.

I want to buy an level DSLR.

can someone give me guidance. I have been told the sony is much easier to use and give shot previews when selecting setting etc. hence making it easy to use.

here is my choices

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/nikon/d3200-digital-slr-camera-in-black-18-55mm-vr-ii-lens--84946/show.html

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/sony/a58-digital-slt-camera-18-55mm-lens-tamron-70-300mm-lens-93725/show.html
andy1868
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2nd Aug 14 at 14:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Both will be good cameras, so you probably won't go far wrong with either. Go somewhere that you can handle both and have a good play with both then decide which you prefer. One thing to think about is the Nikon has an optical viewfinder meaning it's a traditional one. The Sony has a digital screen in it's place, reading through some of the photography forums they seem to be an acquired taste but not without their advantages ie a much faster shooting rate than the equivalent Nikon. A lot of people swear by them, a lot of people despise them so take both comments with a pinch of salt.

I haven't used either so i can't comment first hand but looking at this comparison the Nikon seems to be the better camera, but that's based on a whole camera basis, there may be things that you want where the Sony is better.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D3200-vs-Sony-SLT-A58

That said you get the longer lens with the Sony deal, if you wanted the Tamron for the Nikon it'd cost an extra 100 (Nikon also do a 70-300 which can be had for less than 100 second hand )

[Edited on 02-08-2014 by andy1868]
cpcrampton
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2nd Aug 14 at 17:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thanks for the sound advice. I will get myself down to a shop to have a play.
Cavey
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3rd Aug 14 at 13:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Snapsort is a brilliant site, found that recently. As he said, the Tamron 70-300 can be bought for 120or so brand new

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk used to be awesome, haven't used it recently, but I'd assume it'll still help out!

 
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