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Yet another A55 migrant....
« on: December 14, 2010, 10:26:43 PM »
Not really had time to fully integrate the A55 into my shooting, due to weather and work. Yet to do any proper flash/portrait work, so bear with me. What I have discovered is how much fun the wee beastie is. From the first trial run in store, I've smiled when using it. I've quickly settled in with the EVF, finding it brighter than the old OVF from my A200/300 experience, but also more useful - I leave the histogram in play, so my exposures tend to be more spot on, all of the time. Another thing I rarely did, with the A2/300 was to venture over iso 400. Heck, stick a nought on the end, and I'll happily use the A55 there! Never been a great night shooter, and to be honest, not likely to unless the right shot was available, but as I finish at 8pm, with the camera with me, I've little choice at present. So, I was impressed with 1600, then I tried 3200 and 6400 - Sony poor at high iso? Not any more.

Ergonomics, now there's a bone of contention. It's too small, my fingers dig in, big lenses feel stupid...etc, etc. It's small, but feels good in my hand. For the first time since my Minolta 5d, my fingers don't squash against the lens. And with the Tamron 200-500mm, it felt well balanced too.

Video, not really tried, but the AF is swift and solid, but can jump too. More later, I hope.

So, first shots.
1) Iso 3200


2) Iso 1600, if I recall


3) Iso 6400 - handheld twilight


Finally 4) Sigma 105mm f2.8, auto HDR mode

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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010, 07:49:34 AM »
Shots look good to me.  I cannot see any noise in the shop front dark bits.  Keep up the comments too as I am expecting any A700 replacement to be a similar product....john
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010, 10:10:22 AM »
Thanks for this. Keep us posted. Ditto what John said about the interest in A700 "the sequel" ... that will incorporate some of the A55 technology.

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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010, 10:36:30 AM »
Cheers John and Clive. Still running it in, so to speak, but can't give a full breakdown until I've reverted to my usual subjects, wildlife and portraits. But the features like pano mode and auto-hdr add to the repertoire!

Will keep an update coming!
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2010, 10:57:47 AM »
Number 3 looks good.................
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2010, 05:20:10 PM »
Looking good so far! Keep us updated.
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2010, 11:07:32 PM »
Thanks again folks! Day off tomorrow, and of course, it comes with a severe weather warning! So, still no chance of getting out it appears.

Iso 2000, handheld twilight mode

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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2010, 05:37:12 PM »
Thanks for the posts with high ISO, I have been dying for someone to touch on that subject. Seems like high ISO performance is not as painful as it used to be. I'm pretty much sold on the camera from all the positive comments everywhere. Been busy with work and school but I'll be on vacation from work for the next 3 weeks :-) I'll be headed out to see this bad boy in person and see how I like it.

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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2010, 11:08:56 PM »
I recommend you handle it twice, on separate days. That way, initial pluses and minuses will either be ignored, or validated. The EVF and size are the main factors I found - both actually won me over. The high iso shooting is fantastic - with the multishot noise reduction, it reduces post processing. There is noise there, don't get me wrong, but what there is, reacts well to a little careful reduction later on.

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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2010, 05:20:02 AM »
I'm really glad you decided to share your impressions on the camera. There were three things I was worried about 1) ISO 2) EFV (this one concerned me most) 3) size. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person and i will take your advice and handle itnon different days.

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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2010, 05:04:56 PM »
I haver to agree with Carl. I have not got the A55 but the Nex 5 as my new little compact camera.
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The high iso shooting is fantastic - with the multishot noise reduction, it reduces post processing.
This is actually pretty much unbelievable. I have shot as outside decoration of a house in the middle of the night @ ISO12800 and it had hardly any noise at all! With the Nex 5 I have no issues whatsoever to shoot interiors in the evening at high ISOs (3200). I am expecting huge things regarding high ISO from the upcoming A77!
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2010, 10:51:16 PM »
Some shots taken at iso400 - seems set to replace iso200 for general shooting!









Stef, if they continue to nail the noise control, the rumoured 36mp A9xx should be a little cracker in and out of the studio!


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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2010, 05:55:37 PM »
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Stef, if they continue to nail the noise control, the rumoured 36mp A9xx should be a little cracker in and out of the studio!

Carl- that's what I am hoping for!
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2010, 12:00:54 PM »
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Stef, if they continue to nail the noise control, the rumoured 36mp A9xx should be a little cracker in and out of the studio!

Carl- that's what I am hoping for!
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Re: Yet another A55 migrant....
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2010, 01:49:01 PM »
That's where we need to wonder where Sony will go next, Gordon. Same sensor as the A55/580, but in A700 body, ovf or evf, possilby even 16mp full frame? Who knows, but it's fun to speculate!

Carl