Had a little accident on the weekend and dropped my Sony A700 with 5400HS flash fitted resultiing in destroying the mounting foot for the flash and smashing the LCD camera display.
Camera could have sustained more damage unnoticed at this stage so worse possible case scenario could be terminal. I"ll be chasing up repair quotes this week.
The 5400 HS is not really compatible with this camera in auto modes but I have had some pleasing results using full manual camera settings and throttling back the flash output to 1/2 or 1/4 etc. Guessing this older model flash, originally purchased for my 800si film camera, is unrepairable so looks like at I'll need to replace the flash with the newer sony model.
Although the A700 is a pretty handy piece of kit and has some decent features it really does suffer with noise at high ISO, the dreaded intermittent thumb wheel problems etc and a couple other little things that bug me from time to time.
Upshot of this whole ordeal is that now I am thinking of selling off all my Sony stuff rediculously cheap, bite the bullet, and get a whole new kit.
I have been a Minolta / Konica-Minolta / Sony user all my life so have had no experience with other brands
Current Sony offerings don't really look to have resolved the ISO issues so finally starting to look around at the other mobs.
Not wanting to go cheap but not wanting to go overboard either.
(thinking this lot below will cost a fair penny without being stupid)
What I am considering thus far along with reasoning etc
Canon 5D-MKlll - new and funky with all mod cons, reputed exceptional high ISO noise handling, solid and dependable (based on previous versions of this camera)
600-EX flash - top of the range flash that will more than compensate for my recent loss.
EF 24-105 f4L - Good quality everyday lens without going overboard and "L" series (interested to hear any opinions, good or bad, on this lens)
EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L - Looks to cover the ranges I'm after, again "L" series (interested to hear any opinions, good or bad, on this lens)
Sigma 10-20 f3.5 - I have this lens in my current line up and am more than happy with it
Have only looked into Canon at this time because I know a few with this gear, Also happy to look into "that other brand" but don't have any familiarity with it.
So if any of you Nikon users can suggest something equivalent to above and within a realistic price range, Im more than happy to consider.