A99 or Canon 5D Mark III

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sean lancaster
sean lancaster Veteran Member • Posts: 7,235
A99 or Canon 5D Mark III

Fiddling around while waiting for the A99, I started looking at lenses and more overall initial costs for a whole upgrade. Even if the A99 is considerably cheaper than the 5D Mark III, I think the lenses might make it cheaper. But I am posting some of my research here and perhaps folks will find the error in my ways . . . and there are sure to be errors in my initial research.

I currently shoot an NEX-5N and have the Zeiss 24 on my camera most of the time. That's close to being a 35mm on a full frame, so the 35mm focal length and a fast speed is appealing to me. I also have a Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.4 that I love, but I don't use it as much because it's not AF. But that's not far off of a 50 prime on FF and I could live with that, I believe. I have ruled out the D800, which looks terrific for landscape, but I don't shoot landscape. I want faster AF and better tracking and I am waiting to see how the A99 fares.


Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera
With EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM


EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide-Angle Autofocus Lens

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

(2 lenses = $2,678)
(Camera and 2 lenses = $6,142)

Or, I could drop 35 and get these 3 for more versatility; though, I am pretty happy with primes:

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens

(3 lenses = $1,297)
(3 lenses and 70-200 = $2,646)
(Camera and 70-200 and 3 lenses = $6110)



Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM Lens

Sony SAL-35F14G 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical G Series Standard Zoom Lens

Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T Zoom Lens

Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens

(lenses 1, 3, 4 = $4,346) - pkg 1
(lenses 1, 2, 4 = $3,871) - pkg 2

SR reporting $2,800 for the A99 today. If so,
(Camera with lens pkg 1 = $7,146)
(Camera with lens pkg 2 = $6,671)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony Alpha 7R II Voigtlander 35mm F1.2 Nokton Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Sony FE 28mm F2 +4 more
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Nikon D800 Sony Alpha a99 Sony Alpha NEX-5N
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