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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 9:06 pm 
I am looking to buy either the Sony a550 or a700. I can get either of them brand new for around $799.99.

Which one should I buy? I know the differences with both cameras just not sure which is the better way to go.

What would you do???


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 10:55 pm 
Id go to a shop and see which one I prefer the ergonomics of :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 1:24 am 
Depends what you are looking for. If you really want live view I would say go for the 550. If you want build quality and more professional features go with the a700.

I would go with the a700 personally.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 4:00 pm 
A700 is heavy and assured heavy duty i don't know with that 550


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 4:35 pm 
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Welcome conradcjc to the Camera Labs forum!
I'd opt for the A700. Has all the necessary features, is build superbly.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 5:00 pm 
Thank you all for giving me your advice. I just purchased the a700 body. I also purchased the following lenses.

18-250mm (general all purpose walk around)
28-75mm f/2.8
70-200mm f/2.8 along with teleconverter

I should have it by weeks end. I am sure this setup will give me some nice results.

Thanks again!


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 5:14 pm 
If you have got the money, shoot for the best of the best.

I would shoot for the a700.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 5:14 pm 
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You got quite a set! Congrats!

Hope you got the 1.4x teleconverter, not the 2x...

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 5:51 pm 
The 2x will give me f/5.6. You are saying I should have went with 1.4x. Does the image quality change that much?

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 5:56 pm 
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Yep, the basic conclusion from pretty much all reviews is that you should only really use the 2x converter on the 300mm f/2.8. Some users think the quality is OK, but those that have the 1.4x, and those I've "spoken" to, do prefer the 1.4x. The IQ is just quite a bit better.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 6:19 pm 
What do you think of the SAL-70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Autofocus Lens for Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series lens?

Thanks again for the advice you been a great help.


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In case you're interested, there's a nice comparison up at Kurt Munger's site...

http://www.kurtmunger.com/300mm_zoom_an ... id217.html

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For me, that'd be too slow (starting at f/4), but people I know seem to very happy with it. A friend of mine, quite well-known in the Sony community, Gustav (ijsvogel on Dyxum) shoots superb photos of kingfishers with the 70-400mm, doesn't use his 70-200mm as much...

As said though, it will be slower, aperture-wise. Not that f/2.8 is fast enough for the kind of work I like doing most... :)

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 7:34 pm 
I guess if I would be shooting wildlife and nothing fast moving then I would not benefit from the f/2.8. Is this correct?

I ordered the body but not the lenses getting ready to click SUBMIT but then maybe I am thinking that the 70-400mm is a better option.

What do you think?


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First, the 70-200 would be better to get a good shot if you'd ever find yourself in low light conditions. It does lack the extra 200mm...

The 70-200 is a just tad faster I think when it comes to focusing, although the 70-400 is a fast one, too.

Personally, I'd get the 70-400 since I don't think you'll be able to do anything with 200mm if you're intending to photograph wildlife...

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