DSLR Trade for MacBook Pro - A Good Deal?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jtap, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. jtap macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I am in the process of trying to find a buyer for my early 2011 13" MBP (2.3 GHz base w/500GB HD). I was offered a Sony A-700 w/ 18-70 kit lens plus an additional $200 for a trade.

    I know nothing about DSLRs but have been looking for a new hobby so I thought I might consider the offer. Does anyone know if this is a good trade? Are the A700s a good camera? How is the image quality compared to today's DSLR models?

    Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Used A700 cameras go for about $500 with kit lens on average.
    So no I don't think it's a good deal.
    They are good cameras but also over 3 years old tech w/ 12mp.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I agree with dukeblue91. I think you'd be getting the bad end of the deal.
  4. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
  5. jtap thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Thanks guys, I might have to ask for more cash to even out the trade more. Can anyone tell me how these cameras are quality wise? Will a newbie photographer be happy with it? Thanks! Anyone know of a cheap lens upgrade?
  6. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Bad trade. I don't know if I would even ask for more cash. Why not just keep the MBP? You can pick up a Nikon D3100 ($650) or Canon T3 ($500) with a kit lens. Unless you're strapped for cash. Then it's a different story.
  7. jtap thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I just upgraded to the 15 inch rMBP so have no use for a 13 in anymore as I have a MBA for portability.
  8. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I'd trade for cash and pick up a D3200 or a D5100. With the extra money you can get some nice used lenses.

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