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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    I surrender!

    I have just placed my A99 order with new 60 flash, and free SD card (also ordered two 32 gig cards), free overnight shipping, so it'll arrive by 10:30AM tomorrow.

    I'm not thrilled, but as the Mafia says, "It's just business". However, some of the shots and comments here helped me get over the hump ... I'll just learn how to use the EVF for it's advantages, and revert to the A900 for when it is best or preferred.

    I will now fire sale my back-up A900 but keep the other A900 and the two 58 flashes that I use with off-camera radio lighting.

    I completely investigated swapping systems, or adding a second system to one Sony A900, and it all adds up to way more money than I'm willing to put against 35mm DSLRs. Good deals on the Nikon D800, but add in the lenses needed and files that are over-kill for how I use a 35mm DSLR = no thanks ... same for a Canon 5D-III which was more in line with my applications ... yet after adding in lenses and flashes = no thanks.

    I have all the Zeiss glass I need, and the Sony 70-200APO is stellar for the few times I use it. I got into the Sony Alpha system for the look and feel of the Zeiss glass over that of Nikon or Canon ... and this just preserves that decision. The A900 wasn't a perfect solution (no live view, no ability to mirror shoot to two cards), and neither is this one ... but I'll get used to it, master it, and get on with the stuff I use a 35mm DSLR for.

    It was, and still is, about the glass.

    Thanks all, both Pro and Con ... it helps.

    -Marc

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    Good Luck Marc
    I suspect you'll learn to find the EVF more attractive than you thought. In the end function tends to make the heart grow fonder!
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    Marc,

    You're killing me. I was waiting for your decision before I even entertained the thought of selling the a900 and getting the a99. Carlos was kind enough to let me fondle the a99 and look through the EVF. Looking through an EVF was kind of funky but if the pros outweigh the cons, and this is the wave of the future............

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Marc,

    You're killing me. I was waiting for your decision before I even entertained the thought of selling the a900 and getting the a99. Carlos was kind enough to let me fondle the a99 and look through the EVF. Looking through an EVF was kind of funky but if the pros outweigh the cons, and this is the wave of the future............
    I'm in a different place than you are Mikal. If I didn't have a second A900 to keep, I wouldn't give up a A900 to have this camera. The only reason to get an A99 is for a bit higher ISO, and live view ... and not spend an arm and leg to get it. A tax write off before Dec. 31st is also nice

    IMHO.

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    Marc, I hear ya. Maybe I will just get a longer lens so I can shoot my son's water polo games without having to crop in the post processing. I could use the higher iso but believe it or not, I would rather save my money and get a used M9 and use the hell out of the M 50/1.4 pre ASPH that I have had for 12 years.

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    I just received my eye-fi card. I have my A99 set to shoot jpg and raw. I'm putting the jpg on card1 and raw files on card2. Card1 is my eye-fi and the jpgs are going right over to my Mac. I wanted to get this up and running first. Now I will install the app on my ipad and switch over to iPad. The install is very easy.
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    This sounds great, Cindy - which eye-fi card did you get? I'm likely to follow you.
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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    I surrender!

    I have just placed my A99 order with new 60 flash, and free SD card (also ordered two 32 gig cards), free overnight shipping, so it'll arrive by 10:30AM tomorrow.

    -Marc
    I'll be very interested just how the EVF works for you, Marc. I use the a99 for wildlife so our uses are quite different but I've become addicted. The a900 is definitely the back-up camera now.

    Let us know when you've had a chance to be assimilated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    This sounds great, Cindy - which eye-fi card did you get? I'm likely to follow you.
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    Bill, I bought the Eye-Fi X2 4GB. The 4GB seems to work well since I am keeping my raws on a bigger card in slot 2 and only small jpegs are going to the eye-fi card. I'll probably buy another larger one now that I know that it works.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    I surrender!

    I have just placed my A99 order with new 60 flash, and free SD card (also ordered two 32 gig cards), free overnight shipping, so it'll arrive by 10:30AM tomorrow.

    I'm not thrilled, but as the Mafia says, "It's just business". However, some of the shots and comments here helped me get over the hump ... I'll just learn how to use the EVF for it's advantages, and revert to the A900 for when it is best or preferred.

    It was, and still is, about the glass.

    Thanks all, both Pro and Con ... it helps.

    -Marc
    Congratulations, Marc!

    I think you will start to like/love the EVF especially in combination with your
    manual lenses.
    I am thinking of this camera as well, although I don't really want to go big again, therefore I would prefer a smaller compleetly mirrorles
    solution. If your waitng for it it takes a hell lot of time to make one.
    (yes, I know there is the Leica M for more then twice as much)

    Would like to hear from you what you think of the A99.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Good Luck Marc
    I suspect you'll learn to find the EVF more attractive than you thought. In the end function tends to make the heart grow fonder!
    all the best
    Actually, I really subscribe to that notion Jono. If something results in better shots, or better said, makes better shots happen more consistently, I take to that piece of gear and become fond of it

    The idea of conceiving of a shot and the tool works with you rather than against you to achieve it, is the criteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    I'll be very interested just how the EVF works for you, Marc. I use the a99 for wildlife so our uses are quite different but I've become addicted. The a900 is definitely the back-up camera now.

    Let us know when you've had a chance to be assimilated!

    Bill
    Thanks Bill. I'm no stranger to EVF ... I tried it with an A77 and owned a A55 for a while. I didn't stick with either one mostly because they were crop frame and really didn't bring any IQ to the party over the A900 especially higher ISOs ... so the EVF penalty wasn't worth it.

    This camera seems to bring more to the party ... plus, I'm not adverse to experimenting with video ... motion is how I made my living for 30+ years. Then again, that may feel more like work

    -Marc

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    Congratulations, Marc!

    I think you will start to like/love the EVF especially in combination with your
    manuale lenses.
    I am thinking of this camera as well, although I don't really want to go big again, therefore I would prefer a smaller compleetly mirrorles
    solution. If your waitng for it it takes a hell lot of time to make one.
    (yes, I know there is the Leica M for more then twice as much)

    Would like to hear from you what you think of the A99.

    Michiel
    Thanks Michiel.

    I really don't use manual focus lenses on 35mm DSLRs anymore.

    It will be hard to form an opinion about this camera until I shoot a full wedding with it. Weddings and events are the only reason I have any 35mm DSLR at all. I travel with a M digital, and shoot portraits and table top commercial with a Medium Format camera.

    But I do have a couple of hyper little doggies that are real clowns ... so insipid pet pics are not beneath me, and that'll probably be my first subjects with this camera while getting used to it.

    Stay tuned.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Hi Marc,

    Sure you've done the same thing but downloading comparison RAW's from Imaging Resource I find the colour and facial tonality of the A99 to beat the 5D3 and D800 in that order.
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    Marc, i only have a wife and some grown up children.
    I think i should get myself some animals as well for camera testing..

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    Marc, I am excited to hear what you have to say about the new 60 Flash unit!
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    I have the 43 and a generic Minolta flash, as well as the 20 for my NEX7. I am interested in the 60 flash and any flash trigger solutions that anyone comes up with.

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    Cindy,
    I am field testing a WonderBurst HS8800 flash trigger from Fotodiox. I will be testing the PocketWizard 3 when they arrive. So far, it works with my studio strobes, but I am awaiting my 60 for further testing.
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    Cindy, thanks for the advice re eye-fi cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    Marc, i only have a wife and some grown up children.
    I think i should get myself some animals as well for camera testing..


    My kids fled the nest long ago and moved far away (hope it wasn't something I said), The wife doesn't move around fast enough these days to test the AF speed.

    So I got a little Chihuahua ... but ya gotta use a higher shutter speed even for static shots because the darned thing shakes when it's just sitting there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Hi Marc,

    Sure you've done the same thing but downloading comparison RAW's from Imaging Resource I find the colour and facial tonality of the A99 to beat the 5D3 and D800 in that order.
    That was one of the convincing things for me Ben. It was/is one of the things I loved about the A900 ... the color out of the camera was much more to my liking than the D3X I was also using at the time. Seems they preserved that, and maybe improved on it a bit. Well see ... UPS missed the delivery yesterday, but it'll be here this AM with any luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    Marc, I am excited to hear what you have to say about the new 60 Flash unit!
    Actually, needing a new flash was a small irritation. I already have two 58s and the older Sony mount Stratos-II pass through TTL radio system. However, I am keeping a A900, so I'll just use it that way until Phottix catches up with the new standard hot shoe mount for Sony TTL in future.

    The good news is that I won't need an adapter for the standard shoe mount Profoto AIR transceiver.

    I use flash a lot, so stay tuned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Bill, I bought the Eye-Fi X2 4GB. The 4GB seems to work well since I am keeping my raws on a bigger card in slot 2 and only small jpegs are going to the eye-fi card. I'll probably buy another larger one now that I know that it works.
    Cindy, what is the distance the wifi card will work. How far away can you be from an iPad?

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    You guys have me thinking about the a99 even more seriously than ever. Last night I tried taking some pics of my kids iat 7:15 pm with the a900, the Sony 58 flash, and a manual focus Leica R 50/1.4. Too many shots missed their mark because I couldn't focus the lens properly in the dark. I am wondering if focus peaking and an EVF would have helped. I really like the lens but am tempted to sell it to finance the difference between the a900 and the a99.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    My A99 arrived.

    Damed battery door doesn't work. Have to put a toothpick in the top slot to make it release. I'll have figure out how to make it work properly. Hope the rest of the camera is made better.

    I'm actually going to have to read the manual so I can shut off the video game airport landing graphic in the viewfinder.

    Loving three things already ... the articulated LCD is a God send for my crappy knees, the ability to quickly adjust the WB in the viewfinder is beyond valuable, and the high ISO looks pretty good at 2500 ... decent noise structure.

    Custom button can't be assigned for flash comp ... unless I missed it. That was one of the great features of the A900 ... no fiddling around with tiny buttons on the speed-light.

    Still do NOT like the frozen image in the viewfinder after taking a shot. It's fine when on the LCD.

    Lots to get familiar with. Seems like a nice camera ... pretty quiet BTW.

    Size is just small enough ... any smaller and I'd send it back ... the camera has to be comfortable in hand when shooting for 8 hours straight.

    Lunch time now ... will be back later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Cindy, what is the distance the wifi card will work. How far away can you be from an iPad?

    -Marc
    Marc, I haven't tested it fully yet, but I took a shot in the living room with the iPad in the bedroom (3 rooms away) and the photo was displayed on iPad when I got there. I tried shooting on the balcony, with the ipad in the back bedroom, and it did not download.
    There seem to be some nice features. For $49.95 per year, you can get unlimited photo backup in the cloud. Also, the 4GB card is endless if you continue to download (I haven't tested this out yet, but they claim it.) There is a forum on their site which addresses possible problems and has discussions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Marc, I haven't tested it fully yet, but I took a shot in the living room with the iPad in the bedroom (3 rooms away) and the photo was displayed on iPad when I got there. I tried shooting on the balcony, with the ipad in the back bedroom, and it did not download.
    There seem to be some nice features. For $49.95 per year, you can get unlimited photo backup in the cloud. Also, the 4GB card is endless if you continue to download (I haven't tested this out yet, but they claim it.) There is a forum on their site which addresses possible problems and has discussions.
    Thanks Cindy. Keep sharing your experiences with WiFi please. I have an application in mind for wedding photography.

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    Marc, hopefully a few little comments that might help...


    Damed battery door doesn't work. Have to put a toothpick in the top slot to make it release. I'll have figure out how to make it work properly. Hope the rest of the camera is made better.

    -- That sounds like it needs to go back. One index finger flick with a nail towards the back of the camera should open the door then a blue latch in the opposite direction should release the battery.

    I'm actually going to have to read the manual so I can shut off the video game airport landing graphic in the viewfinder.

    -- Press 'disp' with your eye to the viewfinder to cycle through the standard options

    Custom button can't be assigned for flash comp ... unless I missed it. That was one of the great features of the A900 ... no fiddling around with tiny buttons on the speed-light.

    -- Not directly related but in the menu settings 3.5 (3 being 3rd tab) there's an option Exp Comp Set. By default it adjusts ambient and flash. I found this confusing and set it to ambient only.
    -- Menu 3.4 change the Cutom Button to Flash Comp, now the button left and below the hot shoe allows flash comp adjustment. Not sure if other buttons can do it.

    Still do NOT like the frozen image in the viewfinder after taking a shot. It's fine when on the LCD.

    -- I think there's a bug here and perhaps some feature requests. I turn off auto-preview in some cases, but its clunky to keep doing that. One issue I have is the AF/MF button, I often grab manual when shooting portraits with shallow DoF and it all gets hung up, i think because that button is also zoom in preview mode. I find I have to release the shutter AND the AF/MF button to grab the next shot, whch immediately re-focuses. I think this aspect of the A99 is going to have the most discussion going forward whilst we figure out Sony's intention and hopefully get some improvements in firmware updates

    Size is just small enough ... any smaller and I'd send it back ... the camera has to be comfortable in hand when shooting for 8 hours straight.

    -- Yes, it's a comfy camera. I really like the way my fingers hook into the grip, with a flash and a heavy 24-70/2.8 it's bearable (i don't shoot anywhere near as long as you have to). I think for my needs I can live without the bulk of an extra batter grip.

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    Marc, hopefully a few little comments that might help...


    Damed battery door doesn't work. Have to put a toothpick in the top slot to make it release. I'll have figure out how to make it work properly. Hope the rest of the camera is made better.

    -- That sounds like it needs to go back. One index finger flick with a nail towards the back of the camera should open the door then a blue latch in the opposite direction should release the battery.

    I'm actually going to have to read the manual so I can shut off the video game airport landing graphic in the viewfinder.

    -- Press 'disp' with your eye to the viewfinder to cycle through the standard options

    Custom button can't be assigned for flash comp ... unless I missed it. That was one of the great features of the A900 ... no fiddling around with tiny buttons on the speed-light.

    -- Not directly related but in the menu settings 3.5 (3 being 3rd tab) there's an option Exp Comp Set. By default it adjusts ambient and flash. I found this confusing and set it to ambient only.
    -- Menu 3.4 change the Cutom Button to Flash Comp, now the button left and below the hot shoe allows flash comp adjustment. Not sure if other buttons can do it.

    Still do NOT like the frozen image in the viewfinder after taking a shot. It's fine when on the LCD.

    -- I think there's a bug here and perhaps some feature requests. I turn off auto-preview in some cases, but its clunky to keep doing that. One issue I have is the AF/MF button, I often grab manual when shooting portraits with shallow DoF and it all gets hung up, i think because that button is also zoom in preview mode. I find I have to release the shutter AND the AF/MF button to grab the next shot, whch immediately re-focuses. I think this aspect of the A99 is going to have the most discussion going forward whilst we figure out Sony's intention and hopefully get some improvements in firmware updates

    Size is just small enough ... any smaller and I'd send it back ... the camera has to be comfortable in hand when shooting for 8 hours straight.

    -- Yes, it's a comfy camera. I really like the way my fingers hook into the grip, with a flash and a heavy 24-70/2.8 it's bearable (i don't shoot anywhere near as long as you have to). I think for my needs I can live without the bulk of an extra batter grip.
    Thanks for taking the time to share the knowledge.

    I really do not want to send it back for the battery door ... I'll inspect it closely to see what's up. Maybe just a tiny burr on the little latch which emory board can fix in a jiffy.

    Yeah, I already set the exposure comp to separate them just like with my other cameras. I'll look at that custom button, I must have missed the flash comp listing in the menu. However, I did try the 600 flash and it is really cool. The video lights will be useful for a touch of fill when shooting ambient. It has a really simple way to comp the flash also, and the setting graph is really large on the flash LCD.

    The frozen viewfinder image is a real issue for decisive moment shooters like me. I just tried shooting some Deer bedding down in the snow with a 70-200 and it was not good. The image freezes in the viewfinder, and although you can release it, by then the subject has moved causing a startling jump frame effect. This was the same in the A55 and A77, and why I'm not a fan of this aspect of the EFV in the A99.

    Maybe there already is a way to do this, but I think you should be able to leave the viewfinder on continuous viewing, while the LCD shows the captured image like other cameras. Seems possible.

    I did experiment with the panoramic feature which is always fascinating ... but got inconsistent results with continuous auto focusing. I shot a few panos with manual focus and peaking ... and focus pulled as I sweep the camera across the scene ... I'll need to study that more. The Pano are pretty big.

    I'm posting one Pano as a Christmas e-card to friends ... the first real shot I did with the A99.

    -Marc

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    Wishing all Get Dpi friends a happy holiday and joyful new year.

    For those that celebrate Christmas, see my attachment below ... a pano done with the A99 this AM (24/2, ISO 3200)

    Sony, no baloney.

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    And a Merry Xmas to you too, Marc!

    As for image freezing, just set the camera not to display the image i.e. Auto Review Off. Then if you do want to see it on the rear LCD, just punch the little arrow button to the right of the display. I use this all the time for moving birds and animals and it's now second nature.

    I generally have the histo showing in the EVF so I really don't need to check the LCD very often. It's more important to me to have an uninterrupted view of my subject, as I'm sure it is for you.

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    Happy Holidays, everyone!
    It is so nice to be here sharing the knowledge with each other.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    My a99 came yesterday. I've only just started to play with it. Marc, you said you were impressed with ISO 2500. I've been impressed with ISO 6400! I don't mind a little "grain" as long as it looks good and I believe that I will find 6400 usable (still too few shots to know for sure). I was fairly happy with the A900 at 1600 and used 3200 if I had too but didn't really like it. My impression with the limited use so far, 6400 with the A99 looks better than 3200 did on the A900. I did a few shots outside last night in the dark at 12800 and 25600 and couldn't believe that I could see stars as dots (not streaks) in a hand-held photo! Don't really think I'd use it for anything important, but it was cool!

    I had to turn auto review off. Drove me nuts. The 2 second review is way too long. I have a Panasonic G1 and it gives a 1 second review that I found useful sometimes (especially since it also could show highlight and shadow blinkies during the review). Wish the Sony had 1 sec or even 1/2 sec review available, but turning it off and just hitting the play button when needed is ok. With the dynamic range, I guess I don't need the highlight/shadow blinkies, but I actually like that in the Panasonic (the Olympus with it's pre-exposure blinkies is even better). I found the blinkies more useful than the histogram since it shows where the highlights or shadows are gone, not just that they are.

    Anyone found any particularly useful settings?

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    For me, I find the EVF so good I hardly ever even use the LCD screen, and as Bill C. mentioned just turn off the auto review and the A99 responds very fast.

    My only frustration with the A99 is that it looks like Sony is not going to announce a 36MP version in 2013 and a version that you clan flip up the SLT mirror

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    I like Image Review - if at least as briefly as I wish to view it - if only to verify I got what I wanted for very low light shots, for example. When it shows up at an awkward time, say when you want a second image right away, I just touch the shutter button briefly.

    It is very high in affordance unlike the a77 for which camera you are likely to release the shutter. I am sure Sony designed for this behaviour. The swap back to Live mode is certainly fast enough to me, perhaps not for others.

    Bonus behaviour - if you invoke Image Review using the correct button, go to the histogram screen then hit the shutter button to return to Live mode, the next time you shoot an image, the Histogram display screen shows up - if you need to check what went out of gamut. Hope this helps.

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    RAW shooters can get a more realistic histo in Live mode by using conservative settings - like Neutral or Standard, perhaps lower saturation. The histo is based on an in-cam jpg drawn on these Creative settings.

    Anyone who has not yet discovered the 'silent wheel' button down the front left of the body should play with it. You can assign a huge no. of functions to it, I use ISO. The way it works is that the function appears across the screen bottom so does not interfere with the image view, then you turn the wheel to adjust the setting. You can also keep pressing the indent of the button and get access to all the other functions. I love this one, as you can trade off shutter speed and ISO fast, watching the histo all the while.

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    Mikal, give one a try with a good manual focus lens. The 2 stage magnification is a revelation - quite literally - at eye level. We are talking hair level detail at shooting distance for 50-100mm lenses. I have mine set on the AF/MF button and AEL button, in case I hit the wrong one.

    I got my partner to take a shot of me with a Leica 50/2 R when I got the a99, and first up she nailed it easily despite hating manual focus lenses. I almost never miss with all of my MF lenses, even the slow hard to focus ones, at shooting aperture, even. It's a great time saver and very confidence inspiring.

    With a good 100mm lens on a tripod for a distant composition, the second mag setting gives you EVF detail you cannot see with the naked eye.

    Peaking is great for DOF checking esp for fabrics - it's eerie watching the red spread over the fibres on stopping down...but magnification is the winner for focus checks. It is such a shame they left off the EVF from the RX1, and the flip screen too.

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    Philip

    Can you post an example or two?

    If I get the a99 I will have to sell my a900. I could really use something like focus peaking to assist my eyes as they aren't getting any younger or better. I am not a professional photographer so my needs are vastly different than many on this forum. What I am really interested in with the a99 is sports shots, preferably of a faster moving sport.

    The more I think about selling the entire Sony system for a Leica M9, the more my wife has me volunteering and photographing at all of her adrenaline junkie events, so I need something different than an M9. I have an M6 which is perfect for me but it no longer fills the need of getting photos to my wife and family immediately. If only it was digital (I won't sell it because it was a gift from my dad a year before he died).

    I have a spare M6 body which I would probably sell to help finance an a99. I like the weight of the a99 and having looked through the viewfinder - thank you Carlos - I have no issue with an EVF.

    Thanks for telling me about your experiences with the a99 and and R lens

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    From our weekend jaunt with the kids up to Orlando, FL:


    Hogwarts by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr


    Hard Rock @ Universal Orlando by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr


    Universal Studios Orlando by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr


    ICE Show by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr
    [This is proof that the A99 is a pro camera: sustained exposure to temperatures of 9F (-13C) and it keeps on shooting.]


    Luminations Concert by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr


    Glass Sculptor by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr
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    I like the glass blower picture. Nice!

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    Shot the whole xmas morning opening presents using the A99 and an old Nex5 to send to Granny back in the UK (video)! Christmas dinner was also shot (stills) using the A99 and the dedicated flash. The video was done and uploaded, the images were printed, laminated and mounted all by the 26th as one sister in law was returning to the UK. Very happy with the productivity of the A99. FWIW I simply selected the camera JPG for every single shot. Here are some of the snaps. I'll spare you the video, 25mins of my kids is probably not something you'd be rushing to watch!

    A bit of vignette in LR



    Father and Daughter: Just a camera JPG, no gel on the the flash!!


    More of my daughter (sorry) with the star present. We can't get Monster High in HK but found it in a mall in the Philippines!!

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    Carlos, beautiful color!

    Wentbackward, very cute kids. All jpgs look great.

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    Thanks Cindy & Vivek! WB, the A99 is starting to make me rethink my RAW only policy, however the results I am getting from DXO Optics 8 are amazing!
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    Great shots with the a99. May have to get one in the near future. Meanwhile, I am on vacation in Asheville, NC with no camera except my iphone. It is an exercise to enjoy my family while the kids are young. So far, no withdrawals. I know, one day at a time.

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    Question for all you A99 owners - Marc, Cindy and co.

    When you get AF confirm and hear the beep, is it perfectly synched with the visual AF confirmation (green box)?

    On my A99 (since returned) and on another store demo, I witnessed the audio confirmation (beep) first and then, a fraction of a second later, the visual green box. This asynchronous behavior sounds like a small thing but it drove me nuts. I know the camera has AF locked when I hear the beep but my brain is trained to wait for visual cue as well. Both are perfectly synchronized on the A900 and every Canon DSLR I have ever used. Sure you could turn off the audio cue but then you know you are getting a delayed visual. And that fraction of a second is a big deal in my world.

    I checked to see if the A77 behaves this way too and I did detect the delay but it was much closer to perfect synch.

    So someone please tell me their cameras do not exhibit this "little" issue and that it was a firmware glitch of some sort. I want to like the A99 - especially for the peaking with my old C/Y lenses but it just didn't feel ready for primetime to me. Maybe I gave up on it too soon but like many of you, this isn't my first rodeo and I know when I am not synching (pun intended) with a new camera.

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    There's a beep? I never heard one. I guess I found the setting to turn it off when I was going through settings, but I don't even remember turning it off. As far as I'm concerned, beeps are just software glitches and have no place on a camera, but that's just me.

    Ok, I turned on the beep. I was using an autofocus (screwdriver) lens and using autofocus. What I saw and heard was a delay after the AF stopped before hearing the beep and then a bit more delay before seeing the box light up (I'd be fine with the box going away as well, I find it distracting, but not as distracting as the beep).

    When I switched to manual focus, I still got the box (but only if I was focusing where the box is located which I normally don't do), but never got a beep at all (so shouldn't be an issue with C/Y lenses :-) ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsparks View Post
    There's a beep? I never heard one. I guess I found the setting to turn it off when I was going through settings, but I don't even remember turning it off. As far as I'm concerned, beeps are just software glitches and have no place on a camera, but that's just me.

    Ok, I turned on the beep. I was using an autofocus (screwdriver) lens and using autofocus. What I saw and heard was a delay after the AF stopped before hearing the beep and then a bit more delay before seeing the box light up (I'd be fine with the box going away as well, I find it distracting, but not as distracting as the beep).

    When I switched to manual focus, I still got the box (but only if I was focusing where the box is located which I normally don't do), but never got a beep at all (so shouldn't be an issue with C/Y lenses :-) ).

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    Thanks John.

    Yes, I wasn't concerned about the confirm on my MF lenses but on the AF lenses, Sony needs to get this fixed.

    I don't understand how they can ship a camera with such a basic interface problem. AF confirm is paramount to capturing an image quickly and in-focus. I firmly believe that the A99 is acquiring focus plenty fast but then inserting an artificial lag, at least with the visual confirm box. Most of the photographers I know, like John, turn off system beeps immediately. So in the case of the A99 the user is seeing an AF confirm a fraction of a second - I'm guessing as much as 1/4 sec - after it was actually made.

    Odd that I have not seen this reported elsewhere but it appears to be affecting all the A99 cameras.

    Thanks for the confirmation (pun intended again) John!

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    I am not the best person to ask this question of, so I'm glad John answered it. I only own 4 AF lenses and they are all older Minolta screw-drive. I seldom use AF and wanted the A99 to use with Leica-R glass. I love the SLT magnify feature to allow me to get precise focus.
    With that said, I turned on the beep and now that I know to look for it, I can hear the beep a second or two before I see the green box, but it wouldn't bother me. I don't shoot too many fast-moving subjects. I use AF sometimes to get me in the ballpark, then hit the AF/MF button and manual focus.
    Why don't you ask Robert J to talk to his Sony rep about your concerns. Maybe there is a valid reason for the tiny delay or maybe they can fix the lag?

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    I am not the best person to ask this question of, so I'm glad John answered it. I only own 4 AF lenses and they are all older Minolta screw-drive. I seldom use AF and wanted the A99 to use with Leica-R glass. I love the SLT magnify feature to allow me to get precise focus.
    With that said, I turned on the beep and now that I know to look for it, I can hear the beep a second or two before I see the green box, but it wouldn't bother me. I don't shoot too many fast-moving subjects. I use AF sometimes to get me in the ballpark, then hit the AF/MF button and manual focus.
    Why don't you ask Robert J to talk to his Sony rep about your concerns. Maybe there is a valid reason for the tiny delay or maybe they can fix the lag?
    Hi Cindy!

    Yes, I shared this with Robert when I returned the A99 - not sure if he passed on to the rep though. He knows more than anyone how much I was looking forward to the A99. I even converted my C/Y lenses so I could be ready to use them with peaking (which worked great). But I also use the camera in high action low light scenarios - something it should excel at - but that AF confirm was throwing me off big-time. Compared to the A900, the A99 feels like it is stuttering. I am so annoyed with Sony. What a stupid, simple little thing to have screwed up.

    It is great that it doesn't affect you or other shooters who are using the camera for more contemplative moments but regardless, a modern camera should not exhibit this behavior. Heck, my X-Pro with its slowish AF at least gives me synchronized confirmations so I am confident when AF is set. I think confidence is the key word. We demand it of our cameras and I simply did not have it with the A99 (due to this and some unexplained random lock-ups). I'm hopeful that Sony will tidy things up with firmware but until then I'm happy enough with the dependable A900 and NEX for peaking the MF lenses.

    Jealous that you are enjoying MF on the A99 though. It was almost worth keeping just for that but in the end I couldn't justify it.

    Best,
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    Too funny not to share:

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