MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #18495821
No doubt Jarvis. But I was on fire to add the a9, after I had the a9 three weeks on fire to rid of the entire Canon lot.
Had fire for the a99ii and still to this day say the a99ii is the best overall camera made to this date. Even the spec list
of the A7Riii comes up short of the a99ii.
You remember the mental debates, the lingering sorrow over the decision to go full on e-mount but solace in that at least
weekly I see/hold and process a99ii files with my doctor buddy who bought it from me and learns processing from me of all
Poof and I have already discussed the Riii and her inheritance of the Rii when that time comes. in the meantime I'm lens'ing it
up with the 85/1.8 arriving Wednesday and two weeks away from the 24-105G. From now until April time to make a decision
on the wide-field astro. In too many ways the B18 is lacking--especially since I did ok shooting the Milky Way with the 12-24G; that
at least saved me from the 16-35GM. The most likely candidate at this point in time is the Laowa 15/2.
See you shouldn't have commented, got me on a tear
I go back and forth over whether I made the right decision picking the a99ii over the a7rii.
I miss the small footprint of my a7r/fe55 combo, and I don't take the a99ii everywhere like I did that camera (or the a6K, for that matter). Part of it may be not having a 50mmish lens for the first time since I started shooting regularly six years ago, as taking the a99ii/135ZA as a substitute isn't the most convenient thing in the world.
The a99ii begs for SSM glass, as you may have found out with your 400 4.5. At higher ISO, the AF doesn't get on well with the 200/2xTC combo maybe not even as well as it did with the a77ii?
At any rate, the grass is always greener. I definitely need to make time and dive into the AF system and make adjustments.
Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #18495896
No doubt that the a99ii is a special camera for sure. I really wonder why Sony has basically abandoned their larger bodies? It seems with Sonys tech so much more could be accomplished in an a99 sized body. Overheating issues no more, and they could pack buffer for days in there. Someone familiar with Sony said they think that Sony is perfecting the smaller E mount tech and then will eventually come out with a99 sized E mount "super cameras". I could see that happening. Sony also just patented two different 100MP+ (If I remember correctly) medium format sensors. Not sure if they would be for Sony cameras or Phase One or another company. I'll look for the article, but I could see those sitting pretty in an a99 style body. But that would require another whole new mount.
I look back on the a99ii and am sometimes sad that I never got the chance to own one, but I know that at least for now E mount is the way of the future. A mount has such great tech and so much history and amazing lenses, it's a shame that Sony has seemingly put it on the corporate shelf to die. Doubt they could get away with another a99ii style release. Can you imagine the anger from the few that still shoot A mount if they released an a77iii but didn't release any new a mount glass? At what point does it become corporate robbery?
What new glass would you like to see come out for a-mount? An 85ZA and 135ZA refresh with SSM probably for me, along with a redesigned 35 1.4G. The 400 2.8 or f4 prime is long overdue. Maybe a 200 f2G?
mystik610 wrote in post #18495906
I actually had an a99II from Sony for a wedding a couple weeks back. It's a very capable camera and got the job done, but the impression I walked away with at the end of the day is that a9 is actually a better workhorse cam and that other than being sluggish, the a7rII is not far behind the a99II. I probably needed to tweak the AF settings on the a99II, but the AF system prioritized the off sensor PDAF system, and because it lacks the density of the on-sensor system, it got tripped up at times when tracking. Straight up on-sensor AF systems is the way to go for microfocus accuracy.
Mirrorless is definitely the future IMO and Sony made the right play. I think supporting a-mount adaptability is the way to go, and the addition of eye focus with adapted glass was a nice bone to throw.
Very interesting, Carlo. What lenses did you have available to you for the wedding? If all the ssm lenses AF like my 24ssm does, I may have to stop being so cheap and just pony up for the 70-200gii or maybe a 50ZAssm.
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