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Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« on: January 07, 2013, 07:42:13 PM »
I thought I will start a "sticky" thread re tips and tricks for the A99 or also problems and possible solutions:

Please add but do not discuss the issues here! Thanks.

Wireless flash issue
When you use the A99 in wireless mode there is a noticeable delay between the onboard flash firing and the wirless flash triggering (reacting). UNfortunately this can easily lead to missed moments.

This problem came up the other day and thanks to FarmerDave there is a solution:

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/a99-wl-flash-delay_topic94569_page3.html
Page three of the above thread- read Farmer Dave's answer:

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Engage FEL (c button front top left) and the wireless shots after that have NO delay. When scene changes, press play or same FEL button once to unlock then FEL again to lock and side step wireless TTL delay issue for now.
FEL=NO wireless delay.

The above has been tested and it does work!

So no more problem with wireless!

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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 05:33:02 AM »
I will start with the good things even if i had a few problems on my Kenya trip (i will wait to see again if appears)
Object tracking now with a99 you can enable through the menu when you half press the shutter to activate tracking.

Even if you have select one sensor(of 19) or one group(of 3) when you half press the shutter the camera turn to AF-D
and the object tracking start from the focus point or group you have selected :) and not in the middle of the frame like some
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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013, 08:53:14 PM »
14/12 bit

Just to remember that 14 bit per pixel resolution is only available when shooting 'Single shot's'.
- Long Exposure with NR, BULB shooting and Continuos shooting including e.g. continuos bracketing modes will give you 12 bit resolution.

The 2 bits are/can be very important especially in darks areas ...
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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 12:48:53 AM »
Whilst using my Sony A300, I found that in high light contrast scenes, I would have to use a -1 or -2 EV exposure compensation to stand a chance of not blowing out detail in the highlights.  Since using the A99, I have found that the camera copes extremely well with high light contrast scenes without the need for any exposure compensation at all.  That said, if the contrast is really that extreme, the camera might - and I stress 'might', because I have not had such a situation occur as yet - require a -0.5 or -0.66 exposure compensation.  But this would have to be a very extreme case of contrast indeed.  The dynamic range of the A99 is so much greater that it copes very well with extreme lighting conditions.  I'm also starting to find that the RAW output requires less alterations in PP than the output I got with my A300.  In fact, the A99 is putting forward a very good case for using jpegs straight from the camera without any need PP at all.  I mean separate editing software when I say 'PP' as opposed to in camera PP.  That said, I could not as yet get away from minimal tweaking in PP as I still get enhancements in IQ by using RAW and PP software.
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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2013, 11:06:29 PM »
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This is from Stef posted in another thread.  In my view a copy of it should be here
Thanks Stef
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The other thing that I have used quite successfully was to set the camera not to crop mode but to change in the menu under the wrench symbol #4 the smart telecon button to zoom (not smart telecon), This allows you to shoot with the camera as if you had a 2 x teleconverter on the camera but it does NOT crop your image, so in other words you shoot with 24mb albeit in jpeg mode.

Smart telecon on the other hand will change the mb to a lower output.

A good way to use this feture is to set one of your memory buttons for it.
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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 11:41:40 PM »
With my A700 I have always left white balance on AWB.
In a session with strobes last week I did the same with the A99 and all of the images came out blue as.
Not a major issue as I shoot raw and just adjusted the white balance in ACR but someone shooting jpg may get caught.

I have front shutter set to electronic and, reading Gary Friedman, he says the exposure starts before the strobes fire so I am guessing that the A99 is selecting the ambient light in the room to choose white balance.  I have yet to do any experimentation but thought I would post it here....john
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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2013, 01:24:02 AM »
With my A700 I have always left white balance on AWB.
In a session with strobes last week I did the same with the A99 and all of the images came out blue as.
Not a major issue as I shoot raw and just adjusted the white balance in ACR but someone shooting jpg may get caught.

I have front shutter set to electronic and, reading Gary Friedman, he says the exposure starts before the strobes fire so I am guessing that the A99 is selecting the ambient light in the room to choose white balance.  I have yet to do any experimentation but thought I would post it here....john

I cannot comment on the 99 but when using strobes I always use a custom WB as I have found the light temps differ between my studio strobes and even between the 42AM's and 43AM's I have. I too always shoot RAW but like to get as much done in camera as possible as models often ask to see shots before any editing is done, if they looked blue or orange I would have unhappy customers ;P

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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 10:53:54 AM »
14/12 bit

Just to remember that 14 bit per pixel resolution is only available when shooting 'Single shot's'.
- Long Exposure with NR, BULB shooting and Continuos shooting including e.g. continuos bracketing modes will give you 12 bit resolution.

The 2 bits are/can be very important especially in darks areas ...

so AF-D is only 12 bit?
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Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 11:45:24 AM »
Very helpful tips, thanks