Sony a99 Full-Frame DSLR Camera Body
Northern Lights from Iceland
A full Frame camera with a Punch.
This Sony FF camera is really excellent in every way.
this is a camera is designed too make you wanna work with it more.
Color, detail´s, sharpens and weather proof camera is a great choice too have when you are traveling and taking photo´s here on Iceland.
Best camera i ever had.
July 23, 2013
Could have been great...
Sony have wasted an opportunity here. The design is great, the implementation leaves you wondering if they field tested this camera well, or listened to what their testers really told them. My major criticism of the A99 is its battery life – it’s appalling, even with the grip, leaving the camera on drains the battery before your eyes – and its start-up time is too slow – so missing the shot is more than a good probability. I realize with and EVF and a LCD screen – that you can’t turn off (you can with an Olympus OM-D EM-5), unless you turn it into the camera body – power consumption is always going to be more than with a camera with an OVF, but Sony really need to look at this if they want this model to compete with its peers. There are things you can set to optimize battery life, but Sony need to be re-thinking certain things – battery power output for example. Sony – you could bundle 2/3 batteries with this camera, it does not solve the problem, but goes some way to helping anyone who buys it. In short you need to buy and keep charged batteries with you at all times.
Its low light performance is good, but not on par with other full frame offerings from Nikon and Canon, although the EVF is wonderful, especially in low light.
I do not feel that anyone who has shot Nikon or Canon, for any length of time, especially full frame will ditch them for a Sony A99, it has too many short comings compared to its peers. Though I must say, shooting with the A99 is an enjoyable experience – the camera handles well, the controls are well placed, it feels good in the hand. It does not feel or behave like a “Pro” model though, and if Sony want to pitch it as such, then they need to up their game – it my mind, it is overpriced. If you want quality glass, it’s there, at a price off course, but you don’t get options open to you from Nikon or Canon, nor are they weather sealed! Would a Pro really move to Sony? I am not a pro, but I have been shooting for over 35 years – mostly Olympus, Minolta and Nikon.
Ask Sony if they have a road map – you will not get a positive answer, they acquired Konica Minolta a few years ago and recently a large share of Olympus – what will they do? What have they done? They have some good cameras – they could be great. They have the financial and technical clout, but need someone or a team with vision leading the charge. I really hope they do well, Nikon and Canon need some serious competition – Sony have the potential to provide it – come on Sony!
I did not mean this to be a technical review, more my thoughts, feelings and experiences with an A99 – it could have been a great camera, but it does leave you feeling wanting in some key areas.
July 20, 2013
A Superior Full Featured Camera For The Long Run
I love my A77. But the A99 takes everything to another level in a very familiar operational format.
It solves for the biggest published complaint (which never bothered me) against the A77 with gorgeous clean images up to ISO 6400.
The dual sensor AF-D depth mapping mode is sheer genius. And the new DMF mode further capitalizes on the A77's excellent peaking feature for accurate and rapid manual focus.
The AF range limiter feature can be set to limit hunting on supported long focal length lens.
The fact that my existing SAL-70400G and SAL-70300G lenses are also supported by the new AF-D mode (like the SAL-2470Z) feels like a reward for being a loyal Sony photography enthusiast.
I had fantastic results with the A77 & the SAL-1680Z (and I am keeping them). By adding the massive SAL-2470Z with it's constant 2.8 aperture (coupled with the shallow depth of field of the A99 full frame sensor), I find myself exploring a wider range of available light photo opportunities on the fly.
The same excellent wireless ratio flash ability that I began to enjoy on the A77 is supported by the A99. Now that I have the more powerful HVL-F60M to augment my three HVL-F43AM units, I plan to move forward with improving my portrait photography technique. (The vertical grip with added battery support is finally en route this week.)
Early results show improved video quality with the A99, as well, aided by an improved articulated rear LCD screen.
At the end of the day, it's all about the image quality. Simply put, this discretionary purchase represents my intent to take the A77's excellent visual results to the next level. I have an intuitive feeling that this will be my primary camera and lens combination for the long run regardless of path Sony takes with the Alpha mount system in coming years.
I trust that future evolutionary firmware updates will make the utility of the A99 even better.
After all these years, starting with a Minolta SRT-101 in college, and with many innovative Sony digital cameras in between, my hobby has finally evolved into the passion that I had envisioned in my mind's eye.
June 4, 2013
I got the SLT A-99 as a 1 time use promo camera and its the only reason that I decided to purchase it was for the discounted price. After taking the camera and pushing it through its paces with my arsenal of CZ lenses, it so far has become a welcome addition to my photography tools.
The weight of the camera is so much better than the A900 and A700 and has also made my work flow a lot easier with various shooting styles with still life. My A900 was specifically used for still life shots until I got the A-99 which proved to be a more nimble character and easier to use with the leveling on screen feature (love this). The EVF was the main selling point as it was clear and easy to view allowing me to place the camera almost anywhere and not have to worry about looking through the view finder to complete my shot in focus as with the a900. Since I had the A-99 it taken the spot as my main photography tool coupled with the CZ lens line up, its a no brainer but my favorites with the A-99 are the CZ-2470 and the SAL135F18Z. The battery pack addition is also great as it doesn't add much more camera weight, so with 3 batteries you can shoot until the cows come home. Another great feature is the low light ISO improvements over the A900, shooting in low light at higher ISO settings is a lot less noisier.
Over all I think the advancements Sony has made in camera technology is fantastic and the camera shows the results in my work flow. I was trying to hold out to purchase a Sony medium format camera that I hoped would materialize soon since hearing about the connections with Hasselblad. I'm looking forward with hopes Sony will at least present a product release close to a medium format solution. For now its the A-99 and so far its a good product for me.
May 13, 2013