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December 30, 2016
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SAR community tell us: What’s the best Sony product of the year?

The year is ending and it’s time to let choose the SAR community what’s the best gear of 2016. Let’s see who gets the first place!

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December 30, 2016
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New A99II reviews by Imaging Resource and Photoscala

Imaging Resource posted the first part of their A99II review. Of course they like the camera a lot, particularly the image quality. The only real downside is that:

Overall, the biggest issue with the A99 II’s performance is its buffer clearing performance. The occasional slowdowns in the field, such as when the camera is writing files, can be frustrating as well. It is puzzling why Sony opted not to include UHS-II support in the A99 II as it would have surely helped accelerate buffer clearing. With all that said, the A99 II still offers very impressive overall performance. Being able to capture 42-megapixel uncompressed RAW images at over 11 fps, while just shy of the advertised burst rate, is excellent.

Also the German site Photoscala. tested the camera and writes that it’s impressed by the fact that the semitransparent mirror seems to not deteriorate the image quality. For them it is as good as the A7rII and the superb A99II autofocus makes it more useable than the A7rII.

One more A99II review by Francesco Carucci.

Sony A99II preorders at BHphoto, Adorama. AmazonPhotoPorst, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK and WexUK.

December 29, 2016
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New Sony A99II ISO tests (beats the Nikon D5)

Sony A99ii outperforms Nikon D5 at high ISO

If you care about the High ISO performance of the new Sony A99II check out those new videos.

Chuck also sent me this: “Here’s some High ISO images from both the A99II and the A7RII, with a link to download the RAW files from both.

Sony A99II and A7RII High ISO Image Sampling

Sony A99ii ISO Test

Sony A99II preorders at BHphoto, Adorama. AmazonPhotoPorst, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK and WexUK.

More A99II tests:

Sony A99II Continuous AF Testing of an oncoming model train….

Sony A99II & A7RII Cityscape Photos:

December 29, 2016
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Jason Lanier’s answer to the very dumb article

In a horrible statement the well-known US wedding magazine said that wedding photographers should use  “either Cannon or Nikon, which are the most readily available professional cameras available” now removed that part but still the shitstorm is all over the web. On the video above Jason Lanier explains in crystalline simple way what’s the problem with Brides statement and interest conflict.

Personal note: In my opinion every camera manufacturer nowadays makes excellent gear. Just pick up what suites best for you. And at the end your photography talent is what really matters!

via Petapixel

And thanks Jason for this video!

December 28, 2016
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New shipment update for the A99II and 70-200mm GM. New review by ThePhoBlographer.

Amazon updated the shipment info on two highly requested Sony items: Both the A99II (Clich here) and the 70-200mm GM (Click here) are set to ship out in 1-2 months if you order them today. And both got reviewed by ThePhoblographer:

A99II review conclusion:

All in all, very little is really terrible about the a99 II. In fact, I’d say nothing is terrible per se. It just still sort of perplexes me. Why? I thought Sony was done with the Alpha system, but if they aren’t this makes me genuinely very excited to know that they’re going to continue with the system. Perhaps that also means both the E mount and A mount systems will receive more love accordingly.

70-200mm GM review conclusion:

The Editor’s Choice award is being given for the fact that Sony cranked this lens out pretty quickly mixed in with the fact that it’s actually a solid lens. But Sony needs to improve their AF with the mirrorless system to truly make this lens rock for photojournalists and wedding photographers.


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