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05/03/2003 12:41:33 PM · #1
well, i'm making the dive.. i've been thinking of getting it for a while now, but this afternoon, i'm going to buy the sony F717 ..

Now, for all those f717 users out there.. what else should i buy with it? obviously memory.. how much do you think i should get? i usually take from 30-60 pics when i go out with my current cam, though that might change with the f717, i dont know yet.. but thats the current average. Are there any other accessories that aren't included that could be usefull?


05/03/2003 01:02:27 PM · #2
I just bought a 717 two weeks ago. I can get 50 images at highest resolution highest quality JPEG on a 128MB stick. I bought three 128 MB sticks, and I ordered two 256 MB pro sticks, but I have not received them yet.
The camera is the battery charger. You connect the AC adaptor to the camera to charge the battery. I bought two extra batteries, but I can't use the camera and charge a battery. I am going to buy a battery charger.
You will want a 58mm UV filter to protect the lens.
I bought a wide camera strap... I don't like the thin ones that come with cameras.

Good luck and have fun
05/03/2003 01:03:30 PM · #3
I would suggest getting 2 128 sticks that would be enough with the 32 stick that it comes with to take 130 shots at high resolution fine.

I am tempted to get a wide and telephoto lens but haven't yet.

05/03/2003 01:15:57 PM · #4

i might start with 1 128mb.. and see how fast i fill that up..

i've been thinking of getting a telephoto too, but i'm still looking around for a good 2x telephoto that doesn't cost a fortune..

05/03/2003 02:16:42 PM · #5
128 MB mem stick gets me of 60 to 66 pics at max. resolution in JPEG format, FINE, every time, which suffices for a day's worth of 'discriminated' shots. For fast snaps or multiple-shot sessions of the same subject (action/events/critical material), I could easily fill 256 MB. Ergo, 500 MB, if I can download to computer daily. If not, well, 1 GB is all we can buy these days. I really do NOT feel I need an extra battery charger at all. The built in one is very fast, reliable and efficient. One extra battery should get you through just about anything.

I use a protective +2 ND filter, no more and prefer NOT to put too much (in the way of lenses/filters) between camera and subject. A lens pen (Optex makes an excellent one) may be a good, albeit 'small' investment to keep things clear and clean.
A good camera bag?

05/03/2003 02:19:44 PM · #6
Oh yes, and a good tripod. I like Manfrotto.
05/03/2003 02:49:40 PM · #7
I bought a 128 meg memory stick, an 15 gig X-Drive to offload it to in case it fills up and a spare battery. To date, my primary battery still has not run down to the point that I've needed the second, and I've had several trips where I shot 300+ shots. Battery life is so good I doubt I'd get the second battery if I had it to do over.

I got a filter to protect the lens (rather scratch a $10 filter then the lens :)

Camera bag, tripod, and a camera strap (I don't like the one it came with) would all be good additions.

05/03/2003 04:27:51 PM · #8
well, i bought it :) along with 128mb of ram.. a camera bag, a UV filter and a polariser :) i'll try that out for a while, and if i find i need more space i'll just get another 128.. thanks for the suggestions!

05/03/2003 07:09:13 PM · #9
I purchased a used small laptop for $90 on ebay with a four gig hardrive to download my images from my two 128mb cards. It was less expensive than the xdrive and now I can also process my photos on the road, as we travel a bunch.
05/03/2003 11:15:18 PM · #10
Originally posted by kandyj:

I purchased a used small laptop for $90 on ebay with a four gig hardrive to download my images from my two 128mb cards. It was less expensive than the xdrive and now I can also process my photos on the road, as we travel a bunch.

I have been very thankful for my laptop while taking the photography class at our local college. I didn't have to worry at all about going out and shooting hundreds of shots at a time. That being said, today I ordered a 256MB stick! I just like to be prepared!
05/04/2003 07:28:06 AM · #11
I agree with those that say 128Meg cards will hold the number of images you take. If that is all you want them go with 128Meg, they are cheaper now that larger memory sticks are becoming available.

You will always need at least 1 extra battery so you don't get caught with a dead battery. Sony or third party batteries are good. Sony's battery is good but the third party battery I have is better and I depend on it more. I figure as long as I have a charged battery when I need it then I am OK.

Hardware accessories for the F717 are generally expensive. I own, but do not recommend wide ot telephoto lenses for the F717. The reason is simple, they are extenders, and an extender is never as good as the real deal, physics prevents that.
05/04/2003 07:34:03 AM · #12
Hey Andre, get a Canon G2 for a back up cam. lol.

Good job! I look forward to going on a another photo safari in Moncton with you. Enjoy your new toy.
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