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Re: A900 price
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2010, 10:13:56 PM »
In the Amazon US, they still have the a900 through a number of their partners and still priced at USD 2,699/- per piece. Whereas not much of the a850, only 5 available through one of their resellers at USD 1940/-.
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2010, 07:02:34 AM »
I think now understand why close January everywere they were offering a900 & grip & extra NPFM500 at the price you get today only a900 if you find.They wanted to clear stock and make space for the new camera.

But if they use the same stupid strategy they used with a700 then it means we are going to have a real replacement at the end of December as we may see only a prototype by photokina(October).

1890 GBP body-grip-extra buttery and now 1950 GBP only for body and back order.
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2010, 05:41:13 PM »
Well, that explains why no firmware updates have been issued, why and what is wrong with the a900, so that it is discontinued and the a850 succeeded in making it. What and when the new one is expected. hopefully it is a full frame with better ISO and live view as for a video feature, why not but not mandatory. Moreover,, I would like it to be the equivalent of the top range in Canikons,
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There's nothing wrong with the a900 so why would it need a firmware update? Most updates are to correct problems like the undue noise and inability to turn NR off on the a700 when it was first released (also see Canon's list of corrections) not to add features to the specification.

The new Sony IDC V3.2 has made a significant improvement to the high ISO noise rendering. It's well worth while experimenting with IDC V3.2 and comparing it with other raw converters. I've found it to be the best. It's a bit clunky to use but you can't have everything I suppose :)
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2010, 12:48:59 AM »
Saw just yesterday in Bic Camera (local store) that A900's are selling new at ¥212,000 (GBP£1,500; body only). When the A900 was first released, it was ¥328,000.

FYI Clive, the A700 is now only available in the "overseas section" of Bic Camera (for tourists) at ¥115,000 (CAD$1,290, GBP£860; I think that was body only).
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2010, 03:29:05 AM »
I bought an A850 on ebay from a US dealer new, body only, for US $1675 + $49 S&H. It arrived in less than one week. Customs hit me for CAD $40 tax (they are so inconsistent) and Canada Post for CAD $5 for the bond fee. With the Canadian dollar at close to par with the US dollar, I feel very pleased getting such a good camera for CAD $1850. The same thing at Henry's in Canada is CAD $2500 + 13% tax = $2825. He was selling the A900 at US $2185.

The only downside is that the Canadian cameras have a two year warranty and the US a one year warranty, although the cameras are exactly the same.
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2010, 09:43:33 PM »
Congratulations on the A850 AScot. Youll love it.


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Re: A900 price
« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2010, 09:51:09 PM »
Ascot until now you haven't post any picture :D (with your new camera). Hope by the start of next week to have pictures and thoughts about your new toy
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2010, 11:47:05 PM »
Thanks Rob and TG.

Unfortunately for me, I am unable to get out to take photos as I am recovering from an operation. I have taken some macros of flowers and will try to post some soon.
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #23 on: June 19, 2010, 07:45:00 AM »
Well, that explains why no firmware updates have been issued, why and what is wrong with the a900, so that it is discontinued and the a850 succeeded in making it. What and when the new one is expected. hopefully it is a full frame with better ISO and live view as for a video feature, why not but not mandatory. Moreover,, I would like it to be the equivalent of the top range in Canikons,
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Forgive me for repeating myself from my earlier post in this thread but I would like to emphasise the following.

Firmware updates are usually issued to fix problems, as with Canon's focussing and banding problems on their top models, not to add features - although this has happened on rare occasions.

The are numerous rumours on a forthcoming a9xx but the a900 has not officially been discontinued. I've had my a900 for about 18 months and have been, and will remain, very satisfied with its performance - even at very high ISO settings - it just a question of using the right raw converted (certainly not Adobe's effort). The new Sony IDC v3.2 has added at least a couple of stops advantage, likewise DxO.

I doubt I will buy a replacement unless there are some staggering improvements. I'm not very interested in live view and certainly not video!
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2010, 05:05:04 PM »
I can't agree more with Rogprov! Firmware updates are NOT good news- they deal with issues that should have been solved before the company put the camera on the market. Some manufacturers are very quick with rolling out new models and only later they deal with the complaints via firmware updates.
I am very happy with my A900 since day one but I do have to say that I have changed my mind re video. I would welcome the inclusion of it in one of the next models, but it would not be vital for me.
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2010, 10:30:00 AM »
That is a good price, nice catch, Ascot. Enjoy the new camera. :)
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Re: A900 price
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Re: A900 price
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2010, 10:20:51 PM »
New low prices..!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/search/Default.aspx?q=a900

Ha ! Warehouse Express are now selling the A900 and A850 bodies at the same price as that well-known photography specialist, Amazon !  C'mon guys, at least try to compete, please.  Amazon is where I bought my 7D, simply because they offered the best price.  I would have liked to give business to a camera store, but the price differential was just too great.

On another subject, but in the same thread, I couldn't disagree more with Stef and Rogprov.  After half a lifetime in the software business I know that it is not possible to foresee all possible uses of a piece of software or firmware, especially if it runs something as complex as a modern camera.  If an issue arises, there is only one honest way to react to it, and it's this:  if a manufacturer sells something with a bug, however obscure the bug may be, they should fix it.  They should do it properly (i.e. test the fix thoroughly), they should do it as quickly as possible and then they should publish the fix free of charge, regardless of the age of the product.

Problems only arise if manufacturers publish enormous software fixes, which by their existence erode the customer's confidence in their purchase.  Are you reading this, Microsoft ?

Sorry if this comes across as a bit of a lecture but I have a lot of experience of this, and and have seen a lot of manufacturers get this badly wrong.  If there is a problem with a Sony camera and Sony are vigorous about publishing a fix, I say good for them.  IMO, there is no other way to behave and stay in good faith with your customers.

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