Summary: I hate to break the review code, as I'm a stickler for it, but this is important. According to SonyAlphaRumors, Sony is no longer supporting repair of the A850 as parts are no longer in production.
Summary: I'm a portrait and wedding photographer and I bought this A850 as a second-camera to use with my Sony A99 (which I also love). The A850 was the last of Sony's great traditional digital SLR bodies.
Summary: they don't make it any more. I had a hard time getting a new one after I dropped my first on in a creek :( Sony has just come out with several new cameras, so you may want to look at those rather than pursuing this discontinued model. All the same I was very glad that I was able to find one.
Summary: Being a Minolta fan for some years, I one day discovered that Sony sheared the same lens mount. I found a A850 on Amazon rated as good, but as it came I found it excellent. Since then I've been trying out all my AF Minolta lenses with very good results.
Summary: I recently sold my Sony A77 that I bought new to buy a used A850. The A77 is more modern in every way, with incredible features based around its translucent mirror technology. It (the A77) even has about the same 24 MP resolution as the full-frame A850, so why the move from the latest and greatest...
Summary: I love my a850. If you like shooting landscapes and like a simple camera this one is the one you want. I always read the biggest draw back to full frame is the cost of good lenses. But I have been using the Konica Minolta 17-35mm and 70-210 4.0 Beercan and the results are stunning.