Posted Mon Jan 21 11:44AM
Anyone using a Sony A99 for stock yet? Pretty please - I am asking for actual Sony user info and not the usual non-Sony-users opinions! Sony users opinions most welcome.
I am a A900 and A850 shooter now and thinking of grabbing a body next week.
Posted Tue Feb 5 6:11AM
I have it and love it. Much better image quality compared to the alpha 900 I used before. Noise in low light situations or with high ISO is greatly improved.
I also love the swivel screen, it is extremly useful.
Posted Wed Mar 6 8:38PM
Just started to use mine today. I will post a candid review in the next couple of weeks.
Posted Sat Mar 16 4:15PM
A little over a week of ownership and I'm very impressed with the A99 so far. I have found the electronic viewfinder to be a very useful work tool. I thought I would really dislike it as I am old as the hills and very non-gadget savvy - manual everything is usually how I work. The info available in the viewfinder allows me to work faster and smarter - like a heads-up display. Image quality is really very good, with little noise, really nice smoothness with Provia-like grain and high apparent sharpness. Using Adobe Camera Raw, I hardly have to touch the files. Little to no CA with the Zeiss 24-70mm, whereas the A900 was always causing me lots of post production time getting rid of CA. Strangely, lens distortion and edge sharpness is better than on the A900 - not sure how this could be. Exposure seems to be spot on compared to the A900 which I though was under .75 stop. I always mentally compensated for the A900 under exposure or used exp comp +.7, so this has been an adjustment. Dynamic range and lattitude allows for lots of post adjustment, salvaging badly exposed files is definitely easier than with the A900.
I am enjoying the light weight even with the grip. Not sure I will pick-up the A900 again. So far I have found the stills interface menus etc pretty easy, video is still a challenge for me, and as I am not a video shooter I really cannot appraise the video capabilities intelligently.
For stills this camera is a great pro tool. I'll be using it on assignments immediately. I highly recommend this camera for present Sony users. If it is reliable as my A900/850 bodies I'll be very satisfied. It makes me want to buy all the fixed focal length Zeiss glass as I think the sensor would rock that Zeiss contrast. The use of a standard hotshoe is much appreciated. No more cheesy adapters for Pocket Wizards etc. yeah! Like previous Sonys I don't think the amount of focus points are adequate, even for studio/stock non-sports shooters. Nikon and Canon are kicking butt there. I rarely compose with images in the frame centre. Sony needs to step-up here.
To me the images look really soft and kinda washed out on the camera screen and especially in Adobe Bridge, which really freaked me out. Once you process them they open looking great.
Posted Mon Mar 18 12:41AM
I am also a sony user of a a57
I suggest you look up the a99 review on dpreview.com
Posted Mon Mar 18 6:00AM
Yes I read the dpreview - comprehensive as usual. Unfortunately, they don't give an opinion as to a camera's suitability for stock photography. Its helpful for me to learn the opinions of fellow stock shooters on a camera, versus the general photography public, especially as Sony stock shooters are in the minority.
Posted Fri Apr 12 3:04PM
I have used the Sony A700 for several years now for stock and everything else. How does the A99 compare, being full format? I use the Sigma 10-20 a lot and find it rather soft round the edges. Presumably being full format and not having to use such a short FL lens would help with edge sharpness? In particular is it less inclined to burn out hightlights due to better dynamic range? Also I rarely use >400ASA due to digital noise, how does the A99 compare? I have read the dpreview review.
Posted Mon Apr 15 5:52AM
^ I think you will see a big improvement in dynamic range over the A700. I use the Zeiss Sony lenses and have found the in-camera correction very good regarding edge softness, vignetting and distortion. I still cannot see using the A99 for much over ISO400 though - just my opinion. For a Sony user it really offers a BIG bump in IQ. The DXO score is very good.
It did take me sometime to get comfortable with the electronic viewfinder and the operational difference of the camera over a more traditional set-up like the A700/900. I'm still wrestling with a few things but overall I'm very happy.
Posted Thu Apr 18 3:24PM
Thanks Fertnig for the insight. It's quite an investment though as I would need replacements for my Sigma 10-20 and Sony 16-80.
Posted Thu Apr 18 4:14PM
Yes FF is a problem when moving-up from APS-sized sensors, lens become the make or break. How about the A77?
Edited to add: Used A900 bodies are dropping in price. I still love mine as it has the best 35mm based viewfinder in the business - bar none! A 900 with used Zeiss glass would be a great investment - no video though.
(Edited on 2013-04-18 16:16:13 by Fertnig)