New equipment for my Sony.

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  1. SNIDE

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    Hiya all, I'm after some new stuff to go with my Sony a200, I've been reading the Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby and found my self wanting(maybe needing?) some stuff, so basically I'm after a New lens(for close up's of plants/flowers mainly), a Tripod and a cable Release. I've got about £400 to spend on the lot, The main things are Lens and Tripod, My camera came with an 18-70mm kit lens, if you think that's good enough for a beginner then I'm all for skipping on a new one for now, The Tripod is a must tho I've been told in my local camera store(but you know what some stores are like, they'll say anything for a sale lol)

    So suggestions anyone?

    Thanks

    Lee:hiya:
     
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    redsnapper tripod £100 (good quality) or jessops/asda £30 (adequate)
    cable £20-30 ebay
    leaves £270-340 for a lenses, minolta beecan 70-210macro £120-170 ebay
    or check out dyxum.com to find other lenses.
     
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    I've just ordered one of these off ebay.

    This Tamron seems to get very good reviews for close ups and if you want a cheap zoom then for the money you'll struggle to better this one.

    Paul
     
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    Tamron 90mm macro is a great lens and due to being 90mm also makes a great portrait lens too. As others have said, try ebay for a cheap remote release.

    As for tripods, don't go for a cheap jobby. I've had 2 cheaper tripods in the past and they aren't a patch on my manfrotto 055xprob.

    The kit lens isn't the greatest but your budget won't stretch to a decent macro and a kit lens replacement. If you want a true macro lens then go for that, if you want a kit replacement that will get reasonably close in then start looking at something like the Tamron 17-50mm or the Sigma 28-70mm but bear in mind these lenses won't get any where near as close as the tamron macro.
     
  6. SNIDE

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    After reading a number of reviews on the Tamron 90mm f2.8 SP Di Macro Lens, It seems to be the winner. and at £285.00 it's somewhat of a bargin i'm told.

    Still on the look out for a Tripod since i'm new i have no idea what I'm looking for in a good quality Tripod, any 'key names' when it comes to them?
     
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    Velbon, Manfrotto and redsnapper seem to get some good reviews.

    I have 2 manfrottos and they are superb but the redsnappers seem to get a lot of thumbs up for value.
     
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    In terms of a tripod i give the Manfrotto 190XPPROB + 804RC2 Head 10/10 :clap: and I looked at a lot of tripods.......
     
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    Ahoy!

    I would concur with what's already been said about Tamron 90mm and RedSnapper Tripod and ballhead (unless you opt for pan/tilt head). If you do order from them (as many on AVF have), tell them you're a member of the TalkPhotography Forum for an additional 10% discount.

    Tamron 90mm from OSD I think is still best price. You'll still have change :eek:)
     

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