I’ve been shooting Minolta for years, moving to Sony Alpha, getting a platform that allowed for me to utilize my old lenses was just a dream come true.
Moving to the A99 was absolutely a change for me; it is absolutely a magnificent machine with a lot of whiz-bang features. Killer features like full-time live view phase detect autofocus, focus range limiting, focus peaking and focus magnification, sweep panorama and heaps more. The A99 is clearly a professional camera and aimed at a professional marked.
And that’s where the problems start…
Sony seems to be a “sell and forget” kind of company. Their product support seems to lack on all fronts. There is no local repair shop in Denmark, Firmware updates … do Sony even know what that is?
New products receive new killer features which could easily be backported to this professional A99V platform. Features like Zebra, MF Assist is low hanging fruits to implement.
The layout of focus points is also pretty limited, and yes 102 assisting points would help, but where are the lenses that support this feature? How many third party lenses?
This lack of support goes beyond cameras, The F60M blitz, over heats easily in version 1.0 but the issue was solved silently with version 1.1… where is the major rollout wave?
Statement of affection…
I really love my A99, I mean I really do. But Sony as a company, and a serious vendor, you need to wake up… and now would be the perfect time.
Fellow Sony users, I would love to hear your views on this. Are you as disappointed? Please share this blogpost maybe we can awake the giant.