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A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:45:09 AM »
This may have been discussed here before, but I am an infrequent visitor. I primarily do hobby landscape photography in locations which require hiking and carrying photo gear in a backpack. Weight is a real issue. I currently have the A77 and A99 bodies with the CZ 16-80, CZ 24-70, and Sony 70-300 G lenses. Also a RRS tripod and head.

My question is how much am I sacrificing by going with the A77, 16-80, and 70-300 over going with the A99, 24-70 and 70-300 lenses for landscape work? I currently lug them all, and I am not getting any younger although in good shape.  I am concerned about IQ and I sometimes make quite large prints.

Any informed comments would be appreciated!

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Re: A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2014, 12:51:28 AM »
I've had the A77 and now have the A99. The bodies aren't that much different in weight, all the weight is in the glass. You currently own both bodies so you will have compared images from both I presume. My preference without a doubt would be the A99
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Re: A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2014, 03:11:54 AM »
As you say, "Weight is a real issue." With full respect to retoohs I agree that the A99 is the camera to go with, however using it with the CZ 24-70 and Sony 70-300 G lenses will still be quite a bulky weight, the CZ 24-70 being the main problem. I have the same problem with the A77 and my A850 and have found that the A77 with the CZ 16-80 makes for a great combination for landscapes. If you need more length then take the Sony 70-300 G also as it is quite light for its reach. The A77 with CZ 16-80 at the wide end will give the same aspect ratio as the A99 with CZ 24-70 at it's wide end, so ultimately it's down to what you think of quality of cameras, lenses and weight.
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Re: A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 09:28:21 PM »
The way to go for the type of photography you take is A99. If you are more for action / wild life or birds the a77II is the way to go.

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Re: A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2014, 11:12:28 AM »
I would tend to agree with most that the A99 would be the way to go out of your choices. However as an alternative if weight is the issue why not have a look at one of the A7 series of cameras you would be saving nearly 300G of weight. OK there would be other compromises and you would also need an adaptor for your current range of lenses, but the mirrorless range of cameras certainly seem to be gaining in popularity as you get excellent IQ for half the weight!


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Re: A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2014, 04:54:40 AM »
In this discussion about the difference. I have notice the talk about the weight of the units.
When would the weight become that much of a disadvantage.
Now I am just talking as a person who does not go out to take photo's to earn a living.
So I am wondering is this weight more intended for the professional photographer over people like me who will never make this an earner.
As for me I wouldn't think about the weight issue as just a pure its all for fun type. 

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Re: A77 vs A99 for landscape work
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2014, 09:18:45 PM »
If you are carrying the camera, lenses and tripod from car to location, the weight differences matter in direct proportion to the distance one has to carry them.
I am by noo stretch of the imagination a professional and I love my A99 and my 24-70 Zeiss but my next camera will be of the A7 variety....john
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