Sony a9: Potential Shortcomings and Roundup

Some of the early post-launch reviews have been very positive, but there are a few articles of concern surfacing worth taking looking at more closely. diglloyd reported pattern/banding noise at 100 ISO, which might be from a faulty camera, but no one else has reproduced his results, and the site is a paid site. Hopefully, Reidreviews will cover the a9 and put the issue to rest, because I have found some of diglloyds results a bit sensational.

In other news, Jason Lanier came under fire for his Sony a9 testing. He’s been promoting the camera pretty hard, and his recent ISO test is being called invalid by many on YouTube. Digital camera ISO is a touchy subject among modern photographers because every camera handles ISO a little differently, but I shoot a lot of truly low light photography with my cameras, so ill check it out when I receive the camera. We already know the a9 does not have an ISO invariant sensor, which means that it’s not likely to have great high ISO performance, but the actual high ISO performance of the camera is yet to be seen since most “testers” are just stopping down the aperture while increasing the ISO. The most brutal way to test ISO is when you can’t drop your shutter speed anymore or open your aperture any wider.

Slanted Lens – Image Samples From Video Above

alphauniverse – THE Α9 IS FAST, BUT IS IT A FASHION CAMERA?

roseandcharles – SONY A9 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

diglloyd – Sony A9: Pattern/Banding Noise at ISO 100

Sar Andrea – Canon 500mm lens using the MC-11 adapter

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Sony a9 Action Shooting Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9 Accessories Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 100-400mm: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery NP-FZ100: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
GP-EX1 Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
MQZ1 Battery Charger: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony Lens and Accessory Firmware Updates


Sony released quite a few lens updates to improve AF and allow for 20fps functionality on the Sony a9, which is now shipping.

Lenses
Sony 70-200mm GM firmware
Sony 70-200mm G firmware
Sony 28-70mm G firmware
Sony 24-240mm G firmware
Sony 24-70mm GM firmware
Sony 24-70mm Zeiss firmware
Sony 16-35mm Zeiss firmware
Sony 85mm GM firmware
Sony 50mm f/1.8 firmware
Sony 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss firmware

Accessory
Sony LA-EA3 firmware

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Sony a9 Manual Now Available


You can now download the Sony a9 instruction manual from here.

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Sony a9 Action Shooting Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9 Accessories Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 100-400mm: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery NP-FZ100: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
GP-EX1 Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
MQZ1 Battery Charger: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 and Camera Raw 9.10.1 Add Sony a9 Support


New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1

  • Sony A9 (ILCE-9)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1

Mount Name
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 2.8/135

Customer reported issues resolved 

  • Edit in Photoshop Erroneous Message Fixed
  • Fixed issue causing color cast on images from some Fujifilm X series cameras shot in CH/CL modes.
  • Fixed issue where images taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50s with top 3 extended ISOs appear over exposed.
  • Fixed issue where some images converted to DNG from the Hasselblad H6 contained a color cast.
  • Fixed issue with Hasselblad X1D images losing highlight details at high ISOs.

Known Issues 

  • We have an issue where customers are unable to use the Develop module with GPU enabled.  This only occurs when using an AMD graphics card using driver Version 17.4.4 (released 4/23/2017) on Windows.  Please see this note for more details and workarounds.

Via Adobe Blog


New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.10.1 

  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90,DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-T93)
  • Sony A9 (ILCE-9)

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 9.10.1

Mount Name
Sony FE Zeiss Batis 2.8/135

Customer reported issues resolved 

  • Fixed issue causing color cast on images from some Fujifilm X series cameras shot in CH/CL modes.
  • Fixed issue where images taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50s with top 3 extended ISOs appear over exposed.
  • Fixed issue where some images converted to DNG from the Hasselblad H6 contained a color cast.
  • Fixed issue with Hasselblad X1D images losing highlight details at high ISOs.

Known Issues 

  • We have an issue where customers are unable to open Camera Raw with GPU enabled.  This only occurs when using an AMD graphics card using driver Version 17.4.4 (released 4/23/2017) on Windows.  Please see this note for more details and workarounds.

Via Adobe Blog

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Sony a9 Now Shipping

There are now multiple reports of the Sony a9 shipping. Good luck to those that took advantage of the Adorama preorder promotion.

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Sony a9 Action Shooting Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9 Accessories Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 100-400mm: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery NP-FZ100: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
GP-EX1 Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
MQZ1 Battery Charger: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony a9 Live Stream at 7:30 PM EST and Roundup

B&H Photo is hosting a live stream tonight at 7:30 PM EST. Tweet your questions with hashtag  for your chance to win a free Sony a9.

Below Manny Ortiz does an excellent job demonstrating how well the Sony a9 works under a variety of real-world shooting conditions. Hopefully, the Sony a9 lives up to the hype.

focus-numerique – Sony a9 Ahead of Competition in High Sensitivities

dcfever – Sony A9 sample upload done!

imaging-resource – Yeah, yeah…speed… but what about image quality? Sony A9 First Shots from the lab!

Alin Popescu – Sony a9 versus a7RII EYE-AF AF-C Tracking

Alin Popescu – Running Towards the Sony A9 Lock-on AF: Expand Flexible Spot

Alin Popescu – Sony A9 Fast car tracking photo bursts

Alin Popescu – Sony A9 Slow Motion S&Q 100 fps

Alin Popescu – 1/32000s on Sony A9 Lock-on AF Tracking

Alin Popescu – Beautiful Hover Flight – Sony A9 + 70-200 BIF

Alin Popescu – BIF Fighting Sony A9 Lock-on AF: Expand Flexible Spot

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Sony a9 Action Shooting Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9 Accessories Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 100-400mm: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
a9 Battery NP-FZ100: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
GP-EX1 Grip: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
MQZ1 Battery Charger: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Lexar 2000x: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony A9 focus test met een vliegtuig

De nieuwe Sony A9 fotografeert met 20 frames per seconde. Ongeëvenaard! Daarnaast beschikt de A9 over een vernieuwd autofocus systeem met maar liefst 693 fasedetectie AF-punten en kan hij tot 60 keer per seconde de AF/AE-tracking berekenen. Dit betekent in de praktijk dat een op je afkomend vliegtuig elke keer perfect scherp is.

Lees meer in onze review: www.cameraland.nl/sony-a9

Posted by Cameraland.nl on Monday, May 22, 2017

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