** Photo source is from the Sony A99II Brochure on Sony's website https://goo.gl/eQkUQ9 **
Photokina 2016 is underway. It's always an exciting time for photography especially when new products are announced. Sony announced the upcoming release of the new Sony A99II DSLR at Photokina 2016. The Sony A99II looks like an outstanding DSLR camera that uses the A-mount Sony lens system. You can visit the Sony website for more information about the camera.
The announcement of the Sony A99II is unexpected in my opinion because it has been 4 years since the release of the first A99 camera. Since that time. Sony has released the renown Sony A7 series of mirrorless cameras. I can only assume that the Sony A99II is being released to appease Sony photographers who still use the A-mount lens system. I don't know anyone who uses Sony A-mount lenses. I have no doubts about the abilities and features of the Sony A99II camera. The A-mount platform is on it's death bed in my opinion. Anyone who buys into this camera platform or remains using it will regret it in the long run. The Sony A7 series of cameras is the future of Sony photography. The mirrorless camera sector is growing much faster than the DSLR sector. Many photographers have left Canon and Nikon to move to mirrorless camera systems for a number or reasons. The Sony A7 series of cameras are pretty amazing but still have room for improvement. The major problem with the Sony A99II is that it still uses the A-mount lens. I currently use the Sony A7II and the Nikon D810. One of my major problems is maintaining a lens collection for two different camera systems. Anyone who uses the Sony A7 series of cameras would have to invest in a total new lens system if they decided to use or switch to the Sony A99II platform. As great as the Sony A99II is, the camera won't force people to switch to the system or adopt it as a back up to their existing mirrorless or Canon/Nikon DSLR body because of the difference in the lens mount. Who wants to have to buy duplicate lenses for different camera systems? I know I don't because it is a very huge expense. If the Sony A99II was announced with a full frame E-mount, the photography world would have lost its mind. I still believe that Sony is working on a Sony A7 series camera with a FE-mount in a DSLR body.
I hope in 2017 we see the announcement of the new Sony FE-mount mirrorless camera with a DSLR like body design. For now, we'll have to rejoice over the new features in the A99II that will surely make their way into the Mark 3 version of the Sony A7 series cameras (or whatever they may be called in the future). This is a great time to be a Sony photographer. The Sony A99II is a glimpse into some of the awesome new technology that will find its way into future FE-mount cameras I hope.