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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

I'm still on the fence here on upgrading my old A77 to the 99ii. I've got the ok from the CFO/SWMBO (Chief Financial Officer/She Who Must Be Obeyed) but still hesitate forking out that amount of money towards something that's just a hobby. Guess I'll have to make a decision sometime in the new year when the budget for it should clear.

If I could get a new A77ii here downunder it likely would be a better fit with all the birding that I do.
Other thoughts involve surrounding hardware/software needed after the upgrade. Already at the limits of my laptop's harddrive space, LR would need to be updated along with SD cards...currently only using 16Gb cards in the old A77 as 600 odd shots is more than enough for an outing.


Hi there,

If you go A99ii which I'd greatly wish you do, you'll have to go larger SD cards.

I have bought 2x64GB 1st slot for stills 2nd slot for videos.

64GB for video is OK. But for stills as I shoot uncompressed raw 128GB is the way to go.

Keep it in mind.
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Originally posted by Parker Parker wrote:

I'm so undecided... What I do know is that I am VERY heavily invested in A mount lenses (no turning back, I'm too old) and that I love my A900 (back-up camera) and A99 (everyday camera). I shoot between 8,000 and 10,000 pictures a year and seldom miss a shot with the A99. I shoot RAW, 25 meg, A priority - sometimes auto when undecided (too dark, spur of the moment, etc) - all with Sony's and Sigma's best A mount lenses.I have around 90,000 actuations on both cameras. The question is, "what am I missing out not using the A99ii ?" - should I get one now or wait for a hypothetical A99iii ? Or should I get an a7iii - or a9 - with lens adaptor ? HELP


Hmmm as already mentionned: forget about the adapting route. It's a dead end.

Now if you really want to stick to A-mount the A99ii will bring you loads of new horizon. The AF yes but I have started to play with S&Q for timelapsing that I didn't care before.
Minolta: XG1/ D7D/<beercan>135 f2.8/ 35-70 f4/ 35-105/ 70-210 f4/ 100-200 f4.5</beercan>/ 500 f8/ 17-35 f2.8-4/   50 f1.7/   50 & 100 f2.8 macro
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Originally posted by mirthseeker mirthseeker wrote:

Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

If I could get a new A77ii here downunder it likely would be a better fit with all the birding that I do.


Apologies for going O/T. Johan, you could try to import from Phototronics NZ, who show the A77ii in their inventory. Graham.


Indeed a thought, heck might save a buck or 20 even flying over and picking one up!
Though the resulting visa madness as I no longer hold a valid entry visa into Australia could end up being a headache and a half!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote whiteheat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2018 at 11:13
Originally posted by Parker Parker wrote:

I'm so undecided... "what am I missing out not using the A99ii ?" - should I get one now or wait for a hypothetical A99iii ? Or should I get an a7iii - or a9 - with lens adaptor ? HELP

You are not missing out on anything. If you are satisfied with the results your current gear gives you, there is no need to think on things further. When something gives out and needs replacing, then is the time to look around and see what would give you the best bang for your buck. Doesn't seem much point getting in to E mount unless you think it gives you something A mount can't and at the same or lesser cost (unlikely I feel). I would think another A mount body, but only you can decide how much you want to spend and therefore what body you could get for that.
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Originally posted by mirthseeker mirthseeker wrote:

Apologies for going O/T. Johan, you could try to import from Phototronics NZ, who show the A77ii in their inventory. Graham.

Indeed a thought, heck might save a buck or 20 even flying over and picking one up!
Though the resulting visa madness as I no longer hold a valid entry visa into Australia could end up being a headache and a half!

[Way O/T]
I'd take no risks with re-entry into Australia if you don't have a valid entry visa. I have a friend who got that wrong and is still stuck in the Netherlands a year and a half later - so much for the quick trip to visit his family. He's had PR in Melbourne for fifteen years but that hasn't helped.

As an alternative, perhaps you could cover another Dyxum member's airfare to NZ to pick it up. There may be some delay if that member takes the scenic route through NZ. I'm sure there'd be someone here who is retired and has some free time.

Edited by Atom Ant Oz - 20 November 2018 at 05:28
A99ii + 10-20 | 24-70Z | 24-105D | 70-200G | 100-300 APO D | 70-400G
20/2.8 | 28/2.8 | 35/1.8 | 50/1.4 | 135/2.8 | 300/4 | 500/8
A6500 + 10-18 | 16-70Z | 18-135 | 70-200/4G
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Originally posted by Parker Parker wrote:

The question is, "what am I missing out not using the A99ii ?" - should I get one now or wait for a hypothetical A99iii ? Or should I get an a7iii - or a9 - with lens adaptor ? HELP

Just moved from A99 to A99ii which will serve me fine for the next couple of years. What you'll miss out is mainly the much better and faster AF, the better high ISO performance and the higher MP's (which helps me since I crop frequently). If you don't need those, a second hand low shutter count A99 will do a well (and save some money) and will avoid the switch to the new structure of the A9iii menu.
This and the smaller body.
I do not find the menu system a problem, I do not know why Fred wants to avoid it.

Not necessarily to avoid, but I felt it was worthwhile mentioning since it is quite different.
The A99 was closer to the A700 I had before. Some people can have a problem with it. I find myself still searching now and then.
 



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I am a recent move-on-up person from a900 to a99ii. The move was based on three factors alone: wider dynamic range, much better high ISO performance and better image stabilization. I wanted to reduce the frequency of using a tripod. Note: I have no experience with the a99 so do not know whether these three factors are as significant when moving from a99 to a99ii.

You did not mention weight as a factor in your decision making. I'm 72 and weight was becoming an issue so I went mirrorless (Fuji) and so now use two systems: Fuji APS-C for hiking and non-photographic family trips and Sony a99ii when IQ is paramount concern and whenever I am traveling by car.

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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

If I could get a new A77ii here downunder it likely would be a better fit with all the birding that I do.


Apologies, O/T again: or get an A68 from B&H for $Au855 delivered . Might even get through GST free.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 08:36
A thought indeed...though one I'd not be comfortable going down having got used to the A77 and VG to balance out a long lens.
Even the reasonably chunky A77 feels tiny in my hands without the VG attached nowadays, pinky just hangs off underneath the camera body with no support.

And no, don't have hands that could palm a basketball...do have the hands of a former volleyball player though with dislocations and broken bit here and there.   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2018 at 10:44
Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

A thought indeed...though one I'd not be comfortable going down having got used to the A77 and VG to balance out a long lens.
Even the reasonably chunky A77 feels tiny in my hands without the VG attached nowadays, pinky just hangs off underneath the camera body with no support.

And no, don't have hands that could palm a basketball...do have the hands of a former volleyball player though with dislocations and broken bit here and there.   


Sounds like you might be the target market for the new Fuji GFX100s. That is ******* huge!
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