Greg Beetham wrote:Hi Walt, long time no see, I was just pointing out that that type of poll is open to missuse, but even so it appears that there were a lot of problems with the A700 control weels; also in the service manual (late edition) for the A700 there is an updated control wheel listed so Sony recognized there was a problem of some sort, at least to themselves if no one else.
With 4 A700's the useage might be spread thin enough to avoid the problem for some time perhaps, but it does also increase the potential percentage wise that one of them could contract the problem at some point as well.
Thing is now I hear that someone had difficulty with parts for the A700, not sure of the circumstances exactly, it could be that the repairs were worth more than the current value of the camera and judged to be not economical by the warrantors.
Sony's parts system is supposed to support a model with parts for 7 years after the last manufacture of that model. That's in the information you get back from Sony repair in the fine print, or at least is what I got back from the Sony/CZ 16-80 repair information. All long term warranties won't be honored after that. All my a700s are still on long term repair/warranties, btw. It's not been near 7 years on the a700s since they were last manufactured.
Of course with Sony's anti DSLR attitude they could be trying to kill the DSLRs and force folks into buying SLT. Kind of like their poor supplying of a580s.
At the moment, to me, with no proper 700 level DSLR replacement coming ever from Sony the value of the a700s I have has gone up considerable. Their replacement would be a comparable Nikon DSLR (plus the rest of the lenses and system), which is a very expensive alternative.
As far as the control wheels, I've considered getting the boards from Sony parts if I can for future use. I expect that a good part of my luck with that is in protecting the cameras from debris as much as I can. They all have extensive use, more than that of the earliest reports of this problem.
I do agree that such polls are not very reliable. My post showed someone who did not fit your categories