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I have an a7rii too and got a used A9 about a year ago, used, for a better price than a new a7iii then. Now that the A7iv is released I've no inclination to get rid of the A9. Besides the obvious monetary reason I like being able to use the silent shutter always (incl indoors and panning on moving things) and I haven't found much to complain about regarding its resolution or AF.

It's much more fun to pick up than the A7rii but I only use some MF lenses that I quite like with the A7rii so I can tolerate it : )
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Originally posted by Andy81 Andy81 wrote:

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Iím thinking of one of the A9, A7iv or A7riv to replace it. Iíve done a bit of research online, and like the A9, but wondering whether Iíd miss the IQ of the A7rii. Having said that, whilst Iíve got a new MacBook Pro, Iím not sure whether I really want 61mp files.

Any suggestions?


I had a similar dilemma recently with shooting birds in flight with the a7Riii. I considered both the a9 and a7Iv (not as replacements, but as a second camera).

Overall, the a7iv is the better all-round camera. You also get bird-eye detection, which has not filtered down to the a9 as a firmware upgrade. You get better video options. But it was (at least in NZ), the more expensive option.

Where the a9 excels is AF-tracking. The stacked sensor processes the data it much, much faster than the a7 options. You also don't have any shutter black out, which again, for fast moving subjects, is great. The a9's 24MP file sizes also seem more than sufficient. I shot with an a900 for years (back when 24MP was a lot!), and am pretty comfortable with it.

It seems from your needs, the a7iv appears as the better option. It's a one camera solution that does everything very well. The only reason to get the a9 would be because it was cheaper and you really needed an AF-tracking system for sports and wildlife.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andy81 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2022 at 20:39
Thanks. Cost-wise, I could get an A9 for around £1,700 to £1,800 whereas the A7iv is £2,400.

I think the A7iv is the better option, but i need to consider whether better by £600-700, which isnít far off the point where I could have the A7rii and A9 for the same money as the A7iv alone.

Ultimately theyíre both great cameras, so I canít really go too far wrong!
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Hi Andy

Yeah, that was the root of my dilemma. Was it worth it to spend a lot more on an a7iv when the a9 was still an excellent camera, and had a faster AF system. I lost a few other things I wanted (33MP file sizes, video options) but these weren't vital. So I got the a9 and kept the a7Riii.

And I can confirm the a9 is a very, very good camera. It's going to replace my a7Riii as my primary camera for events.
a7riii, a9- Voigtlšnder 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Update - after much reasearch and thought, I found a used A9 in great condition in LCE in London. Picked it up today and canít wait to have a play with it!

Thanks for all the opinions - useful as ever!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2022 at 23:34
So, just wondering how you are finding the a9 Andy?
a7riii, a9- Voigtlšnder 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andy81 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 May 2022 at 09:02
Iím absolutely loving it, best camera Iíve owned by a mile.

I was concerned on transitioning from the A7rii about the loss of MP, but so far havenít really noticed it, as the speed and AF performance more than make up for it - Iím getting far more keepers.

The only downside is that itís tempting me to do more sports shooting, and given my longest lens is the Batis 135, that means more spending ! Must resist!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2022 at 02:43
Ah, good to know it is suiting your needs. It is impressive just how good it is at focusing given how many years ago it was released. I really enjoy using it too.

The Batis 135/2.8 is a lovely lens also, but I get your point about range. I suspect odds are good you will have a long telephoto zoom sometime in the near future...
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