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Offline BigGreen73

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A77II or A99
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:31:40 AM »
If you were going to purchase another camera this week, would you go for the A77II or A99?

Even though it is FF, is the price difference of the A99 worth it?

I have an A55 and A77. I don't use the A55 much anymore. I want a second body that's better than my A77 as my primary with my A77 as the back-up. I do have a handful of FF lenses; Tamron 28-75 f2.8, Tamron 90mm, Tamron 70-200mm f2.8, Sony 50mm, and Sony 70-300G. The Tamron's are the originals and not the new versions.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 04:27:54 AM »
If your Tamron lenses are Di and your Sony 50 a DT, then you will have to buy glass for the A99. The 70-300mm G is good, but will that be enough for you?

Also, how much money do you have to spend on the new camera? The A99 is considerably more expensive than the A77II, which has many of the features of the A99 but maintains the 12 frame per second burst rate.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 09:52:24 AM »
It depends on your lens arsenal, personally I would go for full frame. Having that said, a body is a commodity these days, high premium lenses are still for life if taken well care of.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014, 01:24:01 PM »
So tamron Di = Sony DT. Made for APS-C Sensors? I was unaware of that. The Sony 50mm that I have is the Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens (I also have the 50mm f 1.8 DT version as well).

I am also thinking of getting the Sony 28-75 F 2.8 as well.

I am leaning towards the A77II right now, but really want FF. This will be my last camera purchase for a long while and I and am just starting to put myself out there to do work for others.

Tough decision for sure.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 04:07:20 PM »
So tamron Di = Sony DT. Made for APS-C Sensors? I was unaware of that.

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Tamron Di = Full Frame
Tamron Di II = APS-C

(For reference, Sigma use DC for APS-C and DG for Full Frame)

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2014, 04:45:57 PM »
Okay, so my selection of Tamron 28-75 f2.8 DI, Tamron 90mm DI, Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 DI, Sony 50mm f1.4, and Sony 70-300G would all work perfectly fine on the A99 FF. That's what I thoght. Could to have confirmation.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2014, 05:47:51 PM »
One thing that may justify the full frame camera over the APS-C sensor is how much you value shooting wide angle shots. Your lens selection will give you a wider vew with the full frame and this can provide some nice perspective effects. Especially for interior or architectural shots this can be very handy.

One reason for my using the Sony full frame cameras is that I had a Nikon 18-35 mm lens and I missed having a lens shorter in focal length than 24 mm. Which is not to say that I've abandoned using the APS-C lens. When doing animal shots with telephotos, it is advantageous to use the APS-C camera to provide a cropped in view of the animal. So for my general shots, I tend to use the full frame camera body. If I anticipate taking animal shots, then I use the APS-C size sensor camera.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014, 06:38:44 PM »
If speed is not very important then full frame is the way to go.

I have both and use them both in sport and landscape but each one is a king in its territory (a99 landscape +...) & a77II (sport +...)
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2014, 11:24:11 PM »
I moved from A700 to A99.  If I bought another body it would be an A77 II.  Only because it would give me one of each and I would use the crop sensor to give me more reach.
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2014, 12:42:14 AM »
Right now I do mostly street, landscape, animal style photographer. But I am going to start doing more people/portrait photography. Speed isn't a huge factor for me. I have only used the 12 fps maybe a dozen times on the A77.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2014, 11:28:30 AM »
Your name of the game is definitely full frame. The depth of field is such a different ball game resulting in improved image quality for your genre of photography.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2014, 12:54:04 PM »
The A99 seems to be the way to go. Now I am thinking if I should go all out and get the CZ 24-70 f 2.8 as well. I read that this is an awesome pairing with spectacualr image quality. I am looking to make an investment that will serve me well for years to come. This will be my last camera purchase for a long time.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2014, 11:31:22 PM »
I have the 24-70CZ atop the A99.  Both IQ and weight are awesome !!!!!...john
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2014, 12:21:02 PM »
Hello new to the forums but read this question and the replies with interest. I currently use the A77 mk1. In the main I like to shoot still life and macro. But I tend to take my camera every where.  I can see why the A99 would make a difference for landscape photography but how much difference would it really make for still life. Both my 50 & 90mm Macro are FF compatible. I have the 70 - 300mm G which I use occasionally. I do also have some of the cheaper 35, 30 and 50mm lenses but they were not a great out lay and I now would be FF compatible. The big lose would be the Sony 16 - 50mm which I love and gives great results. The other consideration may be that I could possible get a new A77 mk11 but the A99 may have to be pre loved !. Im not wholly convinced that the A77 Mk 11 would give me an awful lot of benefits over the Mk1 but I would be interest to know peoples thoughts.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2014, 12:39:54 PM »
Hi Morph and welcome to the forum.  I hope you stick around and show us some of your work.
On your deliberations, you could still use your 16-50mm on the A99 but it would use only the central part of the image- ie like an A77.

Only you can decide what is right for you- we can only give our moves and the reasons for them.  If you troll through some older threads you will find the reasoning.
As an old fella, my next camera will be of the A7r variety as the A99/24-70Zeiss combo is quite heavy....john
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