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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:48 pm 
I can't help to believe that the loved a700 will be replaced soon. I have been reading forums from photoclubalpha and with the release of the new canon and the nikon d90 soon to be released and the price drops in the a700 can't help to make me think sony is going to respond with a new and improved a700 (whatever they call it)

What are your thoughts on this


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:03 pm 
People on here have been talking about the A700 successor and the A900 for weeks now. Nobody has anything solid and most as waiting until Photokina where Sony is expected to make an announcement.


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Actually there's talk of a big Sony event just before mid September, which is before Photokina. It's speculated that'll be the A900 launch.

In my limited observations, it does look like they're clearing out the A700, but what that will be is anyone's guess.

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I do believe that the A700 will be replaced. The fact that it misses Live View may not be a concern for me (not at all actually) but it's a major difference between the Alpha 700 and it's competitors.
When we'll see this replacement, I can't guess. If Sony is wise, it should focus good attention on their pro model, and not announce too many other things simultaniously. So maybe before, maybe after. As always: ... we'll wait, and see...

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Given we just had announcements of Canon 50D and Nikon D90, I hope whatever Sony have doesn't disappoint :D So there's A900 and possibly A700 replacement to look forward to. Is it normal for the 'big two' to announce at this time relative to photokina? Still, only around 2 weeks until the Sony event...

*goes back to waiting

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:05 am 
could be...or lets hope so :D


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:42 pm 
I think they might actually do what they did with the a100. first stop production and let the remains sell for less. Then they will introduce the new flagship model (like they did with the a700 only its going to be the a900) then at the start of next year they will have three models to come out, the a800 the new a700 and a inbetween model called the a500. this is my guess what they will do because they did it last year when they introduced the a700 as the flagship. stopped production of the a100. and had the a200 (replacing the a100) and the a300 and a350 ready to go at the start of the next year. now this may be specualtion but sony may be a creature of habit. so if this happend i wouldn't be suprized. I personally would like to see the a800 or the new a700 before christmas. (im looking into getting one of them)


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popo wrote:
Is it normal for the 'big two' to announce at this time relative to photokina?

Yes, it is. Most big announcements are made either before or during Photokina, or before/during PMA in Las Vegas. I guess manufacturers are expected to launch new stuff at events like these.

Found some interesting info about the 50D and D90 at photoclubalpha.com.

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I think it reasonable to announce AT the show, but was just curious about announcing before it. Is it perhaps to get a little distance so that it wont be buried in the noise of other news during the show? I love the timing of the 50D and D90 though, but it does make me even more impatient to hear about the A900.

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I guess the goal of announcing before the show is to get more attention for the product, and to be able to show it at the actual event. If the rumours are true, and we see the A900 announcement at the beginning of September, we'll see a final production model at PhotoKina (which is why I'd love love love love love to go there. My father won't drive me though (it's quite a long drive) and I have absolutely no experience with public transport, let alone international...
There'll be a big photography convention in Holland at the beginning of november, so I guess I'll do some tests with the A900 there. Possibly try the Zeiss 24-70mm and 85mm, see which I like most.

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I haven't used it much myself, but I believe the train system in the Netherlands is good and reasonably priced. It is also pretty good in Germany although again I haven't done any long distance. So it is probably easier for you to get there than for me. I'd probably have to fly... I wish the train system here was remotely as good.

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Our public transport is great, really great. However, I haven't used it all by myself yet, so to go from my hometown all the way to Cologne.
Just 'planned' my journey (the site of the NS, dutch railway company, allows you to plan any journey very carefully). I choose the 28th because that's the only day I'll be able to go. If I leave at 07:32, I should arrive at 10:57 (no delays taken into account of course, and that is often a problem here in Holland). Only one change to be make (Rotterdam to Utrecht, Utrecht to Cologne). The last stage, to Cologne, would cost €51,60 both ways, so a total of €103,20 (without the train from Rotterdam to Utrecht twice and whatever the entry to PhotoKina costs.
So you're right about the journey not being difficult, but it is expensive. :(

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Ooh, you're in Rotterdam? Are there any flights from the airport you can take? I know it's a tiny airport there, but the flights are more likely to be tiny priced too :)

Anyway, if I could get there in 3.5 hours for around €100 I would :) No chance of that from here...

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No, not in Rotterdam, just outside it (happy to be just outside it, wouldn't like living in Rotterdam).
Flying would be a good idea, it's much faster too (morer fun at Photokina). There doesn't seem to be a flight from Rotterdam to Cologne though.
Remember, I'm only 17 and saving hard for new lenses. That 1 day trip to touch some camera's and lenses would cost me well over a month's salary. And since I'm going to a photography convention in Holland on November 9th, it wouldn't be worth that much for me.

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