ZAnton: Please, correct the name"F4.5.6 G SSM" to "F4-5.6 G SSM"Concerning lenses: Sony sells non IS lenses at the price of Canon/Nikon IS/VR lenses. Inbody IS gives at best - 2 stop, usually 0,5-1 Stop, whereas optical IS - at least 3 stop. So I don't think it is wise to get Sony at least at current prices.
You're wrong about the effiency of the Body IS, for the A77 and A99 make it 2 to 4 stops.
ProfHankD: An upgrade for the old Minolta AF 75-300mm? It's about time. This would also have good potential in the form of an E-mount with OSS. Nudge, nudge. ;)
Although the 75-300 was fullframe compatible, but it was the Kit-lens for the digital APS-C cameras of Minolta (D5D and D7D). It is weak at the long and and extremly weak at the borders if used on a fullframe Body. Nobody using a A900 or A850 would consider to use the 75-300.
The 55-300mm is the replacement and a very good one.
cgarrard: Good specs and good price (surprised actually). Now how fast is the AF motor (and how quiet)?
The SAM in the 18-135mm and the new 55-300mm are completly different, they are faster, nearly complete quiet and enables direct manual focus override.
my first thought when i saw the k-01:They watched LOTR too often:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8joT0oFuGoI