Congratulations, A-mounters!! A worthy addition.

Started Sep 5, 2007 | Discussions thread
OP Sol Veteran Member • Posts: 3,426
Agreed, Henry. Lots of good numbers, . . .

but need to see performance.

The return of 1/8000 shutter speed is a huge welcome back in my book, for shooting shallow depth of field outdoors in brighter sunlight.

And the 1/250 flash sync is another huge plus for me. Although, I am still hoping for 1/350 or more on the upcoming Flagship.

At the moment, I might could be lured in by some outstanding high-ISO performance with the A700. But mostly likely, I'll still be waiting it out for the FF 'Flagship'.

Most importantly for me, is that today's revelations are showing us the kind of DSLR Sony is going to be putting out there to challenge the competition. I think they have a winner here.

Henry Richardson wrote:

From what I have seen so far, I think, the A700 looks very good. Of
course, I am reserving judgment until I see how it actually performs
(vs. paper specs) and the price.

Many of the specs aren't so important to me, but these are:

  • A bit smaller and lighter than the KM 7D and Canon 30D. I owned

the 7D and currently own the 30D. For many uses I like the size and
weight just fine, but for backpack travel, which is the most
important use for me, they were both a little too big and heavy. I
have the A100 too and for travel its size and weight are wonderful,
unfortunately it has other problems.

  • AF improvements. I don't need state of the art AF speed and

tracking (it's nice to have though), but reasonable speed with
accuracy at all focal lengths is very important. We'll see if the
A700 finally fixes the KM 7D and Sony A100 problems.

  • High ISO improvements. This, also, we must wait and see, but

rumors are that it is much improved.

  • SSS is claimed to be improved also. The KM 7D and Sony A100 SSS is

quite nice, but if it has been improved further then I would be happy.

  • Better viewfinder.

  • AF/MF button. I like the custom function 4 on the Canon 30D that

delinks AF from the shutter release and maps it instead to the *
button by the right thumb. The KM 7D's rear AF/MF button, while not
quite as nice, was still pretty good. I'm glad it is back. After
using the A100 for awhile this was the #1 reason I gave it to my
wife, plus the fact that she desperately wanted it.

  • RGB histogram.

I won't be one of the first ones to buy one. I will definitely hold
off and hear from other users, but in a few months I will certainly
give it serious consideration.

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