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  1. #1
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    Should I upgrade to an A700

    I have an A350 now and I am interested in moving to an A700. I'm not sure if I just want to upgrade because of the good prices on an A700 or if I will really benefit from the better camera.
    The A350 is the first camera that I actually experiment with. I am trying all different settings and really working on composition lighting, etc. I did have a D40 before the Sony but I used it more like a point and shoot that a DSLR.
    I have a Minolta 75-300 (BBC), a Sony 18-250, Minolta 35-105 and an HVL-42 flash so I am staying with Sony. I think that I am going to sell the 18-250 and pick up a Tamron
    17-50mm F/2.8 but I'm not sure about what to do with the body.
    I have read so much about the A700 that I'm afraid that I want it just because it is the next step up and it will take much better pictures. I guess I would like to hear from people that have made the same decision.

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    Probably worth waiting to see what Sony has coming out this summer or fall. We are expecting an A700 replacement. When it comes out you may want the new one, or you might choose to buy the A700 at a lower price.

    I used an A300 and then switched to Canon with a Rebel XS. I moved up to a 40D (similar to the A700) and loved it. So glad I did it. However dr4gon here in this forum had an A300, bought an A700, and dumped it.

    I definitely recommend going into a shop and handling the camera before you buy. Bring your 18-250 or the 17-50 if you get it, and bring your own memory card. Try out the camera and see how the feel and pictures compare.
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    I don't think it will help you take better pictures. I think a better lens (you need a faster lens, like the Tamron 17-50mm) will help you more. The A350 picture wise can do just about everything the A700 can minus 6400ISO and 5fps. It has other features which help you take better pictures (DOF preview), but as a tool, the A350 is a capable camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by laydros
    I used an A300 and then switched to Canon with a Rebel XS. I moved up to a 40D (similar to the A700) and loved it. So glad I did it. However dr4gon here in this forum had an A300, bought an A700, and dumped it.
    Ok well, dumped.... lol I sold it. I bought it with the intention of just trying it out, shooting a guitar concert with it (check out the high ISO capabilities), and selling it with the intention of getting a 24-70mm F/2.8. Live.com cash back has not gone above 8% in a while, so I couldn't get the 24-70mm and I'm not waiting to see what the future holds.
    Last edited by dr4gon; 05-21-2009 at 07:44 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdexclpl View Post
    ... I'm afraid that I want it just because it is the next step up and it will take much better pictures...
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    Answer I: we know that you know you didn't really mean that - the camera really won't take 'much better pictures' unless you use it differently. It will indeed give you more options, but in some cases that's not a good thing! Many people from my era (yes, the ice age ) used 1/shutter speed at f/16 (in sunshine, of course), which means the body added nothing to the art of imaging. As noted elsewhere, more variation in lenses will reveal more to you than another body.

    Answer II: we should all get an A700! Also of course, you didn't ask me because I have not made that decision.. so I'll be quiet now.
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    Lightbulb A700 ... still a nice choice

    It should be noted that the SONY α700 is one of the best cameras currently available in digital photography. If you use one, you are shooting about as well as you can expect to with a DSLR, for under $2000.

    The ISO-1600 noise response is excellent, which means low light imaging will turn out much better than the α200 or α300-series. For the $999 ... it really can be a technical improvement in your photography.

    Is it the right move in light of a new camera coming down the pike? The answer to that is that the α700 will hold its own for quite awhile. I suspect the next camera will be probably pretty pricey. I would find it hard to believe it would be less than the current price of the α700.

    If you have a summer of photography ahead of you ... the α700 could be a great choice. It is designed to work well with external lighting, not just the "hot shoe" flashes.
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    I'm leaning towards waiting to see if there are great deals on the A700 if/when a replacement is announced. I think the A700 would be a body that I would keep for quite a while.

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    Just get a a900..it's only money

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    If you use one, you are shooting about as well as you can expect to with a DSLR, for under $2000.

    The ISO-1600 noise response is excellent.
    talk about drawing a long bow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    Just get a a900..it's only money
    OK but...can you PM me your CC number?

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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by fdexclpl View Post
    OK but...can you PM me your CC number?
    ROFL. Over at POTN there is a "Book Worthy" smily. That would be appropriate here.
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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