Summary: Bought this years ago, and it has been a great camera. I even bought another as a back-up for when you are on a job and something happens. Or incase you want different lens and no time to change them. Happy, Happy, Happy.
Summary: The last of the great Sony DSLR cameras. High quality construction and results. Rugged, simple interface and controls. Good power consumption. Size of grip fits hand well and is comfortable to use. The later models of the Sony Alpha such as the A55 I dislike and regretted purchasing. The newer models have multiple design defects and Sony ruined a formerly great product.
Summary: I bought my Sony a700 camera used at a local pawn shop. I was looking for a good DSLR camera, and had tried out some Nikons and Canons, but really didn't "click" well with them. I didn't buy the camera that instant, came home and read several reviews of the camera, which for the most part were all shining praise for this model. I went back and put a deposit on it that very same day. Even though it took a couple of months of payments- it was very well worth the wait.
Summary: This was my first step into the DSLR world. I spent months researching Canon and Nikon (I am sure they are great too). I just happened to run across Sony Alpha products while reading reviews on other products. I started looking at the Alpha series with a quite a bit of skepticism, and really trying to find a reason not to buy.