a week had passed and i managed to have tried each of my full frame a-mount lenses on the A99V at least once. while it was my original intention to try them all as quickly as possible, i didn’t really have plans for my aps-c a-mount lenses when i picked up the camera last week. until couple of days ago i decided to give the DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM a try, just to see how pictures of the cropped mode look. the moment i mounted the lens, i knew i would be keeping the 16-50mm even though i had planned to sell all my aps-c cameras and lenses in the near future. the 16-50mm actually feels more matched to the slightly heavier and bigger A99V body than the A77V. it’s also my only lens that is weather sealed to match that of the A99V body. i haven’t yet tried comparing the physical body of A99V against A77V yet, but, other than the obvious size and weight difference, i do notice the plastic covers that cover various ports of A99V have different hinges design than those of A77V. overall, the A99V feels more sturdy and weather-proof than A77V.
in cropped mode shooting, the maximum image size that A99V can capture is 3936 x 2624 pixels, approximately 10 million pixels. yes, the resolution is considerably less than the maximum of 24 million pixels that the A99V is capable of capturing in full frame mode. but i can see the combination makes for an ideal walk-around camera, especially on rainy days, without adding much burden to my shoulders using my favourite customslr glide strap. the manual doesn’t say anything about how much angle of view are being cropped in cropping mode, but i guess probably around 1.5x. that would make the angle of view of the 16-50mm on A99V in cropped mode similar to that of the 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM on A99V in full frame mode. will confirm this next week by shooting some side-by-side shots using the two lenses.
meantime, the followings are links to my first week A99V photos shot with the respective headline lenses: