I have been lurking here for a little while and thought it time to join up and say hello properly.
I am originally from the UK, but I have lived in the south of Sweden for the last twenty years or so. For most of that time I worked in the Physics department of the local university doing various forms of extremely high resolution microscopy, but at present I am trying to make a go of the 'real' world.
My photographic activity splits into two halves. Family snaps with an aging DSLR, which increasingly centre on my children's sports activities, and contemplative landscape studies with MF and LF film, which gets scanned and printed on inkjet. There is some older work on my website, struangray.com, plus an essay collection disguised as a blog which gives some idea of my photographic inspirations.
Degrading eyesight and increasingly fast moving children mean that I am looking to upgrade my current family snaps kit. The exertions of my youth have also come back to haunt me in the form of persistent tendon strains and joint inflammation, so I am tempted to jettision the heavy analogue landscape kit (much as I love it) in favour of one of the high-res full-frame bodies which are now becoming available.
So the A99 is my current object of lust, provided it lives up to its specs. For landscapes I reckon I can live with 4000 good pixels square, even if that won't give me the effortless grace of scanned 4x5 film. I am particularly interested in the EVF's performance in crop mode, as the switch to longer reach with a wider coverage of AF sensors and a retained large viewfinder image will be perfect for my sports images. I'm looking forward to seeing how the technology pans out.
David, I've enjoyed your writing since I discovered your online Photon magazine a while back. I like the insights into practical usability which you provide, and which seem so rare elsewhere in the photographic press. I look forward to contributing to the forum where and when I can.