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Old Oct 18, 2005, 5:51 PM   #1
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I have run across several sites that are out of stock on the F828. Sony.com said "item unavailable".



Is Sony having problems? Are they discontinuing the F828?
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 6:11 PM   #2
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Yes, it is apparently discontinued and what is available is the last of the stock of this fine camera. Several reputable camera sites still have it in stock, though. You will need to do a search. TigerDirect.com had them still in stock last week. A&M too, as well as some sites I would be hesitant about purchasing from

Many consider the R1 as its replacement but it lacks in a couple of areas ... lens focal length, video, etc. The R1 is an excellent camera, though, and you should consider it. It is also possible Sony may have an ace up their sleeve to releaseearly next year.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 6:39 PM   #3
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Just my luck, I was ready to buy one.



RE: The R1, I didnt read anything about the laser-halogram focus for night shooting. Perhaps I read over it, but do you know if the R1 has that feature?
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Nope, it only has an AF assist LED light which is no where near as good as the laser assist. I'm not sure why Sony dropped this excellent feature...
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 9:35 PM   #5
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Guess the well focused night shots are history. I guess I better hurry up and grab a 828. Sure liked the new R1 though but not without the laser focus. Stupid Sony.
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