Collect all 3!! a-100, a-700 and a-X00?
Well, it's a nice thought. Future generations would call it nostalgic to own the first 3 sony dslr's. That being said, I don't have the money to qualify for that, so purchasing all 3 would be not be "nostalgic" but "dumb" instead.
Now, I could likely generated the funds for either the a-700 or wait and save for the a-900 or whatever it's going to be. Here's the question, what could it possibly offer, and at what price, to force myself to wait until it launches. For example, say the next body is a $2500 price point. What will that get me? The new 12.Xmp sensor with 10.8 frames per second??? What else? Full frame? Live view?
I know it's perhaps a selfish question to be asking since we just had a HUGE launch less then a month ago, BUT it's a question that has to be asked nonetheless. DO I BUY, OR DO I WAIT??
$1500cdn could nearly buy me a 70-200 2.8 with "sony" on the side. Glass is always a good investment, but I can't get over the substantial improvements on the a-700.
Knowing the new intermediate model was coming out, I wasn't even planning on looking at the preverbial "fence," but low and behold, here I am plopped right on top of it. Now which way am I gonna fall.
All you should need ... for a long, long time
It's really hard to complain about success. The more "informed people" look at this camera, the more THEY LIKE IT!
The SONY A700 is a one-stop shop. You get it all (minus "live view") and without having to invest a lot of money to get even more out of it. Just the sheer advantage of having ALL the Minolta-glass and accessories, already out there, available for your camera. It's incredible.
The camera works hard to make sure you take a good image. It will not let you take an image if you are within the MFD (minimum focus distance) of your lens. That can be both a blessing and a curse, but it is definitely fighting to keep you honest.
The Full Frame SONY DSLR camera, said to be delivered next April, is not going to be for the consumer ... and will require a much better level of understanding by the photographer. You will have to invest a lot more in the system to provide what comes effectively for free with the A700.
I won't shed a tear for anyone who buys the A700 ... you just need to know that you got the best that is out there for this price, at this time. Just get behind one and start driving ... you will see for yourself. Just remember to hang a dynamite piece of glass off it ... to really cash in. :D