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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 "Such a blunder sometimes it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder" * The Jefferson Memorial might be my favorite. Jefferson's quotes inside, the circular structure surrounded by the columns, the fact that it is perched on a more organic, curving body of water. There is much to love here! Inside I chose to go wide with the 12mm Laowa to capture that awesome dome and offer a different perspective. * Captured with the #Sony #A7RII and @venuslaowa #12mm f/2.8 lens


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1 COMMENT

  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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