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Sony DSLR, SLT, NEX, & Mirrorless Discussion => Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion => Topic started by: CHOLLY on August 02, 2016, 06:27:40 PM
If released to spec, this thing will be VERY expensive... but worth the price.
I personally can't wait........
$4000 US? Just a guess, but it will probably be around that or more?
I have made my decision, I am keeping the A99 for home studio, landscape and (not walking too far) outings.
Waiting for an A6300 with SEL18200LE to come in. Same specs as my wife now has. This will be my street (and carry all day) camera. One lens, no tripod, monopod or other stuff to carry. Just requires a decision before going out- which set-up....john
Given the amount of time they have taken to replace the A99 and the number of customers they have converted to E mount i'm not so sure it will be a sales success unless it really is an amazing camera. I for one am unlikely to go back to A-mount unless it offers something incredible i'm not getting right now. Apart from the issue with using slot in filters at wide angles and poor battery life i'm more than happy enough with my a7ii and a7rii for my landscape stuff and the odd bit of portrait, wedding etc.
I have to agree with Chris - the long wait for new a-mount models has seen significant numbers switch to E mount (or other systems), which will hurt sales of any new A-Mount cameras.
Pricing will be key here - it needs to be cheap enough that sufficient people will buy it, but too cheap they won't make enough money per unit, to expensive and they wont sell enough.
Of course, it's still just rumours, but lets hope there's some truth to them this time!
More news... I mean; rumors... about the A99 replacement:
Can't come too soon for me folks. ( ;-) )
Sony Melbourne rang me yesterday to tell me that my (second) a6300 had come in and I could collect when convenient.
Whist chatting to the rep he told me that they were selling A99's at a good price and speculating that they were helping other markets to clear stock.
The replacement is due out soon but is not being released in Australia... john
A mount is not supported in NZ anymore so won't be coming here.
Forgive my duplicate post.
Launching November, apparently 42.4mp, full frame (?) C$3200.
Info from Engadget
so its all true - they A99II is out and about - hard to tell Sony's thoughts here though- so much speculation over the last few years that the A mount was a dead fish, and as you say a lot have switched to the e mounts - so why would Sony put so much money into a new A mount unless they were looking to continue with more development. I'm not complaining - still an A mount user here (cant afford to change even if i wanted to), really impressed with the specs on the A99II and have itchy fingers and racking brain as to how i can get one (money doesn't grow on trees) - They are listed now on the Sony NZ site as "coming soon". Was told by a camera shop that they are expecting release here in NZ late January early August, and price not finalised but expected to be around NZ$5000. May have to sell off some gear to try and fund it, don't think that the next ten years worth of birthday and Christmas presents will work with the wife for the buy now (tried that before!!) hey you never know - if any one out there is feeling really generous !!!!!!! :-)
I think Sony introduced the E mount as they thought it would attract more professionals from Canikon, they did claim that they would capture the lead within a few years of taking over Minolta. They failed to attract enough pros with the A mount, possibly due to the EVF. The E mount has had considerable success, but not quite as good as Sony had expected. So now Sony are trying a new strategy, bring back the A mount complete with all the new innovations from the E mount, keep the E mount and in that way get enough followers to justify staying in the business.
I wouldn't hold my breath for the next couple of years, if you know what I mean. There is no doubt that Sony is the most innovative of the companies making cameras, but Pro. photographers are the most stubborn and resistant to change people on the planet. They have had optical view finders from Canon and Nikon for decades and do not think they like the Electronic view finders, even though they are demonstratively superior. Perhaps Sony should stop selling sensors to Nikon and the others and Nikon would suddenly find that EVF is the way to go. Canon and the others may then follow suit or perish. Alternately Sony may just call it quits.
4 years between the A99 and A99II.
4 years between the A900 and the A99.
Sony has released at LEAST one A Mount camera per year since the A100.
There were 4 LONG years between the 5DIII and 5DIV... yet no one thought the 5D was dead.
Sony has updated several of it's CZ and G lenses in the A mount range.
Sony SAID they were continuing development of the A mount.
Sony says the A mount will continue. I have no reason to doubt them.
I am happy that I own Minolta Sony G & CZ lens for two reason.
-I keep using them with A mount and will keep using them with the body I have at least 10 years
-I can use them on my A7II and future mirroless with great results. But mirroles for me is bought for portability and use of my old Minolta MD lens.
I have the a99II now two weeks and I didn't post any picture until now.
The reason is when I post you will be able to see advantages of AF system of this camera.
I am waiting for sports events or good day with birds. The quality of pictures and AF acutance and flexibility is like no other.
This weekend I will try again for birds since we will have sunshine all over Cyprus
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
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
^^^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! ;)
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
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.