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A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:29:53 PM »
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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008, 01:53:32 PM »

I predict being sorely tempted, but frightened by the price.
I predict a seriously impressive camera.

Really going out on a limb there ;)

One of the things that'll decide for me whether to get the 900 or the 700 (or some other new alpha), is whether the 900 can switch to APS-C, for use with a couple of the lenses I don't want to retire... other than that I'm confident it'll more than meet my needs

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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 01:56:57 PM »
Predictions....................................

UK RRP price £1799 - Cheaper than £2k, but more expensive than people secretly hoped.

No built-in flash, but has an IR wireless controller built-in to the body.

Similar crop factor function like the Nikon FF cameras so that you can use APS-C lenses.

GPS can be built-in, but requires an extra module for £399 ;)

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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 01:58:17 PM »

I predict being sorely tempted, but frightened by the price.
I predict a seriously impressive camera.

Really going out on a limb there ;)

One of the things that'll decide for me whether to get the 900 or the 700 (or some other new alpha), is whether the 900 can switch to APS-C, for use with a couple of the lenses I don't want to retire... other than that I'm confident it'll more than meet my needs

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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008, 02:18:21 PM »

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I predict a seriously impressive camera.
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I'm sure this'll be good, but I'm sure the mkII or update would be a killer.
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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008, 02:31:07 PM »
So, $3000 US.  I wonder how that price will translate in the UK.
Seems to be roughly 3x the price of a A700 in the USA (A700 is $1099 Body only from Sony)

No built-in flash, but does have lens FF/BF focus adjustments as the per D300/D700/D3

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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008, 02:57:58 PM »
So $3,000 now so by the time I go to the states next july should be down to about $2400 so approx £1,200 :)
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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008, 02:59:53 PM »
Found a review of a pre-release model here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1220965259.html.

It does have some weather sealing which I know someone here was looking for (err...  Dr. Theo?)

Edit: sorry that's just the announcement of the review.  The actual review is here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/AA900/AA900A.HTM

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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008, 03:02:49 PM »

From Imaging Resource...

Now let's compare the Sony A900 to the Canon 1Ds Mark III. I shot both with a Sigma 70mm f/2.8, the lab lenses we use for SLRgear.com testing to get more reliable results. In terms of JPEG shots, the Sony produces larger images that are sharper, especially with the defaults from both cameras, but if you bring both to 100 percent and move around in the images, you'll find they're nearly the same. The difference is in the sharpness, heavily dependent on the default sharpening, and the presence of luminance and red channel noise from the Sony A900, where the Canon 1Ds Mark III does a little better with those artifacts.

Does the superior resolution of the A900 overcome that? Not entirely, but what makes a bigger difference is turning down the A900's sharpening all the way and sharpening later in Photoshop, where you have greater control, something the 1Ds's defaults are already tuned for. Of course, you can also shoot RAW and process those for greater quality from either camera. We've done a more extensive analysis with comparison shots in the Exposure section, and delved deeper into the Sony A900's High ISO noise reduction versus that of the 1Ds under the sub-tab titled High ISO NR. Overall, the 1Ds comes out on top with greater detail, but it's darn close.

What's sure is that the Sony A900 is a fit rival for Canon's best camera, which costs $5,000 more.


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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2008, 03:19:01 PM »

What's sure is that the Sony A900 is a fit rival for Canon's best camera, which costs $5,000 more.[/i]


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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2008, 05:04:25 PM »
So, $3000 US.  I wonder how that price will translate in the UK.
Seems to be roughly 3x the price of a A700 in the USA (A700 is $1099 Body only from Sony)

No built-in flash, but does have lens FF/BF focus adjustments as the per D300/D700/D3




$3000 in the USA, then it will be £3000 in the UK..........

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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008, 05:11:03 PM »
I am not sure but Sprintide said
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UK RRP price £1799 - Cheaper than £2k, but more expensive than people secretly hoped.
Than it would be much cheaper! My original prediciton was under 2000 pounds- just the famous one penny under. That would be good news if Sprintide is right!
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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2008, 05:15:30 PM »
I am not sure but Sprintide said
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UK RRP price £1799 - Cheaper than £2k, but more expensive than people secretly hoped.
Than it would be much cheaper! My original prediciton was under 2000 pounds- just the famous one penny under. That would be good news if Sprintide is right!
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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2008, 05:24:15 PM »
ick,  i dont even know if my a700 is up and running yet i have worked the shutter less then 50 times and 2 little words make me think of selling to buy the a900 - weather sealing - wow, i still belive it will come in around 2500 usd
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Re: A900 T minus 30 minutes and counting.........
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2008, 08:29:50 PM »
Having read the comparison the only main advantages over the A700 seem to be the larger images, larger viewfinder, improved noise handling, 2EV bracketing and possibly improved focusing of moving objects.  It doesn't make we want to run out and spend the money - with the launch of the A700 it was such a qunatum improvement on the 7 D I wanted to change immediately so I think I'll wait until a few people have used it in anger before even considering it.  I also wouldn't be surprised to see more models based on it after a few months.
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