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5.0 out of 5 stars A new professional tool that's already paid for itself., December 6, 2012
This review is from: Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame SLR Digital Camera with 3-Inch LED - Body Only (Black) (Electronics)
I've done two jobs with my Sony a99 and the camera has already paid for itself. It's a wonderful imaging machine. Mine works flawlessly, the EVF is as close to an optical viewfinder as you can imagine and the extras on the camera are features you can't find in the Nikon or Canon camp. For me the biggest feature (behind the wonderful full frame, low noise sensor) is the EVF. It's so great to be able to see in advance exactly what the camera is seeing, with the addition of creative settings, white balance settings, etc. already factored in. I have been a professional photographer for 25 years and I've been through the arc, from 4x5 view cameras being the standard, through medium format film and finally through the last ten years of digital. I've seen a lot of progress and, in my opinion, the Sony a99 is the next step down the line of imaging evolution.

With an 85mm 1.4 Zeiss on the front the camera might just be the ultimate portrait camera.

My likes: a very flexible, two memory card system. Great video performance. Wonderful images at ISOs right up to 6400. A range of autofocus Carl Zeiss lenses.

My dislikes: I wish there were a couple of slower, cheaper prime lenses for everyday use. I'd love a 35mm 1.8 that's full frame.

About the price: five years ago most of the professional photographers I know would have dropped $8,000 in a second on this kind of performance. That you can buy this bundle of advanced capabilities for around $2800 is astounding. And a great bargain.

If you can't make great photos and videos with this machine then you need to take some classes because it absolutely delivers.
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2013 8:37:08 PM PDT
Neal Nonato says:
Have you considered the Minolta 35 f2?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2013 8:45:11 PM PDT
Kirk Tuck says:
No. I have several good zooms that cover that focal length and also the Rokinon 35mm 1.5 Cine Lens (which is fantastic). I'm not a big 35mm fan. I much prefer 50mm focal length lenses. I'm sure the minolta lens is good though. They were always good lens makers.
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