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A850 Reviews
« on: December 31, 2009, 01:02:32 PM »
I had a play with an 550 and 850 the other day and was very impressed with the 850. Its making my decision of what camera to buy very hard. The store didn't have a 900 for me to compare with.

I was expecting the 850 body to be alot heavier than it is and was pleased to see a similar menu system to my a200 as I'm not to keen the newer menu system.

I have been looking around for good prices and further reviews, I found the below videos. They go on a little but are worth while watching.

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2009, 01:15:37 PM »
The a850 is great, it is a replica of the a900 with lesser FPS, otherwise everything else is the same like the a900. Although the a550 have some extras but I am sure you will love the a850 as FF. Depending on your budget the a550 is still a good option but not FF. IF you can afford to chip in for an a900 go for it otherwise the a850 will be a good choice and upgrade.
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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2009, 01:28:54 PM »
I really wanted to have a play with a 900 but they didn't have one there. The sales guy kept trying to get me to try the 16-35 Zeiss lens on the body instead of one of mine but left me alone in the end.

I'm glad I tried them though, on paper I was going to go for the 550 if I could not find a new 700 at a reasonable price but I didn't like the 550 as much as I thought I would. I know the 550 is bigger than my 200 but the grip did not feel as comfortable and the body felt more plasticy. I also did not like the shutter button with the on off and the LCD protruded to far and felt a little in the way when using the viewfinder.

The 850 though felt great in the hand :)

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2009, 08:26:05 PM »
Had that salesman got you to try the 16-35 on the 850 you probably would have left the store with it.

I did and I am not sorry.

Magnificent.

I also purchased the 24-70. Both of these lenses are not for the faint of heart and are heavy.

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 01:35:36 AM »
The a850 is great, it is a replica of the a900 with lesser FPS, otherwise everything else is the same like the a900. Although the a550 have some extras but I am sure you will love the a850 as FF. Depending on your budget the a550 is still a good option but not FF. IF you can afford to chip in for an a900 go for it otherwise the a850 will be a good choice and upgrade.
Good luck.


The other difference between the a850 and a900 is that the a900 has a 100% viewfinder, whereas the a850 is 95%

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 05:20:55 AM »
It kind of leaves the 550 in the dust LOL

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010, 04:00:10 PM »
It kind of leaves the 550 in the dust LOL

98%

I looked at both side by side and it is REALLY difficult to tell the difference.

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010, 04:53:02 PM »
It's just nice to know that everything that will be in the image you see in the viewfinder.
a99 a77 a900

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010, 10:31:08 PM »
The a850 is great, it is a replica of the a900 with lesser FPS, otherwise everything else is the same like the a900. Although the a550 have some extras but I am sure you will love the a850 as FF. Depending on your budget the a550 is still a good option but not FF. IF you can afford to chip in for an a900 go for it otherwise the a850 will be a good choice and upgrade.
Good luck.


The other difference between the a850 and a900 is that the a900 has a 100% viewfinder, whereas the a850 is 95%


98%

I looked at both side by side and it is REALLY difficult to tell the difference.

Oops, right you are :)

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010, 06:07:12 PM »
Having gone through all that, and comparing the two side by side before I bought the a850, it took me 6-8 practice shots to memorize the viewfinder and what would be visible in the final output. To me 2% was so miniscule it wasn't worth the price difference.

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 07:28:48 PM »
Glad you enjoy your a850.
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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2010, 08:05:20 PM »
Pretty much.

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Re: A850 Reviews
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2010, 08:31:06 PM »
Its a good strategy, bringing the FF market within affordable reach of allot more people. Also it is believed the A900 will be replaced at some point this year but who knows.

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