During the process of acquiring the new wide-angle lens I went ahead and fondled the Sony Alpha 700 just to see what I thought. While this was happening Charlie at the Camera Exchange noticed that Sony was offering an instant rebate of $150 for the lens I wanted if purchased with a new Alpha 700. Well this pretty much cinched the deal for me. I mean it was obviously a sign. I told him “let’s do it, ring me up!”
Charlie disappeared to the back room and after awhile we began to wonder where he was. After awhile he came back and told me he was sorry, but the promotion ended on the 31st of April. He’ spoken to his manager and there was nothing they could do.
Well damn it.
During the time he was in the back I had already embraced the idea that I would own this camera. I told Charlie to hold on to it and we’d come back after the Art Car Parade and I would purchase it rebate or no rebate.
Off to the Art Car parade to play with my new wide angle lens and mentally debate the new camera in the process.
I thought about it and really, there was no debate. The A700 was the best choice even before I dropped the pretty penny on the wide angle.
See here in a side by side comparison, it holds it’s own with the Nikon D300 and the Canon 40D
The 3 inch LCD, 5 frames per second and 12 megapixel CMOS sensor (basically the same sensor as the D300) make it a strong competitor to the Nikon for several hundred dollars less before adding in the lens replacement costs.
And as far as the Canon is concerned, the Sony seems to actually exceed it in features and capability.
After only using it for a day I find the controls extremely intuitive and easy to use.
The high ISO capability and the low noise make this a fantastic camera for the money and perfectly suitable for my purposes.