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April 28, 2012

Sony A57 – Sample Photos w/ 100% Crops using the 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens!! A57 Firmware Update!!

Sony A57 w/ Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens

I had the opportunity to take a few photos yesterday using the Sony a57 and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens on the way to pick up Layla. I left the camera in Jpeg mode fine as I have a feeling the raw files won’t work for a few weeks or so based on past history with Lightroom ;) No big deal as Jpegs look awesome off the Sony’s in general, and are usually vibrant and sharp. A bit over-processed I would argue, but I’m a raw shooter and used to processing myself as you know if your a regular reader. Raw is the way to go if you have to time to develop as you can get more out of the photo than the camera can if you have the skills!! Check out this video on developing Sony Raw files if your interested in finding out more. (Click Here)

Firmware Update:

I took this first set of photos before the firmware update just to let you know, but I downloaded the new firmware and will install it asap!! If you need the firmware update for the A57, (Click Here)

Sample Photos:

Here’s a few snapshots I took using the New Superior Auto mode. It basically adds the AutoHDR feature and a few other features to the intelligent auto mode. So far I like it, and makes using the camera almost brainless really.

Just to let you know I exported these full res jpegs from lightroom at 65% quality, 1200px, and are untouched unless otherwise specified in the image caption just below the photo.

This first shot is a orange flower that Michele and I planted the other day on the deck. Note how vibrant the colors are in comparison to the Fuji X-Pro 1 camera (Click Here) I just reviewed.

Be sure to Click on the Photos for the Sharp 1200px Version

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/6.3, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/6.3, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Lightroom Histogram

Lightroom Histogram

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/6.3, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/6.3, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine – 100% Crop

 

This next image was an excavator that was parked on the side of the road posed nicely. It also had a really high contrast sky for a background and I had the camera set to that superior auto mode don’t forget.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/10, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/10, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

 

Next we have a nice landscape scene where you see that Spring is well on it’s way where I live, and the colors are really starting to blossom. The A57 was once again in the superior auto mode doing all the work. The Dynamic Range that the A57 is able to capture is incredible!! Look at how bright that sky is, and then the shadow detail in the foreground.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/200sec, 50mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/200sec, 50mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

 

These next few images were again excavators working on some serious construction down the rd from where we live. Looks like there getting ready to replace the bridges and theirs heavy equipment all over the place just begging to be photographed ;) I love heavy equipment machines btw encase you didn’t know, ever since I was a little kid I’ve been fascinated with trucks, trains, and heavy equipment of all types. In any event I was using that superior auto mode again. It really does do a great job I must say.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/13, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/13, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

 

Note: 04/29/12 more pics added:

Be sure to Click on the Photos for the Sharp 1200px Version

This next image is of Layla eating her tomatoes with the natural light flowing in from the sliding glass door to camera left.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 1250, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 1250, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 1250, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 1250, Handheld, Jpeg Fine – 100% Crop

Here is the Auto Portrait Framing mode feature at work with the above image. Certainly not how I would have framed this particular snapshot, but it still gives you the original image so it can’t hurt to have an extra crop thrown in sometimes.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 1250, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4, 1/160sec, 24mm, ISO 1250, Handheld, Jpeg Fine – Auto Portrait Framing mode

This next image I was inside still using the superior auto mode, and the camera decided to pop up the flash for this snapshot of Layla. Also note the shadow, caused by the large lens, on the very bottom of the frame.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/3.2, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 320, Handheld, Jpeg Fine - Flash Fired

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/3.2, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 320, Handheld, Jpeg Fine – Flash Fired

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/3.2, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 320, Handheld, Jpeg Fine - Flash Fired

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/3.2, 1/160sec, 70mm, ISO 320, Handheld, Jpeg Fine – Flash Fired – 100% Crop

Here’s another Excavator shot with the Highway heading off in the background. Again, thew dynamic range is really high in this photo and the camera decides to not use AutoHDR as it can get it all in one click. Very impressive.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine - 100% Crop

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine – 100% Crop

Here’s an pretty cool industrial scene just down the road from my house, and it’s loaded with detail, dynamic range, and color!!

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/11, 1/100sec, 24mm, ISO 100, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

In this next set the ISO bumped up to ISO 400 and the noise reduction seems a bit more intense than the ISO 100 images. Still looks great, but worth noting.

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/10, 1/250sec, 24mm, ISO 400, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

Sony A57 w/ 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/10, 1/250sec, 24mm, ISO 400, Handheld, Jpeg Fine

And here is a few more random shots from the industrial scene above using Superior Auto Mode.

Conclusion:

I think the images speak for themselves and I must stress how good the 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens is. It really does make a difference compared to the “kit” lens in pretty much all categories of image quality. The Lens blur or “bokeh” is incredible, corner sharpness is great and chromatic aberrations are barely noticeable.

The image quality is excellent as always with the Sony cameras, and specific to the A57 16mp sensor is a refined BIONZ™ image processor algorithm to get even more out of the Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor. In my opinion they did it, as the JPEGs are less processed than they were on the A77 pre-firmware update as I reviewed it, (Click Here) for my A77 Hands on Review.

The noise reduction and sharpness on the Jpegs is still pretty high compared to the Fuji X-Pro 1 for example, but they seemed to be toned down a bit in my opinion. The colors are right on the money for the most part, although the greens in the Landscape scene are a tad bit over saturated in my opinion.

Stay tuned for many more sample pics and analysis to come with the updated Firmware on the A57!!


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6 Comments


  1. Alex

    Noticed nobody has commented yet, but this post totally deserves some! Good stuff man. How do you think this lens compares to the 16-50 f2.8 SSM?


    • Jay

      Hey Alex,

      Thanks for the comments ;) In regards to your question about the 16-50mm lens I think the 24-70mm is significantly better optical quality. The price is actually pretty accurate in regards to that in my opinion, even though it is really expensive. As far as the focal length goes however, I find the 16-50mm better for the crop factor camera bodies like the A57. 24mm is just not wide enough for my style of shooting, but on a Full Frame Camera body it would be great!! I have a 24-105mm lens for my Canon 5d mark II and the 24mm is wide enough on a full frame camera for most stuff, but on a crop facor camera it’s ~36mm on the wide end.

      Best,
      Jay


  2. nice review,
    my question is if yhis A57 really better than A55 ???
    I can`t find test photos in net /


    • Jay

      Hello,

      Yes, the a57 is better as it has an upgraded translucent mirror and autofocus system. The build quality is also much better. Image quality is better on the a57, but it would be hard to tell on a print unless the older translucent mirror showed somthing. I never saw anything personally, but I’ve seen pics on web of purple fringing.

      Jay


  3. Jack

    Good article, and I’ve found your other work informative as well.

    Can you please expand on exactly what Superior Auto mode is in terms of the actual way it works? Does it mean you do not get a literal copy of what you photographed, because I thought more than one shot is taken and then merged together to form a supposedly superior variant of the actual image(s) you took?

    Would you always recommend having Superior Auto turned on compared to Intelligent Auto? Is there ever a reason when you wouldn’t choose to have it on compared to Intelligent Auto, and could it ever result in a worse shot compared to one of the actual image(s) that are merged?

    Thanks


    • Jay

      Hey Jack,

      Thanks for the comments!! Your question is a great and it’s pretty simple. The Superior Auto Intelligent mode adds autoHDR and other muti-frame shooting modes. So when those modes are activated you will want to hold the camera steady and let it do it’s thing. It will fire off many shots depending on the mode and pump out a result for you that usually looks really good. In the meno on the camera you can specify what shooting modes are actually used.

      Sometimes you don’t want autoHDR though, so you can turn it off. The auto HDR still gives you the standard exposure frame and the autohdr. So it’s actually 2 shots for that particular mode. The manual is generalizing I think.

      I used it often and the camera chose AutoHDR many times on it’s own which I really liked!! The other Auto Intelligent mode is also really good, but doesn’t use the multi-shot modes, which you may prefer.

      Superior Auto mode automatically detects the scene you are photographing and adjusts the camera settings accordingly to give ideal results. It also is capable of activating continuous shooting modes for moving subjects and Auto HDR mode if the dynamic range is beyond that of a single frame.

      Jay



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