In this Sony Alpha A77 Review I will cover everything you need to know about this incredibly powerful SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) Camera. I got the Alpha A77 kit which comes with the Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 lens for ~$2000, or you can grab just the camera body for ~$1400. Not a bad price considering the features and quality in my opinion. Lets go over the a77 briefly so you know what all the hype is about this highly anticipated camera.
The Sony Alpha A77 is not an SLR like the a580 or a900 for ex.. The Sony Alpha a77 like the Alpha 55 are both SLT’s and have a fixed translucent mirror inside. As opposed to a mirror that flips up and down every time your shoot like a traditional SLR. This fixed translucent mirror allows for a few things to happen which are incredibly fast 12 frames per second shooting, incredibly short release lag time of .005 sec, Auto Focus while recording video, and it is much quieter. The downside of the fixed mirror technology, at this point in time, is about 1/3rd of a stop of light lost and some possible glaring issues. Only in certain conditions but I never noticed any. The 1/3rd stop loss of light results in a little more noise as you might expect.
Special notes for this review:
I also want to note that I used the firmware ver.1.03 for most of time, and just updated the A77 to ver.1.04 a few days ago. So please keep that in mind as that may pertain to some negatives here and there in my review.
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I also used Lightroom 3 to work with my images and develop the a77 Raw files. The Mac version of the Sony Image Software is terrible and crashes constantly. Sony really needs to step up their game for Mac users when it comes to their software!!
My Pics of the Sony Alpha A77 taken with the Sony Nex-5N:
I normally use the Canon 5D Mark II for my product shots, but it was gorgeous outside and the fall leaves were still hanging on. Luckily the A77 came a bit early and I still had the Nex-5n with the new 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 lens.
Also be sure to click on these photos and a really nice crisp 1200px version will pop up for your viewing pleasure. You can then use the left and right navigation to go through the pics in a nice Gallery style view.
The Sony Alpha A77 Articulating and Rotating LCD Screen
Check out the Sony Alpha A77 with the 16-50mm f/2.8 Kit lens Mounted:
A closer look at the 16-50mm f/2.8 kit lens:
I also got the 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss lens that came with the a580, so I took a photo with that lens mounted on the a77 as well. I had a weird focus issue with the 85mm f/1.4 and ended up having to make a lens adjustment inside the camera itself. It fixed the issue and more on that Back Focusing issue over Here>>