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: This is an awesome camera and kit. Good bye Canon. (at least for a few years). I'd definitely buy this kit again and from this seller. They worked with me and provided unbelievable service to make sure I was happy and could get the camera in time. Cheers.
Summary: Lots of new features and improvements over the A850 I upgraded from. There are plenty of other detailed reviews around for you to evaluate like I did. I'm not a pro photographer so... I'm still learning how to best use it and I enjoy it. Full auto settings in low indoor light can be disappointing but that's the same for any camera I've tried in same circumstances.
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).
Summary: Upgrading from a Sony A700, the A99 works wonders. For my full-frame lenses, this camera is magic. For my cropped-sensor lens, I'm amazed at how it's automatically supported. Combine a Minolta 40 F1.4 with this camera, and the bokeh becomes ridiculous. I'm so far super-impressed by this product although burst in full frame fills the buffer too quickly. More internal memory (separate from the removable cards) would help buffer more 24 Megapixel shots.
Summary: First, I am an amateur photographer who got his start with a Minolta 101, then a maxxum 7000. When Sony took over the Minolta rights and technologies, it was natural for me to continue with their product line. My Alpha 100 was a decent camera and when I decided to take the plunge for a full frame the a99 caught my eye and has proven to be everything any of the other preceeding cameras weren't.
Everything I ever wanted in a camera, it takes incredible pictures and the LCD screen and GPS are great options
Cute Chihuahua, Amazon
15 July 2013
Summary: Battery Life They advertise that the battery in this camera can get 500 shots per charge. I have never taken 500 shots in one day so I have charged it prior to running out of power. However on vacation I have taken almost 200 shots a day a day a couple times and each time I had over ½ of a charge left on the battery. So I think 500 shots per charge is possible on a new and fully charged battery.
D. Cotting "Photographer :: Art Director :: M..., Amazon
11 June 2013
Summary: The more comfortable you are with your camera, the better you will be able to develop your skills, and the more confident you'll become. To give you a little back story, m first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XTi that I purchased around six years ago. It was a dependable, wonderful camera to learn on.