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Replacing A700


Skier 16 203 China
3 Sep 2011 4:15AM
Hi All,

been a loooong time since I last posted.

Until a month ago I had an A700 and a Konica Minolta 28-70mm f.28 lens. Through a series of rather unfortunate events both have been lost. Yes, it hurts. The lens has travelled many miles with me and helped take some great shots and memories.

Anyway, prior to doing a straight replacement of secondhand equipment (which i think I am tempted to do) I was wondering about other options. I have a lot of KM/Sony hardware so I am sticking to Sony Grin

What would be the nearest replacement to the A700 and said lens? I am so "out" of the market that I find myself completely clueless and right back at the beginning of the process of buying a camera! Budget is not a huge issue fortunately but I don't feel the need for a huge sensor producing vast images nor do I feel the need for a full frame camera. But I did like the 'semi pro' quality I git from the A700.

Thoughts?

Best,

Ben

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twphotoguy 10 2
3 Sep 2011 9:58AM
Sorry about that loss. I know how that feels. I'm also committed to Sony because of my equipment load. When getting my new camera I debated between the A700 and what I purchased, an A550. The A550 has been great for me, however it is a "Crop" feature camera, not "full frame" which I believe the A700 is. You may need to consider that as you do further research into which kit you may want to invest in.

Good luck.
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
3 Sep 2011 10:04AM
Sony recently announced / showcased the A700 replacement... the A77

It is due for release in the UK during October.

May be worth checking out the "online" the reviews that have been appearing and then when available pop down to your local camera shop.
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
3 Sep 2011 10:05AM
Photogeek 14 605 6 Wales
3 Sep 2011 10:30AM
My tempting replacement would be the Alpha 850
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
3 Sep 2011 10:33AM
But the A850 is full frame, so new lenses may have to be bought as well Sad
Skier 16 203 China
3 Sep 2011 10:55AM
Thanks for the thoughts. It will have to be a crop frame model as I have a 70-200mm G lens and I am loath to not be able to use that. I'll check out the 550 and 77 (which I see is actually previewed oN the front page...)

I have found a 700 at the 350 Mark in good condition, and more importantly the lovely lens I had has finally turned up on a website here (not mine but they are as rare as hens teeth!).

For the sake of learning a new piece of kit it might be worth staying as I was and saving some cash. And buying a new couple of lenses Wink

Keep you posted. Must come back here more often...and now I seem to have rediscovered the photo habit!

Cheers,

Ben
Steppenwolf 8 1.2k
6 Sep 2011 4:36PM

Quote:Thanks for the thoughts. It will have to be a crop frame model as I have a 70-200mm G lens and I am loath to not be able to use that. I'll check out the 550 and 77 (which I see is actually previewed oN the front page...)



The 70-200mm G lens is full-frame. All Sony G lenses (and obviously all the old Minolta G lenses) are full-frame. Sony label their APS-C lenses as "DT". You've probably been confused by WHE's description of the lens as an APS-C lens but they're wrong - no idea why they list it as such.

As for replacing the A700, the nearest you'll get is the A580. This has the traditional OVF (not as good as the A700, though) and has a significantly better sensor than that in the A700 - it's the one used in the Nikon D7000 and the Sony A55. It will deliver better results than the A700. If you're not completely wedded to the OVF you could look at the new SLTs. The only problem is that, if I were buying now I'd want to get the new EVF - not the one in the A55 - and that means going for the A65 or A77 with the new 24Mp sensor. All very nice, of course, but expensive and you'll have to wait a few months for delivery. If I were you I'd get the A580.
Skier 16 203 China
6 Sep 2011 5:07PM
Interesting comments SW - thanks. I was thinking more about the A900 being full frame sensor and needing some new lenses. I purchased mine before that came out so was not sure how it might work on a full frame sensor. Still, probably a step too far.

I have managed to turn up a lens (second hand) on Taobao . With Google Translate you can work your way around (or have some Chinese. Still it is a goldmine for all things sensible, daft, real and fake). I got lucky and the lens arrives tomorrow. It was the f2.8 through the entire focal range I really appreciated and so keen to have it back for the price (or a replacement).

Holding fire a little on the body. I may go for the A700 again: it is around 300-350 second hand. I had no plan to replace otherwise. I note that only the A77 will take the second grip - is that a specialist one for the 77 or the one I have from the 700? I have not been able to ascertain. Not super important and sure will find out soon enough!

In the meantime, I have a KM 7D in the cupboard to dust off. Just need to find some batteries that hold their charge.

Thanks all for the help / advice. Feel a little less green around the ears!
7 Sep 2011 11:05AM
I have a A77 on loan from Sony. check out my postfolio.It's a great camera, although I have a A850 when Sony asks for the A77 back I will have to buy one.
The A65 is a good alternative. The are reviewed on ePHOTO They leave the A700 behind with micro adj, Object tracking, 24.3 MP sensor.vidio. etc.
Alan
Steppenwolf 8 1.2k
7 Sep 2011 2:33PM

Quote:I have a A77 on loan from Sony. check out my postfolio.It's a great camera, although I have a A850 when Sony asks for the A77 back I will have to buy one.
The A65 is a good alternative. The are reviewed on ePHOTO They leave the A700 behind with micro adj, Object tracking, 24.3 MP sensor.vidio. etc.
Alan



The A65 doesn't have micro-adjustment, but it's arguable if that's actually needed - we'll know more when the likes of DPR, AP, etc review the actual production models. Like you say, they're in a different league to the A700 - but then so is the A580 (at least for picture quality).


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