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But seriously, if I can get a FF with an all around compatible lens like the 18-250 under $2K, I’m in.


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Ooh, that's a thought - there are no FF beyond-superzoom lenses are there? By that I mean, there are full frame 28-300 zooms giving just over 10x range (equivalent to 18-200 on crop), but the crop sensor 18-250 is 13.8x and the class leader is Tamron's 18-270 at 15x. Consider it good or bad, at least the 28-300 lenses are cheap, but their quality matches their price.

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Nice to finally hear somthing official from Sony! The specs I posted were spot on, and I hope that tells y'all my source is one to remember for following rumour-times.

The A850 doesn't interest me too much, even though I know an estimate of it's price, which is good, I'd rather go all-in and get the A900. But it does give Sony a serious advantage over its competition!

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I predict it will be $2200 street price. Nikon D700 is currently at $2350 and Canon 5D is way up there $3000+ so it is illogical for Sony to price it lower than $2200 considering it has 2X bigger resolution than Nikon D700. A900 itself is $2650 street price.

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Over the lower 2000 range, say 2200USD and up, it's not going to have such a big impact to drive prices down. At that point, all it does is compete with the a900 and hurt the sales there. For Sony to really succeed, 2000USD for the body would seem fair, and they would make back the money lost from the FF lenses in the lineup, considering the target user are higher enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

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I think the a850 price could be arround $1800 only body and $2000 with new Sony 28-75mm SAM...

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Specifications seem very decent. 3fps should be enough for the target audience of camera's with this kind of resolution and the lack of DRO and DRO+ (gimmicks IMO) doesn't seem too big a loss.

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Enche Zein wrote:
I predict it will be $2200 street price. Nikon D700 is currently at $2350 and Canon 5D is way up there $3000+ so it is illogical for Sony to price it lower than $2200 considering it has 2X bigger resolution than Nikon D700. A900 itself is $2650 street price.

Wow, is that why Nikon are relatively popular in the US? They're practically giving the D700 away. Best ball park UK prices for A900/D700/5D2 are £1700,1700,2000 respectively. So for the UK I would expect the A850 to significantly undercut the D700, which to me isn't a direct competitor anyway since it's the old resolution vs speed tradeoff for different uses.

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I think the a850 price could be arround $1800 only body and $2000 with new Sony 28-75mm SAM...

That'd be a very cheap 28-75mm, very cheap! :shock:

As I stated earlier, I have a good indication of the A850's price, but to keep my source, I can't tell. It's safe to say it's gonna be sub $2000,- though! :D

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People with the same source as myself have released their information about the price of the camera, so I can do the same. The Sony USA employee who said it'd be a 98% viewfinder downgrade of the A900 also said the price of the A850 would be about a third less than the A900's price. Not the MSRP, but current street prices.

So, in Holland, that would mean: 2000 / 0.666 = €1333,-.
Converted to dollars, that's about $1885,-, so about $1900,-.

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:shock: That price region (D300-ish) was my hope but I wasn't expecting it!

How does this work? The A900 drove me to Canon, but now they cheapened it to A850 I can't stop lusting for it?

On the cheap kit lens part, the 28-75 f/2.8 on which it is based is a cheap lens to start with, so as a kit bundle it doesn't sound impossible... I'd rather have a 24-105 f/4 G though.

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Good you didn't get rid of your Sony gear yet...

The 24-105mm f/4 G has been rumoured for months, haven't heard much about it recently though. It would certainly be a great lens on the A850.

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That's well cheap for an FX camera! It'll be totally awesome and it'll push Nikon and Canon to come out with cheap FX cameras too. No idea what it'll do to Pentax and Olympus though ...

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I'll think the canikon vs. sony war is on :D

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The Tamron 28-75mm is arround $350 and a new Sony version could be to the same price, but like a bundle $200 + a850 price will be excellent...

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