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    Posted: 08 January 2019 at 12:26
I am not doing as much photography as I used to so am seriously considering going back to a single camera body. In the past my main interest lay with wildlife, but now days I am not spending as much time as I would like to in the wildlife parks and am spending more time on city and studio photography. We will also be moving to a smaller house in the not to distant future, so lightening the load and clearing the cupboard needs to be done.

Trouble is I don't know which body to sell. I love the A99 for its FF sensor, but I love the A77ii because its newer, faster focusing, lighter and smaller.

I can't change systems due to the cost, so any advice would be appreciated.




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What about selling both and getting an A99ii? Large sensor and fast af (and small for ff)!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 13:23
If it were me I'd keep both, I would always regret selling one, whichever it would be.

Mark's suggestion is good as well if your finances can carry it, it's about an 18 MP APC-C crop so not much below your current 24 MP A77ii
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What lenses? I couldn't find much reason to get an A99 given my lenses, but if you have full-frame Sony Zeiss zooms and primes...

The A7II works well enough for me with A-mount lenses, but it probably won't replace my A68.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ABDurbs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 14:21
Originally posted by Mark Twain Mark Twain wrote:

What about selling both and getting an A99ii? Large sensor and fast af (and small for ff)!

Would be my first choice but simple answer is Sony don't sell any A mount cameras in South Africa and there are no 2nd hand ones available here.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 15:19
I have to chime in with Pegalli, you will miss whichever one you get rid of, and keeping both would be the path I suggest. However, that's not the question you asked, so I will make a suggestion based on your statement.

Since you aren't doing as much wildlife as previously, the advantage of APS-C with a 70-400 will no longer be as important. Should you still do some wildlife, you can crop the FF a99, either in-camera or later in editing. You only show one APS-C lens, the zeiss 16-80, everything else is FF. Points for the a99.

For studio work, my opinion is that the a99 will be the best choice. I still prefer the a850/24-70-2.8 combo over anything else I use when I am doing studio work. I'm looking to upgrade to the a99 as soon as I can afford it, prices have come down to the point that this is possible. Points "slightly" to a99, but the a77 II is still good in studio.

Lighter weight and size is an advantage for walk-around, city shooting, so points for the a77 II.

Were I in your position, and admitting my personal bias towards FF, I would keep the a99 if that were my only choice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pdeley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 19:51
Does resale value matter? Presumably your a99 will still fetch a better price, but a lot will depend on condition, number of clicks, local demand etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 20:59
Originally posted by pdeley pdeley wrote:

Does resale value matter? Presumably your a99 will still fetch a better price, but a lot will depend on condition, number of clicks, local demand etc.


Took a quick look at bay, "trending" prices for a77 II are $650 vs $850 for an a99. So, yes a 99's will generate more, however it is a poorer return on investment from original prices. That's also a reflection of age, the 99 is several years older than a 77 II.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ABDurbs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2019 at 06:43
Thanks for the replies, you have given me "Food for Thought". That said I am leaning heavily toward the A99 due to my lens selection and current usage.

After doing a bit more research, selling both bodies and buying an A99ii is sadly not an option as the price difference is out of my budget

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