Firstly, I have absolutely no need for full-frame! Just wanted to clear the air and let everyone know that this is a frivolous post dripping with self indulgence and indecisive actions
... walk away now if this doesn't sound like something you'd like to read
Right, as it turns out, an A700+Sigma 24-70 is roughly the same price as an A850 (according to the Sony Style store). So I think to myself, why not get the A850 instead, and buy a lens a couple months later? The A850 far exceeds my needs, and although I am doing photography for money, I really can't justify buying it. I am currently doing a lot of printing, and most of my prints are 12x12 and look just fine coming from my A300, so I really don't need 24mp (does anyone really need that?).
I hope it would be more reliable and last longer, and that it can stand up to more abuse...but frankly, the A700 has a long standing reputation of being extremely reliable (who knows, maybe thats why the A850 is so cheap, dodgy workmanship...hmmm?), so thats not even an issue.
I can't imagine 1 single area in which the A850 would help me improve, as opposed to the A700. However, the A700 and a good lens would probably make more sense since my current lens collection is too embarrassing to mention in public
The A850 might hold its resale value pretty well though, so from a value point of view, its probably better than the A700...but thats probably the only advantage
But, maybe I am overlooking something. Maybe my gut instincts know something I dont? Maybe one of you guys know something I dont? Maybe I'm an ***
So, what will it be, A850 or A700+lens? I can pretty much guess the outcome, but, being democratic