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Aga Tomaszek says “A9 autofocus hitrate destroys my D4s”


New A9 tests roundup:

Jim Kasson analyzed the Noise Behaviour:

I want to emphasize that the absolute noise level is low in the a9, but the periodic nature of the read noise and the PRNU will cause visible noise to be more objectionable that it would be if it were random.

So the problem with the A9 “banding” seems to be the noise pattern on the red channel. It’s not random enough to avoid it. I do hope Sony will work on this to fix it via firmware upgrade.

Alin Popescu posted his one week review and Bird shooting experience:

I tell you, as long as I locked focus on the bird (Expanded Flexible Spot Lock-on AF), then the A9 did it’s magic tracking the absolutely erratic flight of these magnificent creatures.

Sony A9 wedding photography by Aga Tomaszek:

Bear in mind I’ve only shot one wedding with the A9 so far, it’s hard not to jump to conclusions. Sod it, I’m going to jump to a conclusion. MIND BLOWING. A7RII focusing is acceptably fast, impressively accurate, and tracking is good enough for most wedding situations. The A9 is quite simply another league, another stratosphere! Focusing feels effortless and the hit-rate destroys my D4s.

Also Mariano Friginal tested the A9 for wedding. Ryan Armbrust did an Event Photography with the A9. And there is a sports Photography report by Qamera: They tested both Canon and Nikon lenses on the A9. At the end the conclusion is simple…we need fast native E-mount tele lenses :)

Three small updates on the overheating saga:

1) Sony reached out ThatCameraGuy to find out more about the Over the issue. Glad to see Sony taking a promopt response on this. I am confident this will be solved positively
2) Jared Matthew Jarvis did some more testing and had no issues whatssoever.
3) Similar report by Edde Burgess:

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

The new Sony FE lenses preorders:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

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