a580 to a99 - Crazy to upgrade? or go with an a77?

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
MikeNannie
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Re: a580 to a99 - Crazy to upgrade? or go with an a77?
In reply to Jeadm, Apr 1, 2013

Jeadm wrote:

MikeNannie wrote: (EMPHASIS ADDED)

Most disappointing is indoor flash photography. It's always been a struggle using my older Minolta cameras and also with my new a580. I honestly don't know if it's me, or my equipment, but I'm tired of blurry images, or blown out flash shots of family members. I've tried about everything to get better flash shots, with moderate success, but very inconsistent results.

I think about what you're saying, and what struck me most was this statement.  Upgrading gear is always going to give you a greater potential for better shots, but I think if you master this particular bugaboo (or at least get a better handle on it), you'll be happier overall.  I'm certainly not against existing light shots, there are good ones to be had.  But indoors meh lighting is still meh lighting, regardless of which camera you use.  Slow shutter speeds or high ISO is more often than not going to be the end result of a poorly lit environment, hence your blurred shots (you're moving, or people are).  There's just no substitute for good light, and flash is the go to component when nothing else will work to make that happen.

The blown out areas can be overcome by proper use of the flash.  Resolving that goes a long way to being happier with the end result, which seems to be your desired goal.  That's going to be an issue regardless of what gear you choose.  As of this moment I look at what you're shooting and you're clearly not suffering with subpar gear.  Just my 2 cents.

Thanks for the feedback.

I agree that I certainly could study up more. I've tried off camera flash / bounces, and other diffusers over the years, and a Stroboframe as well. Results are just so inconsistent. I've used about every camera setting as well and it just seems to me that you should be able to setup the camera to get a reasonably good result consistently using a flash and TTL.

I usually dial in about -.7 flash compensation too in order to prevent getting a blown out foreground. But then sometimes you get an image that's just too dark, and then the next one is fine - just extremely frustrating inconsistent results - across all my recent cameras.  It's almost like the TTL system isn't working correctly with the 5600 HS flash - it's just that inconsistent. I've sometimes wondered if there isn't a problem with my 5600 HS, even though I bought it new and it's never been abused.

Maybe I expect too much from flash photography in environments that required you to move about and have moving subjects - like family gatherings.

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