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    Posted: 31 July 2018 at 00:43
I wanted to share my review of the Sony Alpha 9 camera. As some know, I have long been a Sony user, with my first camera being the Alpha 100 and while I still use Sony gear, my main body is a Canon 1Dx. I recently got the chance to test the Sony A9 for Photographylife while on a trip to the northern Yucatan in Mexico. The region has wonderful bird life and I was able to really push the camera with different subjects and overall I came away incredibly impressed. I found that in many ways it holds up too and at times exceeds the performance of the Canon 1Dx. I wish Sony put more effort into the weather sealing and offered more options than SD cards but I really feel that the A9 is by far the best Sony camera I have ever used.

You can find the review here

You can also find photos of the Birds and Wildlife from the trip (all taken with the Sony A9 and Sony 100-400mm GM combo) here.

http://www.dvirbarkay.com/

A77: Sony 16-50, Tokina 11-16
1Dx, 1DIII: Canon 70-200/2.8 IS II, Canon 300/2.8 L IS, Canon 100/2.8L, Canon 200-400/4 L
 



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Dvir,
Thanks for your extensive and thorough review of the a9 and associated lenses.
Certainly a very impressive and probably game-changing piece of kit, with just a few niggles that might hopefully be addressed in future iterations.
Although I found it very interesting for now I will stick with my a-mount gear.

The Mods and Admins should post your review as a hot-link on the a9 page in the Cameras section of Dyxum, if they have not already done so.

And I'd encourage you to separately post some of your amazing images taken on this shoot into appropriate threads on the Dyxum forum for our membership's wider appreciation of your outstanding images.

Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful work Dvir! TFS Certainly worth to post some on this forum as Joe suggested.

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Read it. Very good and thorough write up. Tfs
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Dvir,
Very well done! Thanks for sharing!

When you got your Canon, I was happy for you (as it was definitely the right move for you in order to further develop your photography), but I was sorry for us, Dyxum members (although you didn't forget us and did post occasionally samples of your photos). When I saw your photos from the a9 on Facebook, I was very happy - you get the tool you need and still can stay with us...
Now I understand that it was only for testing, but still, it gives me the hope that one day you will have the best tools for professional wild-life photographers like you.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Dvir,
Thanks for your extensive and thorough review of the a9 and associated lenses.
Certainly a very impressive and probably game-changing piece of kit, with just a few niggles that might hopefully be addressed in future iterations.
Although I found it very interesting for now I will stick with my a-mount gear.

The Mods and Admins should post your review as a hot-link on the a9 page in the Cameras section of Dyxum, if they have not already done so.

And I'd encourage you to separately post some of your amazing images taken on this shoot into appropriate threads on the Dyxum forum for our membership's wider appreciation of your outstanding images.

Thanks for sharing.


Thank you Joe for the kind words. The A9, and this is an oft used cliche but in this case it is the truth, is truly a game changer for the mirrorless world and I think for Sony. I remember how much better my 1DIII camera was when I first got it versus the Sony's I used and that camera was blown out of the water by my 1Dx which still does what it's supposed to do but using the A9, I must say that in some facets I proffered it to the 1Dx. The focus performance is not always better and at times not as good (I really hope Sony listen to my advice on adding an ultra precise center point like on the 1Dx) but it is just so much easier to get good focus with the A9 whereas with the 1Dx, in challenging tracking situations I really have to be on top of my game. I guess you can almost say that the A9 is better for sloppier photographers haha :) but it just felt very easy and natural to use. I loved the EVF, the silent shutter, the frame rate and the focusing was outstanding. The only issues I had was with the usage of SD cards (and only one that is UHS-II) and the mediocre weather sealing along with some focus additions I would like to see. It seems that Sony enjoys shooting themselves in the foot at times because these are issues which should be terribly easy to solve. The A9 is not a perfect camera, but it was the first time I used a Sony camera for wildlife photography applications and felt I wasn't compromising in any way by choosing to use a Sony camera. Currently, I feel the 1DxII and D5 are more well baked overall, but I think that the next iteration (if Sony solve some of these issues that I mentioned) will make for an incredibly compelling challenger to the very best of Canon and Nikon.   

Edited by InspiredbyNature - 05 August 2018 at 16:38
http://www.dvirbarkay.com/

A77: Sony 16-50, Tokina 11-16
1Dx, 1DIII: Canon 70-200/2.8 IS II, Canon 300/2.8 L IS, Canon 100/2.8L, Canon 200-400/4 L
 



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Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Dvir,
Very well done! Thanks for sharing!

When you got your Canon, I was happy for you (as it was definitely the right move for you in order to further develop your photography), but I was sorry for us, Dyxum members (although you didn't forget us and did post occasionally samples of your photos). When I saw your photos from the a9 on Facebook, I was very happy - you get the tool you need and still can stay with us...
Now I understand that it was only for testing, but still, it gives me the hope that one day you will have the best tools for professional wild-life photographers like you.


Thank you for your thoughts Shay.

Indeed, my change a few years back to Canon was necessary as it allowed me to concentrate developing my photography without giving too much thought to my camera system. The Canon just works and does so very well. And my Canon 200-400 is a lens that someone would have to take it from the grip of my cold dead hands as I just love it. Given my backround as a Sony user, I have been following Sony's releases with great interest and when I saw the specs on the A9 you can say I was greatly intrigued. As my review shows, I had a great time with the camera and it is a wonderful photographic tool, and at the end of the way that is the most important aspect of a camera for me. I need the camera to withstand inclement weather conditions, have good focus and frame rates and offer an overall package that seamlessly integrates with the work I do and for the most part the A9 ticks all those boxes, with the weather sealing standing out like a sore thumb. I must say, I have strongly considered adding the A9 and Sony 100-400GM to my kit alongside my Canon gear but so far I am still on the fence as it is a large expense. Still, this is not the last you guys have seen of me using Sony gear as I will be continuing to test Sony's cameras for photographylife. There will soon be a review of the Sony 100-400mm GM lens and I will be reviewing some of the A7 lineup in the near future.
http://www.dvirbarkay.com/

A77: Sony 16-50, Tokina 11-16
1Dx, 1DIII: Canon 70-200/2.8 IS II, Canon 300/2.8 L IS, Canon 100/2.8L, Canon 200-400/4 L
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