The 70-300G is a CZ lens.
It's not CZ, only G and SSM. Just search for 70-300 G SSM in google, there's nothing about CZ. There's also no CZ-logo on the lens:
But if I do go with an A700 I will be getting the 24-70 as my first lens.
As my signature says, I'm going for the CZ 16-80. It's a good lens and not as expensive as the CZ 24-70 is going to be.
Honestly, my other choice is the Nikon D300. Which way I'll go is up in the air. I prefer the Nikon system and the D300 ergonomics/features. But the A700 does do some things better (at least in lab tests...heh...which really doesn't mean much in the real world).
I like the in-camera stabilisation of the A700, and I am a Sony fan. Plus, the D300 is more expensive than the A700.
Hope you get your A700 soon. Lucky 16 year old.
About 17 days, then I'm going to buy it, probably. It's indeed quite a camera for a 16 year old, but I have had to save for it for a long, long time.
- Bjorn -