How many of you selling A900/A850 for A99 ?

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DavieK
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In reply to tex, Oct 10, 2012

And, overall, I'm not about to rush into getting an A99. It's good, better than the A900 at high ISO, I would not say the colour rendering is any better. I'm ordering a Nikon D600 with 28-300mm, having used that lens with the D4 earlier this year. This is not replacing the A77 or A900, it's actually going to my wife to use instead of her A580 with 18-250mm Sigma (if you see the difference in optical viewfinder size, you'll realise why!).

Shirley can not get on with EVFs, not only out of taste but they just don't agree with her eyesight. That has been the case from the KM Dimage 7 onwards. So my sparee A55 is of no interest to her, nor is the A77, and an A99 would not be. The Nikon is the right weight, the 28-300mm VR is better than any APS-C superzoom and goes to f/5.6 not f/6.3 at the long end. The D600 is very affordable and when she's not using it, it can do the video work with audio level control (by far the most important omission from the A77, for me).

Depending on how we get on with it, I may get a D800E. I've worked with D800 and the D800E. I know the disadvantages and why I will only get one if I have a reason - right now, my work does not need anything over 24 megapixels. I'm unlikely to get an A99 as 90% of its desirable features and functions are ones I just don't use, ever - or of I do (like sweep panorama) the A77 and NEX do the job just as well.

If the A99 had been a 36 megapixel sensor, or if it had been the same price as a D600, different story. But it's the wrong specification at the wrong price at a time when the competition has never been more attractive - and that comes from a long-term Sony user.

We had actually planned to get a Pentax K5IIs to replace the A580/superzoom combo for Shirley - she really loved the viewfinder at photokina. The Nikon pips that though.

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In reply to tex, Oct 10, 2012

For what I do, the a900 is just fine. Available light landscape raw shooting. Occasional sports shooting as well. Neither for a living, yet. I don't currently need HD video, or really find myself wanting it very often. If I do, I just use my GoPro. Yah, that's how serious my video use is.

Sure, I'd like the improved ISO sensitivity, but I don't NEED it. Honestly, so far having to be more aware of these limits has helped me improve my photography in other ways most of the time. Trying to shoot indoor volleyball in a poorly lit gym without flash is generally a no go, but this allows me to actually sit back and enjoy the games more.

Improved AF would be nice, but not sure how much of an improvement is there yet. Looking forward to finding out though...

Anyway, it's a good looking new camera, but I just don't need it. Like some of the others around here, I'll be waiting to see what the next FF camera brings to the table. Then ask me again...

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In reply to GrJohnso, Oct 11, 2012

But will there be another FF Sony camera anytime soon particularly if the A99 is so uncompetitively priced and the the competition is so tempting? We've waited 4 years since the launch of the A900 for the next Sony FF camera (not counting the A850).

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I have two a850 and the Zeiss and G lenses and haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet and I don’t really need to as my gear still does what I need it to do.

My plan has been, and remains to replace my camera bodies in 2013, hopefully with the rumored 2ndfull-frame and the release of the a99 doesn’t change this plan.

The a99 looks like a good camera…too much on the video side of photography for me, but so far the images look good.

This time it will be about lenses, as most of my old Minolta glass and much of my newer Sony/Zeiss needs to be replaced because of wear, so I’m not hampered over that problem.

So all things being equal ‘llI go with the company that has the sharpest lenses and the choices I need and has the accessories I need.

I use tripods and supports from Really Right Stuff (RRS) and if they don’t offer brackets this time for Sony like they did for the a850/a900 that will be part of my consideration process. And of course my camera needs to tether and interface cleanly with LR and PS.

I’m hoping for a Sony A-Mount mirrorless with 48MP sensor!

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In reply to Smartypants, Oct 11, 2012

I could have bought an A99 if it were a bit less expensive, not to replace my beloved A850 but as a second body. I like the OVF, have a lot of good CF cards, and am not that interested in video so... Even if i am quite sure the A99 is a good camera, at that price, i just cannot justify it, so i may invest in some new glass instead.

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In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 11, 2012

I am keeping my A57/A850 combo.

from the images I have seen, I dont think the A99 is enough of an improvement over the A850 to justify the selling my A850 for 1K, and paying an additional $1800.

Maybe in a couple years, or when the next FF alpha is released.

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Re: How many of you selling A900/A850 for A99 ?
In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 11, 2012

right now, I plan on buying an A99: i do not plan on selling my A900. Reason to keep as backup (FF)

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In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 11, 2012

Not selling for - maybe just buying the a99 additionally for the videographic features.

For studiowork the A900/A850 are still top notch and no need for trading them for others...

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In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 12, 2012

chopsteeks wrote:

Awaiting reviews of A99....but considering doing this...

Anyone else and why ?

I like OVF so have no need to change for an electronic box of overpriced gizmo's that I would never use.  Anyway, I have a camcorder and video on a Pentax K-5, so I'll be keeping my A850 for a very long time to come.  It took brilliant images when it was released, and it takes brilliant images now.  Why would I need to change for a body that is likely to be incompatible with certain 3rd party hardware, and thus would have to send even more to replace what I already have?  Good luck to those that do, but I don't have any desire to go with EVF anyway.

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Nope!

No explanation needed.

Steve, @900

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In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 12, 2012

sold my A850 for A77 now, selling A77 for A99

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sye46 wrote:

sold my A850 for A77 now, selling A77 for A99

Should've saved your money and kept the A850.

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Having A77 for a year and D800 for six months, I am pretty sure an A99 with a 36MP sensor with a 500G at the same price of Nikon/Canon's equivalents is my goal. I have already let go my A850. The next question will be...should I go to A99 or simply pickup a 5DIII combo with Canon's extensive new line of telephoto lenses。

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I bought my A77 in January and sold my A900 in late April thinking I would be getting top dollar then, --avoiding crush of later sellers dropping the A900 selling prices as sellers go into a sort of panic trying to get rid of theirs.  I was right; I sold my body-only for $1900 and grip separately for $360.  Home Run!  The A77 was a leap forward for me but I paid top dollar for it at a time when they were in short supply and high demand.

I was certain I would be buying the A99 but I see now it is not worth $2700 on top of what I already paid for the A77. To me the A99 is an A77 in a full frame body.  I'll wait for the next generation full frame offering from Sony.  Over time I owned three A900s and one A850.  I am not going backwards by buying another.

I still feel stung by the price I paid for my A77 I guess.

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Calico Jack wrote:

sye46 wrote:

sold my A850 for A77 now, selling A77 for A99

Should've saved your money and kept the A850.

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I did the same (sold a850 for a77)... that transaction didn't cost a dime as the 850 brought the full price of the a77, and was a fantastic "free" upgrade for my purposes. Now, of course, I'm wanting the a99 too. Am still debating whether to sell one of my a77s.

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In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 13, 2012

The a99 is not of mulch interest to me. My a850 is rarely not fast enough for my needs. I was also hoping for a sensor closer to the D800doubt does seem the a99 can produce marginally better shots than the a850, that slim difference it  would make in my landscape and portrait work is not worth the price. If the rumors are true about a 36 or 50 MP camera on the way, I would be interested to see what it had to offer for the price.

The a99 seems like a nice camera. But if you have no need for video,live view, or faster AF it's not a good of an  investment. In the meantime, I'm in the pool of folks waiting to see if gently used a900s will break the $1000 mark.

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In reply to chopsteeks, Oct 14, 2012

I have the A900 and A77. I don't see that much difference with the A900 for protraiture. I think my 2 cameras cover my reach at the moment.

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