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


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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