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    Posted: 03 January 2019 at 01:58
I just bought a second hand A99 and I noticed that the dials are pretty stiff to use compared to the A65 and A7II I was using before. Is this a normal and part of it being weather sealed?
 



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No it's not normal, my a99's control wheels feel no different then any other of my cameras excluding the a99II which feels like it has just a tad more resistance than the a99, but I wouldn't call that stiff either.
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Thanks for the quick response.
Ahh bummer, I bought it locally so there isn't any chance of sending it back. Guess I'll have to live with it.
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Stiff dials are fairly common on the a99 (and completely resolved on the a99ii). Mine were fairly stiff but I found if I spun them a lot they'd free up for a time. Others have tried various lubricants and the technical at heart have purchased replacements and installed them themselves.
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Both dials the same?

Rear dials are more prone to problems (I think thumbs maybe tend to be a little more oily than fingertips), but that usually shows itself with skipping rather than stiffness..
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A99: The last digital camera (ILC) produced in Japan by Sony.

Strange but true for a product made in Japan, the problems of the dials were quite frequent.
The defect of the dials was fully recognized by Sony for a material defect, the replacement was completely free during the warranty period.

After replacing the dials I did not notice any deterioration, indeed now it is better than the Sony A77 II.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote napo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2019 at 11:26
Yes the old A99 had this problem. I had replaced both dials long time ago on my A99 and had no problems since then....
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Hi mate,

As already posted, this was an issue with the a99. Some people will say they have not experienced it on their bodies that they have owned since new, but many have experienced it.

The first a99 I bought had it bad, so I returned it. The second had it a little, but I could not return. It was still usable but I like things that work well and as intended, so I purchased a new set of dials/buttons.

I replaced them my self, which was pretty easy all things considered. The camera is like new now, all new buttons and dials.

I think that Sony updated the parts and fixed the issue, as the buttons/dials now have a 'new' part number - like when a car maker makes un updated part that supersedes the old.

See my thread on dpreview for more info, pictures and links.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4264983
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