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Re: a99II
« Reply #60 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.
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Re: a99II
« Reply #61 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.
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Re: a99II
« Reply #62 on: January 23, 2017, 10:41:31 PM »
In what way were you disappointed Brian? Focus? exposure?  john
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« Reply #63 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
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Re: a99II
« Reply #64 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.
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Re: a99II
« Reply #65 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

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Re: a99II
« Reply #66 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
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« Reply #67 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
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Re: a99II
« Reply #68 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
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!

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Re: a99II
« Reply #69 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

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Re: a99II
« Reply #70 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.
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Re: a99II
« Reply #71 on: February 03, 2017, 08:06:49 PM »
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!

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Re: a99II
« Reply #72 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
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« Reply #73 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?
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« Reply #74 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.
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