Sony SLT-A99

Announced Sep 12, 2012 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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I would give the A99 a full five stars if it were $2,000, or if it offered better high ISO IQ and a faster frame rate. I really do love this camera. Unlike other cameras I've owned I appreciate it more every time I use it. I resisted buying the A99 because (1) I really like my A77 also, (2) I really like my Canon 1D4 and (3) I was upset with Sony for not offering more than a 6 fps burst rate in a $2800 camera when the lesser A77 - with the ...

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Pondy
 
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The Sony a99 is a brilliant camera & when paired with Carl Zeiss lenses you can't go wrong. I see a lot of reviews from Cannon & Nikon owners who don't own or have ever used the a99 which I find very unusual because how can somebody review a product without using it? Seems to be a bit of false bad reviewing going on by people not willing to let go of a brand name. I've seen comments about Sony not having any decent glass, not sure what that's about but Carl Zeiss make the best Lenses ...

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My wife offered me the opportunity to upgrade my camera in the coming months.  I've been a bit infatuated with the idea of full frame with full frame prices becoming more accessible, at least aside from Sony dSLRs.  For better or worse, my lens collection keeps me pretty faithful to Sony.  The A7/7r don't appeal to me, as I have no interest in adapters or less of In-body-image-stabilization. So I rented the A99 for a week.  Knowing I can get it for under $2000 used, decided to take it for a ...

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DougCalgary
 
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I have owned my A-99 for about a year and confess that I am still in the "gear learning" mode respecting all of the technological options this camera offers. I have found that auto white balance works best for me indoors and during the day I lean toward the cloudy setting as it seems to render warmer skin tones. Otherwise I stick to auto white balance. I currently own two lenses for this camera - Sony 50mm1.4 and Sony 100macro. These are incredibly sharp pieces of glass serving my needs as ...

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Martin Muehlemann
 
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After having a disappointing A850 and Since 2010 being using a Canon 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III, I am really enjoying this new Fullframe from Sony. Although the ISO performance at ISO 25'600 is not as good as the 5D Mark III, I still can use it until ISO 12800. This is fine for all of my appliances. Having a tilt&svivel screen is a great advantage. The viewfinder has a perfectly implemented level gauge AF is fast and accurate.It can combine CDAF and PDAF, even in lifeview Focus Peaking ...

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Trued1
 
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My best camera ever. With the vertical grip and the handstrap it is glued to my hand just like a natural extension of my artistic brain. Problems: None

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I am very excited about possibly buying the Sony SLT-A99, but am wondering if the electronic viewfinder is the future of how camera's should work, or is it a deterrent? Somehow I wonder how much better my Wedding photography might have turned out with an electronic viewfinder. I find that guests and the bridal party expect the photographer to capture candid moments, inside and outside immediately. What is a natural movement from indoor to outdoor - its a requirement for the photographer to ...

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I’m very happy that the poor low light performance of the A900 is gone with the A99. (I’ll still keep a 900 body). As a long time pro, now a three year Sony user, leaving the Canon platform (initially because of the Zeiss optics and 24MP) the switch over to a A99 Body was nothing complicated nor would it be if you are new to the Sony platform. Dial up the exposure one stop and shoot only RAW and never look back. The A99 is very quite companied to the A900 and that’s great too. The future ...

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It is a joy to work with. I never had so much fun in making photos and video. Yes it is a lot of money, but what it gives me it is all worth it. The A99 is all about control and emotion in my photos and video. Problems: nothing that irritates me

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Lots of high expectations for this first FF camera from Sony in 4 years . . . Does it live up? Well, based on my brief and limited experience with this (a week plus with my own camera) mostly yes (and in low light - YES), but there are some issues and puzzling design decisions, esp. around the lack of a decent hi-speed buffer for continuous shooting. Overall, this is an appealing choice for those looking to upgrade from Sony APS-C models or other subframe DSLRs to full frame cameras - if one ...

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