MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #18166157
Well Mickey you know a lot of the allure of e-mount was size/weight but over time we all figured out that for similar lens speed the lenses were the same size/weight at the full frame counterparts. What we did get with e-mount a more direct digital throughput cutting out the middle man of smoke and mirrors, and speaking of mirrors the lack of meant less mechanics to align/fail.
So you and I've always loved/appreciated the SLT design=the best of DSLR and mirrorless worlds.
You've heard me say before that of all the cameras I've ever used/owned/have, the SLT 77ii is the best handling, best feeling of them all. Compared to it the A7Rii is too small, the 1DXII too big. It's the Goldilocks body='just right'.
But ISO was a hindrance. We've both pushed it thanks to DXO Prime but even then it was limiting.
Now look at what Sony has cooked up....nothing new, just a melding....the greatest sensor known=A7Rii + a77ii focusing + 399 phase points on sensor + frame rate competing with the biggest of the Canons and Nikons=the a99ii.
Over the last couple of weeks I've been adding via Japan e-bay some a-mount lenses, nothing expensive knowing my bread and butter on the a99ii will be the 70-400Gii. I did add a primo mint 500mm AF Reflex which is a total surprise on the a77ii and should also do well with the 99ii. There is no way in hell I'll pay up for the Sony 500mm so the 70-400Gii will have to do, but maybe a Minolta APO 400mm would do. I'm also studying the Sigma 12-24 II. I know the 12-24 ART has just come out but not in a-mount, nor the Sigma 500mm ART.
Well all this to say that if the a99ii is what I think it will be my e-mount days may be numbered
Yes, the size/weight was--and still kind of is--a big deal to me. I am going to tote the a77ii around with me this week with the kids to see how it goes. The a6000 is almost point-and-shoot portable, so it is a breeze to wear it when I'm out and about with the kids. The a7r with the FE55 is still small enough where it doesn't change what I do much, and I've found this is kind of the cutoff line in terms of size. Once I put the LA-EA3 and 24ZA on the a7r, it becomes just a bit too heavy and the weight/size difference between this and my old 6D/50A combo becomes negligible.
Sellers from Japan on eBay have been very good to me so far, and I'll continue to use them for used A-mount lenses. Adorama has a good selection with fair pricing from time-to-time as well.
The 500 f8 reflex lens is a pretty great value IMO. Sony's 500mm seems to not only be expensive, but also not a particularly good lens as far as supertelephoto lenses go. I've heard really good things about the Minolta 400 f4.5 H.S. APO, which can be had for just under $2K from one of our buddies in Japan--not bad! Is it worth it for you to lose the flexibility of the zoom to gain F4.5 to primarily shoot birds? Only you can answer that, but it seems like so many of your bird photos are at f5.6 and well beyond.
Sigma not releasing all of its newer lenses in A-mount is something I really hope changes. I know you probably wouldn't use an 85A much, but it looks pretty spectacular from the samples I've seen. I have to think that they would release the new supers in A-mount when the a99ii drops, right? It seems like there will be some turnover to the a99ii from other mounts that shoot sports and birds, in spite of what a lot of Canon or Nikon guys say right here and now.
I'm going to pinch pennies, most likely, until I can afford an a99ii--barring something terrible happens and the body is impossibly flawed somehow.
Sony A99ii, RX-100ii, Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA, Minolta HS 200 2.8 APO, Zeiss 24/2 ZA, Minolta 2xTC APO, HVL-F43M