And I thought the a-mount was dead!?!? Sony’s a mount cameras are a blend of mirrorless and traditional DSLR technology – the mirror is still there – just translucent, letting some light through to hit the sensor – this provides an EVF and phase detection autofocus.

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Sony a99 II Brief Specs

  • Sony a99II,
  • full-frame A-mount camera (yes I was surprised).
  • 42 MP
  • 5-axis stabilization (4 stops)
  • 12 FPS with AF
  • 4K video – full sensor and super 35mm

Sony a99II Price – $3,199 – B&H Product page, Preorder soon

On paper this camera looks to match and possibly beat the TOP end cameras from Nikon and Canon – the ones that cost $5000 and more.   This could be a very interesting matchup.

The a mount has a decent lens collection, including the longer telephoto lenses I would love to see brought to the full frame E mount.  Honestly I was really hoping for a more serious high end e-mount, maybe an a9 that has been rumoured announced today. This camera – while I am sure will be excellent is sitting at what is now a pretty small market share.  Sony’s a mount series sold well initially, especially outside the US, but they let it languish and many serious photographers have moved on.    What do you think?

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 Evening in Bol on the island of Brač, off the coast of Split. One of our last nights in Croatia - looking forward to a return to this beautiful country. Panasonic #GH5 12-60 lens 3 second exposure.
 Way back in March we spent a few nights at the awesome #aurorabear yurt run by @frankstelges If you want to hang out at the coolest yurt while watching #auroraborealis reach out to him!! While waiting for the aurora to show up I ran the 80D in time-lapse mode and then stacked it all in #starstax which answers the question - what's it look like when you shoot the stars AND the full moon and StarStax it all. Captured with the #Canon #80D and 24mm f/2.8 lens. (Note - the 80D ran for 3 hours in near zero temps on one battery!)
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  1. Frankly, I am interested in Sony for their video camera’s and lenses – wish they would improve the lens selection for their video cameras. Right now there is only one decent zoom lens for my FS7 which integrates fully with all available camera capability to the FS7. Only the 28-135mm f/4. I want a fully integrated series of f/2.8 zooms.

    Not going to look seriously at their mirrorless (or even the alpha) cameras until they demonstrate they have solved the overheating problem.

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