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Upgrade advice
« on: March 09, 2013, 06:34:47 PM »
Hi all I have been seriously thinking off upgrading from the a77 to a99. How much better is the A99, and also how much better is a full frame camera from a crop sensor.

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 07:17:48 PM »
I do not know how better the A99 is compared to the A77,

 but I upgraded from A380 to A77 on Thursday and I'm so glad I have it's an amazing camera and the image quality is amazing

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013, 11:40:27 AM »
Yes the a77 is a great camera. But been reading about the a99 and how people say there is just something special about a full frame camera

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 11:46:47 AM »
If you have got the funds I would use it on the A99 but I never had the funds so went for what I could afford.


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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 12:04:47 PM »
I have got the money but just wanting a few opinion from the people on here before making my decision.  I just noticed on your profile your from newcastle nice to see someone local on here am from s/shields

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 01:04:51 PM »
The main thing is do you have full frame lenses or willing to buy some?
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a99 a77 a900

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 02:21:10 PM »
The main thing is do you have full frame lenses or willing to buy some?

I have the following tamron 70-200 2.8 , minolta 85mm 1.4,  minolta 24mm and 50mm also the minolta 70-210 mm. But I will have to also buy a CZ 16 - 35 or 24 - 70 2.8 but would need to raise the funds. I heard there sigma 24-70 is a good buy and a lot cheaper

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013, 07:42:36 PM »
I have been pondering for a while about getting the A99?

I am sure it must be due for a price drop and this is one of the reasons I am holding back for now?

It hasn't really moved a deal in price since release? Although it may not drop I am prepared to wait LOL!

I keep an eye on this site which is good for all Sony gear? (UK only)


http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/manu.php?n=Sony&m=9

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2013, 09:23:57 PM »
I have been pondering for a while about getting the A99?

I am sure it must be due for a price drop and this is one of the reasons I am holding back for now?

It hasn't really moved a deal in price since release? Although it may not drop I am prepared to wait LOL!

I keep an eye on this site which is good for all Sony gear? (UK only)


http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/manu.php?n=Sony&m=9

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2013, 09:47:37 PM »
First to Mufftrix comment.  Stef would be more plugged in to the inner workings of Sony than most of us but, if I was in the Marketing department, I would ask my techies to do what they did with the A900/A850 and disable some gadgetry and sell at a lower price.
If they drop the price of the A99 they risk upsetting some high price buyers (like me).
If they disable a few unimportant functions and lower the price for say an A98, the high price buyers can look down our noses at the cheaper option and the price conscious can have an almost identical camera for an acceptable price.

Now to Peter's question- I never considered the A77 as a serious option as I was perfectly happy with my A700 and (at the time) was not a fan of EVF.
If I HAD to go EVF (cos Sony were committed to going that way for high end cameras) then I wanted to do so with a bang.
Having played with the A99 now for a few months I am a convert to EVF because of all the advantages it gives me.
If you have an A77 already then you have most (I believe) of the features the A99 has so you have to seriously ask yourself "why".
Stef I think has both so she would again be the best person to answer....john
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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2013, 05:43:53 AM »
First to Mufftrix comment.  Stef would be more plugged in to the inner workings of Sony than most of us but, if I was in the Marketing department, I would ask my techies to do what they did with the A900/A850 and disable some gadgetry and sell at a lower price.
If they drop the price of the A99 they risk upsetting some high price buyers (like me).
If they disable a few unimportant functions and lower the price for say an A98, the high price buyers can look down our noses at the cheaper option and the price conscious can have an almost identical camera for an acceptable price.
..john

I can see your point John, but they did just that with the A77 price?

I paid nearly £1500 with the kit lens and it now £400 cheaper? Albeit over a longer time scale?

The trouble is with the A99 is they are competing with the D600 which everyone says uses the same sensor, and that is £££££ cheaper? Even the D800 is cheaper than the A99?

I think it will go under 2K very soon as it slowly creeping that way LOL!

There is never a right time to buy I don't think? If you can justify the cost I think it better to buy one, then never look at the price ever again haha!


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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2013, 05:55:48 AM »
a99=Af range/102 Af assist points/better high ISO are the advantages i find over the a77
a77=24 MP even at 8/10 frames per second,build in flash are the advantage i find over the a99

If you are not in a hurry wait until summer when the new a7x will come. It will definitely have some a99 DNA
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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2013, 04:46:15 PM »
Thanks for the replies, but i dont know what to do now. I have been looking for a good prices i have seen it for £1999 on amazon. Also seen it for £1820 on digital rev but its a import has anyone dealt with them, as it looks an attractive price.

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2013, 06:02:55 PM »
I would stay clear of imports as if it fails it may cause problems for warranty etc

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Re: Upgrade advice
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2013, 05:10:52 PM »
Well i have give in to temptation just ordered the A99 should be here by Thursday- Friday. Now i have to think of what zoom lens to get dont think i can Stretch to the cz  24 - 70 2.8  might just get the sigma for now.