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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2016, 05:51:20 AM »
mmmmmmmmmm  Rex,   your making me so jelous,    you obviously like the camera, and while there are limited reviews to date,  what there are  are all very positive
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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2016, 11:17:31 PM »
One thing for certain, Sony are determined to be no less than the #1 Camera maker. The A99II, which certainly appears to be the most advanced traditional sized camera available, may well make that wish come true.

Without doubt, I would love to get one and I can afford it, however at 76 years I find I am not as mobile as I once was and would never get my monies worth. The A7 with the LA-EA4 will fit my meager needs just fine.

I still have the A77 which is still a great camera, although I just put my finger through the mirror. :( I have installed a new mirror and will post a couple of pics showing it. It has now got a new lease on life and seems to focus sharper.
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Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2016, 11:37:40 PM »
i agree the A77 is a great camera- but if i do upgrade i would have to sell mine - problem is im not sure what i could get for it , have been told its value is based a bit on shutter clicks - that is still below 10,000 so certainly not high.  I take it you were cleaning the mirror when you put your finger through it? i have always sent my camera in for cleaning but have been considering learning to do it myself,  maybe i shouldnt lol.
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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2016, 02:20:00 AM »
I take it you were cleaning the mirror when you put your finger through it?

No Brian, I was changing the lens. I was holding the camera in my left hand with my index finger on the lens release button. The lens was in my right hand. The camera slipped and as I grabbed it, my finger slipped in and just touched the mirror......Kapoof!!!! It still worked, but without Auto Focus and with artifacts. With the mirror removed the artifacts went away. I visited my local dealer for a new mirror. The salesman claimed they did not supply parts, only repairs. (They obviously want the big money.) I bought a new mirror from eBait for $70. Three days later the Dealers boss called and said he would send me one for $40......Too Late!!!!!  Below are pictures of the said mirror. Easy to change.

I clean my sensors myself, too expensive to get the dealer to do it. Never touch the sensor with your fingers. I use a Canadian made Arctic Butterfly brush which has a motor that rotates the brush, creating a static charge in the brush and that lifts the loose dust off the sensor. However it's very Hard to remove stuff like baked on pollen and it has to be removed by physically rubbing it off. The danger is that if you press too hard the sensor could be knocked off alignment or scratched. I use a Sensor Klear (made by Lenspen) which can gently scrape of the pollen. That is by far the most scary part.


Sensor facing side of the mirror.


Lens facing side of the mirror. Note the scratches on the top left corner. They have been there since shortly after I bought the camera and have had no effect on the pictures.



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Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2016, 02:46:07 PM »
I dented my mirror with a Rocket Bulb blower while cleaning the sensor.

Bought 2 mirrors; one from the SEARS parts website of all places!

Paid $100 USD for one and I think $40 for the other....
There are people who actually think LENS stabilization is better than sensor shifting!

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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2016, 08:44:14 PM »
Cholly, it's weird where all the different prices come from. I never thought to check Sears. On my box it said it was for the SLT-A33M, apparently they use the same mirror for all the SLT cameras. I would imagine it is a different sized mirror for the A99 and A99II.

I think I have got this thread off topic, sorry all.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2016, 06:15:55 AM »
^^^My friend, you are not off topic. The A99II uses the same mirror as the A99 which is substantially bigger than the one used for APS-C SLT cameras.

See? Very much ON topic! ;)
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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2016, 03:43:49 AM »
Help  !!!   how do i convince my wife i need a camera upgrade - so love the reviews to date for the A99II,    and as im developing an interest in bird photography it would suit my needs.  Dont think santa will help either,  will have to sell some gear,  but do want to hear reports from anyone who has the camera.   on another subject i did look at the arctic brush for sensor cleaning,   they seem rather expensive for what they are,  that being said if they do the job it could be worth it in the long run -  they are over $300 here in NZ .  does anyone else use this for senor cleaning, what are your thoughts
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Re: Rumors about the New A99 replacement....
« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2016, 08:33:49 PM »
I use the Arctic Butterfly brush and they are good, but certainly not worth $300 NZ ($282 CAD). I only paid $70 CAD (that was back when I bought my A700). They have added two LED lights which are not needed and charge $210 CAD now. Can inflation account for that increase? I don't think so. I am sure that you could find something much cheaper that would do as good a job. They only take off loose dust/fluff, not baked on stuff.

Knowing what I know now, I would advise that you use a soft wide brush and a blower (or a blower brush) which will do as good a job. Just make sure to turn the camera with the mount facing down to let the dust fall out. If you have to remove baked on dirt (almost certainly) you will be better using a wet type cleaner that will remove the loose dust and the baked on pollen. They can be had from $40 CAD to over ~ $100 CAD and are designed to fit either crop or full frame sensors.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.