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On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (260 comments in total)
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diogenes1: I regularly shoot at ISO6400 on my a99 (has to be correct exposure) and I'm very happy with it, I'd buy another a99 if it was still available. Why doesn't Sony keep it on the shelves, a la a6000/a63000/a65000. The a99II is too much money for me right now.
The a99II answers all my prayers (higher frame rate, better IBIS, faster/better focusing) but the gallery doesn't exhibit any ISO6400 shots, let alone 12800. It would have been so simple to up the shutter speed on one of the ISO3200 shots.
I noticed that one of the shots was at 1/4 sec. Assuming this was handheld, it still came out very sharp!

Check out the A-mount forum. I know people have posted examples since the first UK pre-orders were received.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
On article Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Sample Gallery (84 comments in total)
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Trubbtele: My Sigma EX 70mm is far suprior. Used in our advance lab.

@ Ron Outdoors: the Sigma 70mm macro was made for the Sony A-mount.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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King of Song: This is a very frustrating camera release. On paper it's the best camera in the world, by far. On paper totally destroys the new Canon 5D IV.

The big problem no lenses. The new and great Sony G Master lenses are only in E mount. The new and phenomenal Zeiss Batis is only in E mount. Sigma Art, only Nikon and Canon. What's left old Minolta lenses, and not much else. Oh maybe just the Zeiss 135 1.8 but that's not enough to buy this body.

Why can't Sony do something about this?

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, and 24-105mm f/4 Art lenses are available for A-mount. It could be they were waiting to see what Sony did with the A-mount before making the others in the series available. They initially didn't release the 24-105mm f/4, so perhaps they'll end up releasing the rest of the line now that the A99ii is coming.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:02 UTC
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AngularJS: Can someone confirm if it shoots 12 fps with black screen / EVF? So basically it's either 8 fps normal shooting or 12 fps pure spray and pray? Thanks!

I think there is some slide show effect with 12fps, but I think they basically did away with evf blackout like they did with the A6300 for 8fps.

From the demos I've seen, while the cross type points are located mainly in the center, you can select points all around just about the entire frame.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 01:01 UTC
On article UPDATED: Sony RX100 Mark V real-world samples (275 comments in total)
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D200_4me: I think the Nikon V1 had 10, 30 and 60 fps...back in 2011. Maybe the buffer wasn't really deep, but...that was 5 years ago.

While you're right that it isn't a completely unheard of frame rate for a 1" type sensor, the RX100 V is 20mp vs. the V1's 10mp and 150 frames vs. 30 frames for the buffer.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
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Mateus1: It sucks! still no front and rear dial (like in Fuji) for direct setings... hoped also for joystick but not as much as the dials. Sony will never make a true camera for street and reportage shodting, but electronic toys that need pressing the buttons.

I'd have to agree that a joystick would really be helpful in the E-mount line.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 17:22 UTC
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beavertown: EVF seriously? that may be a deal breaker for many people as it lags.

I suggest at the very least you check out the demos. At 8fps the view interruption seems to be about the same as you would expect from a mirror moving up and down. They seemed to have worked out the issue on the A6300. So it'll probably be a non-issue.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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DamianFI: Oh man, the faster workflow and fully articulating screen makes me wanna sell my 7RII.
But no 85GM and no Voigtlander 10mm :(

Come on Sony, make the A99II in an E mount!

Or the 85mm f/1.4 CZ

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:38 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nigel Tafferham: The 'Hybrid Cross Type' AF is what I expected on the Canon DSLRs which have both external PDAF and on sensor DPAF, but AFAIK they do not - 1DXII & 5DIV.

If sufficient processing power (maybe not on 5DIV, no excuses for 1DXII) then it should not slow down very much the complete AF process - but maybe we will hear more about the Sony 'Hybrid Cross Type' and how speed relates to accuracy.

Looks like a nice expensive cam !! How about those mega buck lens though ???

I don't think it's a question of whether or not Canon could do it, but whether or not they'd ever drop the OVF.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 03:06 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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kobakokh: A99ii is great camera, of course. Just two problems are there - price of camera and not many really great new A-mount lenses for such high resolution sensor. I think Sony will produces soon that lenses, but, again, i think they will be very big size and very expensive... Also there are no third party manufacturers' lenses for A-mount now... And there are one little question: such fast camera usually want for sport photography, but without such high resolution, its not big problem, user can set low resolution or make crop, but for me its will be better if Sony will put in sport-like camera less resolution but highest iso effective sensor...

No third party lenses? That's completely false.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:08 UTC
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AEY: What about playmemory App? Can you install in this camera

The A77ii had the play memory app but it was limited compared to the versions in the mirrorless cameras. The main thing i found missing was the functionality of the remote function. You couldn't control exposure manually. I hope they've changed it.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
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RobLW: Suddenly I find myself researching what lenses exist for the A-mount.... This announcement from Sony and the Nikon D500 for the DX world are both big pushes for photography this year. But my word, this FPS + mega pix combo is fantastic!

Take a look at They have all the lenses there most with user reviews and sample galleries.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
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Sdaniella: a99 screen that fully-swivel (I like)
but screen to face-foward it tilts down + blocked by tripod mount (unlike)
Is lens A-mount adaptable to Canon EF/TSE lenses?

Is 5-axis ibis magnetically floating image sensor properly heat-sinked?
has shutter vibration been addressed (eliminated)
has its fixed translucent mirror improved internal reflection reduced/eliminated?
does it have full manual exposure control hdr stills+video?
does it have full manual exposure control multiple exposure?
no touchscreen AF? (unlike)
dual SD-only cards (huh?)
does its evf diopter go to +/-4.00 (very near-sighted); otherwise, I have to use the external screen only!
since video cams have zero blackouts, why does still hi-cont fps shooting have ANY blackouts at all?!? especially with no opaque mirrors to block image sensor?!

"since video cams have zero blackouts, why does still hi-cont fps shooting have ANY blackouts at all?!? especially with no opaque mirrors to block image sensor?!"

The sensor still basically needs to be turned on and off to begin and end the exposure. There's still a mechanical shutter being used for stills whereas video is typically a fully electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1593 comments in total)
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jim bennett: So my takeaway is that the in body IS only works for video and only in conjunction with lenses that already have IS? So it will not benefit lenses without IS or legacy non stabilized lenses. If true that is a huge miss for Canon. Probably on purpose but still, that really limits the effectiveness and is different than how most in body stabilization cameras work.

The first impressions review mentioned it as electronic stabilization for video. So it's unclear whether it's in-body sensor shift or simply an algorithm applied digitally. It does seem to imply that the 5-axis IS isn't available for stills.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
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Nobby2016: boring.... in that class of cameras i rather buy a mirrorless.

entry level DSLR´s are done. some amercians may still want a entry level DSLR.
but then some even want the DONALD to be their president.

but for such cheap entry level APS-C stuff mirrorless is the better choice.

I completely agree that something like the A6000 would be a more compelling choice than this camera. One of the problems though is there still aren't enough cheap e-mount upgrades for kit lenses. You basically have either the 18-105mm f/4 for $600 or the 16-70mm f/4 for $1000. Almost every other manufacturer has an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 for $600 or less including Sony's own A-mount. If you're looking at entry level cameras, you don't get that option with e-mount. You have better options with micro 4/3rds, but unless you're in a camera store, it's unlikely you'd see one.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
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AshMills: If Hi Sync works by using a long flash pulse, does this mean it is less well suited to capturing very fast motion than "normal" flash?

Hot shoe flashes normally produce a series of pulses at a reduced power because they aren't powerful enough to sustain the flash. Since these units are more powerful they can produce the same effect with a longer duration rather than pulses.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (178 comments in total)
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Shake Reduction: Sony should try and partner with a cheaper 3rd party manufacturer too so that your only choice isn't plus $1000 options only. It's like only offering Hyundai's with carbon fiber body panels.

If you look at Sigma and Tamron, they make lenses for Sony A-mount that are cheaper. But then they also have Canon, Nikon, and Pentax as well for non-mirrorless options. So if they make one lens design they can easily just change the mount and sell a larger volume.

Right now there are only 3 APS-C and 1 full frame mirrorless options. Until mirrorless cameras are being sold in that volume it's likely they'll be slow to come out with new cheaper lens designs.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (306 comments in total)
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kaiser soze: Dpreview: You're really getting on my nerves. What is the point of mentioning the "equivalent" f-number (f11). Have you all lost your senses? All this is going to do is cause confusion. All this is, in total, is a way of saying that the total amount of light captured is the same as it would be with a 35mm camera and a lens at f11. Why do you think that it is meaningful to point this out? I think it is bizarre.It has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING that matters. Nothing at all. The camera exposure value is the same as it would be 35mm camera and a lens at f4, correct? So it has no relevance to exposure settings, and the angle of view, expressed comparatively, is determined by the relative difference in sensor size, i.e., the "crop factor". So what is the point? I find it downright BIZARRE. You have simply come up with something that you think makes you look smart. It doesn't make me think you are smart. It makes me think you are a bunch of WEIRDOS.

@RStyga, while I agree with the idea that it can be useful to know the equivalent DoF, lately it seems to be that they don't make that part clear in the reviews. Then you get first timers buying cameras that think that there will be a difference in exposure with smaller sensor cameras and general confusion.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 16:28 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: If the A-mount version is any indication, the 70-300mm should probably drop in price especially if it gets bundled in kits. The 50mm FE mount lens looks good. Might be time to transition fully to the Sony FE system!

Which A-mount version are you talking about? The original 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G is still selling new at about $1000 and the new version was about the same as this one when released.

The 75-300mm was the only one I ever saw bundled, and that was much more of a "kit" lens than the G-series. It was probably also the worse performing A-mount sony telephoto.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
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janbanan: WOW, first good system for Sony!

Will this be comptabile with Elinchrom and Sekonic form wireless common standard partnership?

The original odin was available for sony as well. The main difference is this version is meant to work with the MI hot shoe vs the Auto-lock hot shoe with the previous version. However you can still use the older odin on MI bodies and flashes using an adapter.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 23:06 UTC
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