With the very recent release of both the A6300 APS-C body AND the 3 excellent Sony GM lenses, I feel our wait for the A99 mk2 has been further delayed for a number of reasons.
I present a summary below:
1. Sony will want to let the release of the A6300 “stand up” to the review process and be generally acclaimed as a great little camera.
2. It will be accepted as moving the boundary of camera technology forward.
3. The 3 GM lenses will be tested against all competitors and come back with award after award.
4. All the above will take months to play out and Sony does not want another camera announcement to “distract” the focus on these new products.
5. Both Nikon and Canon have just released their new top of the line models and Sony has cleverly “held back”.
6. This gives Sony the opportunity to add or fine-tune features that will exceed the capacity of the opposition products.
7. Sony will use the A99 mk2 as its first serious Professional full size digital camera. I am not saying the original A99 was not a serious camera, but it was the first of its kind in full format and Sony was still learning. Sony’s development of FF sensor technology puts them in the “box” seat to lead the world in digital cameras.
8. The biggest personal issue I see with the release of the A99 mk2 will be its high price. L
I understand development costs must be recouped, but based on the release cycle of the A99 and it’s mk2 update, I politely request Sony chooses to amortise this expense over a longer rather than shorter timeframe.