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Old 20th April 2017, 8:57 AM   #1
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Default Sony A9 Announced

  • world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP resolution
  • blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images
  • silent, vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
  • 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
  • extensive professional features including Ethernet port for file transfer
  • dual SD card slots
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • blackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.44m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • internal UHD 4K/30p video recording
  • Mag. alloy body
  • extended battery life
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage
  • price: $4,499 / £4,500 (ouch!)
  • pre-orders to open on Friday (April 21st)
  • shipping starts in June, 2017

https://www.dpreview.com/news/130895...ing-powerhouse

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Old 20th April 2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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This certainly interests me, as both a sport shooter and someone who uses Sony Mirrorless.

if it lives up to the specs, it will be a game changer (eventually)
Why eventually?
Well you need the glass to back it up, and Sony is lacking in native FE mount long primes... if the adapted glass works well (e.g. as good as canon/nikon does on their native bodies) then thats a boon.

You do only get 10FPS with them but thats fine.

Now the ergonomics probably wouldnt work for me (reserve judgement til i get one in hand), I really love the in hand feel of my Nikon stuff.

I wont be jumping ship yet as i cant afford 2x bodies - which is how i like to operate, but down the track when prices drop and 2nd hand market gets better its something i'd seriously consider..... if the adapted glass works well.
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Old 20th April 2017, 12:15 PM   #3
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new battery only has 2.2 times more capacity which isnt really that good.
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Old 20th April 2017, 8:07 PM   #4
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Default Australian Pricing confirmed.

α9 Aussie Pricing
SRP $6999
Available from June 2nd

100-400G SRP $3999.
Availability date TBC.

I am extremely interested in the lens but will likely wait for the technology to trickle down to the A7RIII.
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Old 20th April 2017, 8:29 PM   #5
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α9 Aussie Pricing
SRP $6999
Available from June 2nd

100-400G SRP $3999.
Availability date TBC.

I am extremely interested in the lens but will likely wait for the technology to trickle down to the A7RIII.
Exxy but comparable or better to Canonikon
The 100-400 will have a hard time against an adapted sigma offering

Agreed on waiting through, something with 10fps, 50-100 raw buffer but rest the same would be good.
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I want the A9 so badly, it's so pretty. But $7K is oof. A lot of money. Sony tells me "tentatively available from July" for the 100-400 in Australia.
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Beautiful stuff. I wouldn't mind a bigger body TBH. EVF makes photography accessible to so many more people who wouldn't necessarily consider themselves as creatives. As much as it pains me to say this but sometimes, the best images and perspectives come from users who can't shoot in manual.

I am looking forward to the next few years. Probably will never switch to the A9 myself. Yet.
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I want the A9 so badly, it's so pretty. But $7K is oof. A lot of money. Sony tells me "tentatively available from July" for the 100-400 in Australia.
I expect it to be more closer to $6k or even under 6k once the price has settled.
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i wouldnt, will be $6500+ from retailers at least for a while
Gradual drop off then a big drop off when the next model comes seems to be the Sony pricing model

In this case its still cheaper than the Nikon/Canon equivalents and the prosumers are not shy to spend the money at times
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i wouldnt, will be $6500+ from retailers at least for a while
Gradual drop off then a big drop off when the next model comes seems to be the Sony pricing model

In this case its still cheaper than the Nikon/Canon equivalents and the prosumers are not shy to spend the money at times
You could get preorder it right now from BH for under $6k, if you dont mind it being from the US.

I'm slightly tempted, if it were 36mp+ i would have it on preorder already. Not sure i can stomach dropping back to 24mp after using a 36mp D800. Don't particularly need 20fps either.

Sigma need to hurry up with their native E-Mount lenses, that would probably push me over the edge.
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You could get preorder it right now from BH for under $6k, if you dont mind it being from the US.

I'm slightly tempted, if it were 36mp+ i would have it on preorder already. Not sure i can stomach dropping back to 24mp after using a 36mp D800. Don't particularly need 20fps either.

Sigma need to hurry up with their native E-Mount lenses, that would probably push me over the edge.
Plus the shipping and GST+import taxes (if you get caught), plus on such an expensive camera i'd want local support for warranty - and Sony Pro support if that floats your boat.

I'm also slightly tempted, but cant fathom only shooting with a single body (no backup, and no second focal length), nor trying to sell my long fast glass for canon equivalents and hoping that adapted glass works properly.

24mp is fine for sports/wildlife - but yes i can see why many would see it as a step down. Once you get used to 36/42mp files IQ its tough.
I dont miss it when importing/editing though
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At least $6500 once you pay GST, whether you import or not.

People who say '24MP too little' are missing the point, this camera isn't for them. There'll be a 40MP+ version in time, but it won't do 20FPS which is the point of this release.
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For me i'm a bit old school. I don't need, nor do I want so many megapixels. With more megapixels:

- you get less overall ISO sensitivity
- effective hand-holding shutter speed is less, meaning technique is more important
- you are more likely to show up deficiencies in lenses
- the files are larger, meaning CF cards and HDD's fill up faster. And post-processing takes longer.
- if FPS is important to you, you get less FPS because the buffer fills up faster.

I personally don't need anything more than 10MP. As long as they are 10 high quality MP. I could have bought an A7R2 for the same price as I paid for my A7S2, but I chose the A7S2 instead.

I'll wait and see how well this new sensor rates.
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- if FPS is important to you, you get less FPS because the buffer fills up faster.
I'm sure A9 users will be devastated after they shoot 241 consecutive RAW images and suddenly have to wait a moment for the buffer to clear.
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I'm sure A9 users will be devastated after they shoot 241 consecutive RAW images and suddenly have to wait a moment for the buffer to clear.
more an issue for me is that it appears you still get locked out of specific functions while it clears
and the lack of a 2nd UHS-II slot means you're limited when shooting raw to both with clearing speed
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