Sony please let us tether the A77

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walkerwg
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Sony please let us tether the A77
May 3, 2012

Dear Sony Listner (or any other Sony Alpha Division Exec):

The A77 is turning out to be nearly a perfect portraiture camera. Great low ISO performance, face detection, great AF, Live View, etc. When coupled with good constant LED lighting, the set up is awesome.

All that is needed for functional perfection is tethering. It can't be that hard. There is one company, DNA Software (www.dslrsoftware.com), that has cracked the code for the A900, 850 and 700. If at all possible, please add that capability, or a way to add that capability, to any additional firmware upgrades.

Many of your customers will love you for it. And you may indeed garner many more.

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Archer66
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In reply to walkerwg, May 3, 2012

walkerwg wrote:

It can't be that hard. There is one company, DNA Software (www.dslrsoftware.com), that has cracked the code for the A900, 850 and 700.

Those cameras support tethering via Sony Remote Control software, no "cracking" required.

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In reply to Archer66, May 3, 2012

Archer66 wrote:

walkerwg wrote:

It can't be that hard. There is one company, DNA Software (www.dslrsoftware.com), that has cracked the code for the A900, 850 and 700.

Those cameras support tethering via Sony Remote Control software, no "cracking" required.

So, then the Sony Remote Control software should be made available for the A77...

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fjbyrne
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+1. SLT would be perfect for tethering IMO. nt
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Should probably harass Sony about it, rather than a forum that's turned rampant with Canikon Trolls.

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In reply to Stflbn, May 3, 2012

Has great tethering with focus and triggering controlled via mouse clicks on a live view window on the PC. Spent hours and hours doing product shots with it hooked to my laptop and found it very convenient.

It required only a USB connection and I can see no reason that the A77 shouldn't be able to be tethered in a similar manner.

Maybe in firmware v2.0?
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In reply to walkerwg, May 3, 2012

I use my A850 für Portrait sessions where the model can imediately see the image and react to it - its perfect to controll image parameters as well - perfect tool!

For me this is a deal breaker - combined with A77s capabilities, it would be a perfect Studio camera!

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We've been asking Sony for that feature for months in this forum. You must be new.
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In reply to tbcass, May 3, 2012

No, just becoming more convinced of the 77's utility for portraiture and have just begun to focus on the tethering issue. Yes, I searched the database and know there were some discussions about it. In the meantime, some "person" named "Sony Listener" showed up on one of the discussion threads and claimed to be able to take things back to management. Hence this post....

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With the A77 being used more and more and accepted as a professional camera maybe Sony will start listening.

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Sony let us tether the A77.. and the a99! (NT)
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In reply to Ralf B, May 3, 2012

Yes agreed this would be a great feature and it should reasonably easy to include given it has been done before.

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I would had even bought a couple of bodies
In reply to walkerwg, May 3, 2012

If the a77 camera could be tethered.
That was a big let down. The a700 could be tethered.

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Re: I would had even bought a couple of bodies
In reply to Gionni Dorelli, May 4, 2012

the 700,850, and 900 are considered upper level cameras, sony obviously doesn't consider the 77 as such. Just look on the back and push the ? button.

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That doesn't change anything
In reply to steelhead3, May 4, 2012

Regardless of how Sony considers the camera, it should still include tethering - it's an essential feature at pretty much all levels. Look at Canon, for example. Even their cheapest 1000D has a remarkably sophisticated tethering implementation. Unless Sony considers the a77 equivalent to a $99 point and shoot, they really should put tethering back in. (And arguably, even $99 point and shoots should offer tethering support.)

I don't think any extra hardware is needed for tethering (USB port is already there), and Sony clearly knows how to implement tethering - they've done it before on the a700/850/900. Even if they can't figure out how to get a live view stream to the computer, basic tethering is better than nothing at all.

And the suggested solution of using an EyeFi card to transfer images remotely, a HDMI cable to see the live view feed on a bigger screen, and a corded remote to release the shutter IMO is nowhere as good as a proper tethering solution. Wireless connections can be unreliable and can't reach the speed of a USB connection. Furthermore, there is still no way to adjust camera settings from a computer, and using all those extra devices would be quite clunky.

the 700,850, and 900 are considered upper level cameras, sony obviously doesn't consider the 77 as such. Just look on the back and push the ? button.

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My 10+ year old Cannon powershot S400 supports tethering.

It seems kinda silly that my brand new A77 doesn't. "?" button or not.

Of course, if they really wanted to sell these things to professionals they probably would have included wireless tethering....

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In reply to cplunk, May 4, 2012

It is obvious that some here should leave Sony over this.

I am also sure all the pros have dropped Sony over this.

Please post the gear here so we get a crack at some lenses.

Sounds like the next Blues hit...Sony tether my 77!

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That's whi I still like my oldie
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In reply to walkerwg, May 5, 2012

walkerwg wrote:

No, just becoming more convinced of the 77's utility for portraiture and have just begun to focus on the tethering issue. Yes, I searched the database and know there were some discussions about it. In the meantime, some "person" named "Sony Listener" showed up on one of the discussion threads and claimed to be able to take things back to management. Hence this post....

Good! Maybe there will be action. How can I contact this person. I would like to point out a few other improvements that could be easily implemented on an A65-77 firmware upgrade that have been discussed here. It's funny because at IR a guy made the comment that Sony has brilliant engineers designing their cameras but lack input from photographers.

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fjbyrne
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In reply to OntarioJohn, May 5, 2012

OntarioJohn wrote:

It is obvious that some here should leave Sony over this.

I'm sure some have left Sony over this and I am sure some didn't buy an A77 because it didn't have tethering.

I am also sure all the pros have dropped Sony over this.

Surely not all and probably not most but I will bet some consider it a "must have". Canon and Nikon wouldn't provide these capabilities if they weren't in demand. It would be a great feature for studio shooting IMO.

Please post the gear here so we get a crack at some lenses.

So anyone that doesn't think Sony's cameras are perfect should just sell them off and move to Canon/Nikon? Like it or not nobody makes a perfect camera. People are well within their rights to point out what they want in a camera especially if they want to stay with a system.

Sounds like the next Blues hit...Sony tether my 77!

Is the A77 perfect? Does it have all the features everyone wants?

People have every right to say what they think is missing from a camera. If people think tethering is important they should say so here and anywhere else Sony reps may see it. You are quite within your rights to chime in and say you don't think tethering is important. But just because someone posts something they think is missing doesn't make them Sony haters.

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