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Celebrating the 16th birthday of (my) A700

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2024 at 17:55
This 16th birthday lets me wondering whether digital cameras (DSLRS, in particular) will have the same fate as film bodies - which now have got the status of collector's items, just thinking of a Minolta SRT-101 (with prices exploding for mint copies).

Some days ago I took my Sony R1, charged the batteries, and took it with me for a walk. It seems that the sensor is very similar to that of the A700 (it has the same pixel pitch: 5,5 Ám) and the lens is very, very similar to the Sony CZ 16-80mm F/3.5-4.5. Its sensor has 10,3 Mpix and a crop factor of 1.7 instead of 1.5 - it must be bit smaller than an APS-C sensor. But you had an EVF (long before the EVF wars here on Dyxum!) and a tilting LCD screen. I bought it in 2005 - so that walk would have been the 19th birthday!

Getting home I created a couple of 40Mpix files by using ACR's (like Lightroom's) enhancement function which quadruples resolution based on AI. Compared to image files of a Sony A7RM2 I couldn't really see much of a difference in IQ.

Seems there is definitely a future for these cameras.

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Pieter, this is really cool, and great that you still have your a700! I got my a200 a few months after you in April - my first SLR of any type - and though I don't have it anymore it's in the family. Most recently it was loaned out last fall to an art class for some beginning photography lessons, so it's still in use!

Very nice images from you which show of course that the camera was never a slouch!
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a700 still a capable camera in the right hands
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2024 at 22:19
Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Seems there is definitely a future for these cameras.
Although I can think one pitfall that may limit digital cameras' lifespan: batteries. Once specific battery types are no longer made, it might make hard to use old digital cameras if your existing batteries stop working.
Although luckily Sony has been using limited number of battery types that have been used for quite long time, so that is certainly advantage and there is no imminent risk that you couldn't get new batteries for old Sony cameras.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 February 2024 at 10:19
I've also been revisiting the a700. I was originally stealing that battery to use in my R1, but did a bit of comparison on a trip to an aircraft museum - I was quite impressed by the results from the a700 at the end of the day.

What I was originally thinking would be a stand-alone article on the R1 might end up being a series stretching from the R1 to the a700 and possibly on the the NEX-7...
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