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    Posted: 20 October 2021 at 02:09
So A-mount is dead. The LA-EA5 is the 'lifeline'.
I was thinking of selling my 300/4 APO since it's gone down to half the price already :( but I thought I'll just wait for my 7D and A700 to die and shoot birds while I'm still WFH. I'm mainly using M43 now so I'm guessing i'll still end up selling all my A-mount lenses... but hopefully not. #Complicated
 



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It seems that a notice has arrived at the Sony shop(s) in Japan that the shipment of 99II will end on August 5th.

http://kunkoku.com/ilca99m2.html
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

If anybody has one for sale with an extremely low shutter count, send me a message.

Shame you are in the States and I'm downunder, mine will be going up for sale soon with less than 8k on the shutter.


Not impossible, just some added costs. Iím still hunting but keep me in mind. Maybe it could make sense enough for us both. I donít know.
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Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

If anybody has one for sale with an extremely low shutter count, send me a message.

Shame you are in the States and I'm downunder, mine will be going up for sale soon with less than 8k on the shutter.
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Thanks for the info Bob. Iíll give it a shot. Might be possible. Surely will cost me dearly in comparison to buying here.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2021 at 19:26
Originally posted by macronut macronut wrote:

If anybody has one for sale with an extremely low shutter count, send me a message.


A mount stuff was still listed on Sony Europe last time I looked.
 



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If anybody has one for sale with an extremely low shutter count, send me a message.
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Well, macronut, I sympathise with the responses you got from some sales assistants but there is huge variation in skills and attitude, and A-mount is no longer a core sales product, even for Sony, is it?
Without wishing to be at all rude, it does seem rather quixotic to be so upset that your favoured camera is now unavailable when you deliberately avoided buying it for several years in the hope that something better might come along. I understand the wish to get 'the last one' but you rarely know it will be the last one until they don't replace it!
After all, you could have bought one when it had been out for a few years, intending to trade it in when a new one came out. Maybe you didn't want to spend the money then (I wouldn't have done either), but you pays your money (or don't) and you takes your choice ...
You can look out for a s/h one in pristine condition, I guess. Personally I thought the A99II was too big, too expensive, and too complex for me, and the A7 range with LA-EAx is a better fit for my tastes and needs, but it is clearly not as good as the A99ii for focussing, given the number of things which don't work fully adapted.



Itís only my favoured camera because it is as good as A-mount will ever become. Never occurred to me that the entire continent would be completely devoid of this camera the day it was discontinued. Thatís not a common occurrence in consumer goods. I suppose it shows the horrendous sales A-mount was seeing in the last few years. Stores had no reason to stock them.

I rather like the size of this camera. FF but smaller than a person might expect.
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When TLM was adopted in 99, there was a debate about the decrease in light intensity and image quality. However, the overall image quality was better than 900, so I came to the conclusion that it was acceptable.

Basically, the optics should not have diagonal elements. Unless it is thin enough, it seems that TLM is not thin enough as the required image quality increases.
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What is TLM?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gigo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2021 at 16:22
I bought 900,99,99II and all A-Mount full frame cameras. Half of it is a joke, but "to buy and support A-Mount".

When I had the 7RIII and 99II, deciding which camera to take for shooting was a bit of a headache.

The turning point was the release of the A9. With the 7RIV boosting further and replacing the main lens with an E-Mount, the 99II often slept in a moisture-proof cabinet, but it wasn't out of play yet.

The AF performance of the LA-EA4 is not as good as the 99II, so I needed the 99II to use a lens that cannot be replaced by an E-Mount such as the 200F4G macro.

However, I was a little disappointed that the 200F4G macros were used less frequently because I had to use the 99II.

With the introduction of LA-EA5 and combination with 7RIV, 99II is completely in storage.

And I sold 9 and 7RIV and 99 II to get the ILCE-1, which I think was the best decision in the last decade.

By eliminating TLM, the image quality has improved literally as if a thin skin had been peeled off. Since high-precision AF can be performed on the image plane, the performance of the lens can be brought out in a stable manner. Until now, the image quality has deteriorated due to subtle out-of-focus.
In this way, the frequency of using A-Mount lenses has increased again, and I am very happy.

It's disappointing that 7C doesn't fully support LA-EA5. However, although the release is new, it can be inferred that the development of 7C started before the planning of LA-EA5. The hardware seems to be a generation old.
The chances that the next relatively inexpensive body will fully support the LA-EA5 are not zero.

Otherwise I'm a little troubled. My next plan is to buy a spare body.
If there are restrictions on the use of A-Mount lenses, I'll halve the budget for spares. Did you understand SONY?
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Well, macronut, I sympathise with the responses you got from some sales assistants but there is huge variation in skills and attitude, and A-mount is no longer a core sales product, even for Sony, is it?
Without wishing to be at all rude, it does seem rather quixotic to be so upset that your favoured camera is now unavailable when you deliberately avoided buying it for several years in the hope that something better might come along. I understand the wish to get 'the last one' but you rarely know it will be the last one until they don't replace it!
After all, you could have bought one when it had been out for a few years, intending to trade it in when a new one came out. Maybe you didn't want to spend the money then (I wouldn't have done either), but you pays your money (or don't) and you takes your choice ...
You can look out for a s/h one in pristine condition, I guess. Personally I thought the A99II was too big, too expensive, and too complex for me, and the A7 range with LA-EAx is a better fit for my tastes and needs, but it is clearly not as good as the A99ii for focussing, given the number of things which don't work fully adapted.

Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...
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