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    Especially like that last one, Carlos.

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    Here are a few to share:



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    Finally my favourite from the day:



    All with the A99 and Zeiss 24/2 ... The camera got really hot but worked fabulously. I litterally dived on my knees adjusting the aperture and snapped that last one, focus was bang on, one shot was all I got
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    Man... the a99 must be the forgotten Sony camera.... only 8 pages of posts for such a well thought of camera is amazing. Compared to the number of post the RX1 or NEX7 has.

    Must mean the a99 is doing everything right....

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Man... the a99 must be the forgotten Sony camera.... only 8 pages of posts for such a well thought of camera is amazing. Compared to the number of post the RX1 or NEX7 has.

    Must mean the a99 is doing everything right....
    You don't say only the problem cameras make many pages
    Yes, I am wondering about that as well once in a while. I would like to see and hear more of it's qualitys.

    Probably to big or something although there is an enthousiastic crowd of people here slepping big format cameras around. (with wondefull results, no doubt about it.)

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tubey View Post
    A99 + Minolta RF Rokkor 250 F5.6


    Just saw this Tubey, nice!
    How did you manage to put that Rokkor on the A99?

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    They a99 users are too busy with their Leica gear.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    They a99 users are too busy with their Leica gear.


    Not true! I really like the A99 alongside my Leica gear. It can do things that M9 and M2 cannot do. Besides, A99 is usually sporting Leica R lenses. I'll try to post some photos soon.

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    Hi There!

    I normally post on the Leica Forum. But, I did try the A99 when my wife tried her first (and hopefully last) figure competition. I posted the Monochrome shots on the Leica Forum.

    And, because in the words of Ghost Busters "Don't cross the streams!!", I am posting a few of the A99 shots on this thread.

    Now, why wine during a judging? Well, the judging is in the morning and the awards posing show is at night. Because the girl is glued to the bikini, and the judging is done, all that is left to do between the events is drink wine and snooze, which my wife, EJ, did both very well.

    Thank you for looking.

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    Michael,
    I really think these are very nice. Number 4 is my favorite. EJ looks so relaxed! ...and she looks amazing in number 3! May I ask what lens you used?

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    They a99 users are too busy with their Leica gear.
    Actually, I was in Europe for three weeks with my Fuji X-E1. However, I did get a dance recital prior to the trip. I have been quite busy of late and I am still digging through the backlog of photos, but I do have a couple to share:


    Firebird by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr


    IMG_20130615_5363 by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr


    IMG_20130615_5793 by Carlos Echenique, on Flickr

    All shot with the A99 + Sony 70-200 f/2.8 G + Sony 1.4x TC (thanks again Mikal)
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    Michael,
    I really think these are very nice. Number 4 is my favorite. EJ looks so relaxed! ...and she looks amazing in number 3! May I ask what lens you used?
    Of course -- I used the Zeiss 24-70/2.8. It handled very easily. It turned out I was close enough I never needed, nor used the 70-200/2.8 I had at-ready.

    Michael

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    Carlos, I really like the second shot. Thanks for posting.

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    My new grand daughter, A99 and Sigma 35

    Recent grad pics



    Sigma hit a home run with this lens.
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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    I went to the Air Venture 2013 airshow Saturday with A99, 70-200 f/2.8 G and a 1.4x TC. I was super happy with the A99 and zoom. I never shot an airshow before. It was a blast.
    Theresa Stokes, wing walker gets out onto the wing.

    Getting strapped into harness.

    Ready to roll!

    Girl pilots!


    More photos from Air Venture air show here: http://www.pbase.com/cindyflood/airventure2013
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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Cindy,
    isn't the 70-200 + 1.4x TC an amazing combo on the A99? The shots are wonderful.
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    Carlos, This was my first time using the lens and first time shooting an air show, and I couldn't be happier. The lens/tc is replacing my Minolta 'Beercan' and 'Big Beercan' lenses. Both Minoltas are very sharp, but the focus on them is slower and not suited for action.

    This is a pretty heavy crop showing Theresa Stokes, wing walker, on Gene Soucy's Show Cat.

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    I borrowed Mikal's for a ballet recital and I am quite pleased with the results. ISO 6400 cleans up nicely. I still have to work on my timing with the buffer at high framerates, but beyond that it does a great job.
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    Cindy, great shots. Just saw them - am with my family in the woods about 60 minutes west of Gainesville, FL.

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    Thanks, Mikal. I'm looking forward to some photos from you, from your woodland adventure.

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    Cindy, hard to shoot wildlife with a 35/2.0. Kids pics are more in line with that lens. Regarding your photos from the airshow, how does one pan properly? I think it would be helpful for cycling shots when I shoot triathlons.

    I really like the shot of the wing walker but it brings to mind the recent crash in which the wing walker and pilot were killed in a crash.

    How does the a99 compare with the a900 when the pics are heavily cropped? I know that 24 mp is 24 mp, but then again, it really isn't, is it. Also, how is the wifi working for you?

    My 8 year old son now wants to try his hand at soccer - again, and put water polo on hold. Soccer lends itself well to a long lens, as long as I can get on the sidelines. Glad I have the 70-200 and the 1.4x because I think it is an incredibly useful lens. If it wasn't so heavy I would pretty much take it with me all of the time.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    It is always fun to see the action in your kid pics.

    I get a rhythm with panning. If you don't pan air shots, then they are either blurry, or the prop (if it has one) is not blurred. Neither of those options is good. It was challenging in this case, because there were trees blocking the view from each side. I could hear them coming toward me, but once I saw them, I had to get them into the viewfinder and in focus, with a very small window of opportunity. With sports, you have to get that rhythm, too.

    I never used A900. I came to A99 from A77/A55 and Nikon DSLR before that. More pixels are not always better, but more are better when it comes to cropping.

    The wi-fi works good. I only use it when I am doing portraits and want to look at the photos right away with the subject. It would also work good on a vacation, if you wanted the photos transferred to an Ipad right away. A99 can shoot to two cards, which is a plus with wi-fi. You can shoot lower res jpegs and send them to the wi-fi card, while sending the raw files to the other card.

    I was thinking of that crash (and the one in Brownsville, two years ago) while I was watching the show. Theresa Stokes must be very brave to perform out on the wing.

    You should have fun shooting soccer with this lens. Before I got this lens, I had the Minolta "Beercan" 70-210 f/4. It is a remarkable lens for the price (1/25th of the Sony$$$)....very sharp and contrasty. The Minolta has the old screw drive, and when I first picked up the Sony G, I was shocked at how it jumped into focus so quickly.

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    Smaill town Labor Day Parade
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    Few shot from Iceland


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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Yat, great stuff, Promote when did you get an A99? Nice to see you in the "club"
    Cindy, great images also. How are you liking the A99?
    I just moved again, ugh, back in Park City Utah, hope to shot soon. I picked up the new Tamron 24-70/2.8 and the matching 70-200/2.8, nice lenses for the price.

    Carlos, question, I had to do a shoot the other night, 6400 ISO shot raw, using the APC mode 10mpix, can you tell me what formula you are using in LR for noise reduction without killing sharpness ?

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    Cindy - nice shots. Out of camera black and white?

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Thanks, Steven and Mikal.

    Steven, This is my favorite DSLR size camera ever (I know it is a DSLT)! I was using mostly manual focus lenses (except a couple of older Minoltas), until about 2 months ago. Then I got the Zeiss 24-70 and the Sony 70-200 and extender. I'm loving the camera even more now. The Zeiss is amazing. If I could only have one lens for this camera, that would be the one.

    Mikal, Not out of camera. Used LR5, PS6, and SEP2.
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    Steven, Your ski team photo is really awesome!

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    Hi Steven...Great to see you here!
    It started with Leica (S2) and then Zeiss lenses. Then I've discovered the Sony A99 is such a fantastic camera especially the EVF.
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    Well I got a good deal on a new a99 and went ahead and got it...... Now, I see why this thread is so slow..... It's just a consistent shooter so there is little to talk about. I should of bought one of these last year!

    Now, I can just go out and shoot and pay no attention to what new widget is today's star of the minute........ I'll look in 3 years when my Sony ADH warranty expires

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Congratulations Jim!
    It's been on my mind for a while but I first want to see the FF NEX.

    Don't forget to show us your pic's and findings.

    What lenses did you start with?

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    I already owned a array of Minolta, KM, and Sony full Frame glass but my guess is the 70-400 will live on it the most as I bought it mostly for low light high ISO wildlife work. I will miss the reach of my APC's but not the noise. I can't put it into words yet but there is definitely a visible IQ difference even on just basic images. High ISO noise is nowhere near my a77's issue with this item. I was shooting 3200 and 6400 today and found this very usable where on the 77 I never would take it over 1600. I used to cringe taking my 77 to 400-800.

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    Civil War re-enactment of the 1863 northern Georgia Battle of Chickamauga
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    Very nice Cindy!

    I see why there is very little activity on the A99 thread..... it just does what it is supposed to do, plain and simple. I thought mine would live with the 70-400G on it but I am actually liking 3 of my KM zoom's on it more than I have ever liked using any of this glass before on any other of my cameras. It just plain works! This body along with my a77, a33, Nex7, Nex5 (in a underwater housing) and my DP2m on a Nodel Ninja have all my bases covered and will keep me off the GAS merry go round for quite awhile.............

    In a sling bag with the 3 KM lenses and a Metz flash it does not weigh that much more nor is is much larger in size than my NEX7 systems sling bag and all it's lenses.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Very nice Cindy!

    I see why there is very little activity on the A99 thread..... it just does what it is supposed to do, plain and simple. I thought mine would live with the 70-400G on it but I am actually liking 3 of my KM zoom's on it more than I have ever liked using any of this glass before on any other of my cameras. It just plain works! This body along with my a77, a33, Nex7, Nex5 (in a underwater housing) and my DP2m on a Nodel Ninja have all my bases covered and will keep me off the GAS merry go round for quite awhile.............

    In a sling bag with the 3 KM lenses and a Metz flash it does not weigh that much more nor is is much larger in size than my NEX7 systems sling bag and all it's lenses.
    I can't echo your sentiments enough Jim! I'm also guilty of not posting pics here ... so I will.

    The A900, and now A99, are my workhorse cameras. Maybe a bit unsung compared to the exotic Leica MM and S2 I use for so much "other" work ... but a trusted tool that does what it supposed to do, when it is supposed to, and does it without much fiddling around or fan-fare ... or need for much post work.

    Like the A900, the out of camera A99 color is natural looking and not as flat as my previous work-horses ... so both Sony cameras have cut my post time in half, and the A99 even more so because the EVF shows you exactly what you are going to get.

    BTW, I think Cindy's images above show that "natural look" quite well.

    Compared to the A900 (one of which I still have), the A99 also added features that made it more useful for the applications I use a 35mm DSLR for. Weddings first and foremost, where it shares duties with the Leicas, but performs better than the S2 in low light when shooting color, focuses faster, has a much faster to use and more diverse speed-light system, allows in-camera panoramic shots, and the amazingly articulated LCD lets me shoot low or overhead shots without "Hail-Mary" guessing, or further destroying my poor knees

    That every lens you bolt on is stabilized, including fast primes, is no small matter

    The A99 is also the "FamilyCam" ... when family visited from Pennsylvania, we bought a 13 year old nephew "car nut" a ride in an AC Cobra at Detroit's Woodward Dream Cruise ... see pic below. Unfortunately, I wasn't there when, out of camera range, the driver just about loaded the kids pants when he really "Let loose the dogs of war" in the almost 700 HP Cobra ...

    I also use the A99 for simple walk about duties.

    Since this is a "fun with" thread ... here is some fun with the A99:

    The "3 Chihuahua's in a basket." is a walk-about find ... the eccentric fellow rescues them from mistreatment, and takes them everywhere like they were his kids or something. Articulated LCD used for the low angle.

    Same for the Ring-Beared shot, which didn't require getting down on my knees from which I may never have gotten back up in time for the following Bride/Dad processional shot close behind

    The Panoramic shots, while jpgs out of camera, are much better than the A55 I once had ... FF sensor and more meg, I guess.

    The dance shot shows simple on-camera flash used with dragging the shutter techniques ...

    - Marc

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    Very nice images Marc!

    I agree with all you said about the A99 and that speaks volumes about this tool. It just does it's job with no glitches or hitches so we can do our's. Really that is a tribute in itself to this camera and all we can reasonably expect from our photographic tools.

    I know the Sony rumor mill is near in a lather about the new FF bodies about to be announced but since buying the a99 and using it I could care less what they come out with in the next 3-5 years. I found my ideal tools.

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    Thanks Marc, just as I banished from my mind the thought of ever getting / wanting the a99.

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    Re: Fun with the A99!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Thanks Marc, just as I banished from my mind the thought of ever getting / wanting the a99.
    I still think the A99 isn't for you Mikal. Too many "gizmos" ... and the EVF will have you flinging it into the pool at those swim meets you shoot

    Although the articulated LCD might be your cup of tea for those more creative angles you like to do. Plus, I don't know if the video thing might be of interest and use to you. I haven't even tried it on the A99 yet.

    IMO, you are doing more than fine with your A900 ... I'd wait for the next one from Sony.

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    Thanks Marc. Now I will pay some bills or order that Concept 2 rowing machine I have been wanting for 20 yrs. I will send you a private message.

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