my english isnt good.. my beginning was also with the a 300 and the hoya filter. long exposure with 2 sek and more and Tripod carry were annoying. so I have been told to rebuild the a200. Now i have normal exposure and more fun
I completely agree with you that carrying tripod is very annoying. But a200 is still expensive in my country. Beside that, I'm not sure that it could be rebuilt here. So I'm stuck with Hoya. Anyway, it's better than nothing. At least, now I know I can take IR photos with my a300
Don't worry, my english is also bad, but I understand what you want to say.
That's really much money. I can buy used a200 for about 300€. What more I'm thinking about it, more I'm interested to do the same. But first I'll have to see whether is it possible to rebuild it in my country.
Btw, my filter just arrived and I'm really disappointed. It's not Hoya it's something noname [link] I asked my friend to buy it for me and I wrote him exactly what to order I didn't want this.
Thanks for the link. Really amazing. If you have time, check this [link] or his gallery here on dA [link]