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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2012, 04:41:12 PM »
I'll get my new toy/tool next week, but unfortunately I am away all week ... in the end I will have it.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2012, 03:27:47 AM »
Got my A99 on Oct 30 -- ahead of expectations -- serial number 277!  Totally agree with Stef.  I started with auto ISO on P to let the default factory settings make the first choices.  To my surprise the first shots were at ISO 6400 but seemed no noisier than my A900 was at 800.  (I too have sold my A 900 so cannot directly compare.)  Dynamic range seems amazing.  Focus likewise.  This promises to be a very exciting new camera.  Delighted to have one.  Pleased that most of the buttons match those on my A77 easing the transition a bit.

Now have a good reason to do some posting again.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2012, 04:32:39 AM »
I demand that the mods lock this thread immediately. I am becoming jealous -- again! Please cease and desist. :P :D Joking.

It is great to hear such glowing reports...

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2012, 05:36:12 AM »
I have started a new thread and posted a link to the .pdf manual I stumbled on from Dyxum.....
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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2012, 08:12:20 AM »
One culprit I have found so far...the battery life is ridicuously short...and I really do not want to get the power grip! Firstly, I do not like the weight, secondly it does not look good and thirdly, for changing all three batteries including the one in the camera you have to remove the grip all the time. Guess I have no option but to carry three batteries around.
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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2012, 10:32:01 AM »
...the battery life is ridicuously short...

That seems to be a problem noticed in other reviews too. Me don't like it.

Already thinking about one or two week backpacking trips. Do I need a battery for every day? I have to test that or find some kind of solar power battery charger ...

Thanks Stef for the comment.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2012, 06:02:09 PM »
One culprit I have found so far...the battery life is ridicuously short...and I really do not want to get the power grip! Firstly, I do not like the weight, secondly it does not look good and thirdly, for changing all three batteries including the one in the camera you have to remove the grip all the time. Guess I have no option but to carry three batteries around.
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Have you tried turning off GPS and see if that would help?
For a short while with my A77 before it aquired my current location it just keep searching and drain the battery.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2012, 09:52:34 PM »
Yes, GPS is off. One good tip though, not battery related: set the camera to jpeg, then turn NR to off, set it back to raw and you will get a higher burst rate as NR also happens for the in raw embedded jpeg files. Give it a try and you will know what I mean.

2 week trip rannari...you need to take about 30 (!) batteries for that! I go easily through two (!) a day!
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2012, 05:39:48 PM »
One good tip though, not battery related: set the camera to jpeg, then turn NR to off, set it back to raw and you will get a higher burst rate as NR also happens for the in raw embedded jpeg files.

2 week trip rannari...you need to take about 30 (!) batteries for that! I go easily through two (!) a day!

Thanks for the tip Stef. I'll try it when I get my tool.

On backpacking trips what we do, the main thing is not photography. Depending of a terrain we advance from  5-10 kilometers to 30 kilometers or more. One hour walking and 10-15 minutes brakes. Mostly taking photos during brakes. If terrain is easy, camera is hanging close and more photos during walk. Like said, I have to test this feature. I will not buy 30 batteries ;-)

One other thing is the EVF at winter time. How is the cold weather affecting viewfinder, and I mean weather when the temperature is -20 to 40 degrees or lower. Again, this will be tested this winter.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2012, 06:08:33 PM »
He he, I am holding out before getting the A99 so I don't have one (yet).
Just another thought Stef., does the A99's LCD have the extra bright Sunny weather setting like the RX100? It eats battery power like mad. (I don't imagaine you have that set for I live in Vancouver also) I don't remember reading poor battery life as a con on other boards so I wonder.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2012, 01:17:13 AM »
Farmerdave, I only had the A99 since a couple of days and as it is rainings cats and dogs here, as you know...I have not used it much. I am also to busy withwork right now to find the time to try it out. All the other posts where questions re the information I had on the A99. So far I have to say I am a very happy bunny with it. Also, I do thing that most of my batteries are older and that might be the issue. Time will tell. I hope that Sony brings a battery out that is of the same size but holds more power...
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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2012, 05:16:15 AM »
Such glowing reports ... Definitely makes me want one.

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« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2012, 05:35:44 AM »
... does the A99's LCD have the extra bright Sunny weather setting like the RX100? It eats battery power like mad.

According the manual there is a Bright Sunny setting.

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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #28 on: November 09, 2012, 01:27:54 AM »
Here are some more REALLY high and low ISO shots:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3333559

I do not post the images here as with the restrictions of under 200kb they are too small to show the high ISO effect IMHO.

I know the one image with the lady is a bit grainy, BUT a) it was a jpeg @ ISO8000 AND I have used the 2x zoom function. FWIW: IMHO I can leave the tcs from now on at home.
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Re: Sony A99 - high ISO shots
« Reply #29 on: November 09, 2012, 12:25:19 PM »
Rex,

You are in Cyprus?

If so, are there any decent Sony dealers on the island?

Cheers

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