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Like I said, people differ. I keep my left hand under the lens with long lenses. No need for a pinky grip.
A vertical grip I do understand, that is useful.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

My Meike pinky grip helps on the A7 bodies, though I wish it was not metal. I am not that fond of SLTs especially the larger bodies.
I do not understand the pinky grips. I do not need my pinky to hold a camera.... I guess people differ. However, the A7r4 and later bodies have a taller grip so you won't need a pinky grip.

I have the Sony pinky grip for the A9 which I like when using long lenses. The grip was attached to my (used) A9 when I bought it and I donít think Iíve ever removed it. The grip has its critics because it prevents tripod use and blocks the battery door, but with long lenses I donít want the tripod mount, and the grip swings away quickly when I need to swap out the battery.

I bought the Meike pinky grip for my A7RIV which does provide an Arca dovetail and direct access to the battery. The extra grip height is nice.

On my A99II - and my A77II before I sold it - I usually had the Sony battery grip attached, so the addition of pinky grips to my A9 & A7RIV still leaves them smaller and lighter than the A99II.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2021 at 07:36
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Originally posted by MisterAndrew MisterAndrew wrote:

They just don't feel right in my hand. If Sony made an E-mount body that resembles an A-mount body then I would consider it, but I don't see them doing that.

My Meike pinky grip helps on the A7 bodies, though I wish it was not metal. I am not that fond of SLTs especially the larger bodies.
I do not understand the pinky grips. I do not need my pinky to hold a camera.... I guess people differ. However, the A7r4 and later bodies have a taller grip so you won't need a pinky grip.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2021 at 07:34
Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Well, both the a99, a99ii, a77ii and a68 are still actively listed on the UK Sony site - in fact, I can go and place an order at my local Sony Store ('Device') should I wish to purchase one?

I'm sure their demise will come sooner or later - as it does for most consumer goods anyway.

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The only a-mount camera listed for sale at Sony.dk is the a68
Sony.nl: A99, A99m2, A58
Sony.se: A68
Sony.de: A99m2, A77m2, A68, A58
Sony.co.uk: A99, A99m2, A77m2, A68
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:


That having been said, it can be readily found for sale by both retail camera stores and on-line sellers for prices ranging from AU$5,999 and up into the AU$7,000+ range.


Fingers crossed I can get even 50% of that when I toss mine up for sale in a month or so!
 



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In Australia the only interchangeable lens cameras listed on the official Sony site are the Alpha 1, 9, 7 and 6000 ranges of bodies.
The a99ii comes up in search, but is listed as discontinued.

That having been said, it can be readily found for sale by both retail camera stores and on-line sellers for prices ranging from AU$5,999 and up into the AU$7,000+ range.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2021 at 06:56
Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Well, both the a99, a99ii, a77ii and a68 are still actively listed on the UK Sony site - in fact, I can go and place an order at my local Sony Store ('Device') should I wish to purchase one?

I'm sure their demise will come sooner or later - as it does for most consumer goods anyway.

Best regards, Neil.


The only a-mount camera listed for sale at Sony.dk is the a68
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2021 at 06:49
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

The Sony camera pages advertise The 1 Mount

And it is not the alpha-mount

The LA-EA5 is part of the system - linking legacy kit to the 1 Mount.


True, and with that I suppose they can say they havenít abandoned the a-mount.
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@MisterAndrew

I feel your pain. I love the feel of a DSLR body. I once held a mirrorless camera for a brief few moments. I didnít like it. Iíve long hoped for a mirrorless A-mount body, with a similar form factor to a traditional DSLR body and with all of Sonyís best technology. Unfortunately I think we would have a better chance of seeing God if we stare at the clouds.

On the bright side, my lens collection and cameras have not taken a step backwards. They did a great job before mirrorless was invented and they still do a great job. The A99ii will be in my collection eventually, if it proves to be the last A-mount camera. Not a mirrorless, but no mirror flipping up is something I find appealing in the SLT design. Helps avoid camera shake when shooting beyond 1:1 macro, and when shooting long telephoto shots. As for OVF vs EVF, Iíve never looked into an EVF! I canít help but wonder how few of us here in DYXUM are in that camp.

Iíve avoided buying an SLT or mirrorless camera.   Not even so much as an old NEX in my collection. Although I would love to have a camera dedicated to infrared, and it makes no sense nowadays to do that with anything other than mirrorless in my opinion.    Iíve been tempted but always talked myself into letting the mirror less technology evolve, and I had no interest in apsc. Also no interest in adapting film era lenses to an apsc body.

Honestly, if the A99ii is the last A-mount body, it doesnít leave much to be desired. Iíd love to buy one, but they are expensive!   It is my belief that Sony/Minolta users wouldnít feel like they are missing anything, if mirrorless was never invented. I donít think the A99ii would have many nay sayers here on Dyxum.

Iíd go so far as to make the argument that anyone heavily invested in A-mount should stick with it. I have so many lenses I lost count. Forget stupid adapters.   Why would I sell my lenses at a loss, just to buy lenses again? The money would ridiculous. How is the A99ii so inferior to mirrorless, to justify taking such a financial beating? I see countless people here and other sites, abandoning A-mount. Selling all their stuff, to jump into E-mount. Maybe it is financially justifiable to some, but for others I guarantee they are losing their ass. Some people have to have the latest greatest, No matter what. For example, the guy who upgrades his phone to the new flagship model every year or two.

Compare the Sony camera models across both mounts.   Just considering specs, not considering any other factor whatsoever, the A99ii disappoints some of you??

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The LA-EA5 lens adapter has very poor reviews. Apparently it only works on 2 E-mount bodies and not all lenses work such as older Minolta glass. Is that correct? I would very much prefer if if they made an A-mount mirrorless body
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I'm using the LAEA5 on a 7R4 with a wide range of A mount lenses, including my old 600/4 APO, etc. I have 16 A mount lenses in all and the only one it doesn't AF with is a Tamron 185.3.5 macro. It doesn't work with A mount TCs. Outside of that, the AF performance is on par with my A99 II. Not a perfect score, but pretty darned good overall.
My only real complaint with the LAEA 5 is that they took so long to release it; doing so only after Canon introduced their FF mirrorless bodies and adapters, which are even better than the Sony. I'm convinced they could have had it on the market years ago but withheld it to promote sales of E mount lenses instead.   
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Originally posted by MisterAndrew MisterAndrew wrote:

[...]The LA-EA5 lens adapter has very poor reviews. Apparently it only works on 2 E-mount bodies and not all lenses work such as older Minolta glass. Is that correct? I would very much prefer if if they made an A-mount mirrorless body.

It only works on three bodies (A1, A7Riv & A6600) so far, but the LA-EA4 is still there for older bodies. As the years pass more will join them - it was a big disappointment that they produced the A9ii without support for it.

I haven't heard of any significant problems with old Minolta glass - other brands perhaps, but not Minolta A mount. If they were a fraction of the price I'd certainly give one of the FF bodies a go. Perhaps in five years or so I'll pick one up on eBay[...]

Iím not sure that Iíd have been in the market for an A99III if one had been offered. The A99II is still more capable than I am, but my injured arm changed how I can comfortably work. (Who am I kidding? Of course I would have bought an A99III after a suitable period of pretending that I didnít want it!!)

I now have the A7RIV and the A6600, and the LA-EA5 seems to be quite effective with all my A-mount lenses, except maybe the 500/8 reflex - although Iíve only shot that lens with the adapter once and it might have been poor subject choice. My only ĒcomplaintĒ about the 135/1.8 is that the lens wants to jump in the hand when using the lighter bodies (compared to using it on the A99II)..

Iím sure that if I checked the compatibility matrices Iíd find that some of the lenses canít use every bell & whistle of the A7RIV, but there were limitations with some lenses on A-mount bodies anyway.

Iíve found the A7RIV and A9 satisfies enough my needs that Iíve put my A99II on the market. The LA-EA5 lets me continue to adapt my A-mount lenses while I still have them.
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Originally posted by MisterAndrew MisterAndrew wrote:

The A900 is my favourite camera body and still my main. I think the A99II is discontinued everywhere, not just B&H. I only see obscure sellers (who have poor reviews) offering it along with eBay.

The LA-EA5 lens adapter has very poor reviews. Apparently it only works on 2 E-mount bodies and not all lenses work such as older Minolta glass. Is that correct? I would very much prefer if if they made an A-mount mirrorless body.


It only works on three bodies (A1, A7Riv & A6600) so far, but the LA-EA4 is still there for older bodies. As the years pass more will join them - it was a big disappointment that they produced the A9ii without support for it.

I haven't heard of any significant problems with old Minolta glass - other brands perhaps, but not Minolta A mount. If they were a fraction of the price I'd certainly give one of the FF bodies a go. Perhaps in five years or so I'll pick one up on ebay.


Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

The Sony camera pages advertise The 1 Mount

And it is not the alpha-mount

The LA-EA5 is part of the system - linking legacy kit to the 1 Mount.
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Originally posted by MisterAndrew MisterAndrew wrote:

The A900 is my favourite camera body and still my main. I think the A99II is discontinued everywhere, not just B&H. I only see obscure sellers (who have poor reviews) offering it along with eBay.


I get that. I think of all the A-mount cameras I shot, the a900 was definitely the best. That bright OVF combined with a wide-aperture lens was a lot of fun to use. You just settled in to taking the photos. Almost Zen-like.

But it was also big. It felt comfortable in the hand, but start packing it and other A-mount lenses into a bag and you know it's big.

I'm enjoying the a7Riii more now. The dynamic range is better for landscapes. The size is 'about' right for me, after using the smaller a7R for a while. I can downsize a lot of kit, but not sacrifice image quality. (Insert lyrical and effusive praise of Zeiss Loxia lenses here). All of these downsizing steps add up, is better for long hikes.
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