Don, I have no interest in P&S and Video cameras but you're right, I
They have become cavalier with the incredible number of casual releases of P&S and video cameras they produce ... thinking they can do what they will with the DSLR market, which really is much more sensitive to shifts in overall technology, as these cameras occasionally fail and you need to have a reliable, equivalent replacement to back up your huge investment in glass, alone!
How can you, of all people miss, this point? You have an enormous reliance on the camera, based on your lenses. If you do not believe me, just put your digital body in the closet for a couple of weeks and let me know how that works for ya. Now, imagine you cannot quickly replace your camera adequately, when it breaks. In the case of the α700: You either have to drop back to an intro or medium body, to try and get your images ... or advance to learning a Full Frame. There is a huge gap here, which they have created ... either by poor planning or design (God, I hope not). I mean this represents a BIG inconvenience to people (the user base) that need to have serious continuity in their photography.
We are not seeing this problem, yet, but it is most certainly coming, because there really is no α700. I did not make this up ... if your warranty is gone ... you better have at least five hundred dollars and three weeks for a repair cycle. :mad:
Roll this around anyway you want to, but it is SONY that is leaving its user base hanging, derriere-exposed, in the wind, not I. Personally, I do not appreciate it. I count on my cameras and do so, more and more, as I go through school. SONY needs to know and understand that about the DSLR crowd, instead of repopulating the planet with six different colors of intro-cameras. :rolleyes:
TAKE CARE OF THE LINE!
Minolta burned us for a full YEAR! Not being able to repair broken "7D"s and leaving a lot of A-mount glass idle, awaiting SOMETHING. Now, the no α7xx hearkens back to that unreliability in the line. As a user, I do not want to see it happen again. Once is a lifetime was plenty! As a company trying to establish a firm foothold in the DSLR market, this is sophomoric thinking and unworthy of ever having a "professional" attraction to it.