Two new Sony alpha cameras

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by superted666, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. job macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2002
    in transit
    I'm surprised to see Sony attack the high-end of the dSLR market and not the low end first.

    I honestly would have expected an Alpha dSLR to slot in under their current A100, but I guess if they want to seriously go toe to toe with Canon and Nikon, might as well get started as early as possible.
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I think they are trying to establish themselves first then the halo marketing will work in their favour, also probably much larger margins involved at the high end.
  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    how much lower than the a100 can they go?

    i have the a100 and i love it. but to me it's the new low end as far as dslr go. you can't have less than 10MP because of marketing (numbers sell). and all the other features are necessary to compete with the nikon/canon offers.

    they just have to come up with a much wider lens selection now and some more accessories, gps and what not.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Are there any pro-level lenses to use with the Alpha?
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Pro level lenses?

    How does the $6,000 300mm f/2.8 sound? Or $1,300 Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4? Or $2,400 70-200 f/2.8 G?

    Actually, they sound ridiculously expensive to me.

    Sigma makes most of their lenses for the Sony/Minolta system. On the other hand, the ones that they don't make are all top of the line lenses.

    Sounds like a work in progress.
  7. superted666 thread starter Guest


    Oct 17, 2005
    True they are exspensive but keep in mind these lenses perform very very well in tests and sony are new to the game with the pro body's not on sale yet.
    As production numbers go up for these lenses the price will come down
  8. Attonine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2006
    Kent. UK
    Not if they are Zeiss. Just look at how Zeiss lenses for Contax have held their price despite Contax being discontinued. This goes for both the used and new markets.
  9. wmmk macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    I don't know how many pros will just ditch all of their L or EX glass for some body that is currently just a high end sony model, with no concrete specs. Anyways, Sony and Pentax are in sort of a rivalry right now, so I hope this will prompt a higher end Pentax release. Pentax already has models to rival the Rebel/30D/D40/D40x/D80, but there's really no equivalent of a D200/5D or D2x/1D.

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