Spectro: I am thinking about a camcorder and Panasonic gh3 might be my pick.
h2k, what a bad boy you are.... InFocus instead, is such a nice guy , that is wishing you dead before him....
All of you dorks have no idea how many people will love this kind of bags.
mdanoff: "Movie focused" is a bit extreme. I tried the Olympus OM-5, and while a wonderful camera, for still photography preferred and purchased the GH3.
The movie is a nice exercise to shows what the camera could on a production where you would never use it. :PUsing a couple of Alexa plus a set of primes on that shoot, would have added 4/5k maximum. Most of the rigging used on the GH3 would have been the same used on the Alexa or a Scarlet.Let's be honest, the GH3 is an amazing camera for the money and even a little more, yet when you get a prod, like that, the money available are in excess of 40/50k at least. in that case you will use the 1200 bucks camera for back stage photography and shoot the whole gig with the right camera for the job.
Franka T.L.: Its long debated with such matters and issues. There are time and occasions where I can understand why a journalist would choose to stand on the sideline , say in war or disaster situations. But its also long held that for the part, its just pure decency for any individual who are able to effort a try to stop any harm to another individual. The photographer in this case choose a way which might be professionally sound, but humanely speaking , much questionable. Especially after the fact that there is likely chance for stopping the fury just at that. Fury but not violence. Would it effect less with the documentation, I doubt it, but surely the violence is more dramatic. So for the price of the drama we have somebodies getting beat up and another waste of police resource.
Is it worth it for somebody to get hurt ( literally and then some ) just so we can have some photo of something we dearly do not need but yet we all know about quite alright.
I ear you! But the photographer was "so nobody" before the violence. After the violence she got the chance of her life to become somebody for a few days!You cannot stop that....!
Peiasdf: Got a feeling Sigma's 50 f/1.4 is going to be better than the Zeiss.... hmm. Zeiss aren't that impressive lately.
Images coming from Sigma lenses lack carachter, never mind how sharp they can be. Zeiss lenses regardless by who are manufactured have carachter.Haselblad Zeiss lenses were manufactured 10 to 20 years previous these Sony Zeiss, which are significantly better.The only AF Zeiss that can approach the level of these new Zeiss are the one from the 645 Contax.
Gionni Dorelli: Worked with an A99 yesterday. If you do not need the resolution of the D800 all the times, the a99 is simply the most complete Dslr camera at the moment.The EVF is just a joy to use and it does not hinder my way of taking photos at all. After a few minutes you would just forget it is an EVF instead of an ovf if wasn't for the wealth of informations that are displayed on it.
The only way I could buy a Canikon again, it would be if Sony stop making these kind cameras.I'm some what old fashion on the way I use cameras, but the A99 just feels natural to use.
Yet what ever SLT is new or old technology I can care less and for my experience with others SLT, they do not degrade the image more than the mirror slap of a typical Dslr, which affect image sharpness up to 1/250 or even 1/500 if I well remember. I does not gater dust more than a flipping mirror and the last two generations of Slt do not generate reflections that anybody should care of. A part for maybe astrophotographers. I think only the a55 generated ghosting in some very specific condition, although my A55 never did it.....As for Sony not understanding what photographers want, I cannot agree with it.The Nex is one of the most enjoyable tools to take pictures with. It actually makes it very easy, which is what a good tool should be made for.And please stop making TV comparisons, it just expose your ignorance.And btw viewing images on a flat TV screen, pulling them remotely from an HD has its advantages, rather the pulling them out of a carton box or an album.
I knew that putting the A99 among its peers which are Dslr would have attracted at least one dictionary mosquito.Technically it is a SLT, especially because Sony marketing department, decided this acronim may help to enanche the perception of their product.The camera operate like a Dslr, at least for what the operator has to do in order to make it take pictures.It replaces a Dslr (a900) and if i do not like it and want to buy a Canikon, I can only replace it with a Dslr.For simplicity of the comparison I was making, i called it an Dslr
Some the guys here just name Sony as a gadget company, just do not consider, due to their ignorance, the professional division of Sony video and motion picture cameras, wich is state of the art and the yard stick for all.After all I think we can only expect things to get better from Sony. There are all the ingredients for them to deliver good products:the Minolta legacy, they have an exclusive deal with one of the best lens designers (Zeiss) and they have the best expertise in digital imaging with their professional video camera and motion picture equipment department.Sony Cinealta equipment is currently putting on the backfoot all the competitors, including Red and Arri. Of course Sony has decades of experience in motion imagery where they do not have it on Dslr making,so they are not going to displace Canikon anytime soon. yet they will be able to deliver product that will be as good and most of the times better. Like tha a99 is and to some extent also the a900 was.
Worked with an A99 yesterday. If you do not need the resolution of the D800 all the times, the a99 is simply the most complete Dslr camera at the moment.The EVF is just a joy to use and it does not hinder my way of taking photos at all. After a few minutes you would just forget it is an EVF instead of an ovf if wasn't for the wealth of informations that are displayed on it.
Joe Shaffer: So it preforms on par or better than "professional" cameras but you keep using the words "SLR enthusiasts" for the people who would buy it. Why enthusiasts and not professionals? Is it because it doesn't say Canon or Nikon on it?
I have worked professionally with Sony for 4 years now, I also shoot Blads.Although the Sony perform as any other pro cameras and in some aspects are even better, the lack of rentals is a problem.When I was using Canon or Nikon if I needed a lens that I rarely use, I was just calling the rental a having it delivered at my door. With Sony I cannot do it, unless I am in the USA.
Peiasdf: Not a bad camera by any mean but SONY clearly crippled certain functions to not step on SONY's professional cameras and upcoming SONY 1D X/D4 camera's toe.
Also a few hundred too expensive consider the recycled EVF from A77 and cheaper "mirror box"
Checking the 2 EVF of a99 and A77 side to side, I can see there is different magnification and there may be a difference in clarity.What ever the difference is only given by the increased magnification of the a99, it just seems clearer looking through the a99 finder.BTW. For those complaining that these EVF produce tearing while panning fast, it is clear that they never looked through one of these 2 EVF, because they do not even remotely do it.I regularly use the a900 and digital haselblad which have the best ovf in their classes, although I may have some reserves for the a77 EVF, probably due to feel small, I have zero reserves with the A99 one. Nevertheless, I have a "toy" a55 and I still feel comfortable working with its small and not upto date EVF.
falconeyes: Strange, DPR gives the A99 a better low iso rating than the full frame cameras w/o light absorbing SLT mirror and same sensor tech. Must clearly be a mistake. Moreover, DPR finds no nice words for the A99 AF system. Still gets the top score. Strange I find.
Most of us must be feeling sorry for people like marike and jonikon.Wasting their time with countless of negative posts about a tool they do not even own or plan to buy.Complaining about a few fraction of points rating a reviewer is giving to a feature you guys did not even had a chance to test on your own. How moronic is that?
sandy b: Nice camera, great news for the Sony faithful. I like how Sony pushes the technology envelope. Great time to be into photography.
For what I know, neither Canon or nikon have AF Zeiss and in body stabilization.Those are deal breaker.Sure you cannot compare if do not have those!
photo nuts: Great review.
Decent camera. Not as light as one hopes for the SLT design, but acceptable.
Took a peek at Sony store for some lenses... Ewwwww... far too limited. Cannot compare to the m43 arsenal, much less Canikon range.
Good effort. Try harder next time Sony, especially your lens department.
Well.... they surely have more lenses you can even remotely afford to buy.
Marty4650: Gold Award.... and well deserved.
Sony has done it again.
Shamael, you are right, but at the end who bloody cares...
I'm a Pro using Sony and very happy that most of Pros, that are my competitors BTW, do not use it.It is a bit like being a Leica user, they would not care what a Nikon lover has to complain about Leica.
RStyga: An upper IQ limit of ISP 6400, and then it gets visibly worse than the competition.
Typical Sony DSLR IQ... strong sensor manufacturer but somehow they mess up when using them in their DSLR.. it doesn't make sense...
Better high iso does not necessarily means better image quality for everybody use. especially since the differences are very marginal.Sony sensor technology, has over all, much more to offers than Nikon and canon that only blindfolded people cannot accept this fact.I have used Nikon for 20 years and Canon for 6, but i would go back to it only if Sony stops making cameras.
schufosi777: Pity I cannot buy it. I am an English speaker living in Japan and it comes with Japanese menus only and Sony will not allow it to be imported from anywhere. So its down to the other two who do have English menus.
Japanese are really welcoming to foreigners in general. even they immigration system is quite less complicated than those in the US and Europe.Only their appliances made for the domestic market are really stubborn...
Shamael: If someone now can explain to me why a camera with a ton more features, with more comfort in use, with better sharpness, but with just a stop lower high ISO performance can get 3 points less then the Nikon D600. D600 AF is the worst Nikon ever made, the camera has quality issues, has not tilt and swivle screen, nor AF range setting for lenses to capture within a certain range, no focus peaking for MF, no composed image shooting for handheld in dark light and, and, and, and. DPR, you become more and more ridiculous.Compared to the A99, the D600 body is a cripple and here the fact the it has 39AF points opposed to 19 is not an excuse. The AF performs better than Nikon D600 AF, the major point where almost all Pro's who use it complain about. So, what on the end justifies this "bad" note compared to D600. Comparing both cameras is comparing a Ferrari to a Volkswagen, Nikon's D600 is primitive and Nikon has not make any effort to make this camera a modern tool, even D5200 offers more.
Nikon cannot do inexpensive DSLR that are reliable and sturdy enough. It is in their DNA. All the affordable Nikons, begin to fall apart earlier that other's makers affordable DSLR. It has always been like this since the '80ies.
To my eyes, looking at the tests on calibrated monitors, the a99 has more dynamic range than all the other FF at every iso.For example the canon 5d III and the nikons are even barely a match of the older a900, for dynamic range and colors up to 800 iso.details is about the same for all, except the Nikon d800, of course.
one big con on the a99. IMO, is the AF sensors that are too close to the center.
The clients who commissioned and paid the photographer to take the photo, will always have the right of framing it, hanging it on the bedroom wall and looking at it anytime they wish. Or they can put in an album and keep it on the coffee table, so they can show it to granny when she comes around.No law will ever takes those basic rights away. Do not worry!For all other uses, they have to pay royalties.End of the story.