my sony is no more.

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by enigma, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. enigma

    enigma TPF Noob!

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    I have.... had a sony f717... and rather liked it. Over the past weekend... it broke do to a fireworks blunder. I will need to be buying a new one in the next month or so, and wanted to see if anyone had any ideas. The sony lens was great, however the camera it self had some issuses that I was not found of. I am researching myself, but I would also like your input.... thanks.

    PS.... I would have a picture of what happened... but I had a hard time finding most of the camera :))
     
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    Hope the camera was not in your hip pocket at the time ..... :roll:
     
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    I'm sorry for the demise of your camera and I trust no one was injured but I'm curious as to the "issues" you had with it.
    Please tell!
     
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    I know that there is some color clipping on the reds.
     
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    How do you know of the red clipping?
    Is that experience or rumor and hearsay?
    I'm very interested in the Sony because it seems to be far and away the best in it's class so obviously I want to hear any negatives.
    Thanks.
     
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    ok, first off, dont get me wrong, this really is (was) a great camera. some cons however (for me anyway)

    -no raw mode... although tiff is still very good.
    -i wish the wide angle went a bit lower than 38mm
    -I wish it had time laps recording
    -less zoom than a few same class models (coolpix 5700 8x, and minolta DiMAGE 7hi 7x)
    -clipping on the reds... to some degree nothing you cant fix in PS.

    nothing like
    -takes crappy pictures....

    just looking around at other cameras before I go and buy one.
     
  7. TylerDCA

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    I have the 717 and I love it, but I would like:

    -faster autofocus
    -wider angle (I am going to be getting the Sony WA lens)
    -memory is expensive
    -having an EVF can make manual focusing difficult at best

    If I were to buy a new digital, I would save my money and probably get a Canon 10d but.. hey what do I know.
     
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    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Hmm...
    I thought my next camera was going to be the Sony and even though the problems you describe are common and even worse in some others in that range I'm thinking the Canon 10D might be the way to go.
    The issue is of course bucks, the Sony is selling for around $550 and the Canon is around $1,200 plus the lenses.
    I'm guessing that I wouldn't be happy with the limitations of any of the mid-range digitals so I guess I'll have to save my pennies.
    Thanks for your input.
     
  9. TylerDCA

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    Hey you could always go Canon 1Ds... $6,000 +++
     
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    Canon 1Ds...ooohhh I wish!
    Unless I win the lottery there's no chance!
     
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    TylerDCA TPF Noob!

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    I work for a lottery... HAHA, I know the odds. Best of luck on that one.
     
  12. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A digital SLR is the way to go IMO; the problem I see is the life span of the camera versus the cost of all the new equipment. IMO the live of a 6meg SLR camera is going to be about 3 to 5 years on the safe side.

    Camera - $1500
    28-70 f2.8 - $400
    CF card 1G - $300
    Battery pack - $250
    Ex Battery - $50
    Total - $2500

    Works out to be about $835 dollars a year for 3 years.

    The down side is a film camera in this cost range would last a lifetime or more.

    If you can afford it go for it


    More numbers all US dollars and all posted on the net

    Sigma SD-9: B&H $1100.00

    EOS 10D: B&H, KEH, Circuit City, $1500.00

    FinePix S2 Pro: B&H $2200.00, KEH $2050.00

    Nikon D-100: B&H, KEH, $1700.00

    :D
     

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