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April 26, 2017
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CameraLabs A9 autofocus test: “AF performance is tremendous”

Sony Alpha A9 viewfinder burst shooting at 20fps from Gordon Laing on Vimeo.

Gordon Laing from CameraLabs posted a very long review of the A9 autofocus system. At the end he writes:

The bottom line? The AF performance was tremendous, the burst speed impressive and the blackout-free viewfinder while slightly odd at first, quickly proved addictive. Here’s my experience.
I was also impressed by the speed at which the A9 locked-onto a subject and stuck with it. I shot over 8000 frames with the camera (on a single battery charge too, see photo below) and barely noticed it struggling at any point. But again this is the level of performance the camera needs if it’s going to compete with pro Canon and Nikon bodies.

Dpreview also posted a Sony A9 vs A7rII comparison:

Is there anything the a7R II can do that the a9 can’t? Not much, but the differences are important. Having almost 20 million more pixels means the a7R II can produce bigger prints, which might be a big deal for landscape and studio photographers.
Ultimately, for Sony shooters that really need speed, the a9 is clearly a better camera than the a7R II.

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Fotomundus. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto.
Note: US readers preordering the A9 at BHphoto using our links (and our affiliated links only!) have a chance to win a Sony A9.

100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Fotomundus. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

April 26, 2017
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Tony Northrup first Sony A9 Image Quality evaluation

We read alot about the new Sony A9 specs and fast operations. But this is the first time we have gotten some clue about the Image Quality. And there seems to be good news too because apparently the electronic shutter does not come at cost of decreased dynamic range. Tony Northrup is tweeting out some info about that:

  1. shutter & mechanical shutter on a9–DR, ISO 25,600 noise, rolling shutter. No e-shutter penalty except sync
  2. Sony a7R II vs a9 raw: a7R II is sharper, more dynamic range, lower noise at high ISO. Still want a9 bc it works better & IQ is still great!
  3. Checking results, Sony a9’s focusing equals 1DX, D5 & D500 (the best in the world) + higher framerate (10-20 FPS real world) + no blackout 👏
  4. Our #SonyA9 review will be up 4/27 @ 11am ET because embargo. #SonyAlpha

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Fotomundus. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto.
Note: US readers preordering the A9 at BHphoto using our links (and our affiliated links only!) have a chance to win a Sony A9.

100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Fotomundus. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

April 26, 2017
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Side by side: Sony A9 vs A7rII

DC.watch posted these pictures comparing the new A9 vs the A7rII. Click on the images to see the full size image:

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Note: US readers preordering the A9 at BHphoto using our links (and our affiliated links only!) have a chance to win a Sony A9.

100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

April 25, 2017
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Dpreview calculates a Sports Photographer switch from Canon/Nikon to Sony A9 would cost $10,000+

Quick note: We got new A9 FULL Kits options at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.

Dpreview wrote a very unusual article about the cost for of switching to the Sony A9 system (with accessories and lenses). A Sports Photographer would end up paying $10,000+ to make a full switch from Canon and Nikon. But despite those costs they report:

The four photojournalists we spoke with all seemed intrigued by what it offers, though. Whether they’d actually considering switching is another story.

Sony is pushing deep into territory previously only inhabited by Canon and Nikon and it is only a matter of time before making the switch to mirrorless doesn’t seem so crazy – even for pro sports shooters. Then again, the camera is only one part of the equation. A 20 fps bursts with continuous AF and no black out seems nice, but if you don’t have the right glass for the job, that spec won’t get you far.

Seriously folks, I think it will take years for Sony to win over the Sports Photographers because :

  1. They need a reliable system with 100% reliable support
  2. They need long fast lenses
  3. They will wait for Canon and Nikon response before to make any switch

And I do think Dpreview is missing the real bigger and easier to access Wedding and Event Photographer market. That market is way bigger and the current FE lens system already does cover their needs. I think those kind of photographers will not have a hard time making a switch. And that’s probably the biggest fear for Canon/Nikon right now…

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto and Amazon.
Note: US readers preordering the A9 at BHphoto using our links (and our affiliated links only!) have a chance to win a Sony A9.

100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

April 25, 2017
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First quick Sony A9 and Techart PRO autofocus test

The Techart PRO Leica M to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter seems to work just fine on the Sony A9:

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto and Amazon.

100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

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