Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 review

by Staff October 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

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  1. @ATonetwothree Just search for, and buy, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens. You can get them for next to nothing, and Minolta's quality back then was as good as, if not better than, today's Sony gear. I have it, and it's a beautiful lens.

  2. I'm very curious how the A77 will do as this camera's successor. One thing I'm unsure about is this translucent mirror technology. However, on paper, it sounds like the A77 is one heck of a package. It'll be interesting to see how it does in practice.

  3. A very fair review. I like Gordon Laing – he's a top bloke! I'm thinking of getting the A700, you know. At the moment I have the A200 and it's a great little camera for the money. Toodle-pip. Nads :)

  4. D3, D300

    tell me which cam has got better AF (which you can 100% rely on) than D3/D300 ?

    useless at open apreture…
    what lens are you talking about?
    70-200 2.8 VR (?), 200-400 f/4 (?) or maybe 600 f/4 ???

  5. Hi poy78, it depends on your budget and what features you want – and which you prefer the look and feel of. We've got quite a few A100 owners and A700 fans on the Cameralabs forum if you fancy joining and asking there about bodies and lenses…

  6. The limitation with the Nikon is because the D40(x) doesn't have a built-in focusing motor for older lenses. The A700 does have a built-in focusing motor and should work with Minolta AF lenses, but you should still check for compatibility with specific models if they're important to you.

  7. Good point Barry. As you know Sony makes a big deal about applying NR early on in the signal chain on the A700 and pitches this as a benefit. However if you can't access the RAW data without NR applied, then you are limited in what you can do later – especially as they seem to be up to their watercolour tricks again. I'll look into it and update the review with any findings.

  8. Hi Barry, I've published some RAW conversions made with Sony's software and ACR in our Outdoor and Studio resolution results pages on the Cameralabs website. Sony's RAW software does allow you to adjust various aspects of the NR on RAW files, but I wasn't impressed with the overall quality of its output. Others may have more mileage with it though.

  9. Hello! Please note this video has the same first 7 minutes as our earlier preview, but as promised now includes a new verdict of a final production model. You can also find full results for this camera against the EOS 40D and EOS 5D at the Cameralabs website.

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