Hands on with the new A700

Started Sep 6, 2007 | Discussions
José B
José B Forum Pro • Posts: 19,639
Re: Hi Doug

Hi Doug,

I'm great thanks, hope everything is well with you. I wanted to do some film festival shooting however I got busy with a model shoot this morning.

I will send you an email as soon as I get my 40D. According to my store they expect the first shipment to come next week (15th). I'm either in the first or second batch.

Have a nice weekend.

José

Doug Brown wrote:

Hi Jose,

How are you?

Doing any film festival stuff these days? I'm shooting Richard Gere,
Shakira and Matt Damon tomorrow. Tried to push Sony to lend the
camera early so I could use it for those shoots but the test units
are not avaliable yet.

Your idea sounds good. It's unlikely we'd both have the cameras at
the same time - your's is on order, mine's at the mercy of the PR
firm - but we could do it sequentially, trying them out one at a time.

I'd be interested in using the 40D. The 20D's I have are getting up
there in mileage on the shutters.

I'll email you when I have the tester. You have my email address as
well. Is the 40D shipping in Canada yet?

Doug B
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Ross Drummond Regular Member • Posts: 218
Tremendous Review!!

Thanks for your views on the short time you had with the camera. I perrsonally found it to be very encouraging. I am getting closer and clsoer to pre-ordering what appears to be a worthey successor to the 7D. My daughter will be most happy to get the 7D. I think however my Konica Minolta strap will remain fixed to the a700 when I get it.
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Doug, Jose - Re: Lenses

If you guys need a G prime or 2, drop me a line. I'm up and running at alphalensrental.com - would be happy to help out.

Unfortunately, B&H is out of stock on the 70-200, but as soon as they get it in...I'll be placing my order. It is doubtful I'll have it before you get the A700 to test though.
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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,958
industrial strength tan lines

liquid stereo wrote:

Cool stuff. I concurr on the water/camera thing.

Thanks!

p.s. you don't just look white, you are white

Yeah, I had some industrial strength tan lines there, didn't I?

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,958
Canon 40D weatherproofing

Here is some interesting information and photos of the Canon 40D's new weatherproofing:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/569109

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BackToSlr Senior Member • Posts: 1,829
Argh!

That can be construed as false advertising from Canon.

It is pretty bad. Seems like it was done at the last moment under marketing pressure.

Hopefully Silicon seals that A700 has are better.

Cheers,

N

Henry Richardson wrote:

Here is some interesting information and photos of the Canon 40D's
new weatherproofing:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/569109

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Biu Veteran Member • Posts: 3,229
Re: Hands on with the new A700

Thanks for the review.

Looks like a good enough camera for most people. Would really like to see some samples from this new CMOS sensor. Do you know if Sony made this sensor?

Biu

tomhongkong Veteran Member • Posts: 4,241
Re: Hands on with the new A700

Doug

thanks for taking the time to post the great review and answer all the queries. It's on my Christmas present list!

tom

Ken_5D Forum Pro • Posts: 11,820
Re: Hands on with the new A700

Biu wrote:

Thanks for the review.

Looks like a good enough camera for most people. Would really like
to see some samples from this new CMOS sensor. Do you know if Sony
made this sensor?

Biu

Yes it is made for the camera and is not the same sensor in the D300. It places the AD converters on the sensor chip to prevent noise leeking in on the circuits pathers between the light sensor and turning that into a digital number.
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DNA2002 Regular Member • Posts: 454
Re: What about the AF?

Thank you for your quick but nice review.

I have a question about lens' image quality. I was wondering how the 16-106's IQ. Do you compare it to 24-105L or 70-200L or CZ 16-80 or something else?

You said you used Canon 20D alot. Can you say it could be better Canon 40D or 20D in terms of IQ?

Gil Knutson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,239
Re: Hands on with the new A700

tleveque wrote:

$1599!!!

$1399 USD = $1472 CND at the today currency value.
This is $130 more expensive....
Why are they doing that?
Are we supposed to have more money here in Canada?

Have you not noticed that price differential before? It has always been
there. Back about 1983 I bought a Pentax LX... I bought it in Canada
ONLY because I wanted to have somewhere easy to go to complain
if something went wrong with it. For that, I was willing to pay the
$995, when I could have picked it up at Focus Camera in NY for about
$200 less, even after exchange and shipping. I paid $379, or so, for the
85 f:1.4 M* lens... it was over $800 plus tax in Canada.

The same scenario held true for the Maxxum 5 that I picked up in
2000.... at least $200 less to buy it at Focus Camera.

I just got the A100 from Focus Camera... again... for $599, shipping
included. I paid taxes at the border. It costs $799 here at London
Drugs... IF I can even get a body alone... they did't think so.

So, the $200 difference is pretty standard, and has been so forever.
Doesn't matter which brand camera you buy either.

I will wait to see a more decent price somewhere else and maybe buy
from the US (like I did for my Maxxum 5D). Sometime, even with the
shipping and all custom fees, it is still cheaper to do that.

There are NO custom fees on cameras and lenses. Only taxes.
You would pay THOSE no matter where you buy it.

By the way, if you want to do that, use the Canada Post
"borderfree.ca" service.

I live 20 min from the border... I have most of the stuff I buy in the
States sent to Ship Happens. Costs me $4.00 per box, $1 for smaller
things. I just park in Canada, walk across the border, walk the two
blocks and wander back. With the waiting lines, I can get across and
back before I would get through in my car. It works for me.

IF you have other companies like UPS, or even USPS bring it across,
you will pay handling or brokerage fees... which can be high.... those
are NOT customs duties usually. Packages that go through Canada
Post are slapped a $5 handling fee on top of the taxes. That is NOT
a custom duty.

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Gil Knutson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,239
Re: Hands on with the new A700

Dennis Phillips wrote:

Add the 70-200mm lens to the package.

Canada:
A700 $1,600 CAD
70-200 $2,600 CAD
Package price $4,200 CAD

At 93 cents to the US dollar = $3,900

US Prices
A700 $1,400
70-200 $2,000
Package price = $3,400

That's a $500 difference before sales taxes.

I'd like to support Sony Canada, but that differential is just too
great.

That is why I bought in the States.

The one down side is that it becomes impossible to get Sony Extended
Warrenty then. You have to get that from Sony Style. You have to pay
for it with a Credit Card.... that is issued in the US. You can't use a
Canadian issued CC!!!! I have been exchanging letters with a nice little
gal at Sony Style. She sympathizes, but it is company policy.

Thing that p*sses me off the most is, I can travel to the US, stay at
hotels and motels that take my credit cards, and buy things from Mom
and Pop stores down there, and they will all happily accept my
credit cards if I give it to them in person. But, Sony can't do so.

Sheesh!

I could pay for it via PayPal, even. Oh, well!

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,958
the reverse is true also

Gil Knutson wrote:

You have to pay
for it with a Credit Card.... that is issued in the US. You can't use a
Canadian issued CC!!!! I have been exchanging letters with a nice
little
gal at Sony Style. She sympathizes, but it is company policy.

Thing that p*sses me off the most is, I can travel to the US, stay at
hotels and motels that take my credit cards, and buy things from Mom
and Pop stores down there, and they will all happily accept my
credit cards if I give it to them in person. But, Sony can't do so.

The reverse is sometimes true too. A couple of years ago while I was living in Vancouver, BC I discovered that my U.S. credit card was not accepted for some sort of online thing. I don't recall what it was, but they would only accept Canadian credit cards.

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,958
Which crossing do you use?

Gil Knutson wrote:

I live 20 min from the border... I have most of the stuff I buy in the
States sent to Ship Happens. Costs me $4.00 per box, $1 for smaller
things. I just park in Canada, walk across the border, walk the two
blocks and wander back. With the waiting lines, I can get across and
back before I would get through in my car. It works for me.

Which crossing do you use?

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Gil Knutson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,239
Re: my experience with SLRs/DSLRs and rain

Henry Richardson wrote:

Don't worry, I wouldn't either. If I had a K10D, Canon 1DmkIII,
Nikon D3, or whatever I certainly wouldn't be dumping a bucket of
water over it.

I had the Pentax LX for years. It too had sealing, can't remember how
many points were sealed... but they specified how many. :))

I was often out in the rain and snow, and never a problem. The
lenses, however, were not particularly wet-proof. However, I never
had a problem in 18+ years.

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Gil Knutson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,239
Re: the reverse is true also

Henry Richardson wrote:

Gil Knutson wrote:

You have to pay
for it with a Credit Card.... that is issued in the US. You can't use a
Canadian issued CC!!!! I have been exchanging letters with a nice
little
gal at Sony Style. She sympathizes, but it is company policy.

Thing that p*sses me off the most is, I can travel to the US, stay at
hotels and motels that take my credit cards, and buy things from Mom
and Pop stores down there, and they will all happily accept my
credit cards if I give it to them in person. But, Sony can't do so.

The reverse is sometimes true too. A couple of years ago while I was
living in Vancouver, BC I discovered that my U.S. credit card was not
accepted for some sort of online thing. I don't recall what it was,
but they would only accept Canadian credit cards.

Ah, I see... said the blind man!!! :)))

Thanks for the input.

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Canada

Gil Knutson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,239
Re: Which crossing do you use?

Henry Richardson wrote:

Gil Knutson wrote:

I live 20 min from the border... I have most of the stuff I buy in the
States sent to Ship Happens. Costs me $4.00 per box, $1 for smaller
things. I just park in Canada, walk across the border, walk the two
blocks and wander back. With the waiting lines, I can get across and
back before I would get through in my car. It works for me.

Which crossing do you use?

Sumas, WA. I live in Sardis, BC. I can make it in 20 min... but I do have
a lead foot...

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Ross Drummond Regular Member • Posts: 218
Re: Bilingual packaging?

Canadien je pense.
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Re: Bilingual packaging?

in the USA everythin (packaging AND manuals) came in both, English and Spanish. Sometimes only in Spanish...
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José B
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Re: Hi Doug

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I'll email you when I have the tester. You have my email address as
well. Is the 40D shipping in Canada yet?

Hi Doug, they started shipping yesterday----got mine already.

José

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