Sony A99ii one of the best cameras in the world according to Germany’s Stiftung Warentest

Consumer product testing group Stiftung Warentest recently came out with a list of it’s best full frame cameras.  The top 3 places were occupied by Sonys.  The A99ii came in third place behind the A7iii and the A7Riii.  That’s pretty illustrious company! Stiftung Warentest is known for its unbiased opinions.  Here is how the organisation is described in Wikipedia: Stiftung Warentest is a German consumer organisation … Continue reading Sony A99ii one of the best cameras in the world according to Germany’s Stiftung Warentest

Shutterbug named the Sony A99ii “Best DSLR Professional” of the year.

Just came across an interesting article here.  Shutterbug named the Sony A99ii the best Professional DSLR of the year.  The article came out January 24th, 2018 so some of the newer Sony cameras such as the A9 and A7Riii were not considered as they came out too late for the 2017 TIPA awards deadline. Still, it’s nice to see my camera considered one of the best … Continue reading Shutterbug named the Sony A99ii “Best DSLR Professional” of the year.

Who uses the LCD top panel?

I recently saw this question asked in a DP Review forum.  I couldn’t help but reply: Reviewers and purists raked the A700 over the coals because it didn’t have an LCD while the Canikons did.  I think Sony gave in to the pressure to avoid bad press. I still use the LCD occasionally but I don’t think I’d cry over its demise.  Good idea, though, to … Continue reading Who uses the LCD top panel?

Flapping mirrors

Just thought I’d share a quick one with you.  I was watching on YouTube the press conference given by President Barak Obama and President-elect Donald Trumb.  You can watch the video here.  You can barely hear President Obama speaking with the sound of all those DSLR flapping mirrors. Several photographers firing away with Nikon D5’s and Canon 1Dx’s in a small room like the oval office … Continue reading Flapping mirrors

What’s happening at CP+?

I don’t know about you, but I was hoping for some new product announcements from Sony at CP+ which is going on right now in Japan.  All we’re getting is articles about the new G-Master series of lenses.  None of which does any good for A-mount users.  Is there ever going to be an announcement for an A99ii?  Maybe A-mount really is dead. I have … Continue reading What’s happening at CP+?

Why the fuss with super high ISOs?

I realize that high ISOs are useful when shooting in a dark situation. Or, when shooting indoor sports. But let’s get serious, pushing ISO usually means 1600, 3200 and sometimes 6400. Over that, it should be only for rare situations where the natural ambient light is all you have and any other source of light would be either impossible to add or would detract from … Continue reading Why the fuss with super high ISOs?

Where is Sony going with its products?

I’ve been following the latest announcements from Sony such as the QX10 and QX100 imaging sensors for smartphones as well as the rash of new offerings for E-mount cameras.  The Alpha 65 is apparently now a “No longer available” product.  What is going on?  Is Sony abandoning us faithful Alpha SLR users?  Will we be seeing any new high-end products for the A-mount line? This … Continue reading Where is Sony going with its products?