Sony A77 Review
Three hour session + Sony A77 + 16-50mm f2.8 + Tiny Triggers + Strobie 130s + ND variable filter + Gorgeous Ladies = OH MY, revolutionary, to say I’m impressed is an understatement, the Future of DSLRs, I’m a better photographer, JOY (doing the happy dance)!
OLED Electronic Viewfinder is the FUTURE!
There are numerous reason why this camera is amazing- the fastest DSLR with it’s 12 fps and translucent mirror for lightning focusing, amazing video, great image quality at a whopping 24mp, blah, blah, blah… But what I am MOST impressed with is the OLED viewfinder. When looking into the A77’s electronic viewfinder we see what the sensor sees in real time. I thought to myself, “hmmm, I’m not too sure if I like that.” Then after using it, I said, “Wow, why didn’t they think of this earlier, this makes so much sense!” Let me explain a bit further…
WYSIWYG… No more Chimping!
As photographers we are always pushing for something creative, we love to see light in different ways and craft our exposures with our own signature style by over-exposing or under-exposing images depending on our mood so using the light meter inside the viewfinder with a traditional camera is hit or miss until we get the right exposure to our liking. We shoot, look at our display, adjust and look at the display again to confirm our predictions. Of course if it isn’t right, we repeat the process again until- BINGO- we nail the exposure of our wishes.
Wouldn’t it be much easier to see a live view of our changes in real time as we adjust our Fstop, shutter speed, white balance and when we see the perfect exposure, color balance- we click the shutter and grab the image of our desires in one click of the shutter- an extremely efficient shooting workflow. This saves time, creates less digital waste by achieving our vision much faster. This is what OLED can offer, just to name ONE advantage. During the session, I felt like I took 30-40% less images because I eliminated many micro adjusted pictures I typically shoot. It is so nice to quickly compose a picture in tricky lighting in one shot! This is the way ALL cameras should operate!
I CAN SEE IT, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!
Another advantage I just loved was being able to clearly review my images in bright light. Typically, I would run for shade or try to cover my LCD display with my hand as I squint and strain my 48 year old eyes to bring into focus what I just shot- often seeing a mere approximation of my capture resulting from harsh sunlight and glare on my LCD screen. Amazingly, with the A77, I can simply look into my viewfinder and review my images almost like I was looking at them at home on my computer, free from glare and bright sun. I can zoom in and examine the sharpness, fine details and exact color of the image with ease. Do you know what this means? I can put off getting bifocals/trifocals for another year!
Manual Focusing is a NO BRAINER
Do you ever try to be a real artist and get super creative by using a Lensbaby because we are too cheap to buy a tiltshift lens? The problem with using a lens that we have to manually focus, what we thought was is focus is sometimes NOT when we look at it on a larger display and the truth about our focusing ability is revealed! However, the A77 has a feature called Focus Peaking and you can set the camera to display a colored outline around what is in focus. So as we manually adjust our lens, we see a colored outline around what we want in focus, we can be assured our focus point is accurately captured! Now I can use my Lensbaby with much more delight and accuracy- the A77 just turned me into an artsy-fartsy photographer and I’m not afraid to throw that funky Lensbaby in my camera bag now!
More Zoom or Macro Features W/O Changing your Lens…Smart Teleconverter
The Smart Teleconverter feature can be rather handy when wanting to zoom in on a subject and we are at the end of our zoom capacity with our lens. At the push of a button, the camera can digitally zoom in and crop your image in real time acting like a teleconverter and accurately display the crop in the OLED. Less post processing is always better IMHO and to see a crop in camera makes me feel more creative when I know I can do this. Heck, it turns my regular lens into a macro or I can go from shooting at 75mm to a simulated 150mm at a push of a button without changing my lens.
More to follow…
These are just a few of the advantages using Sony’s revolutionary OLED viewfinder. I have some other tricks but I will have to save that for another post. I must conclude that the Sony A77 is A LOT of camera with advanced features for the price. I don’t think one can miss with the A77, solidly built and well thought out with it’s amazing new technologies that will be challenging other camera companies to follow and fall in line and try to keep up. I love the way Sony thinks out of the box and is creating cameras that make too much sense by embracing new technologies helping us to be better and more creative photographers. I will end this blog by showing you a few more Sony A77 images from my session.
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