Buying new DSLR- Sony a700 or Nikon D90?

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  1. Idaho21

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    I am going to be purchasing a new camera here pretty soon. I currently have a Sony a200. I really like the Sony DSLRs, but I have started to like Nikons quite a bit recently.
    Here's my choices. I am either going to buy a new Sony a700, or a Nikon D90.

    I currently have 3 lenses for my Sony a200, and spare batteries. I could sell all of this stuff if I switched to Nikon. Or I could use it if I get a Sony a700.

    From what I have read, both are good cameras. My main consideration with Nikon is the popularity of them, which means a better choice of lenses and accessories.

    If you own either a Sony a700, or Nikon D90, how do you like them?
     
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    If your happy with the a200 system and have several lenses and reviews put the a700 as a viable option then seems the logical choice.
     
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    having read the dpreview it seems to me the a700 isn't really competitive with the competition. I'm not familiar with the sony range to know if there is a better alternative but the a700 looks disapointing to me.
     
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    The D90 is an amazing camera. I enjoyed playing with it a lot. I wish it had the D300's frame though. The all plastic body turned me off given the price point. But in terms of features and IQ, I really-really like it. I may buy one used someday just "because".
     
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    I read a few reviews of the a700, and they all gave it a great review. They wrote that the a700 is an excellent buy.

    The next step up is the full frame flagship, the a900, which is a bit out of my price range at the moment.($3000 just for the body.):mrgreen:
     
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    But just think how happy you will be with it in your hands.

    I think you should do it. :)
     
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    Believe me, I'd love to, but that is way out of my price range at the moment. A full frame 24.6MP camera, that would be nice.
     
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    That tells us what you really want. Save up!:D
     
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    Here is a question ... why are you upgrading ?
     
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    I'm not sure what reviews you've read.

    From dpreivew :-

    Noise reduction settings are applied to raw as well as JPEG files. Would be preferable if they affected JPEG only (as is normal practice). Kudos to Sony for updating the firmware to allow you to actually turn it off at all though!
    Base sensitivity isn't ISO 100, this isn't directly indicated on the camera
    Would still like to see the lowest noise reduction setting using less NR
    Lack of live view will be counted against the A700 compared to the competition
    No ISO display on viewfinder status bar
    No top panel LCD status display

    That's a pretty poor list ( I'm amazed by the lack of live view given the a300 has superb implementation - think it's the a300 - I don't rate the need for live view very highly btw but just find it surprising ).

    The D90, K20D ( pentax) are both IMO based on that review much better buys. It wouldn't surprise me if sony soon replace the 700 too with a model with the a350 features but better sensor and maybe weathersealed body.
     
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    D90, you will love it, and the further upgrade paths.
     
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    The A700 has also been out quite a while longer than the other cameras. The A100 (which I have) was released then the A700 shortly after that. The A900 is the flagship of the line there are also many other bodies that Sony has released. I am sure there are more to come too.

    My honest opinion is if you have the Sony and like the Sony keep the Sony. What is the reason for the upgrade at the moment? I would agree with the other poster that said save up for the A900. Its the direction you are headed in anyway.
     

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