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Sony A 350

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by swanseadave, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    I`m trying to find Gary Friedman`s book on the Alpha 350.It`s long out of print
    but does anyone know of a copy somewhere please?
  2. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

  3. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    The first place to look for secondhand books is the Abe Books website (as above) which is used by many specialist secondhand bookshops in many countries (payment is made online through the Abe Books website). A searched on 'Gary Friedman' and 'Sony A350' produced this list. It shows three copies, all in the USA so not cheap whene shipped to the UK.

    https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Gary Friedman&bi=0&bx=off&cm_sp=SearchF-_-Advtab1-_-Results&ds=30&kn=sony A350&recentlyadded=all&sortby=20&sts=t

    A UK retailer has another (and much cheaper) guide by another author:


    Or you can download the Sony user manual and/or various 'how to' guides:


    If the downloads from the Sony website are free, why not try them first?
  4. Steve52

    Steve52 Well-Known Member

  5. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    Many thanks everyone who replied.Yes I know it`s expensive but I would like a copy.I already have the downloaded Sony manual and the Magic Lantern book which is useful as a reference,but Gary Friedman`s is much sought after with good reason.

  6. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    As a last resort, you could forget all the various guide books and spend the funds saved travelling somewhere that may inspire you to use your camera and experiment with a variety of subject and camera settings. Since you are using a digital camera, this will only cost you your time and patience. Also, it is probably the best way to learn about the camera, with the user manual for reference when required.
  7. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The OP has been on here since 2007 and is a long term Sony user, as such I feel he does not merit such a patronising response. We all have our own reasons for potential purchases.
    SqueamishOssifrage likes this.
  8. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    Thank you Nimbus for your support.I`ve chosen to ignore Chester AP.There was no call whatsoever for such a patronising post as was posted by him(or her).
    SqueamishOssifrage likes this.
  9. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    When you have purchased and used the book, please tell us why it is so special.

    This is not a patronising question, but a genuine enquiry, because I've looked at a few reference books since buying a DSLR (after about 35 years of film SLRs), and found the quality of the writing varies enormously. Some appear to be aimed at people who cannot comprehend the manufacturer's user manual, and others appear to be aimed at computer nerds who see a complex digital camera as just another PC accessory. Your profile suggests a long experience with cameras and photography, hence the daring suggestion that you might not really need the book.
  10. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    I take your point Chester and on reflection feel you may be right.I`ve been using the camera for a few years now and feel on reflection that the manual will tell me nothing I don`t already know so I`ll save the expense and not buy one.
  11. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I didn't express myself very well, but appreciate your response to my explanation.
    This is where it helps to have more information about the experience of the person who made the original posting.
    It might be worth checking the AbeBooks website regularly in case a UK bookshop gets a copy that you can buy for only a few pounds, rather than the high US dealer prices. If cheap enough, finding out that you probably don't need it won't cost too much. The website is excellent for finding unusual or specialist books, and its search facilities work well.

    Re. your profile. It takes me 2-3 hours to get to the Gower, but I've been there a few times since retiring, in May and September (never in school holidays). Alas, it's too far for a day trip.
  12. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    Thanks for mentioning the Abe Books site.Not heard of it before.

    I know what you mean about Gower.My M in L is in a care home overlooking Three Cliffs Bay.It can sometimes take a very long time to get there.
    The main road can get very congested at times.

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