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    Default Curious on something on Amazon.com

    I am not sure if this is allowed to be posted here but I found this 30pc kit and I am curious if this is a good buy for all the stuff.


    30 piece Kit for 159.99

    I am currently looking for a external flash to attach to my sony alpha a230. I would love some input on this deal.


    If this is in the wrong thread/sub-forum, please move it to the appropriate place please.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    Ah no, the posting of it is fine. As for that kit well:


    1) 0.5x Wide Angle Macro Lens - Crap, will lower quality of whatever lens you put it on.
    2) 2x Telephoto Lens - Crap, see above.
    3,4,5,6) "3" Piece Filter Kit w. Protective Case - Probably Crap. Filters have to be bought for specific lenses, and a bad filter is worse then no filter. No brand listed, so my statement stands.
    7,8,9,10,11) "5"-Piece Deluxe Cleaning Kit - contains cleaning tissues, lens cloth, cleaning solution, blower brush, cotton swabs - Handy, costs about $10 - 15
    12) Lenspen Cleaning System - A great cleaning tool - Might come in handy. I think I paid about $10 for one of these, but used it maybe three times.
    13) Digital Slave Flash - Stylish, Compact Design, Includes Flash Bracket - Probably Crap. Offbrand flashes often have very long cycle times. No image given for bracket, no brand given for flash, this thing won't be much better then your built-in flash.
    14) Hurricane air blower - This should always be the first step in cleaning your photo equipment - Handy, costs about $10.
    15) Deluxe Camera Case - Protect your valuable camera investment - Eh. Get a real bag from Targus or similar
    16) 4GB SecureDigital Card - Take more pictures faster - You should have one of these already. Here's a better quality one for $10.
    17) High Speed USB Card Reader - Transfer files easily and quickly - See above. Here's one for $2.99.
    18) Universal Screen Protectors - These reduce glare, enhance view, prevent scratching - Do nothing for glare. Prevent scratches, sure. Needed? Your call
    19) Full Size 57 Inch Tripod - Tripod with Carrying Case - Crap tripod. It costs about $18. Will break in about two days of actual use.
    20) Memory Card Wallet - Keep multiple memory cards protected - Crap. Unless you find yourself saying "I wish I had a memory card wallet," you don't need it.
    21) Lens Cap Keeper - Never lose your cap again. - Ugh, annoying crap. The only thing worse then losing your lens cap is having it bang into the camera every 15 seconds.
    22) High Capacity Lithium Ion Battery - an essential accessory. No power, no pictures! - You should have one. You should even have a second one. Still no brand listed, and cheap ones are a dime a dozen.
    23) AC/DC Rapid Battery Charger - This plugs directly in to your wall outlet or your car cigarette lighter and charges your battery in approximately 60 minutes - Might be handy for the car charger part of it.
    24) Microfiber Cloth - Eliminate dust and smudges - Good to have. You need one. About $5
    25) ClickFree - Automatically searches for and burns your digital photos files to disc. Capacity: Approx. 2,000 photos or up to 4.5GB per disc. - I have no idea what this is. Do you have trouble burning discs? There is some freeware around that can help.
    26,27) Two lens pouch, which reduces that lens flare will mar your photos, and also helps to shield the lens from scratches and impacts. - Might be handy to have, but I don't really know what this is. Sounds like the camera bag should be able to take care of it though.
    28) Flexible Tabletop Mini Tripod - Do not be the invisible person in your family photo album! - Handy to have, but that one seems a bit flimsy.
    29) Compressed Air Duster Spray - Just get one of these at any office supply store. NEVER SPRAY AT CAMERA SENSOR. EVER. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
    30) Deluxe Neck Strap - I guess. That one looks very cheap though, but I may be wrong.
    PLEASE NOTE: Some cameras require a adapter tube to fit lenses.


    So yeah o_o; Offhand, I'd say thats probably not worth the money

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    I figure I would ask, as it was a photography kit. I had seen it and figured "Maybe someone could tell me if it would be worth buying or at least looking into."

    Thanks Ace!

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    Idk, i mean, if you are brand new to photography, i guess it would be a "worthwhile" kit, but it just kinda seems like a waste of money. All that equipment for 150 seems to cheap which much mean that the stuff is really cheap.

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    $150 is a big rip for that, is all I can say. Kaitou Ace already gave a good run-down of why. Everything I see in that "kit" is garbage to pawn off in a flea market. If I had that kit, I would probably keep the battery, memory card, and Lenspen just because you can't have enough of those. Some people wouldn't even keep the battery if it's not OEM... I've never owned any non-OEM batteries so I can't comment.

    If you want an external flash, just get an external flash. There's lots of models to choose from, and all you need besides is a triggering device, either a PC-to-PC sync cable (with hotshoe and flash adapters on each end if your camera doesn't have a PC jack), radio transmitter and receiver, or an optical slave sensor which can be triggered off your on-board flash at 1/64th power.
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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    Do you guys have any recommendations on a hot shoe flash for someone who is on a limited budget?

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    Er, flashes really depend on what camera you have. What's your current primary piece of kit?

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    Right now I have a Sony alpha a230. I also have a point and shoot but that's irrelevent. I don't have anything else for minus he light meter I have and the 35mm film camera

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    Default Re: Curious on something on Amazon.com

    Ace or a Mod:


    Go ahead and close/lock this thread! I dont need it anymore. Thanks!

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