One reader accused me yesterday of writing "infomercials," which I thought was a bit obnoxious. But it makes me think that I should spell out for everybody the conditions under which I'm writing about this Sony.
Matt Davids runs a company called Alpha Lens Rental that rents Sony, Minolta, and Zeiss lenses and cameras. He offered to loan me a rental A900 for a week in return for a month's advertising—more or less a one-to-one trade, retail. I took him up on the offer, and he sent me the camera and two lenses, a Minolta Maxxum 35mm ƒ/2 and a Sony STF 135mm ƒ/2.8.
I'm not testing the camera—I'm just trying it. I'm also not writing a "review" per se, but rather just reporting my thoughts, impressions, and personal experiences as I go along. If it's interesting to anybody, fine, and if it's not interesting to you, just wait a while, because the posts will stop soon. And if you think I'm getting it all wrong, well, it happens.
But I don't have any relationship with Sony. I haven't bought an A900 and am not currently planning to. They're not a prospective advertiser or anything like that (that I know of, at least). They haven't given me any sort of consideration—in fact, I tried to request an A900 for review and never even got a response. I don't even have a contact at Sony.
It's possible I could get a review camera from Sony in the future—if I do, I might write a "real" review, probably for Photo.net.
For the record, Photo.net tried to get me a D700 for me for this week so I could compare the two cameras, but Nikon wasn't able to free up a sample in time.
So, for now, it's just me getting my feet wet using somebody else's camera for a week, and musing about my impressions online. If they sound positive, it's just because I'm feeling positive...no other reason. Anybody who reads anything sinister into that, well, that's gotta be on them.