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Title: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 21, 2016, 09:50:13 AM
In a few days i am getting the new a99II. I will post here my first impresion and functinality of the camera.

The original a77 goes to the 17 years old doughter that she gets now in photography.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Faldrax on November 21, 2016, 10:12:19 AM
Look forward to hearing how you get on with it - everything I read suggest it's an awesome piece of kit!
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on November 21, 2016, 04:57:15 PM
Good for you REX, I hope you keep us informed on how you find it.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on November 21, 2016, 06:21:50 PM
Yes...
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 22, 2016, 01:56:12 PM
Good for you REX, I hope you keep us informed on how you find it.


Definitly i will, first i will report about the telelens and autofocus since until now all speculation are confused.

I have send again an e-mail and asking more question even if i have already order the Camera.

Until now what i hear and saw on interbet i am imprest but if i get some more technical explanations it will be better
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 24, 2016, 12:43:17 PM
The a99II is really amazing camera particularly in AF area.

AF

Eye focus is excellent in AF-C and work in any area of the 399 AF points.

You can select only the PDAF (79) cross sensor (combine with the On sensors PDAF) or all 399+79. The 2 system work together like there is no different in behavior.

Compare to a77II AF the Zone now instead of 9 AF points we have 15 in center and 30 in the other areas combine and unseat of 9 selectable area now we have 15 area.

Flexible spot are 9 sensors like on a77II 

The control wheel are more hard to turn( I like it) not like a99 where very easy to turn (no resistant)

Control wheels can be locked like on a77II

A lot.. a lot of customization I can say every button can be reprogram (I like it)

AF in Low light with f2.8 is is very good

All my telelens work at 12 fps with all AF points. This is very strange according to manual page 90. I am still waiting for Sony technical department to reply.

The rear joy stick is more flat and not so easy to use compare to a99/a77/II. At the begging I didn't like it but today I get use to it.

I will continue tonight when I come back home
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on November 24, 2016, 03:03:49 PM
Thanks!!!

I am looking forward to picking this camera up.....
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Faldrax on November 24, 2016, 03:32:17 PM
There's a Photography show local to me this weekend, sponsored by one of the major UK photography chains (London Camera Exchange), so I'm hoping to be able to get a chance to try the A99II there.

If I do get to play, or find anything new, I'll let you know my thoughts.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on November 25, 2016, 04:09:02 AM
Cool!
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Michalis Prikis on November 25, 2016, 06:15:08 PM
Hi , my friend Rex any news from A99ii?
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 26, 2016, 10:20:59 AM
First bug from A99II

The camera with MD adapter with chip work ok

The camera without out lens only the camera frond cap (MF or AF) also work ok in Hi+/Hi/Mid but in low only one shot and is locked / freeze 

You can not even access the menu. You have to remove battery to reset or attached an AF lens and limitedly you hear the second shot firing without pressing any shutter.

It must be a bug in Frame rate lo without lens / no chiped lens

PS: I didn't buy this camera for my manual MD lens but for the superior autofocus with Sony lens. I Just confirm what over on Dyxum a user found. If Sony fix it with firmware or not is not a big deal for me.

I just came back from a school celebration where my daughter was dancing. Really the AF is phenomenal.

Now I am traveling to a sea side place for some birds and tonight when I will be back I will post my first pictures
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 26, 2016, 10:47:31 AM
Minolta 11-18 work perfect from 14mm to 18mm in full frame mode and in APS-C super 35mm even better.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on November 26, 2016, 06:23:37 PM
This is why I like to wait a few months after release before buying; so Sony can work out all the bugs and fix them.

But you'd think with 4.5 years of development time that there wouldn't BE any bugs....
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Faldrax on November 27, 2016, 03:51:35 PM
So I got a chance to try an A99II at the LCE Photography show today.

It had the Zeiss 16-35 attached, and felt nicely balanced, focus was quick and looked good (but no card in camera, so no option to review on a larger screen).

The coverage of AF points was great, not sure exactly what mode it was in, but I could move the focus point to select a small block of points, and it would then pick the exact point from that group - in a busy room it was easy to select a single person and focus on them.

The EVF was very nice, clear and flicker free - I could definitely use it as a replacement for the A900 OVF.

Overall, thumbs up, and i need to start saving... :)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on November 27, 2016, 05:04:12 PM
:D
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 27, 2016, 08:38:14 PM
Great i am glad that you find a99Ii could replace your a900

I borrowed Sony CZ 16-80 APS C lens and as sony says the lens work with all sensors.

MY SONY16-105 APS C lens work only with 79 af points as Sony stated
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on November 27, 2016, 11:33:30 PM
How is the image quality?

What about high ISO/Low light performance?
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 05, 2016, 08:24:57 PM
I want, I need, not available here till probably Feb 2017 - any one want to buy my old A700 and A77
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: retoohs on December 13, 2016, 07:15:52 AM
Thanks Rex, you have helped me make my mind up. I was tempted to sell all my gear and switch to an A7Rll setup but I am now just going to get the new A99ll. Anyone know what I will get selling my A99 with low shutter count? Cheers
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 21, 2016, 08:39:25 AM
as mentioned in another post,  i have today ordered the A99II also,   alas i am going to have to sell off some of my other gear to help fund it,  in particular my A700 and A77,  both low shutter counts.  Not sure what they would be worth here in NZ, unfortunately all the negative talk last few years about the A Mount being a dead duck could make it harder to sell them.  (would be  a shame if i did have to keep them )   
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: chappo1 on December 21, 2016, 11:04:43 PM

The EVF was very nice, clear and flicker free - I could definitely use it as a replacement for the A900 OVF.

Overall, thumbs up, and i need to start saving... :)
Jonathan it has been said many time but once you go EVF you will never go back.  The focus peaking in manual mode is a delight...john
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 28, 2016, 07:10:30 AM
Rex,  you have had the A99 for a while now,  what are your impressions now?  Still waiting for mine to arrive,  cant wait, but guess i have too.  There are a few reviews starting to appear on line,  lots of positives,  but also some negatives,   however doing a bit more research on those doing the reviews - they all seem to be done by Nikon or Canon Photographers and we all know what most of them think of Sony gear fullstop. Most are saying impressive camera  BUT - they all still seem convinced the alpha mount is dead,   only time will tell i guess. 
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Faldrax on December 28, 2016, 04:24:11 PM

The EVF was very nice, clear and flicker free - I could definitely use it as a replacement for the A900 OVF.

Overall, thumbs up, and i need to start saving... :)
Jonathan it has been said many time but once you go EVF you will never go back.  The focus peaking in manual mode is a delight...john

I have an A6000, which has an EVF - and while I appreciate many of it's benefits, I would still not hesitate to choose the OVF on my A900 in preference to it.

The A6000 EVF is good, but I am still aware when using it that I am looking at a digital image of the scene, not the actual scene - with the A6000 I prefer to view the scene, then raise the camera to my eye to take a shot - with the A900 I am happy to watch the scene through the viewfinder.

When I tried out the A99II I found the quality of the EVF was sufficiently increased it was almost indistinguishable from looking at the scene through an OVF, which meant I was happy to watch the scene through the EVF, and that was the target I was looking for.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on December 28, 2016, 05:31:01 PM
Yep.

This generation of EVF as well as the improved proved processing that powers them is as good as the best OVF available... at least in MY opinion that is the case. ;)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 28, 2016, 05:44:13 PM
Hi BrianNZ i am still at work but yes i have it now for a while and believe or not is the only camera i use not because is new but is almost everything you need to take a photo.

I am still testing the a99II and and i have taken a lot of pictures with various lens. Last weekend i was using a99II with Minolta 11-18 vs a7II with 10-18. Both cameras in APS-C mode off and you will see the difference when i post them... after tomorrow i am on Holiday so will find time to post.

First think must be done on camera is MF adjustment. This is a must. With the high resolution pictures and fast lens you need MF adjustment. Better not to go out to shoot and stay home and adjust the camera.

All lens i used until now they were MF adjust except the wide angles.

70-400GII-300G-300G+2x. With the teleconverter i was not very happy but i will adjust again and retry.

70-200G is not yet adjusted and must say it need adjustment.

The best performance i got with 300G. This camera is like it belong to be attache on this lens. Even at 2.8 you get amazing results even in APS-C mode on. The view finder is full of AF sensors and you cant move your AF points where you like.

I extract some photos from video and i can say they are acceptable. You can play back in slow motion and select the desire frame and extract it but is not comparable to the photo frame. Maybe is comparable to photo frame from other manufactures :)

As i said i am still at work i will try even tonight to post some pictures all Jpeq until now.



 
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 28, 2016, 10:47:14 PM
thanks Rex,  as a bit of an armature i have read but never done any micro focusing of my lenses. probably something i should have done.  i have read the manual for the A99II regarding this and i am not quite understanding it.  Can someone please explain to me in a bit more detail what exactly it is and how to do it, or will it become clear when i  get the camera and try it.  i will only have three lenses to do, as i am selling all my others ,  the ones i will be keeping are the SAL2470Z, SAL70400G  and my Tamron 90mm Macro.   In the research i have done i found someone that had calibrated their lenses with the A77 ,   they had my three as well as others,  he mentioned the two Sony lenses didnt need any adjustment but the Tamron need a - what he called massive adjustment - of -9.  would this be the same for all cameras or is it a camera by camera thing. One other thing that does concern me a bit is the loss of focal length going to a full frame -  i have read that my SAL70400G on the A77 would be like a 600 - that being said does anyone use teleconverters,  how easy are they to use.  My understanding is the Sony one will work with the SAL70-400 but only in manual focus,  that will make it hard for taking photos of birds in flight,  something im gaining an interest in - any comments appreciated.

Regards   Brian
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Maccroft on December 29, 2016, 01:42:24 PM
The Micro AF adjustment is for trying to remove the tolerance in focusing with AF.  As there could be a variance of X+/- in the camera's AF module and in the lens Y+/- which these two tolerances combined are sufficient to move the actual plane of focus in front or behind the actual focus point.  Some lenses and camera bodies may be lucky and not need any adjustment while others will need some adjustment.
There seem to be different schools of thought in which is the best way to determine the required adjustment.




     
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on December 29, 2016, 04:00:25 PM
This may seem like a silly question but... shouldn't that problem be moot when using focus peaking? Since we are looking at what the imaging sensor ACTUALLY "sees" is "in focus"?
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Faldrax on December 29, 2016, 04:51:20 PM
...One other thing that does concern me a bit is the loss of focal length going to a full frame -  i have read that my SAL70400G on the A77 would be like a 600 - that being said does anyone use teleconverters,  how easy are they to use.  ...

The effect of using a lens on a body with an APS-C sized sensor vs a FF sensor is one of the worst things for misinformation on the internet!

The Focal length of a lens DOES NOT CHANGE when you put the lens on a different body, it is an optical property of the lens.

What does change is the Field of View - IE how much of the scene is visible.

The smaller sensor only 'sees' part of the image, IE it 'crops' an image from the full image (hence APS-C cameras often being called 'Crop' bodies).

The reduction in Field of View is such that you get a Field of View equivalent to that for a lens with a Focal Length 1.5 times that of the lens - So on a 400mm lens you get the field of view as if it were a 600mm lens.

There is an apparent increase in magnification as if the focal length were increased as the viewfinder shows the image applicable to the sensor size - but all you are seeing is a crop (though this may be useful for aiding focus on distant objects).

There is also an apparent increase in magnification on viewing the resultant image - and this is where direct comparisons become more complex, as it depends on the specifications of the two sensors.

If the FF & APS-C sensors have the same pixel size (EG A900 & A700), then there will be no difference between an image shot on the APS-C camera, a shot from the FF camera in crop mode, or a post processing crop of an image from the FF camera to match the APS-C resolution.

However, APS-C cameras often have smaller pixels than FF cameras, IE an APS-C crop from a FF will be lower resolution than the shot from the FF-Camera.
This gives an apparent magnification for the APS-C camera BUT you get a similar apparent magnification comparing a FF shot on an A99 (24MP FF) to that on an A99II (42MP FF) - if you crop an A99II image to 24MP you get a more 'magnified' image than the 24MP image on an A99 with the same lens.

The A99II in APS-C mode is ~17.8MP, so you would 'lose' a little compared to the A77, but nothing like the 1.5 x that the simple 'FF vs Crop' conversion appears, and the benefits the A99II gives would easily outweigh this, I suspect!
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on December 29, 2016, 08:20:58 PM
Brian, Here (http://www.dynaxdigital.com/sony-alpha-900-850-discussion/micro-adjustment-of-lenses-on-the-a850/msg171063/#msg171063) is a post I made regarding Micro Adjustment of lenses on the A850, which in principal, will still be true of the A99/A99II/A77/ A77II. Since that time I have made minor adjustments to the Micro Focus shown in that post, particularly the Minolta 500mm F/8 reflex = -16.

A 45o Test card similar to what I used is shown here (http://bobatkins.com/photography/technical/focus_testing.html) with instructions on how to use it. It can be downloaded and printed out. I printed mine out on heavy card and mounted it on a 45o wooden support. Mounting the camera on a sturdy tripod and using the two second delay is a must.

All Sony semi pro and pro level cameras, from the A850/900, including the A7 series and A77/A77II and possibly others, have a menu setting that lets you enter the Micro Adjustment. It should be noted that it is considered by some to be quite normal (preferable?) to have a slight back focus. (The range of acceptable focus is 1/3 in front of the focal plane and 2/3 behind.) This is entirely up to the user.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on December 29, 2016, 09:50:08 PM
Brian, the x1,4 and x2 Sony tele-convertors are white and only work with the white G lenses, Minolta or Sony. You can buy 3rd party TCs but I would stay away from the x2 TCs as quality really drops off.

All full frame lenses used on an APS-C camera A77/A77II etc add 50% to the focal length, a 300mm will be 450mm. Its due to the sensor area being approximately half the size of a full frame sensor (It's actually slightly less than half the area). That's why we call it a 1.5 crop sensor.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on December 29, 2016, 10:18:13 PM
This may seem like a silly question but... shouldn't that problem be moot when using focus peaking? Since we are looking at what the imaging sensor ACTUALLY "sees" is "in focus"?

It is moot when you are using Direct manual focus (DMF) as the camera performs it's auto focus then drops into manual focus and the user adjusts it to compensate for focus problems using the focus peaking. However focus peaking in AF mode does not compensate for a camera or lens that are out of adjustment. Focus peaking in MF mode does. The proof? Why would Sony supply the focus micro adjust feature on the A77 if it was not needed. :)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 30, 2016, 01:00:08 AM
thank you all so much - can understand it a bit better now.  i have always struggled to get good focus with the SAL70-400m, and this probably explains why. Obviously i should have done this with my A77.    Will have a play with my A99II ,  which should only be a few days away now  (as i write this its apparently in the air somewhere between Singapore and NZ)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on December 30, 2016, 04:53:31 AM
I'll ask again; does focus peaking negate the need to microadjust?
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 30, 2016, 07:04:47 AM
I'll ask again; does focus peaking negate the need to microadjust?

Microfocus  Adjustment is valid only for AF module. Peaking colour focus is valid only for human eye or contrast detect from camera.

So the peaking colour from my understanding it has to do with contrast detect focus and the a99ii or all SLR/SLT from Sony they use only phase detect focus and no contrast.

The Mirroless use contrast detect focus and that's why they don't need any MF adjustment. You have the option in menue for MF adjustment but only with A mount lens on mirrolles and the use of LA2/LA4 adapter
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 30, 2016, 07:14:44 AM
i use peaking colour a lot,  it is great for landscape or non moving pics, however i do find it not as effective for instance when trying to take pics of flying birds.  What has been said above  probably explains it - and if im thinking along the right lines lens correction will help with the flying bird scenario.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 30, 2016, 07:35:52 AM
As BrianNZ Peaking colour is not so accurate and I usually use after focus peaking focus magnification to adjust exactly the focus.

This is a reason to have the peaking colour level at low and not high to minimise the tolerance.

On A99II I assign the lens focus hold button to magnification and very easy I have focus magnification with a press of this button.

Focus hold button is pressed with the thump finger and other thee fingers rotate the focus ring and the point finger is no the lens. Very simple and very easy.

If your lens support full time DMF (70-200/f2.8-300G/f2.8-500 f4 )then the situation is more easy since you are in any Af mode turning the focus ring the camera revert to MF with focus peaking.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on December 30, 2016, 01:08:30 PM
This may seem like a silly question but... shouldn't that problem be moot when using focus peaking? Since we are looking at what the imaging sensor ACTUALLY "sees" is "in focus"?

It is moot when you are using Direct manual focus (DMF) as the camera performs it's auto focus then drops into manual focus and the user adjusts it to compensate for focus problems using the focus peaking. However focus peaking in AF mode does not compensate for a camera or lens that are out of adjustment. Focus peaking in MF mode does. The proof? Why would Sony supply the focus micro adjust feature on the A77 if it was not needed. :)

Cholly, I answered your question a few hours after you asked it.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on December 30, 2016, 02:44:19 PM
So... it depends on the application.

If you are doing static shots like landscape or portraiture, the focus peaking works just fine on the A99II. Fast action like Birds In flight or sports however... not so much. I say this because the autofocus on the A99II can either be CDAF from the image sensor or PDAF from the dedicated AF sensor and you have the ability to switch between the two.

The need to microadjust a lens is due to the microscopic difference in the distance of the light paths between the imaging sensor and the autofocus sensor, which is only a problem when you use both together to record an image.

So MF Adjust is a great feature Sony offers us to correct for this problem... but with Focus Peaking we have another option and I may be wrong, but I'm thinking the hybrid AF offered by the A99II gives us the flexibility to choose.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 30, 2016, 09:55:42 PM
From my understanding and investigation on MF adjustment.

If the center value is the same as one of the corners then you can give the same value to the rest corners.

For example center is (-4) and left up corner also (-4) then the rest 3 corner must get the same value other wise your focal plane sensor is bent :)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 06:53:22 AM
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-a99-ii/sony-a99-iiA.HTM#shooting1
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 07:19:48 AM
First pictures after long time use of a99II

with 70-400Gii
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04443.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04387.jpg)

Somebody is using a99II lets put head down that he doesn't show the line on our face :)
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04372-2.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 07:22:40 AM
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04406.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04407.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04413.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 31, 2016, 07:27:16 AM
oh my,   great shots. and all ill have to take pics of are ducks and seagulls,  maybe the odd magpie thrown in lol,   so impatient here now,  may A99II is sitting in Auckland .......... and has been since early Friday morning,  and now we have two days of public holidays so im  picking it wont arrive till Wednesday or Thursday next week.  Like everything ive seen so far.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 07:50:32 AM
Here a series of a flamingo in flight and the camera Af doesn't disturb from any similar objects.

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04429.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04427.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04425.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04419.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 07:55:19 AM
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04420.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04421.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04422.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04423.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 07:59:10 AM
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04424.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04425.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04426.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04427.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 08:02:54 AM
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04428.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04429.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04430.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04431.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 08:06:31 AM
(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04432.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04433-2.jpg)

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee467/vyronas/VAV04434-2.jpg)
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 31, 2016, 08:09:43 AM
Next post pictures will be with 300G and 300G with x2
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on December 31, 2016, 07:40:28 PM
awesome pics Rex,  can i ask what settings you were using, in particular when shooting bird life what focus point setting.  ----- OH and Happy New Year to everyone. May it be a good one.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on January 01, 2017, 08:00:36 AM
Thanks BrianNZ for the wishes the same to you and your family.BrianNZ these were the first day shots the other day will follow were with 300G and 300G + 2x more experience than the first day.

Setting: I usually work with flexible expand spot or zone in AF-C mode, AF priority and  drive mode f/s at Hi.

In position Memory 1  I saved:

-Always AF-C and AF priority
-For tracking sensitivity to lowest level 1 and memory 3 at tracking sensitivity level 5.

With these flamingo because I was not prepare that they will fly I was in memory settings 1 and camera AF range limiter from near infinity to infinity.

Because flamingos don't fly very erratic I was more lucky with sensitivity in level low because camera didn't attempt to refocus when something similar came in between or the object was not any more covered by the AF sensors (something impossible on a99II). I was using the camera in Super 35mm (APS-C) mode almost the frame full of AF sensors.


 

Title: Re: a99II
Post by: chappo1 on January 01, 2017, 10:33:06 PM
Some fantastic shots Rex. As a bird enthusiast I loved seeing the Flamingos.  As Brian noted, we do not see them in this part of the world but at least we have some colourful parrots here......john
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 02, 2017, 12:23:10 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmm   we have lots of birds here, sparrows,  thrush,  seagulls, magpies  lol,  most of the birds i have posted before have been photographed in Australia.   Actually  we do have a bit more than the above, ive just got to get out and find them,   could be a few hours drive away.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 05, 2017, 08:23:48 AM
my toy has arrived ----  first impressions   WOW i have a lot of learning to do lol.  had a very quick play with lens micro adjust,  just to get the feeling of what to do,  and can now see the difference,  hopefully tomorrow i can get a few hours to sit down and do it properly,  also want to get it paired with my phone for GPS. I am surprised a bit i guess by how different it really is to the A77. might be a while before i manage some decent shots.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on January 05, 2017, 05:48:33 PM
Have fun!!!
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on January 06, 2017, 09:27:55 PM
The A99II is considerably more advanced than the A77. Shows what Sony can achieve in a few years.

The A77 has GPS but we must use the Sony PMB software (what garbage!) to download the Data, and that only lasts one month. It's a bit of a pain.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on January 07, 2017, 07:58:17 PM
It is SOOOOOOOOOOO easy to be frustrated with some of the decisions the product engineers at Sony make.

Like deciding to only offer GPS in the A99II through a connection with a smart phone. Well, it's competitors offer connectivity AND GPS internally. So why didn't Sony?

Frustrating....
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 08, 2017, 08:43:41 AM
i have FINALY managed to pair my cell phone to the A99II, things just didnt seem to want to work,  i gave up after two hours first go,  and had another go the following day,  was about to give in completely when suddenly it just worked,  problem was i dont know what i did differently to the other umpteen tries!  any way, lenses now calibrated (i think) and paired with phone,  going to a bird sanctuary in a couple of days so hopefully will be able to post some pics.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on January 08, 2017, 09:49:47 AM
Most common problem I find when I try to connect any of my cameras with the phone is the mobile dada must be deactivate. Mobile data is the icon with an arrow up and another arrow down. If this icon is activate on phone then the camera can not communicate with the phone.

Good luck with bird shooting ..waiting to seem some post
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: Faldrax on January 08, 2017, 05:26:27 PM
I suspect this is where phones have an 'auto switch' feature, to try and ensure they maintain the best internet connection.

I know my Samsung has this, and if turned on will refuse to connect to my A6000 (as it does not provide internet over the connection) - disable the auto switch, and I cna connect / disconnect as required.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 23, 2017, 08:59:11 AM
A couple of weekends ago i went to a bird sanctuary about 4 hours drive away.  took many photos with my new A99II,  and to be honest im a little dissapointed in my pics (i know its me , not the camera).  can anybody give me a bit of a run down on full settings that you would use , in particular all the focus settings etc, for shooting birdlife. there are so many options on the A99II and im guessing i didnt have things quite as they should be.  i am hoping to get away again this coming weekend so will have another go.   This is not to say it was a complete failure,  but wasnt as succesfull as i had hoped.  Once i get time to process some of the pics i intend to post a few here. One thing that i did find that worked surprisingly well was the tethering to my phone for gps settings.   I did not notice any xtra battery usage on  my phone ( i always have blue tooth enabled any way) - i have read so many negative reports on this in reviews,  but i found it very easy to use.  I am also having a bit of a problem saving settings to M1,  so that i can easily recall them, again i know its something im doing wrong. - Cant wait till Gary Friedman puts out an A99II book  (hopefully he does) - i have the A77 book and found it so usefull and explained things so well.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: chappo1 on January 23, 2017, 10:41:31 PM
In what way were you disappointed Brian? Focus? exposure?  john
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 23, 2017, 11:40:29 PM
focus and exposure - i know the next question lol, what setting was i using - i would need to look tonight at home
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on January 24, 2017, 07:41:16 PM
As very few of us have the A99II it is difficult to advise you on the appropriate settings. It may be too large a job to list all the settings on the camera but if you could list those that are hard for you to decide a setting, we may be able to help, Rex certainly would.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on January 25, 2017, 05:00:41 AM
Hello BrianNZ, we are here to help you. But to be able to help you. you have to explain us and show as with photos what you mean.

I don't know how many Dynax digital members own one yet but at least I will try

Title: Re: a99II
Post by: chappo1 on January 25, 2017, 05:11:20 AM
I only have the A99I but the focus features on the lowly A6300 make one gasp at progress since the A99I came out and take a bit of getting you head around them.....john
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 25, 2017, 07:26:32 AM
ok - to be honest when ive gone in to process the pics they probably arent as  bad as i make it sound. The worst thing i did was shoot in jpeg only - this was by accident - i always shoot raw - and thought I was, it wasnt till i got home that i realized i had done this,  just limits what can be done a bit in post processing.  Regarding settings, its more a combination of what is possibly correct - i doubt i had the combination quite right for this type of photography.  To run through them briefly -  i shot in Aperture priority, however I  wonder if i should use shutter priority instead?  focus mode was continuous AF with priority Set at Balanced Emphasis ( the camera also has a choice of AF & release). Focus area i had set to wide - there are a few options here- lock on AF wide, Expand flexible spot, flexible spot, centre or zone - which one of these would have been best - this is where i think i might have got it a bit wrong.   Flexible spot points I had set to all, but also had  the option of 63 points or 15 points, not sure what would have been best here.  AF track sensitivity was on 3, i have since read i should have this set to 5 for sport or wildlife photography,  but also read the differences with these settings are fairly minuscule so probably not a lot of difference with this one.  Metering mode I had set to spot, there are also multi, centre, spot standard, entire screen & highlight. Thinking maybe i should have used multi? Spot metering i had set as center but also has the choice of focus point link.  I think these would be the main ones that i need to sort through, and could be just a matter of trial and error (and shooting in raw)  till i get it how i like it. and get to know the camera a little better. Really just after tips and thoughts,  have posted five pics in images to share section - thoughts appreciated
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on January 28, 2017, 04:56:25 PM
Brian, this may not be a proper scientific review, but at least it gives you an idea of the capabilities of your camera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OXV1p6oS54
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: REX (aka TG) on January 28, 2017, 06:05:45 PM
A99II is more complicate (A mount) camera to adjust than any other camera I have use until today and this is due to the advance AF system the advance video futures.

I will try to give you my experience until today.

About AF:

- first your lens as I said before must me correctly micro focus adjust and must be done in all five areas of the frame.

AF1 page 4/12
-Priority set in AF-S=AF
-Priority set in AF-C=AF
-Focus area= flexible spot/expand flexible spot depending of the subject size
-Selectable area= Auto
-AF system=Auto

AF2 page 5/12

-Flexible spot=63 points and not all to be faster by moving from left to right
-Center lock on AF=Off
-AF drive speed fast
-Af Track duration=1 for big and stationary birds or 5 for small and erratic birds. Memory 1 for track duration 1 and memory 3 for track duration 5
-AF with shutter=on

AF3 page 6/12

-Eye start AF=off
-AF range control assist=on
-AF area auto clear=on
-Wide Af area display=on

Exposure1page 7/12

ISO=Auto from 100-12800
ISO Auto min shutter speed 1/60 dependable from the lens mm. For examble if I use 70-200 I will give minimum shutter speed 1/125 at 300mm I will give 1/250 nd so on
-Metering mode=Multi
-Spot metering point=Focus point link
-Exposure step=0.3Ev

Exposure2 page 8/12

-AEL with shutter=Auto
-Exposure Standard adjustment=0

Remember that in memory position you can save almost any parameter of the AF system or exposure For example Af tracking duration/AF points/AF mode etc

Customizing

-C1= AF range control
-C2=ISO auto minimum  shutter speed
-Lens Focus hold button=Focus magnification
-Preview button=APS-C/Super 35mm

Good luck






Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on January 30, 2017, 06:37:23 PM
hey thanks,   I spent the weekend doing more bird photography, after a quick glance think ive done much better this time, I will post some pics in a few days. Will check out the above settings, see how i compared.  One thing i have noticed - I paired with my cell phone for GPS coordinates - when i went to the gannett colony ,I left my phone in the mini van, inside my camera bag, could have been 100 meters or more away from the van when taking photos, to my surprise the photos have still come out with GPS coordinates. I would have thought the phone and the camera would have had to be close together. This seems to work very well, but reading lots of negative reports on the camera itself not having GPS - incidentally phone used no more than normal battery power, was fully charged when i left, and was still 75%  charged after full day.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on February 03, 2017, 08:06:49 PM
Hey Brian; HERE is your Review:

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-slt-a99-ii
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on February 03, 2017, 09:03:25 PM
Sample images:

SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery

https://www.dpreview.com/samples/7457446599/slt-strikes-back-sony-a99-ii-real-world-sample-gallery
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on April 18, 2017, 08:49:16 PM
I see the Gary Friedman book for the A99II is out ,  a big read at 619 pages -   will be purchasing in the next few days as i had purchased his book on the A77 -  found it very usefull.  Anyone else use his reference books?
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: AScot on April 18, 2017, 11:16:43 PM
I purchased his books for the A700, A77 and A7 but not for the A850 as it was really just a full frame A700 and any changes were easy to decipher all by myself. :D I certainly would recommend anyone to buy Gary's books as they not only give you a good understanding of new features but he also gives his recommended settings (my favourite) which saves a lot of time. What I do is copy that section and print it out and keep it in my camera bag (For my use only). If I later find a preferred method for a setting, I add it to my copy. I know I could put Gary's settings into memory 1 and as I make changes, put them into memory 2 but have found that Sony's implementation of memories are not very useful, at best. (Too many settings are not copied.)

I have never found a book by other authors that go in to the detail that Gary does.
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on April 19, 2017, 02:54:54 PM
I purchased his books for the A700, A77 and A7 but not for the A850 as it was really just a full frame A700 and any changes were easy to decipher all by myself. :D I certainly would recommend anyone to buy Gary's books as they not only give you a good understanding of new features but he also gives his recommended settings (my favourite) which saves a lot of time. What I do is copy that section and print it out and keep it in my camera bag (For my use only). If I later find a preferred method for a setting, I add it to my copy. I know I could put Gary's settings into memory 1 and as I make changes, put them into memory 2 but have found that Sony's implementation of memories are not very useful, at best. (Too many settings are not copied.)

I have never found a book by other authors that go in to the detail that Gary does.

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Title: Re: a99II
Post by: BrianNZ on April 22, 2017, 11:00:25 AM
has been interesting reading,  so much to learn about the a99ii,  i didnt know you can use your phone as a remote commander for instance. Book looks to be of the usual standard for Gary Friedman
Title: Re: a99II
Post by: CHOLLY on April 22, 2017, 04:41:32 PM
He is the BEST third party owners manual writer in the business....