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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #30 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.

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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2012, 04:35:53 PM »

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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #32 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/

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


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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #33 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:

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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:
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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.
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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #34 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!
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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #35 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...
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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #36 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 ...

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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #37 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/


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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #38 on: January 06, 2013, 07:16:45 PM »
Thanks Kurt; I have used this but am unsure what it does!
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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #39 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
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: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #40 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
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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2013, 02:59:10 AM »
John, you can download the A77 manual from the Sony website here. Its the US/Canada website but the manual is the same.
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: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #42 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
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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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.

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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #43 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/

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!
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Re: Shall I trade my A900 for A99?
« Reply #44 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.