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    Posted: 08 August 2019 at 07:37
Or maybe less hopeful for an A99iii being in the cards.

Just picked up my new A99ii down in the city and after a quick test run through Sydney Aquarium I'm home and menu diving, [bad word filtered] there's settings galore in this sucker!
As an afterthought I headed for the Version menu to see if I was going to have to download the ~3 month old firmware update and to my surprise I'm met by 1.01.

Doubt they have some intern somewhere un-boxing old stock, updating firmware and then re-boxing the gear again so it kinda looks to me like there's still active production of A99ii's going on.
 



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For a long time now, my understanding is that Australian stocks of a99ii cameras are basically produced to order rather than being manufactured in production runs and stockpiled.
That was certainly the case with mine when I bought it a couple of years ago and then had to wait for it to be made and delivered.

As for the menus and the complexities, it's well worth buying Gary L Friedman's excellent "The complete Guide to Sony's a99ii". Most comprehensive and leads you through it all very clearly.
Available through Dymock's Dymocks Friedman Guide to Sony's a99 ii, or other on line sellers, or perhaps best directly from Gary who is a Dyxum member Friedman archives Sony a99ii. In that last link there are also two excellent YouTube clips about several un-intuitive features of the camera that are not well known.
Not cheap, but well worth it, and it will save a lot of trial and error on your part. I used the guide to establish all my settings working though the guide, and I regularly refer to it where the e-book is saved on my iPad if I'm wanting a quick answer to anything to do with the camera.

Looking forward to seeing your output.


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If they made this one to order then they were darn quick in putting it together and shipping it downunder! Exactly 2 weeks from placing the order to getting confirmation that it was in store ready for pickup. Took me longer to get the old A77 5 or so years ago.

Output today was a tad underwhelming to be honest, only hauled along my 50mm 1.4 and just as on older bodies it's going to need quite a bit of MFA to be spot on. By the looks of things it's front focusing on the 99ii while it used to be backfocusing on the 77. From a quick look though I'm going to love the high ISO capability!

Likely going to hit up Gary for an e-copy of the book, though I've already read through the complete PDF manual twice and sat through both of his A99ii un-intuitive video's last night.

Had to laugh at the sales clerk though when I popped it out of the box right in store and put a lens on. His first response was "Umm, battery's not going to be charged you know". Second response was "Those won't work I don't think" when I told him I already had Sony batteries.
Battery in, flick of the switch and it's alive!
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Congrats! I hope you will like it as much as I do.
I can recommend Gary's book too.
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

If they made this one to order then they were darn quick in putting it together and shipping it downunder! Exactly 2 weeks from placing the order to getting confirmation that it was in store ready for pickup. Took me longer to get the old A77 5 or so years ago.

You had to wait? Before I bought mine, I avoided a couple of the camera shots here so that I wouldn't be tempted to accidentally buy one. I thought that if I waited a little then the stocks would be depleted and it would be safe - it's much less tempting when you can't walk out of the shop with a new toy immediately. Then D********t said that they keep replenishing the stock so they always have a few available in store. Then my only defence was to set an unreasonably low price, above which I would tell myself that the price was too high. ... and then it was offered below my unreasonably low price.

Once you get used to any differences in what it can do compared to your previous cameras, you're going to enjoy the A99ii. I certainly haven't regretted succumbing to temptation yet.
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Yep, did indeed have to wait for the shop to get one in for me. Having a casual look through I'd hazard a guess it was the only new A-mount gear in the whole shop. Think I might of spied a pair of second hand CZ 16-35 f/2.8's hidden down the back of a display case but that was the extent of it.

First walk today with my regular birding lens attached and it seems like the old Sigma 150-500 OS HSM is going to work rather well with the 99ii, no MFA dialed in yet but when it hits focus it's bitingly sharp!

Left arm did notice the difference in weight between an A77 with VG and an A99ii with the same VG attached, used to be able to walk for hours without any parts of me protesting but a mere 200g increase in weight had the muscles protesting.
 



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Perhaps you should think of investing in a good sling strap like Black Rapid or Sunsniper? When toting big lenses they affix to the tripod mount on the lens, to keep things balanced. That way the weight is well padded on your shoulder, and you only take it in the arms when shooting. Works for me.
In my case I find the a99ii with battery grip (carrying 2) a pleasantly lighter load than the a99 with battery grip (carrying 3).
It isn't a lightweight but it's worth the work-out.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 August 2019 at 11:44
Been running a Peak Design Slide for years now and it's comfortable enough to dangle the gear from, just feel more comfortable with the lens cradled in the crook of the left arm while I walk around or held down the front by the lens tripod mount.
Old habits die hard I guess, "low ready" was hammered into me during army days...dangling your gear off a strap was strictly for parade when it wasn't meant to be used.
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