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Adam, I have owned all ZA lenses for 3 years, except the latest 50/1.4, and used them on the A900. I cannot give you any comments about the AF of the A99, I actually switched to Leica because of the SLT mirror and EVF, but I can tell you that the ZA are all fantastic. The lens design is reminiscent of the Contax 645 and Hasselblad Zeiss glass, which is IMHO more attractive than the overly contrasty current ZE/ZF glass. Coming from Leica you will appreciate the rendering of the ZA lenses. I highly recommend them.
I originally sent you a private msg to ask this (must have got lost), so I could avoid being criticized on the open forum. I'm glad you find the rendering to be similar to contax/hassy-zeiss. Considering those are the two MF cameras/lenses I'm currently using when I do film work, and I love the results.
Honestly I had a play with the A99, and I'm not sure it would "bother" me to not have an optical viewfinder, it would just take getting use to, I suppose. As long as the focusing speed/accuracy was at least on par with Canon/Nikon, as I've learned to live with them.
ocean2059 - Thanks for the insights.. I'm glad you like the A99 body. Agree though, if I shot Sports the D4 wouldn't be an issue at all, I'd just make sure that my long lens was well calibrated for the sport I'm shooting.. And I'd probably have another D4 body with another lens calibrated differently, to hit all the needs of the sport. It's weddings where you're shooting min-max distances with varying focal lengths that gets Nikon all tripped up.
hiepphotog - I rarely shoot infinity, do you have any min-15ft distances you'd like to share? Indoors preferably. Few outdoors? Raw files would be ideal if you don't mind
Thanks guys who gave constructive comments.
To everyone who things I need to focus on what I've got. I was asking more because I'm use to the quality I get from Zeiss and Leica.. Yes maybe the 50APO has spoiled me. And I'm not saying you can't get good results with Canon/Nikon (I get good results), I'm just saying that the results are not up to my standards, because I'm looking for greatness