I know....here goes. LOTS of discussion on this camera. My current gear list is :7D, 5DMkIII, 70-200 2.8 IS MkI, 24-70 MkII, 85 1.8, 50 1.4, TC 1.4 Hand full of yongnuo flashs, 580 II, a few point and shoots. So I've been salivating over getting the 1DXII, was just about to pull the trigger the other day. Then the announcement comes out. This after visiting a local camera store to buy my daughter her fist DSLR. I tell the guy I'm in the market for the 1DXII. He says check out the A9, should be announcing in the next six months or so. I figure I'm not waiting, going to pull the trigger on a camera who's system I've been shooting with for over 35 years. So now the announcement and the price point. I'm missing shots in between frames at 8 fps. I shoot high school sports (live games and T&I), I cover the golf, football and lacrosse programs. This is a side gig for me, I have a non photo related full time job. Should be retired in about 5 years and was going to do the photo thing to supplement my retirement. I also do seniors and family portraits and the the occasional wedding.
What I like about what I've read about the A9: 20 FPS, silent shutter, price point, dual SD card slots, no need for CF card reader
What I'm leary about what I've read: weather proofing not up to NiCan standards (I shoot frequently in the rain, 7D survives downpours nicely), getting used to a new menu, the smallness of the camera in hand while shooting (I suppose that is something that I would just have to get used too if I had too).
My favorite shooting is live sports while it doesn't net me any real money. T&I is my bread and butter. I also do the high school team posters, not a big money maker, I actually go in the hole, I've been doing composite images and everybody loves them, they are just time consuming.
My reason for buying (upgrading) from the 7D is primarily fps. In lacrosse my good shots are the ones that have the players face, ball towards the goal, and goal in frame. It just doesn't happen enough times at 8 fps from the 7D. Every game there's that one shot between frames I wish I had.
Right now I'm budgeted for the A9 and new sony 70-200. I'm not budgeted for 1DXII and NEW Canon 70-200 2.8 IS MkII, but can be for a used one.
I figure on selling the 5D3 once I have the replacement camera in hand. I would buy the 70-200 sony lens to go with the A9 if I choose that route, and an adapter to fit the other Canon lens in my arsonal.
So I'd like to hear from sport shooters what your thoughts are about the A9 incase there is something I haven't thought of. Thanks!