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    Posted: 03 April 2022 at 23:27
I have a pristine a99ii w/ vertical grip and lots of good alpha lenses. I am thinking of trading in for an a7iv w/ vertical grip for a smaller, lighter form factor. I was thinking of using the alpha lenses w/ the LA-EA5 adapter VS trading my lenses.

Why you ask? Smaller, lighter camera and increased fps and mirorless, as well as higher pixel count for ability to PP to bigger size.

Just on the fence and am interested in thoughts. More nature and architecture shooting.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 00:10
The A99II can do 12 FPS, right? The A7IV can only do 10 FPS. The A7IV has less pixels too. Maybe you meant the A7RIV? Still only 10 FPS.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 00:12
Umm, least 2 of the "features" there is a step down from an A99ii.
The A99ii is a 42Mp camera compared to the 33Mp A7IV.
And the A99ii can do 12 FSP while the A7IV can "only" do 10 FSP and only under some very limited conditions by what I've read.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 00:22
Higher pixel count? The A7iv is 33MP, the A99ii is 42MP.

The A7iv looks like a very good camera, I'm quite tempted myself, but pixel count is a downside for me. Yes, I know 24MP is plenty really, but I have got used to the cropping capability of 42MP.

Or did you mean the 61MP A7Riv?

A lot of the attraction to me is the LA-EA5, which makes the A1, A7iv and A7Riv viable alternatives to the A99ii. Not that the A1 will be in my price range for a decade or so.

I do find myself attracted to several E mount lenses (I even kid myself that the FE 200-600 would make me a bird photographer). The problem to me is always price.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 08:27
So, to summarize, you'll lose mp's and fps with this switch.
You'll gain a better AF system (but do you have any problems with the A99m2?)
You save little on weight (the A7r4 with LA-EA is about 100gr/3.5 oz lighter)

Not worth it in general imo.

I would only buy if it is a good deal, you need/want to be up-to-date or if you want to (slowly) switch to E-mount.

We saved you just a lot of money. Do something nice, like a trip to a beautiful place, with that money!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote krabster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 12:21
I totally agree with you Addy. Steve why selling a pristine A99 ii (and a beast of a camera) for something with almost the same specs???
Ask yourself if there are pictures you could not have made with the A99 ii and you could with a A7iv. I don't think there are.
I wish I had a camera like the A99 ii.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 13:09
Clearly you need the A7iV. That old antiquated a99II needs to be ditch to lessen the bite of the purchase. I'll grudgingly take it off your hands if the price is right.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2022 at 16:14
You say your considering the change for a smaller lighter form factor of a system while using your existing A mount lenses via the LA-EA5 ?

In which case your lenses are the same and with the camera attached to a lens , there's very little difference as a combined unit .
Your camera bag will be no smaller or lighter .

If you were after changing lenses as well , that's a different question .

If it still works for you , I'd stick with what you have .

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 April 2022 at 20:40
Unless you need the animal/bird eye-AF from he A7IV I wouldn't make the change.
For your nature and architecture photopgraphy the A99ii is more than fine IMHO.
I had a quick look at the A7IV too but will not make the trade. I might hand in my A7R2 though
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2022 at 11:25
I hesitate to comment on this question, having neither of the cameras discussed, but I would tentatively suggest keeping the A99 and getting one of the smaller-form-factor APS-C E mount cameras as an addition. The A6300/6400/etc have most of the useful capabilities of the FE cameras and enough Mp for most uses too.

I don't want to start the whole format-war thing again, but with modern sensors I am far from convinced that FF/APS-C makes much difference except in extreme uses I don't personally do, but you still have the A99ii for these ...

I use both the A7rii and A6300 turn and turn about (they have similar menus and controls) and I'm hard pushed to tell the pictures apart unless I crop very heavily, and the features aren't that much different either. The A6300 + 18-135mm OSS lens (my new favourite camera/lens combination for general use) gives very similar results to an FE camera with 28-200mm, but the whole thing is usefully smaller and lighter (and cheaper).

Just my 2p worth anyway.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tullahoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 July 2022 at 17:26
I realize this is an old post but I am commenting just in case someone has now or in the future a similar question.

I have owned Minolta and Sony cameras for a long time. My first Sony was the f717. I have had the a77, a77ii, and a99ii. Decided to skip the a99 on purpose. I originally had no intentions to move to the e mount because I did not feel the adapters available in the beginning would be suitable for me. I have a pretty good collection of Minolta, Sony G, Sony/Zeiss, and Sigma art a mount lenses. Many have screw drive AF. However, I did have some interest in a few fast vintage and Voigtlander lens that I could not adapt to the a99ii. Then Sony released the a7rIV and the LA-EA5 adapter so I decided to switch but only because I now would be able to adapt lenses I previously did not have access to without the downside of the previous adapts in terms of using my screw drive lenses. I had no intentions then nor now of changing to native e mount versions of the a mount lenses I already owned. The only Sony e mount lens I have purchased is the 24mm f1.4 GM.

It may be my style of shooting, I do no sports, or that I have not paid close enough
attention to whether or not there are performance differences between the native a mount lenses used on the a99ii versus adapted to my a a7riv with the LA-EA5 but I have not noticed any.

One unforeseen consequence to acquiring an e mount body that I see as extremely positive is the access to some recently release Tamron lenses which I consider excellent. There are two I have purchase in the e mount and they are the 28-200mm and 35-150mm lenses. I never had a lens before that I consider walk around lens that did not have some downside. I did use the Minolta 28-135mm for a long time and later the Sigma 24-105mm Art as walk rounds but these 2 Tamrons offer more flexibility for what I shoot.
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