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Title: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: UNAir on November 05, 2012, 09:24:41 PM
Good day to everyone!

I just read the review of A99 on dpreview and I am sooo excited about new Sony flagship! I bought my A900 about 3 years plus 3 speedlights (one is macro twin).

I have few concerns... If I decide to get the A99 and since it has hotshoe now, do I need to upgrade and replace all my flashes?

Thanks!

Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Rob aka [minolta mad] on November 05, 2012, 10:16:03 PM
If i understand correctly, the short answer is No,
But you will need to buy a hotshoe adapter, to mount one on camera as a master. The others will still work via wireless off camera.
I dont think the F20 AM will work no as a master

Im sure this is how it works given what i have read so far ???


Rob
Title: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: rannari on November 06, 2012, 05:41:54 AM
According the manual you will get an adapter in a package for "old" flashes.

kurt
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on November 06, 2012, 06:59:41 PM
Yes, there is a hotshoe in the package and the literature says the a900 flashes will work. But has anyone tried? And by the way, what is the release date since I have the same urge to go the a99 way (for a six month assignment in rural SE Asia!)
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on November 06, 2012, 07:42:58 PM
Yes- all flashes work, at least the ones that I have tried. In other words, all flashes that work with the A900 will work on the A99. Should you trade? I did, but then I love EVF.
Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on November 07, 2012, 06:07:17 PM
Now for the real killer question; should I trade my a900 not for the a99 but for the new RX1 (DSC RX1/B)? (actually keep the a900 and get the RX1 for lighter traveling...). I am visiting the Paris photo show tomorrow morning and after drooling on what I see, I'll try to share my decision with you all...

Title: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: UNAir on November 07, 2012, 07:09:18 PM
Placed my order for A99 and 60 flash.
Should be with me on 19 November. So excited!
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: chappo1 on November 07, 2012, 09:35:04 PM
Are you replacing the A900 a la Stef or adding to the stable ? We look forward to your comparisons if you are keeping it...john
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on November 08, 2012, 07:13:34 PM
A900 vs RX1; I just came back from the Paris photo show and have to say that I fell in love with both cameras... If I had the cash available I would get both (the a99 hit the Sony stores late last week and the RX 1 is due mid December). Obviously the a99 is the flagship. But the RX1 is wonderfully small and light. For street scenes the 35mm lens is fine and its 24MM pixels give ample room for cropping. It doesn't have a stabilizer. So I would recommend it as a second lighter back up camera. Where does that leave me? I love my a900 so at this point I'm giving myself another couple of weeks to decide if I take the RX1 as a back up...
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on November 09, 2012, 06:49:34 AM
Well after posting my previous note, I decided I should get the RX1; then I woke up in the middle of the night and decided to get the a99. This morning I just want to go back to sleep...
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: chappo1 on November 09, 2012, 09:42:54 AM
You have left us all hanging..... which is it?   john
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on November 09, 2012, 11:13:47 AM
Well, if I win the lottery, both... At this point the a99 has my favor (but it will weigh down my camera bag with its a900), but I still want to wait and see if any of you make a decision!
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: whiteheat on November 21, 2012, 08:54:15 PM
I just upgraded to the A99 from the A300, quite a strong reason to upgrade in itself.  However, SonyAlphaRumours announce with a fairly high degree of certainty that there are 3 new and completely different FF cameras out in field testing and at least one of them will be released early next year.  Why after just purchasing the A99 do I get the feeling that I've been cheated?  I mean, we wait four years for an A900 replacement and then we get 1, 2, 3, ....? new FF cameras within a year!  What is that?  Some kind of London bus system?  (You normally wait an eternity for a bus and then 3 or more come along at once).
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: REX (aka TG) on November 22, 2012, 12:39:18 AM
One will definitely be the (mega pixel)~4500$
the (NEX full frame)~2500$
the (Nikon D600/Canon EOS 6D)~2000$

all buses different direction :)
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on November 23, 2012, 04:09:02 AM
I agree with Rex, i do not believe there is anything comparable to the A99. One as said will be the Nex system and one super high mps, none of which really interest me and the third one will be very likely below the A99. Also, the announcement is expected at the beginning of 2013 but they will only come out later in the year. So no I do not feel cheated at all.
Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on November 24, 2012, 05:27:36 AM
I was surprised to see that in the US, Sony is offering a 31 inch TV for free when one buys the a99... Are they having trouble getting the a99 off the ground, or are they simply de-stocking their TVs as that sector is no longer strategic for them?
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on December 21, 2012, 11:20:39 AM
As I just said on another thread, I just received the a99; I feel like a kid again!
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on December 21, 2012, 09:14:16 PM
Marc, I just had a talk with my local Sony shop here in Vancouver and according to them the A99 flies off the shelf.
Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 22, 2012, 05:37:26 AM
If a99 was as fast as a77 at 10/12 fps and full resolution then i would have sold my a77 for a second a99 :)
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on December 22, 2012, 07:21:45 PM
If a99 was as fast as a77 at 10/12 fps and full resolution then i would have sold my a77 for a second a99 :)

Interesting remark Rex. The FPS, although not everything, is one thing that holds me back re the a99 - - - the main other thing is the cost :)

Do you have a favourite of the two? Or are they used for different types of shoot you may be doing?
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: REX (aka TG) on December 22, 2012, 10:51:40 PM
I am on my way to africa and the 300G with converter will be fix on a77, so the lens will be 800mm and full 24 mp resolution.

On a99 it will be 600mm and if i use the 8/10 fps mode then i have to dial with 10 mp and if i use it at 10 fps only jpeq :( this is what i mean and for me is very important . So Sony knows exactly what they do :)
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: AScot on December 22, 2012, 11:57:45 PM
If a99 was as fast as a77 at 10/12 fps and full resolution then i would have sold my a77 for a second a99 :)

I now have had an A77 for about a week and I was planning to keep my A850 and to sell my A700. However the A77 does not seem to me to be as easy to use as the A700 nor is it as intuitive. It has of course many more features than the a700, faster speed and some neat settings like the focus peaking and magnifier and I admit the EVF is possibly a bit better than the OVF, although in low light it is very pixelated. Unfortunately, the buttons are laid out differently and for me that is a problem, especially when still using the A850. The movie feature seems to be very good, but I doubt I will use it much.  Perhaps I will change my mind if or when I get used to using the A77.

I'm afraid that Sony may have moved away from the simplicity of Minolta and created a camera more like a point and shoot with complex menus and awkward button placement. Having the buttons all on the left right hand side (excluding the menu) means I have to hold the camera with the right hand while crossing the left hand over to reach the buttons I cant reach with my thumb. I am still waiting for the vertical grip to be delivered, which may make this a mute point.

At this time, If the A99 is laid out in the same way as the A77, I'm not sure that I will ever purchase it. That's just me and should not be taken as a repudiation of the A77/A99. I also feel that the need for a full frame camera like the A99 is greatly reduced by the existence of the A77. They both have the same number of pixels and although the A99 pixels are larger, all the reviews I have read say they do not provide better low light shots above ISO 1600. We may have to buy the high pixel count full frame that has been announced to get true high resolution in low light situations, but at $4500 as suggested, no way! Anyway, please do not flame me as I do not own the A99 and I could be totally wrong, I need more time with the A77 plus a V.G. to be sure of my facts/assumptions.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on December 23, 2012, 12:29:52 AM
If a99 was as fast as a77 at 10/12 fps and full resolution then i would have sold my a77 for a second a99 :)

Interesting remark Rex. The FPS, although not everything, is one thing that holds me back re the a99 - - - the main other thing is the cost :)

Do you have a favourite of the two? Or are they used for different types of shoot you may be doing?

Frank, I have both and both have their pluses. I use the A77 as my run around camera and for sports. With the 16-50mm the body and the lens are weather sealed and believe me...I had the combo out in a rain storm for a couple of hours with no hickups.

The A99 is the camera that I choose for ultimate quality. I treat it a bit like my medium format equipment and use it mainly in the studio, for portraits, still life and landscape.

Ascot, I agrre the A77 is a beast which is very very very different to all the former cameras. The manual is a must read and Gary Friedman's book is highoy recommended. It will take you quite a while before the camera becomes second nature, but then...I highly expect you to not want to miss it.

I have traded my A700 for the A77 and my A900 for my A99 and do not regret it.

I believe the A99 is quite a bit superior in terms of high ISO shooting, dynamic range and final inage quality to all the other Sony cameras and what I like most - the post processing is much easier. With i.e. the high ISO shots from the A900 it took quite a bit of tweaking to get verey good results while with the files from the A99 I pretty much get away with using Adobe's Lightroom presets.

Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: rannari on December 23, 2012, 09:55:08 AM
Ascot, all the buttons in a99 except Menu-button, are located on the right hand side. Buttons have different shape and size which make them easy to separate from each other. I think the buttons are also easy to reach and find even when you are looking through viewfinder.

In vertical grip the buttons are located in different way and to my hand the EV-level controll button is just under my thumb and thus some accidental adjusments have happened ;-)

kurt
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: AScot on December 23, 2012, 08:34:32 PM
Ascot, all the buttons in a99 except Menu-button, are located on the right hand side.
kurt

Yes Kurt, much as they are on the A77. In my original post I said left hand by mistake. I have corrected that.

My problem with the buttons is that I am forced to use my left eye to look through the view finder (due to a permanent injury to my right eye) and my nose and right cheek are in front of all these buttons. I had the same problem with the A700 and A850 but it did not seem quite so severe as the A77. Not to worry though as I am sure I will work around it in time as it becomes more familiar. The vertical grip, when I get it, should also help a lot. I still think the A77 is a bit like a glorified point and shoot. :D That impression will change with time I am sure as it certainly is NOT a point and shoot.

Ascot, I agree the A77 is a beast which is very very very different to all the former cameras. The manual is a must read and Gary Friedman's book is highoy recommended. It will take you quite a while before the camera becomes second nature, but then...I highly expect you to not want to miss it.
Stef.

Stef, I bought the PDF/.mobi version soon after your reminder. Thank you. The Sony manual is 50% thicker than the A700/A850 manuals, and with tiny writing. My wife has also forced me to buy new Glasses (spectacles?) which won't come for ten days, due to the Christmas holidays.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on December 23, 2012, 08:57:12 PM
Hi Ascot

"Old habits die hard" as they say :) We are all so use to using the viewfinder but we now have the LCD screen for 'live view' on the a77. Gets a bit of getting use to I'm finding - hopefully this will be the a77's saviour with you given time :)

With being a specs wearer also, varifocal type, I've never really been happy with keeping glasses on and putting the viewfinder up to compose shots, use to take the darn things off which didn't help at times with "focus" - now I keep them on and "do my best" with them. I'm still doing it, using the viewfinder, but I do make the effort to "try" to use the screen more...

Wish you well in coming to terms - as I'm certain you will - with the intricacies of the a77 :)
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: AScot on December 23, 2012, 10:10:07 PM
Thanks Frank, although I cannot imagine holding the camera out at arms length to take a picture using live view, especially with a big heavy lens stuck to the front. That's one of the reasons I say it is like a point and shoot. :D
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on December 24, 2012, 01:13:31 AM
Thanks Frank, although I cannot imagine holding the camera out at arms length to take a picture using live view, especially with a big heavy lens stuck to the front. That's one of the reasons I say it is like a point and shoot. :D

The moment you use a tripod though, the live view with focus peaking (works even in af mode!) is heaven!
Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Faldrax on December 24, 2012, 09:22:07 AM
I am on my way to africa and the 300G with converter will be fix on a77, so the lens will be 800mm and full 24 mp resolution.

On a99 it will be 600mm and if i use the 8/10 fps mode then i have to dial with 10 mp and if i use it at 10 fps only jpeq :( this is what i mean and for me is very important . So Sony knows exactly what they do :)

Only the lens will NOT be an 800mm lens on your A77.
It will be a 300mm lens, magnified to the equivalent of 600mm (assuming a 2x TC) and then cropped to APS-C.

Putting a lens on an APS-C camera does not increase it's magnification, it just crops the image.

Where you gain in that the A77 has 24MP in that APS-C area, compared to the 12MP (aprox) the A99 (or A900) has, so you can enlarge the image more before hitting problems due to the available sensor resolution - but this is no different to the 'gain' you get from using an A580 rather than an A200 - the A580 has a higher number of MP, so 'magnifies' the image.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Rob aka [minolta mad] on December 24, 2012, 11:58:03 AM
I admit the EVF is possibly a bit better than the OVF, although in low light it is very pixelated.

Thats my one major concernt about the A99 and one thing that may hold me back from getting one.
99% of my images are taken in low light situations.

How easy is it focussing with a pixelated view of say pebbles and rocks in the foreground in low light, bearing in mind i cannot remember the last time is used AF on my A900 as everything is manually focussed.


Rob

Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: rannari on December 24, 2012, 01:31:45 PM
Rob, at low light the EVF is, depending on a available light, noisy and focusing is sometimes demanding task, but so far I have managed to tackle it. In low light the OVF is better ...

Edit: after some testing in low light, the EVF is not so bad. You just have to get used to it. With tripod you can use the LCD screen, which is more accurate in very low light situations.

kurt
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: dynax dingbat on December 27, 2012, 04:35:53 PM
This will give you food for thought  .... http://www.photoclubalpha.com/2012/12/27/sonys-alpha-99-mastery-wrapped-in-dilemma/
Graham
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: rannari on December 30, 2012, 05:54:54 PM
This will give you food for thought  .... http://www.photoclubalpha.com/2012/12/27/sonys-alpha-99-mastery-wrapped-in-dilemma/

Thanks Graham. I don't need second thought, I have done my thinking and choice :D

I don't do modelshooting so here is a review from a person who does that, and also points out some items which might interest people for indoor shooting

http://www.frankdoorhof.com/site/2012/10/modelshoot-with-the-sony-alpha-99/ (http://www.frankdoorhof.com/site/2012/10/modelshoot-with-the-sony-alpha-99/)

... and again the EVF is maybe the most dividing item.


kurt
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on January 01, 2013, 12:45:40 AM
This will give you food for thought  .... http://www.photoclubalpha.com/2012/12/27/sonys-alpha-99-mastery-wrapped-in-dilemma/
Graham

Actually this review was a very honest one, but a lot of people misunderstood it as being negative! David mainly complained about the price and he is right, but most people did not read this paragraphs carefully as most of the people did not finish reading the long article:

Here are some quotes:
Quote
Not only does the A99 have strikingly accurate auto exposure when confronted with very difficult conditions
(Sigma 12-24mm shot above covering from deep shade to a white waterfall in sun), it also has 14-bit raw files with generous shadow detail
and highlight recovery headroom....The A99 meters exposure off the actual shooting sensor, using a 1200-zone colour sensitive matrix and intelligent bias towards
single or multiple active AF points. In practice, it proved almost bullet-proof....Cumulative issues with AF performance, lens field flatness and sensor planarity also led to some
Canon images having zones of unexpected defocusing. The A99 has no such problems...
The A99 has one of the best 1080/50(60)p HD video functions on the market. For the bitrate involved, it captures detail three times as good as you would expect....
...But in the end, despite all its problems, the Alpha 99 simply turns in a better success rate on my sort of subjects –
landscapes, street scenes, people, events – than its rivals....The metering is more accurate, the AF is either as good or better, the image quality at high ISOs is a touch lower,
the GPS works well, and of course the sensor-based stabilisation is a total winner.
...I forgot that with the A99, there’s hardly any situation
I can not tackle hand held and get pixel-sharp results.... I took 115 shots of surfers, mostly single frames but some short maximum speed bursts between 2 and 5 frames, in nine minutes.
Not one is out of focus even when the surfers came in closer to the camera at speed...

And here his conclusion:
Quote
The Alpha 99 is currently the full-frame camera I’m working with and will stick with until the next generation arrives....
Could I work professionally with the Alpha 99? Yes. I’m confident it would not let me down in any situation I’m likely to encounter or set up – I do not shoot sports or hard news, events or conferences. Future professional use would be likely to be public relations, corporate brochure, annual report, advertising, industrial and environmental, executive portraiture, products, architectural, building works, stock travel and landscape.
Frankly, anything I could once have shot on a Hasselblad can easily be tackled with an Alpha 99.

As said he has some very valid criticisms but at the end of the day the A99 is his camera of choice and do not forget he could easily choose a Canikon.
Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on January 06, 2013, 02:23:19 AM
Happy New Year everyone!
I am just back from a ski trip with my grand kids during which I was able to get familiar with the a99 (I also had an a900 with me). Sorry, I won't post pictures as all the "subjects" are the grand kids... For the first couple of days I relied on the familiar a900, which I master quite well. My wife then told me she had forgotten to take her video camera so I got the a99 out of the box; I was greatly surprised and impressed by the results. It's easy to use, no nonsense and the results were terrific; I was filming at the end of the day, just at around sunset and slightly after with no direct sun light. So the next day I started shooting pictures. Not having ever used an a77, I was not accustomed to the complexity of this camera. I wasn't too comfortable, but I was getting interesting comments from the Nikocanon pros shooting pictures of the kids at the ski school (half a dozen pros are employed by a local photo shop in the village where I ski); all were positive ("great camera", "better equipped than we are!" etc...). I hadn't gotten such comments when the a900 first came out! I programmed the camera pretty much in the manner Gary Friedman recommends in his book on the a77 (it is strikingly similar). And, WOW... After about twenty minutes I felt very comfortable using the camera and all its buttons (P mode as well as 2 programmed settings, the first recommend by Gary in his book, the second to my liking on the slopes). That night I fine tuned the settings for the next day shoot as I didn't like the grain in pictures shoot at over ISO 800 (my initial settings had me automatically going to ISO 6000 in low light; too much grain when editing with Apple's Aperture). All this to say that I very quickly fell in love with the a99. So for New Year's eve party, I took the a99 and went wireless. And this is where the a900 really is better; over 50% of my shots had friends and family with their eyes half closed. Gary Friedman, in a short video posted in one of the Dynaxdigital threads shows how the driver flash on top an a99 goes off before main flash(s). The time is long enough for "models" to start blinking and the results are not good...
So my first take is: a99 for action shooting and a900 for wireless flash!
Also, I didn't get to use the GPS as Sony and Apple don't like each other; I understand there is software I can get to have the two work together, but haven't gone around to getting / exploring it. Any suggestions are welcome!
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on January 06, 2013, 06:46:07 AM
Regarding the GPS, I just "discovered" that the info was there; is this because I downloaded "gpsassist" or did Sony finally do something for Mac users... I am unsure, I'll have to test more...
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: rannari on January 06, 2013, 05:43:18 PM
Also, I didn't get to use the GPS as Sony and Apple don't like each other; I understand there is software I can get to have the two work together, but haven't gone around to getting / exploring it. Any suggestions are welcome!

If the camera has a connection to satellites and it saves the GPS data, the GPS data is there when you import pictures to Aperture. This has been a normal feature for a long time ...

kurt
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: rannari on January 06, 2013, 06:32:28 PM
This is a nice little app for Mac OS X to update GPS Assist data automatically

http://code.google.com/p/gpsassist-update/ (http://code.google.com/p/gpsassist-update/)


kurt
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: marc pk on January 06, 2013, 07:16:45 PM
Thanks Kurt; I have used this but am unsure what it does!
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on January 06, 2013, 10:05:36 PM
Marc - good news: the wireless flash delay problem is SOLVED! I quote from Dyxum:

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

Quote
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!

Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: chappo1 on January 06, 2013, 11:13:07 PM
Nice thread for learning and thanks for posting the Dyxum link Stef. I hardly ever go there but looks like I might need to until Gary Friedman gets his A99 book out.
Not having come from the A77 I do not have that for guidance and the "manual" is not that explicit in the Why's .....john
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: AScot on January 07, 2013, 02:59:10 AM
John, you can download the A77 manual from the Sony website here. (http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=SLTA77V&LOC=3#/manualsTab) Its the US/Canada website but the manual is the same.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: FarmerDave on January 07, 2013, 04:06:20 AM
Marc - good news: the wireless flash delay problem is SOLVED! I quote from Dyxum:

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

Quote
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!

Stef.

Thanks Stef. this subject never came up here so I have not posted here about that "accidental" finding when I was verifying Friedman's wireless delay issue.
One poster at dpreview said he found FEL tend to overexpose but I did not find that was the case in my limited experiment.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: Stef. on January 07, 2013, 07:37:41 PM
FarmerDave- your discovery was fantastic and I put  the problem up in this thread to see whether Sony will answer back:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/sonycameraclub/discuss/72157632454088873/ (http://www.flickr.com/groups/sonycameraclub/discuss/72157632454088873/)

I kow from the past that representatives from Sony read those threads and let's see what comes back. I also believe this important point should be put into a sticky thread re the A99 because probable a lot of people will fall over this at some point.

Thanks again for finding the solution!
Stef.
Title: Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
Post by: FarmerDave on January 08, 2013, 01:11:12 AM
Glad to share something I stumble upon. Fans of Minolta/Sony's wireless line-of-sight flash set ups I am afraid are few so this is not going to be a priority for Sony. At least we have sort of a work around for now. I have been using this set up since Maxxum film days.