Sony a77 DSLR Camera Body
All I can say is WOW!
After using a friends Canon and reading review after review of every camera I could afford, I was in a conundrum. I was very worried about buying another Sony after not being very please with my W370 after loving my W300. It lacked versatility. As I waited to see this in a store, I purchased a HX100 and an HX9.
They were stunning to use and so very versatile. Basically they sold me on the A77 along with it's amazing features. I opted for the A77 over the A65, because I have wide hands and wanted a comfortable, tough body. The magnesium frame adds some good confidence on being tough, not that I'm rough. But you never know. Its very comfortable to hold and handle. I knew it would be before I even received it. I've spent the past week learning all of it's capabilities, but I found that a morning at the park snapping a variety of subjects has given me a much better understanding of what I'm in store for in the many years I hope to use it. The water fowl was just a short experiment with the 12fps as the bird took off from the lake. I'm sure as I experiment more, my smile will only widen. I could go on, but it's all been said before. It will definitely impress you. It sure did my hard core "Canon Only" friend this last Sunday. I think his plans for the new Canon 1DX is out the window.
February 28, 2012
A77 antiquated ????
The A77 camera itself is good my issue is the (as the Sony representative put it ) antiquated Minolta flash shoe. So the Flashes (HVL-F43M) / accessories they sale here on this site do not even fit their own camera without an adapter.
They fail to tell you this.
Also if you are using external flashes on stands you need an adapter for the adapter.
You can choose to buy Pocket Wizards but if something happens and you don't have a back-up transmitter and you need to run wired you must stack multiple adapters .
Other companies and the Sony Alpha 99 use the "multi-shoe interface" which is the standard in the industry. I was told by the Sony rep. that it was not cost effective to make changes to an older camera (Sony Alpha A77) to accept the multi-shoe interface out of the box and that the A77 was an antiquated design. Of course I was told this after dropping 3000$ in the Sony store on the camera , lenses and accessories and here I am almost 2 months later still waiting on my adapter to come in that they did not tell me I even needed.
If you notice in the pictures of the accessories and flashes , etc they do not show you 360 degree views of the products and the description fails to tell you they are not compatible. Just the opposite they are listed under accessories for the Alpha series cameras. I feel as though it is deceptive at best.
So I say if you can't afford the A99 buy a different brand.
January 29, 2014
I upgraded from an A35 and i was instantly impressed with the shots i have taken so far. I have been to the Suwannee River and Jacksonville Beach with it. I use the monochrome setting a lot but am still learning what it has to offer. The speed has really been awesome and fluid controls that i have used.
January 7, 2014
A Great Upgrade From A230
I was trying to upgrade my A230 for my recent trip to NYC, and my option was between A65 and A77. At first, I was going to buy A65, but after having a possible back-focusing issue with one of my lenses (DT 35 f/1.8), I decided to get the A77. I bought it directly from a Sony Store in Houston to be able to try it on with my lens. While I know Sony is preparing to replace A77 with a new model, I can't give up the price cut deal and I expect a new model will also cost a fortune.
Overall, I am greatly satisfied with A77 during my trip. It is a definite leap forward from A230 since it allows more flexibility framing the shot with its tiltable display. The EVF is a joy to use for me. I don't know why anybody would prefer an OVF after using A77's EVF. I mostly used the body with 35mm f/1.8 and the kit lens from my A230 (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6). I wish I could have gotten the 16-50 f/2.8, but the cost was out of my budget.
I was pleased that the lens correction works for all my lenses. I can take RAW+JPEG and easily correct my RAW in Lightroom with the JPEG as a guide. Once corrected, I can save the settings in Lightroom.
A77 is a great camera that in my opinion beats most of similarly (even more expensively) priced cameras from the competitors. IQ is great and I love the Auto ISO option (I set it from 100 to 1600; 3200 if extremely needed). At ISO 1600, you can still save your shot in Lightroom and get good pictures. However, at 3200 quality starts to degrade and should only be used in emergency. I do not think you will need anything beyond ISO3200 for most usage. During my trip, I shot a lot of night portraits and even handheld landscapes (since NYC forbids tripod at Top of The Rock), and I can get good shots from ISO 1600.
If you can't wait for the expected new release in 2014 or you are in a budget, I believe A77 will serve you well. Keep in mind that the new model will be quite more expensive while it may not offer too many improvements over current model.
But if you do want the newest tech, then it is better to wait a few months and see what Sony will come up with. Since it looks like Sony is going mirrorless for their new alpha series, the advantage will be improved noise level and ISO performance, and possibly new processor.
January 1, 2014