Mike-Photos wrote:Sunday morning I tried out the A99 for the first time. It's a great camera! I'm really going to enjoy it. Just as well, because my A900 has already gone.
Compared to the A900:
1) Focusing is quicker.
2) High ISO is amazing, I set auto ISO to 1600, but 3200 and even 6400 are workable. I'd say it's on a par with the Fuji X-Pro1.
3) EVF is fantastic, especially with focus peaking enabled. You can see instantly where focusing is. Also, I have set the JPG mode to B&W, so I am viewing a B&W shot when I compose. This helps a lot, because you can see the lines and shapes without colour distractions. Of course, the RAW file is still in colour.
4) The downside is battery usage. I suppose because of the EVF and using the LCD as well (which you can disable), I used a full battery in a few hours. The vertical grip is a must, otherwise you'll always be changing batteries. Also, the VG lets you add two batteries in addition to the battery in the camera, so with the VG you probably have the same amount of usage as with the A900 and VG.
Here's a link to the first shots, starting here. All taken with the CZ135mm F/1.8:
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