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Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion / A77 - feedback
« on: October 08, 2011, 11:02:07 PM »
Sorry, that I am unable to give you a detailed feedback about my experiences with the A77 just yet. I am very busy and have to leave for Europe in a couple of days.
I just want to make sure that you understand that I am not trying to hide something from you. So far the camera is a real pleasure to use. It is a hell of a learning curve as it has so many functions that work differently once you change certain parameters that it is quite a lot to take in and particularly to remember...Take i.e. the continuous shooting mode with 12 shots. In manual FOCUS you can set all parameters (ISO, S, A, M...). In single shot AF you can set everything but the focus will be locked on the first shot (so not really useful IMHO) and in continuous AF mode- you can only change the ISO. And this is only ONE (!) thing the camera can do. On the other hand if you shoot in 8fps, you can set everything...

This camera has so many functions and stuff to play with that you will spend quite some time to read the manual. Believe HAVE to read the manual...

In a nutshell, even the gimmickry stuff such as high definition black and white shooting mode can give you some outstanding results!

The reason why I am not giving you the A+ feedback just yet is that I really want to do a test, side by side, between the A700, A900 and A77. Hereby I am not so interested in pixel peeping, but much more what can I achieve with each camera if I convert the raw images exactly the same way. So basically I am looking at post-processed images, as this is what is much closer to reality then pixel peeping unconverted raw files. I am also looking at final print quality as this is what I usually do. So in a nutshell I want to know how can I (and here I am talking for myself) get the best quality final print and with which camera.

Secondly, I would like to test the AF. This has been changed a lot. And here again there are so many different shooting modes (face recognition, registered face recognition; AF tracking mode...) that it takes some time to find out which mode is actually the "perfect" one for shooting i.e. a volleyball game.

Lastly, the over-discussed high ISO. I would like to test high ISO on the three different cameras. Here again I would like to see the final print.

As you can imagine the above will take time and I will nto be able to do this until the end of this month...

Nevertheless, I have to say that the camera is a real joy to use so far. I even take it to bed at read through the manual and do some playing around with the switches, knobs, settings...

So far, I do not regret to have welcomed it into my camera family. What remains to be seen though is the question whether it is a real upgrade to the A700/A900 quality wise and because it is such an electronic gadget, how does it withstand rough handling...


General Photography Talk / iPad and photography?
« on: October 06, 2011, 07:25:43 AM »
Just wondering... Who of you is using an iPad for photographic work? I got one a couple of weeks back (and no I did not have to pay for it) and while nice to check the internet...I still can't see the sense for photography? What are you using it for, if at all?

Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion / A77 - Gold Award
« on: October 06, 2011, 04:21:36 AM »
From "What Digital Camera" magazine:

The Alpha A77 is a fantastic piece of kit that's dripping with a host of features to keep the serious photographer happy.

The OLED EVF is the best example we've ever seen, allowing you to just get on and shoot and not be irritated by it. There'll be times when you'll miss an optical viewfinder, but this is only rarely and we'd urge you to try it out before making any negative assumptions. After extensive use with the A77's OLED EVF it'll become second nature, and only then going back to an optical viewfinder pronounces the difference.

The image quality delivered by the A77's 24.3MP APS-C type CMOS sensor is excellent. It probably can't quite match the Nikon D7000 or Canon EOS 7D at the higher end of the ISO spectrum, but it's fairly close, and excels when it comes to detail and tonal range over its rivals.

Sony's uncompromising approach to the Alpha A77 has produced a camera that not only matches some excellent competition, but beats them in a number of areas too.


Images to Share / A77 - stacked flower shot
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:45:00 AM »

I am testing the A77 at the moment.
Sony A77
Sigma 70mm macro lens
ISO 50
Custom wb
Elinchrom lights



This is a 50% off the usual price offer valid until tomorrow!!!
$150 instead of $299


Themes / POTM September 2011
« on: October 02, 2011, 11:15:41 PM »
It give me great pleasure to announce the winner for the September 2011 POTM.
Decided by the moderation team, this month's POTM is:



Other images nominated and shortlisted are:


REX (aka TG)


Congrats to all of you!!! Superb shots!!!

Monthly Challenges / Challenge #55 - October 2011 - 'Cloudscapes'
« on: October 01, 2011, 02:27:31 AM »
Now Open, challenge #55. The Challenge for October is 'Cloudscapes'

Hello my dear friends! Now it is time for the October challenge, which is 'cloudscapes'. I assume this does not need a lot of explanation ;)

N e v e r t h e l e s s ...according to the "Free Dictionary" are:

1. A work of art representing a view of clouds: an Impressionist painting that is a vast cloudscape of buoyant, 
    floating forms.
2. A photograph showing a view of clouds, such as those surrounding a planet.

Here are some samples:[/u]

And here are some of mine:

I will accept all images where "clouds" are the main focus of the picture. So no need to board a plane ;)

Here are the technicalities:

A maximum of 4 entries per forum member are allowed and should be posted in this thread.

Maximum image size is 800 pixels on the longer side, and 200 KB in size - entries larger than this will not be considered for shortlisting (contributors will be asked to repost).

Entries close at 10.00 pm on Monday, October 31st  PDT (= UTC/GMT -8)

Including EXIF info (shutter speed, aperture, focal length, camera model, lens, etc) is not mandatory, but is encouraged and welcomed.

Please note the standard challenge rules and posting guidelines.

Please remember there can be no comments on people's submissions for the challenges (to keep the voting fair). Comments on submissions will be deleted without discussion.

Have fun!

Stef. :P

Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion / How to revive your dead A77
« on: September 30, 2011, 11:28:17 PM »
1. Turn off A77.
2. Take out battery.
3. Insert battery again.
4. Press these 3 buttons (Menu+Movie+Ael) simultaneously.
5. Turn on A77 and keep the 3 buttons pressed for 5 seconds. There will be a green spot "blinks" on the lower left corner of the LCD screen. Then "alpha logo" should show up again.

Should work for now. The imminent firmware upgrade should be able to solve it forever.

Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion / A77 versus Canon EOS 7D
« on: September 30, 2011, 06:56:15 PM »

And the winner is.......A77 (!) [David you will like this one ;) ] <- and this comes from a Canon 7D user!!!

“If you are still in the entry level DSLR range or simply don’t have many lenses so changing system won’t be an issue, get the Sony A77.”


Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion / Warning re the A77
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:03:55 PM »
I was thinking hard and long before posting this as I don't want to kill any enthusiasm that has developped on this forum re the A77.
Apparently the current batch of A77s has/can/might develop some issues that have to be solved by Sony. So if I were in your position I might want to hold back with running out and ordering one as you might end up having to return it or wait for a bug fix.

Now please take note I said "might"! The strange thing is that these bugs did NOT happen when reviewers reviewed the A77!

Here are some links that are off some concern:
It sounds like Sony will have two cameras to fix, the Sony NEX-5n and now the Sony A77 too!
...suddenly the camera stopped working properly...
Many people from Taiwan and Hong Kong, has reported that the Firmware V1.02 contains lots of Bugs.


Hong Kong:


1, All the AF point disappear suddenly, and could not switch off the camera and could not change some of the setting within the menu.
Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window

2,The camera hang suddenly and you have to remove battery and restart the camera.

3,A few people has put a Sigma lens on the camera and all the focus point loss forever.
No more AF for any lens(include Sony's), and need to return to CS to fix it.

4,It needs more than 10sec to turn off the camera.
Sometimes you turned off the camera, but it is still working,
the battery drop from 9x% -> 9% after a few hours.

5, The orientation of the menu does not show correctly.

6,The Aperture & Shutter setting malfunction suddenly, need to remove battery and restart the camera.

7,The position of the electronic level shift to the top part of the LCD. Need to restart the camera to back to normal position.

8,The camera hang during shooting in high speed mode .
-> faulty A77
Well what happened is I was playing with my new toy when suddenly it stopped working, then I switched it on and since then I'm able to see only black screen or go to the menu, where I can't change anything. Tried everything, taking off battery, connecting to pc ( couldn't do even that)

And there are many more :(

So far nobody seems to be sure whether this is a hardware problem or a firmware issue!

Please I really do not want to kill your enthusiasm and as said, some people do NOT have these problems, but you might want to check!


News and Announcements / Mirrorless cameras the future?
« on: September 08, 2011, 09:21:51 PM »

Very interesting read:
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...Canon and Nikon’s combined share of the Japanese market has fallen by 35 percent, while Sony’s share has doubled...

Themes / POTM August 2011
« on: September 03, 2011, 09:00:19 PM »
It give me great pleasure to announce the winner for the August 2011 POTM.
Decided by the moderation team, this month's POTM is:



Other images nominated and shortlisted are :


A Vida e Bela



Congrats to all of you!!!

Images to Share / snail
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:58:38 PM »
Nex 5 and kit lens:


The Digital Dynax Diner / Going away...
« on: June 25, 2011, 01:33:43 AM »
...this Sunday to Europe and I will be back on the 13th of August. I will try and check in from time to time, but forgive me if I am not looking at every thread. Should there be anything of urgence, please feel free to pm me.

Have a great and healthy summer! Until soon

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