Well I did open my big mouth so I guess I was asking for it.
The A99 died this morning, midway through our holiday
I was shooting some swans with the 70-400 and following my last shot I was aware that the camera didn't make its usual sound.
On the screen it simply said "Camera error. Switch the camera off and back on again". Even with the camera switched off, the error message remained on the screen. I had to remove the battery. A few trials with a fresh battery made no difference, it really is dead.
I took off the lens and the shutter is clearly closed which is not the normal position (always open) so I'm guessing its the shutter.
So relief A77 out of the bag for the rest of the break on the Northumbrian coast (St Abbs tomorrow).
The pull of Canikon gets ever closer. Worse still, a friend is selling his barely run in Nikon kit including the newer 80-400 (2 APS-C bodies with around 1000 frames between them). Tempting!
The wife said to just go and get a Nikon outfit and who am I to argue.
Only a Tamron 16-300 left sadly. Sony cannot supply what I want so rightly or wrongly I've branched out to someone who does and I'm very happy.