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09-16-2016, 03:54 PM   #61
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Sony Just announced the A99II, so it lives!

42mp 12fps
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http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-announces-new-a99ii/

The hybrid AF system is what is going to be the most interesting feature to me. It has potential to be very, very good.
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Way too pricey for me. It's gonna go for about $3,200 USD.

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The VAT doesn't help Sony's cause at all!
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It's still a better value than the 5D4. Might be interesting to see what happens with this - the spec sheet is impressive.

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Sony Just announced the A99II, so it lives!

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I'm relieved. I doubt I'll be buying one for a loooooong time, but I have some A-mount glass that I adore...
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Sony Just announced the A99II, so it lives!

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and 3600
Two thumbs up and a bumper for the price. No idea how many people are still in A mount. Sony expects enough of them.
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I would like to see a lens roadmap for A-mount otherwise I will declare this camera a place holder for a future Sony A9 camera. Basically an A7RII with added pdaf sensor and half a stop punishment for using a translucent mirror.
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I would like to see a lens roadmap for A-mount otherwise I will declare this camera a place holder for a future Sony A9 camera. Basically an A7RII with added pdaf sensor and half a stop punishment for using a translucent mirror.
Interesting, there is clearly more to this story than we know. They wouldn't be doing this unless there was something in the A-mount system that might be reused in the future - i agree.
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I doubt I'll be buying one for a loooooong time, but I have some A-mount glass that I adore...
To clarify (as a former Dynax/Maxxum 3xi shooter who is feeling nostalgic); my understanding is that A mount is the same as Minolta's film AF mount, yes? Or no? Granted, the modern lenses probably bear the same relation to those back then as D-FA does to F...
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Interesting, there is clearly more to this story than we know. They wouldn't be doing this unless there was something in the A-mount system that might be reused in the future - i agree.
Mirrorless cameras need a lot more processing power and bigger batteries. The A99II has more processing power, bigger batteries, handles heat better and balances better the "professional" F/2.8 zooms. For people using primes mirrorless is great, but the size advantage vanishes with big fast glass. Sony needs to continue to improve its A-mount glass with SSM so that it works with the new AF system. Hopefully some of the technology from the GM line will makes its way over to A-mount.
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To clarify (as a former Dynax/Maxxum 3xi shooter who is feeling nostalgic); my understanding is that A mount is the same as Minolta's film AF mount, yes? Or no? Granted, the modern lenses probably bear the same relation to those back then as D-FA does to F...
Yes, that's correct. Sony took over Konica-Minolta's imaging division, adopting the Minolta AF mount as their A-mount.

Actually, some of the old Minolta AF glass is nice; and some less so. The film and early digital era lenses are pretty much comparable with Pentax models of the time in terms of optical quality and performance, though the higher-end models - especially the zooms - feel a bit more heavily-built (which doesn't necessarily mean better - just heavier). The problem is, many examples have been very well used by now, and haven't stood the test of time too well. Finding really good copies is getting quite hard - unlike the situation with old K-mount glass, where there's still a plethora of excellent-condition vintage lenses to choose from.

Modern Sony A-mount glass ranges from budget models of similar quality to Pentax DA plastic fantastic, through to DA*-level.

I only have a couple of the older AF lenses... a film-era Minolta AF 50/1.7 and a digital-era Konica Minolta AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4. Both are very good, considering their age. The rest of my A-mount line-up consists of a Sony Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8 ZA SSM (easily the nicest lens I own on any mount in terms of sharpness and rendering, plus - of course - build quality), a Samyang 85/1.4, and three Tammies - a 70-200/2.8 USD, 150-600/5-6.3 USD and 28-300/3.5-6.3 PZD. I use some of my M42 lenses on A-mount too... Focus-peaking through the EVF is a dream to work with

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