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  1. #1
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    Test drove a Canon

    I went to a Fourth of July Party this weekend. My friend had his Canon 50D. He let me take a few images with it. I could not believe how fast the AF locked on the subject. The AF was also so quiet and did not hunt at all. I don't know what lens he had on but it did feel alot better than my A100. I know they are two totally different cameras. I am wondering if the A700 is in the same class as far as the AF. I know one is full frame and the other is not. I don't think I am concerned with that at this time. I need to go test drive the A700 to see if it the same.

    Frank
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  2. #2
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    50D is crop and 5D is FF.
    the 50D has a faster AF system on it compared to the new 5D II.
    Frank i've tried the 50D and the a100. the a100 has pretty slow AF even compared to the a300. the 50D and a700 are comparable.
    it also depends on the lens.
    the a700 is lightning quick with lenses like the 28-135mm. and with the 70-300G, it is super silent. the first few times i thought the camera was not turned on.

    i really liked the 50D. it felt great in my hands. before buying the a700, i was considering the 50D and the D90.
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  3. #3
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    That is what I was hoping to hear. I will go try the A700 with one of my lenses and see how it is. He must have had the 5D because he said it was a full frame.

    Thanks

    Frank
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    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
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    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  4. #4
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    try it with the Minolta 35-70mm F4. it's a pretty fast lens on the a700.
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    Darin Wessel
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    just make sure you dont shoot over iso400 on the a700 frank.
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    The a900 is so quiet and fast i am never sure if its on..lol

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    Sony friends don't let Sony friends do canon Frank LOL! And I think you can really push the ISO on the a700 maybe even up to 800! The lound camera and af is handy for getting people to move out of your way, doesn't do to well for the wildlife though. Just kidding guys have fun.
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    The a100 is pretty slow. Anything would AF faster lol. Also AF speed depends a lot on the lens itself.
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  10. #10
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    Sean, ISO 800 is hardly pushing it, the camera is capable of better when shooting RAW with noise reduction OFF.

    Frankly, the people who say that the A700 is unuseable at higher ISOs are talking nonsense. I presume these people examine the image at 100% rather than viewing the image at a reasonable print size. I mean viewing at 100% is the same as making a 5ft wide print and you're not going to do that, are you.

    Frank, get the A700; your photography will be so much easier.

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