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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2014, 02:43:21 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.

You may not believe it but I use 24-70CZ mostly on a77I/II and 16-35CZ on a99.If Sony ever build 24-105 I may buy it.

When I say speed I don't mean only the 12 fps but also Writing speed & clearing buffer. The a900 is more quickly on writing and clearing the buffer because of the duel Bionz processor.

For me is important RAW.If a99 could take 24MP RAW at 12f/s or 10 f/s then the a77I/II would be useless.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2014, 08:50:05 PM »
Morph;
Having just upgraded to from the a77 (MK1) to the mark 2 model I would have to say I've found it quite an improvement. In the short time I've played with it I can say it's been a pleasure. I will be getting round to putting some of my first shots up once I've found the time to go through them. I'd have liked the a99 but it was out of my price bracket... and only just managed to squeeze the trade-in cameras + balance past the wife! ;)

BigGreen73;
Sounds as though the price for the a99 is 'comfortable' for you so that is the way to go - UNLESS (;) ) you want to wait and see what the a99 replacement will be before deciding between the 'old' and the 'new'!
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2014, 10:35:33 AM »
Thanks Frank I would be interested to know which areas you found to better form a users point of view.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2014, 09:49:05 AM »
Sorry for a late reply Morph.

Briefly... the colours appear more vibrant on the LCD screen as well as on the computer and seem to match up better when viewing the RAW and jpg images (shooting RAW/JPG). The focus system is better, image stabilisation 'seems' better - I have some problems with hand 'trembles' and was getting a lot of slightly out of focus/blurred shots with the mark 1, this was taking away some of the enjoyment of going out shooting :( .

Still trying to get time to become familiar with other bits of the mark 2 but I feel more 'enthused' in trying for hand held rather than resorting to using a tripod - but still carry one with me just in case ;) Going to Cornwall for the annual weeks holiday from the 16th August so intending to get more time then.
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2014, 06:07:14 PM »
Thanks Frank some interesting points and I could actually see where they would be a bonus to me. May be time to find a camera shop and have a play lol, better leave the credit card at home that day. Enjoy Cornwall ill be there in Sept.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2014, 09:08:24 AM »
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2014, 01:42:58 PM »
Thanks Frank! I actually just watched that video before coming to the forum. Yeah, I am leaning towards the A77II now. I have been shooting a lot lately and I just love my A77 and the A77II is an improvement on that.

With the A77II I want to get a really good lens. Even though is a little expensive, the CZ 24-70 seems to be the one to get. I am thinking that lens, my sony 70-300G, and sony 50mm I should have everything covered.

Just curious, does anyone use the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss DT? Thought? The reviews I have read on this are pretty hit or miss.

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2014, 03:37:36 PM »
I had the CZ 16-80 on my A700, before I switched to an A900 and the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8

I really liked the CZ, but now I've become accustomed to the constant f/2.8 on the Sigma, it would be hard to go back to not having it.
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2014, 11:50:43 PM »
Biggreen73- I have exactly the lens line-up you mention and the sony 50mm is the F1.4.

But mine are on the full frame A99.  If you are using the crop sensor then your CZ 24-70 becomes 36-105 and your 16-80 becomes 24-120. The Nifty fifty becomes 75
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2014, 05:30:21 PM »
Biggreen73- I have exactly the lens line-up you mention and the sony 50mm is the F1.4.

But mine are on the full frame A99.  If you are using the crop sensor then your CZ 24-70 becomes 36-105 and your 16-80 becomes 24-120. The Nifty fifty becomes 75
You need to decide what is important to you in the compromises you have to make....john

I know what you mean. I did some shooting this past Sat at the Boston Comic con. Used the A77 DT, 16-50 f 2.8, and Sony HVL-58 flash (w/ a mini diffuser to help soften a bit). The light was pretty bad, it was hot, and very crowded. Things went well and I got quite a few good shots, but I think that the FF A99 w/ the CZ 24-70 would be suited for those environments. I will be doing a con at least once a month over the next 4 months and I  would feel better about cranking the ISO w/ the A99 and leaving the flash at home. 

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2014, 12:03:39 PM »
Well, I pulled the trigger and ordered the A99 (w/ free grip) and CZ 24-70mm yesterday. Since my majority of photography is going to be landscapes, portraits, conventions etc. The FF was the way to go for me. Thanks for all your posts and advice!

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2014, 05:48:35 PM »
Congratulations on your new purchase!

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2014, 05:55:22 PM »
Congratulations on your new purchase

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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2014, 10:13:17 PM »
Good choice. I went from the A77 to the A99 and best move I ever made. I miss the cropped sensor at times when using a long lens as miss the extra length but have bought a 1.4x convertor. If I ever get the funds I'd love the A77ll as a second body but that's a dream at present.
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Re: A77II or A99
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2014, 11:23:06 PM »
Congratulations on your new "toy" ...john
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