What the a700 represents ... right now
Upon close examination, other than the extra wide capability of going full frame, what do you actually get by migrating from APS-C to FF?
With respect to the a700, not a whole heck of a lot. The a700 has almost every single feature the a850/a900 DSLRs have, except for the "Intelligent Preview" and marginally useful (SONY/K-M/Minolta) "AF Micro Adjust." It also benefits from the convenience of the built-in flash. That is another $129 to add on, with the FF-frame cameras and not really all that convenient.
Generally speaking, the Full Frame is a luxury item, for the most part. It really does not do all that much for the standard fair of lenses (24mm - 200mm) and only comes into play when using the wide PRIMEs (24mm or wider). If you do not use these, forget about it.
The a700 offers nearly identical operation and for 1/3 the price. That is the real bargain, so if you do not snatch one of these up, before they are discontinued, you really missed out. You would basically have an a900 w/o the width. The a900 still sells for $2700 ... the a700 -> $850.
I know this posting may sound hypocritcal, but it is not. I own BOTH cameras ... and after all the comparisons have been done, I still believe the return to the "standard frame" is the best way to enjoy the old glass, but to be honest ... in the face of this kind of bargain ... it is the a700 every day of the week. You just cannot get enough out of the Full Frame (in resolution) to justify spending $2000 more for it. There has to be more to make that move for that kind of cash. It is easy to see why there is a move afoot to eliminate the a700 from the inventory. With this kind of alternative ... the money rules.
My advice: Get one if you can ... and be happy you saved the money.
SOME Quick-Math from the Quick-Menu:
a900 5fps/24.6 MP= $2699
HVL-F20AM Compact Flash = $129
a700 5fps/12.2 MP/Built-in Flash = $850 (B&H Video)
& with the money you pocketed, you could get -> CZ 24-70mm f/2.8 (top of the line base zoom) = $1600
Okay ... most excellent glass on your new high-end APS-C for less than just the FF-camera body. Now, that's a bargain! Go save some serious money ... while you STILL can.
Why not have a merrier Christmas, this year Attachment 50203
Once you go FF ... stay FF
Obviously, if you have already acquired an a900, there would be no gain. This proposal addresses those who might be considering some advantage to the Full Frame ... and without the . W-I-D-E . glass to go with it ... there just isn't enough to pass on a bargain of this magnitude.
Originally Posted by SONYNUT
That's all I am saying, here. :)
Imagine, THIS "Killer Combo" ...
for same price as THIS (w/o the lens)
The time for a drawdown ...
Well, the answer to that seems to be in the "root of all evil", Steve, as many of our members are a trifle strapped for the proverbial "big bucks."
This is the Obama-Nation ... 3-million not only out of work, but also at the "wits-end" of unemployment roles. They are not hiring ... a compromise may be called for. The SONY α700 is a much easier and more achievable a tool at $850, than the α900 at nearly $3000.
I'm just sayin' ... :rolleyes:
What's love got to do with it?
Excuse me, Elisha ... you are safely over the border, in Socialist-held Canada. You've already gone through the "transition", so you may not be feeling the raw angst and pain the rest of this "capitalist" society is enduring. Plagued by ignorance of what they have done, back in the 1990s, with Clinton's deft pen strokes, the American public is just now being wagged by the dog. Oh, we will get to the Canadian-status of standing in long lines or waiting until "death do us depart" for our medical services, but it will not be without a struggle and loud whimper. The Democrats have complete control of the steering wheel and we are on a nasty road, downhill ... without our wallet. It is a pain-filled ride ... and the "impact" that is coming will be felt for decades to come.
How can any response ... concerning overall costs, not reflect this aspect of the socialism takeover? The "planned taxes", alone, will wipe out over 65% of the average American's income.
Ask yourself (and asking you, specifically, to do this, is not really fair ... because it is not a question, it is a fact in Canada): "How much do I have left for glass?"
Better yet, ask "ground zero" ... the "SO." I am absolutely positive, she will let ya know :rolleyes: