Douglas F Watt

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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1515 comments in total)
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tbcass: The comment "not so great with third party lenses" is very misleading. I use my A99ii exclusively with Tamron lenses and everything works great!!!!! All you lose are the on sensor PDAF points but the lenses still focus fast and accurately. Misleading comments like this are why this review has been criticized.

i can add my response to the existing ones, which some here have dismissed as simply anecdotal, that 3rd party lenses somehow don't work as well as Sony 8 pin lenses. Just not true, at least in my experience. I have over ten Minolta, Sigma, and Tamron lenses. Not one uses H-AF, and the AF performance is uniformly excellent on all of them. Indeed, some of the best AF performance is on screw drive lenses. Although an occasional AF hiccup can be found with 3rd party glass (and mostly it's a very occasional issue with a Sigma lens), the vast majority work just fine. The Tamron 70-200 USD focuses as quickly and reliably as the 70-400 G2. DPR should be more careful about these kinds of statements. It doesn't help things, just muddies the water, and adds to the impression that DPR sometimes is shooting from the hip.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

It will do about 65 RAW in 42MP.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 04:40 UTC
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ovlov: I find it interesting that Sony continues to keep the A-mount on life support. What's really needed is a revamped lens lineup. I left the A-mount for the EF-mount years ago partially because scrounging ebay for used Minolta lenses gets old. Some of the issues that required service visits to Laredo got old too.

All these years later Sony still doesn't seem to have a road map for the A-mount.

@brendon. "There are very few people like you who actually believe the A mount is on anything but life support. Every one else knows the truth about the A mount and the damming evidence to the same."

I guess everyone who has a different view from you (and that's at least everyone that's ordered the A99ii making it the most backordered FF camera in a long time) just doesn't have your deep insight and wonderful market vision.

Spoken like a true outsider, who believes that the view from the outside is the true view. Thanks for sharing!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
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ovlov: I find it interesting that Sony continues to keep the A-mount on life support. What's really needed is a revamped lens lineup. I left the A-mount for the EF-mount years ago partially because scrounging ebay for used Minolta lenses gets old. Some of the issues that required service visits to Laredo got old too.

All these years later Sony still doesn't seem to have a road map for the A-mount.

I'd say you don't have a roadmap and your view of Sony is on life support. Sony's plans are pretty clear, it is going to do a modest updating of the lens lineup (new CZ zooms last year, primes this year, from there probably a few other redos), and new bodies on a 3 to 4 year timetable for APS-C vs FF respectively. Can understand if you feel that modest updating is insufficient. But if you regard the whole lens lineup as nothing but slim pickings, I would have to assume that you don't know what's out there. Too bad that folks like you and other A-Mount-Is-Dead devotees can't test the the reality of your beliefs in light of the A99ii and Sony's clear statements about a commitment to A mount. I doubt you'll ever update any of your misconceptions about Sony, but that's the way it rolls. Downhill.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I have never been a fan of Sony color or images. I look at what Nikon and others do with the Sony sensors and they knock them out of the park. I haven't looked at this camera yet so hoping they are doing better.

That was true on the previous gen of 24 and 36 MP sensors. But this sensor first of all is not going to be sold to Nikon, not until it is replaced by something better in the next gen - and there is nothing that 'knocks it out of the part'.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1515 comments in total)
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

if you shoot in crop mode (18MP files) the buffer is huge. 260 or so RAW, and almost unlimited JPEGs. I've never ever run out of buffer depth, even in 42MP, and in crop mode, it's pretty ridiculous. People are hung up on statistics as opposed to real world use.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 16:53 UTC

"Digital camera sales have slightly decreased from 1.8 to 1.6 billion units" - i'm sure that's a typo (should be in millions of units?). Otherwise, last year, roughly one quarter of the planet bought a non-ILC Sony cam. Seems a bit improbable?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 00:34 UTC as 49th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1515 comments in total)
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Full Stop: This cam (and the A7R2) have the best JPEG-engine I've ever seen.

Yup. that's my assessment as well. And it's not widely appreciated. Every generation of JPEG engines on recent Sony bodies has been better than the last. Compare particularly JPEGs as ISO rises on the studio test scene. Although RAW on 810, A99ii and A7Rii aren't really all that different, the JPEGs on the Sonys are simply better from 1600 and up, and by 6400, it's not that close. They seem to have the balancing of sharpening, NR and context dependent application of both tuned to a level that more established players can't match. Interesting that this has become a Sony strength, esp. from where they started in the A900, which had a poor JPEG engine.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
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Morvegil: Not sure why anyone in their right mind would go back to A mount. Its a almost dead tech. With the Sony E mount and Canon/Nikon killing the lens game...just buying into a dead tech.

Might as well start your VCR back up.

@morvegil. Bugs Buggy would have said "oy, what a maroon."

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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MikeDeane: Semi transparent mirror is a no-no in my humble opinion - Canon had that back in the 60'[s with it's PELLIX...and it bombed....not enough light entered the viewfinder for most people....MD

@MikeDeane Fortunately, Sony didn't listen to folks like you with little real technical knowledge. Wrong about SLT, wrong about the EVF, just run of the mill technical ignorance and lack of real knowledge, dressed up in an authoritative tone. Try shooting with one before you rush to judgment. If you can even get one.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:09 UTC

It's amazing how times change. This thing was way cool when it came out. Now any cheap cell phone takes way better pictures. What will the technology look like in 20 years?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 62nd comment
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MLPhoto88: Why in the image comparison does the a99 II have so much red fringe??

This has been kicked around - the Zeiss 85 does have some CA issues. Aside from the well known vulnerability of the lens to CA, it's very possible, if not probable, that the studio JPEGs were taken with CA compensation turned off. Too bad. It really does limit that issue quite a bit, knocking it down from obvious to really much more subtle.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 15:04 UTC
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endofoto: I think that passing through the fixed mirror would diminish the light energy and thereby the quality of colours. The main difference between prime lenses and zoom lenses is that zoom lenses have more glass that the photons should pass through.

Pure rubbish. Dressed up in a few buzz words from physics.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 02:53 UTC
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Sdaniella: hrmmm ... a99ii screen face-forward ... not really .., canted upwards, or pr photos incomplete? missing screen fully-forward capability?

saw a77 video of screen-facing fully forward ... but no a99ii?

Yes, it faces forward. not sure where you are getting your (mis)information. You want this FF to take selfies?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:05 UTC
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ProfHankD: An absolutely top-of-the-line camera that still gets little respect in the comments here and is getting reviewed a year after release....

BTW, the comments about lenses are simply incorrect -- if you actually go count how many AF lenses (new+old, but mostly old) are available in A mount it is literally MORE than are native for any other mount (e.g., based on actual counts from places like KEH and eBay). Basically, Minolta was the first with a "modern" AF SLR so everybody made lenses for it -- and they're inordinately cheap now because A mount is no longer as popular. Take a look at Dyxum for a well-maintained list of many of the A-mount lenses with reviews.

@hikerdoc
So if you are so indifferent, why are you bothering to dismiss the camera as irrelevant? And if it's irrelevant to you, does that mean that it has to be irrelevant to everyone else? And if not, doesn't it suggest that you are simply trying to stir people up?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
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ProfHankD: An absolutely top-of-the-line camera that still gets little respect in the comments here and is getting reviewed a year after release....

BTW, the comments about lenses are simply incorrect -- if you actually go count how many AF lenses (new+old, but mostly old) are available in A mount it is literally MORE than are native for any other mount (e.g., based on actual counts from places like KEH and eBay). Basically, Minolta was the first with a "modern" AF SLR so everybody made lenses for it -- and they're inordinately cheap now because A mount is no longer as popular. Take a look at Dyxum for a well-maintained list of many of the A-mount lenses with reviews.

Thanks for the reality check Prof. However, you are forgetting that trolling is the primary cottage industry on DPR, and that most of these folks recycle rumors, disinformation, obfuscation, and other trolling-type comments. Since they can't trash the camera, light loss (well, they still troll that one), they are left with trolling comments about the lens ecology. That there are a many great lenses, admittedly with some holes in the lineup and a need for updating, is irrelevant. The primary purpose of this blog sadly has become continuing brand wars, a rolling oneupsmanship, and the like. It's not to discuss DP, technical issues. etc. Wish it was . . .it would be a great resource.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 15:40 UTC
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King of Song: The photo that DPR is using of the camera in review, has a Zeiss 85 1.4 mounted. Why is that lens not listed on Sony's official site? Are there other great lenses not listed?

My only complaint about this camera body is the lack of newly designed top quality prime lenses, with the latest AF motors. There are very many old Minolta lenses that are not good enough for this sensor, or AF system. There is no point having the best sensor in the world, attached to an old coke bottle....

Sigma Art, doesn't build their lenses with Sony A mount, Actually only the 35mm, none of the others. Really not much. The new Zeiss Batis, and Otus not in Sony A mount!!!

Best camera in the world, only has a bunch of 30+ year old lenses. Even Sony itself, choose to not build their top class lenses on their own A mount!!!! No G Master lenses for A mount???? Why???

It's unusual to see so many counterfactual statements in a single post, but it appears offered from someone who doesn't own either the camera or the lenses he is offering such authoritative opinions on! Nice! Point of fact: there is the Zeiss 24mm, the Sigma Art 35, the Sigma Art 50 (contrary to your post), the Zeiss 50/85/135 - all superb options. The Minolta primes, particularly their telephoto primes, but others as well, and the 80-200 2,0 HS G are more than sharp enough to reveal great details on that sensor. There are several excellent Tamron options, particularly the very sharp 70-200. Check your facts, otherwise, you embarress yourself.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:22 UTC
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Tieu Ngao: Nikon D750 is better than all these 4 cameras on this IQ test scene.

The DPR test scene suggests something very different from that assessment.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:19 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...

DON'T GO THERE...!

Love hurts.

Trolling much Angular? Slow news day on other websites? Like I said, you've never shot a frame with the A99ii. And you're more knowledgeable about it than people who own one.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 03:56 UTC
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John Arenas: Stupendous JPEG sharpness and noise control up to 12800 compared to D500, XT2, & EM1II. Reason for those cameras is because indoor sports is important to me and these have the best AF features in this price range. One drawback that I did see was in the ISO testing strong cyan and purple fringing in certain areas.

that's likely in the lens. The 85 1.4 that they shot the test images with is very very sharp, esp. stopped down, but it could use updated coatings, and is vulnerable to a little bit of CA.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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