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Oct 10

Review: Sony A9

So we’ve reached the end.  Again, I apologize for the huge delay in getting this review out, and for the general lack of updates on the site as a whole.  It’s been a crazy last year, with limited time to shoot and write, and while I hope things are able to pick up soon, i can’t promise anything.  So, on to the conclusion:

Conclusion

The A9 is a unique camera in the mirrorless space.  While it’s certainly a full featured, well constructed camera that can be very useful for a wide variety of shooting, there are more affordable options that do most everything the A9 does.  However, for sports or event shooting, the A9 is the best there is in the mirrorless world, and the first mirrorless camera I’ve tested that truly has world-class autofocus.

The camera has blazing fast and extremely accurate autofocus, is super responsive and has a crazy fast 20 frame per second burst rate that is also completely silent.  It allows for shots that really weren’t possible before now with its combination of speed and silence.  The $4,500 is very steep, but professionals who need exceptional AF and great responsiveness should be well pleased with the A9.  For those with more deliberate photography needs, the A7R II or A7 II would be more appropriate.

Image Samples

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Ricky Fowler - Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 90mm, f/2.8

Ricky Fowler – Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 90mm, f/2.8, ISO 250

Keegan Bradley - Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ f/2.8

Keegan Bradley – Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ f/2.8, ISO 250

Running! - Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/

Running! – Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ 200mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, Continuous AF

Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @

Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ f/4, ISO 200

Toad - Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 @

Toad – Sony A9 with Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.4x TC @ f/5.6, ISO 400

Memorial Tournament - Sony A9 with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/4, ISO

Memorial Tournament – Sony A9 with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/4, ISO 200

Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @

Sony A9 with Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/4, ISO 320

Toad - Sony A9 with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM + 1.4x TC @

Toad – Sony A9 with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM + 1.4x TC @ 280mm, f/8, ISO 1600

Running - Sony A9 with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ f/2.8, ISO 200

Running – Sony A9 with FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM @ f/2.8, ISO 200, Continuous AF

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

1 comment

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  1. Scott

    Excellent review Jordon. Hopefully, the A9R will be available in the future and retain all of the A9 attributes but with the added benefit of a sensor that will at least equal if not best the D850.

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