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Offline Alan Janes

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Upgrade from a700
« on: January 28, 2016, 07:08:48 PM »
Hi everyone, new here so hope this is the correct posting area for my question.

Currently have two a700s and a variety of lenses.
 Sony lenses,18-135mm SAM, 70-300 SSM g series 18-70 kit lens
 Tamron lenses  SP 90 macro f2.8, 10-24mm wide angle, 18-250mm super zoom.
Sigma 18-50mm f2.8, 150-500mm DG

What's everyone's thoughts on upgrading to a77ii or a99, maybe even waiting for the a99 replacement. I mainly do nature, landscape, macro and automotive ( Motorsport and classic cars).

I know that whatever Iupgrade to will have EVF which I haven't used before. Any drawbacks with these viewfinders over the good old fashioned ones on my a700s.
I do still love my present camera bodies but feel I should gain from a new body.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions

Alan. 

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Re: Upgrade from a700
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2016, 09:06:49 PM »
Hi Alan and welcome.
I upgraded from the A700 (which I still have as a back-up) to the A99 as I wanted full frame.
To consider
How many of your lenses are crop sensor only?  If a lot then stay with the A77II
Do you need full frame? 

As for EVF- I held off for a long time before plunging into EVF- best thing I ever did.  The advantages are enormous.....
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Re: Upgrade from a700
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 11:54:57 PM »
Thanks John for your welcome and imput. Of the lenses I have only three are full frame. My sigma 150-500, g series 70-300 and tamron SP 90 f2.8 macro.
If upgrading to full frame a99 or its replacement I would probably get the CZ 24-70mm f2.8 to go with it anyway. I believe the a99 will take crop factor lenses with a 11mp setting within its image override. Ok not getting the best out of the cameras obvious upgrade from my a700. But maybe a good starting point for the potential of the a99. Some full frame lenses and some useable crop DT lenses.
My main worry being is the a99 still getting old regarding it's ability to outshine the newer a77ii. If that's the case should I stay with crop sized bodies and plump for the a77ii which is probably still far superior to my a700.

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Re: Upgrade from a700
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2016, 02:38:14 AM »
Welcome Alan.

Johns question is very important.

Well, it seems you already have that accounted for. ;)

Here is a thought; the A77II properly setup and operated is one of the BEST sports cameras on the market.

SERIOUSLY.

It's autofocus is blazing fast... faster than the A99. And it's frame rate is among the best available. Now the high ISO noise performance can't touch the A99... but the A99 replacement is supposed to have an improved version of the A77II's autofocus module.

There has been VERY little news of the A99 replacement release date. And while the A99 is TRULY a great camera, the update will be even better.

The A77II will be about 35% the price of that new replacement. And while it IS an EXTREMELY capable APS-C camera, there is no doubt that the Sony full frame A mount will be better suited for landscape and macro photography.

IF the A99II gets the A77II autofocus module and a decent burst rate, then that will make it VERY attractive. But if you can't wait until the spring or summer, then the A77II might be the way to go because it is a much better sports shooter than the A99.

By the way; image quality from both existing cameras is excellent, with the edge going to the full frame A99.

So to sum things up; if sports shooting (including wildlife photography) is the most important way you plan to use your new camera, then if the new A99II has the Sony 4D autofocus module then you can wait for it or buy the A77II now.

Either way you won't lose.

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Re: Upgrade from a700
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 03:59:25 PM »
Hi cholly

Thank you for you valued summing up of my dilemma. I think your 100% correct with it. Buy the a77ii now or wait and see if the a99 replacement will feature the same main components, autofocus, higher ISO capabilities and bigger burst rates. I've already been waiting a while. So a little longer won't hurt I guess.
Hopefully it will be out before the summer as I have a great photo experience at Woburn Abbey Safari park, photographing the big cats with a ranger/guide getting up close in their land rovers. Can't wait... Lol
A week Monday doing a bird of prey experience too... Still tempting to buy the a77ii now and just enjoy my lens lineup I already have. Not a bad set up is it 😉

Cheers Alan.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2016, 04:57:44 PM by Alan Janes »

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Re: Upgrade from a700
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 06:02:29 PM »
Well, if you can afford to buy the A77II now, you can always sell it when the A99II comes along... IF the A99II does all the things you need a camera to do that is.

If the frame rate doesn't get past 8-10 fps in full frame mode or it doesn't have the 4D Auto Focus module, then your sport shooting would be better served by the A77II.

I'm waiting for the A99II as well. That's my choice over the A7RII because of the larger form factor and the better sports performance offered by SLT technology, which is the reason I bought the A77II and have been EXTREMELY satisfied by it.

Either way, you can't go wrong. GOOD LUCK!
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