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September 24, 2016
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First Sony A99II RAW files available for download

A99II image by Michał Wiatrowski (

SAR reader Michał Wiatrowski ( managed to save and share a few full size A99II image samples.  Michael writes: “It’s a fantastic camera. And in my opinion it’s very good in iso/noise. It’s fast, got a lot of details and this will be my next camera

UPDATE: Sony asked Michal to remove the RAW files because they were not representative of the final image quality because shot on a preproduction camera. SAR therefore removed the links. Instead you can see full size JPG images at

You can now preorder the new Sony A99II:
In USA at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
In Europe at Calumet Germany and WexUK.

September 24, 2016
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September 22, 2016
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The very first Photokina hands-on with the new Loxia 85mm f/2.4 lens


I got the impression the new Loxia 85mm lens didn’t get a love here on the SAR community. And I guess the main issue is the high price ($1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama). That said the lens promises to deliver a stellar performance. Diglloyd writes:

The Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar delivers performance that beats out the best Leica M APO lenses, according to its (measured) MTF chart provided by Zeiss (Leica MTF charts are theoretical computed, not measured).
The Loxia 85/2.4 is a an exciting lens for Sony shooters because it is close to Otus-grade performance, yet native-mount for Sony in a relatively compact package. With a 2 or 3 frame focus stack, I’d bet that many outdoor images can be made that will be jaw dropping in detail—I’m sure looking forward to a 70 megapixel Sony of some sort.

And here you have the first Photokina hands-on video with the new Loxia lens:

September 22, 2016
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Digitalrev: “The A99 II is better than either mirrorless models from Sony”

A99II image via Digitalrev

Digitalrev published their Sony A99II first impression review:

It is indeed smaller than the first A99 (8% to be exact), and so close in size to the a77 II that Sony can even use the same battery grip for both cameras.
The autofocus is worthy of all the Sony mirrorless cameras, and in Live View, it can focus at -4 EV – similar to the 5D Mark IV and far better than the D810, which only can focus at -2 EV.
In its current reincarnation, the A99 II is better than either mirrorless models from Sony, but that must surely be a sign that the A9-series is imminent. I think it’s pretty clear the A-mount is secondary to Sony’s thoughts, especially since the a99 II has nothing particularly new.

Nevertheless Digitalrev keeps being pessimistic about the A-mount future. It’s understandable but I happen to disagree on that point. Despite the Mirrorless system camera rise the DSLR market is many times bigger and shows no sign of reduction in terms of sales volume. It would not be wise for Sony to step out from it to play a role in the much smaller mirrorless market only.

Few more A99II hands-on:
A99II first impressions at ThePhoBlographer.
Spanish A99II hands-on at DSLRmagazine.

You can now preorder the new Sony A99II:
In USA at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
In Europe at Calumet Germany and WexUK.

September 21, 2016
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Matt Granger hands-on with the A99II: “It’s like the A7rII without its downsides”

Reminder: You can now preorder the new Sony A99II camera at BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here). In Europe preorder is available at Calumet Germany (Click here) and WexUK (Click here).

Matt Granger posted a short A99II hands-on video. In short he says that this may be like an A7rII without its downsides like terrible battery life, overheating and durability.
Cinema5D interviewed Sony and there are few new info. For example Sony says that in their testing the A99II 4K recording mode will have no overheating when shooting at 40 degree Celsius.


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