Excerpt: The Sony a99 is a brilliant camera & when paired with Carl Zeiss lenses you can't go wrong. I see a lot of reviews from Cannon & Nikon owners who don't own or have ever used the a99 which I find very unusual because how can somebody review a product without using it? Seems to be a bit of false bad reviewing going on by people not willing to let go of a brand name.
Excerpt: My wife offered me the opportunity to upgrade my camera in the coming months. I've been a bit infatuated with the idea of full frame with full frame prices becoming more accessible, at least aside from Sony dSLRs. For better or worse, my lens collection keeps me pretty faithful to Sony. The A7/7r don't appeal to me, as I have no interest in adapters or less of In-body-image-stabilization. So I rented the A99 for a week.
Excerpt: I have owned my A-99 for about a year and confess that I am still in the "gear learning" mode respecting all of the technological options this camera offers. I have found that auto white balance works best for me indoors and during the day I lean toward the cloudy setting as it seems to render warmer skin tones. Otherwise I stick to auto white balance. I currently own two lenses for this camera - Sony 50mm1.4 and Sony 100macro.
Summary: I've owned the A99 for almost a year, it is my first full-frame and it has been awesome. I had the A77 prior, and it handles largely the same (which is fine, because I really liked the A77 as well). I've been a big fan of the SLT concept because of benefits like EVF (yes I think this is a big benefit), seamless LCD/viewfinder shooting experience, great video AF, great continuous AF performance, etc - and these are all extra spicy on full-frame.
Pros: Same great EVF as the A77 but far better performance in low light., Same unique tilt screen, too. I love this just as much as I did on the A77 and use it so many different ways to get unique angles., Focus peaking - BEST feature, especially when you get it in the EVF as well., Relatively small & light body for full-frame, feels very much like the A77, just a bit taller., Great high-ISO performance, I feel comfortable up to 6400., Incredible dynamic range., Good AF per...
Cons: Only delivers 1/200 flash sync speed (1/250 advertised) unless using a Sony flash on the hotshoe., There's some startup & interface lag, just like the A77 had. Pretty ridiculous to encounter this behavior in a cutting edge device., Focus points clustered tightly - but not as annoying as I thought it would be., Sony's flash system is way behind C/N., It was quite a bit too expensive at release (probably still is).