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SonyAlpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (8)
  • Fast shutter speed (7)
  • High ISO performance (7)
  • Image stabilization (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Low light (5)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Top of the Line

By Stuke

from Exeter, NH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

Well, it's obsolete and no longer available; but, this is one OUTSTANDING camera! It replaces my A700 and I've not turned back. Sure, the world is moving to mirrorless, no low-pass-filter tiny brick FF cameras. OK, but I can't hold the darn things! They are too small. Even the few models that added a dummy grip portion to the front of the shutter release side of the camera don't cut it. I need the DSLR (now DSLT) in my hands.

The picture quality is fantastic. I have good glass so captures are sharp and processing in-camera is fast. I'm happy with the FPS, and in special modes it is quite professional-capable. I've captured great basketball and soccer sports shots with both outside sunshine and horrible inside gymnasium lighting with equally sharp and color-balanced results. I'm mostly a landscape shooter and with my Sony 70-400 II lens, I'm toting 5+ pounds and freehand, I can manage the good shot at 400 mm, but with a mono/tripod, the pictures are gallery-worthy.

The flash unit is OK. I've already has the hot shoe lock lever fail so the product is going back for repair/replacement.

And the grip is, for me, absolutely necessary only as it gives me three batteries and amply room for the palm of my hand.

It's a shame there is no real future for DSLR/DSLT models like the A99, at least I haven't seen any recent news (and I'm not betting on hearing anything at CES 2015). No matter. The A700 served me well for 7+ years. I expect at least the same with the A99. In 6+ years from now, we'll all be taking photos only with our smartphones anyway ;)

Enjoy this product, you will not regret it!

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5.0

Excellent Price, Excellent Deal!

By Mr. Mtz

from Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

    Right off the box, I just knew this camera would introduce game changing versatility into my photography.

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    5.0

    Awesome kit

    By Alicia B.

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

    I use this product for portraits. I haven't put it down since it has been delivered. This camera feels so good in your hands, it's not as heavy as other bodies. I love it.

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    5.0

    Great value in kit form

    By Zippy Slug

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Electronic View Finder
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

    This camera captures great images and the features tick all the bells-n-whistles boxes, and I couldn't be happier with how well the camera performs in low light conditions. The EVF is even better than the reviews I've read; Sony has offered a game-changer with this technology.
    That said, make no mistake... paying full retail for each component can be painful! I would never have paid full retail for the grip or flash by themselves, which is unfortunate since they are really fantastic products. Bundling in kit-form is the way to go.

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    5.0

    Had my A99v for about 2'weeks now

    By MikeT

    from Idaho

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

    I am not a pro or a beginner - some where in between - I focus on landscape and night photography and have found the A99v more than satisfactory in both areas. Planning an outdoor shoot in Yellowstone Park this winter. Will let you know how the cold weather shooting goes. And how the camera reacts to the freezing temperatures. As of now no complaints and very happy with the A99.

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    5.0

    Amazing FF Camera

    By Ted

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

    I am an avid amateur photographer. When I recently upgraded to a FF I went with a 6D package from Costco, I had battery issues from the start. A friend of mine recently purchased the Sony A99 (professional photographer) and highly recommended it, all I can say is this takes the most amazing photos and the Minolta lenses available on e-bay are surprisingly excellent. I did invest in the Sony 70-400GII which while heavy takes great pictures inside and out, even in low light. I will never regret switching from Canon to Sony.

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    5.0

    Will buy another.

    By Tngost

    from Connecticut

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

      I have used the A700 for years and loved it but this body is like stepping out of a 72 volkswagon bug into a 2013 mercedes. I love it so far.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sony A99 - a step forward in technology

      By Dr Photo

      from Naples Fl; NY,NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Slt For Higher Fps
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • No Built-in Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

      The Sony A99 SLT is a step forward in technology. The translucent mirror technology eliminates mirror movement to increases fps and in body stabilization eliminates the need for lens based stabilization. Note when using Sony A99 with a lens that has its own stabilization it is best to turn the lens stabilization off.
      The camera sits well in my hand and is very balanced, and the shutter release is quiet and smooth. The A99 comes with a standard hot shoe for flash mount but does not have a built in flip up flash. This is truly a pro camera and competes if nt beats its Canon and nikon competitors. There is also a large selection of lens to choose from built by Sony and Sigma. I love everything about this camera!!!

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love This Camera

      By Bill

      from Chicago Suburbs

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Studio portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Camera Kit with Battery Grip and Flash:

      Loved my A77. This A99 is even better. The Grip and the Flash bundled for free made this irresistible. EVF is my favorite feature. I laugh at the Canikons chimping next to me at photo events. Sony is coming up with some really amazing products and 2014 is going to be their best year yet.

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      • No

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