just bought my a77!

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banky
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just bought my a77!
Jun 1, 2012

so i pulled the trigger! i was wondering if there were some things i should know before, or like just basic tips to get started you guys wouldve liked to know yourselves (In terms of more for like optimal settings and stuff)?

im not new to DSLR but my last on was a Canon Rebel and after a few years hiatus i got a NEX. cant wait till my battery is done charging.... lol.

ps. NEX 18-55 kit lens for sale! let me know if you're interested!

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Get Gary Friedman's e-book book:

http://www.friedmanarchives.com/alpha77/index.htm

More good information than you'll ever remember.
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In reply to banky, Jun 1, 2012

Spare battery.... really, you will need it.

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In reply to Clayton1985, Jun 1, 2012

Speaking of battery. I'm seeing cheap batteries on ebay. I used cheap $10 batteries on my A33 and they worked perfectly.
But on the A65 the battery has "InfoLithium" written on it.

What's that? Some soft of Epson style chip on it preventing aftermarket batteries from charging in the Sony charger? Canon did that with their camcorders for instance as well.

Is that how it works on the A57/65/77s? Needing a second charger to charge cheap batteries? And do those batteries work in the camera?
I really hope it's not going to cost like $80 to get a second battery... !

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In reply to Clayton1985, Jun 1, 2012

Check!

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Spare battery.... really, you will need it.

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Ed at Ridersite wrote:

Get Gary Friedman's e-book book:

http://www.friedmanarchives.com/alpha77/index.htm

More good information than you'll ever remember.
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The single greatest bang for the buck for a new A77 owner is Gary's book... its 26 dollars and its an Ebook meaning it can be downloaded to your computer and can be used on your Ipod or Kindle as a reference.. Gary's hard copy books are fantastic but extremely expensive... I bought two of his color books for previous cameras and Now Gary has made an ebook... Gary will teach you everything you will ever need to know including what every button knob and dial does, it will take you through every menu item and shoe you setting and tricks that you will not discover on your own.. the book is not an owners manual which tells you what the camera does, but not how to navigate through the complexities of this camera... Like I tell everyone.. get the book rad it over twice.. take your time... note things that at first may be confusing... white down the pages that are confusing and you can print them out and then read them over.. I took the 578 pages and condensed it down to 40 pages which took me a few weeks to incorporate into my working knowledge of this camera..

As far as batteries goes.. if you take the risk to buy cheap batteries you may wind up being very disappointed and wind up buying what you should have bought in the first place.
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In reply to 123Mike, Jun 2, 2012

With Sony's InfoLithiumĀ® rechargeable batteries, you can see the remaining battery life displayed in minutes in the corner of your viewfinder or color LCD screen.

"InfoLithiumĀ®" battery packs usually charge within 1-2 hours.

"InfoLithiumĀ®" packs can be charged and recharged many times without lose of power and without "memory" effects like older type rechargeable batteries.

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In reply to banky, Jun 2, 2012

Agree 100% a spare battery. All the things running on the A77 eat up battery power. I got a Pearstone with my A77 from B&H pretty cheap and no issues thus far.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Battery+Series_Sony+NP-FM500H&ci=1100&N=4288586264+4119868643

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so i bought the book but its really late so im just skimming and messing with settings and what not. first impression: battery drains fairly quickly... faster than my old NEX-3 i'd say. ive taken maybe 70 pics messing around and the battery is about 62%. good thing i have a spare...

Ed at Ridersite wrote:

Get Gary Friedman's e-book book:

http://www.friedmanarchives.com/alpha77/index.htm

More good information than you'll ever remember.
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In reply to banky, Jun 2, 2012

After a cycle or two, the battery will operate better. If you are constantly using the LCD + EVF though, it'll be a drainer. Using EVF only, i've managed more than 700 shots on a single charge.

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banky wrote:

first impression: battery drains fairly quickly... faster than my old NEX-3 i'd say. ive taken maybe 70 pics messing around and the battery is about 62%. good thing i have a spare...

I don't have a spare battery. I've now taken over 15,000 images and have only run out once - at the end of the wedding last December.

I have my GPS turned off, eye-start turned off and have it set to go to sleep after 1 minute. All my lenses are screw drive. I almost exclusively use the EVF for shooting. But, I also review using the LCD pretty often - sharpness and histogram. I generally take between 100 and 200 images when I go out shooting wildlife. When I return, I pretty much always have over 70% left on the battery.
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In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Jun 2, 2012

Enjoy your A77.

I love mine. It really is a lot of fun to use with a lot of great features.

Unfortunately, this forum has some cretin who thinks his opinion is superior to everyone elses and that people are incapable of making informed decisions about what gear they want to own. He does not realise that people are laughing at him, not with him.. Go figure..

Anyway, the A77 has a lot of features, but when talking about the camera I would say this..

Since we got the A77, the whole family takes a lot more pictures and video's than ever before. I have had Canon 5D2's, Nikon D300, NEX5N and a wealth of gear. My wife hated using them. The A77 is the first camera to successfully get a "non photographer" wife interested in taking pictures. She takes it out to the countryside with her girlfriends, she takes it out with the dogs. This has never happened before.

And already we have some real keepers - great prints of family and loved ones dotted around the house. No camera is perfect and the A77 has a few foibles ( my main dislike is that the red video button on the back does not have a lock on it to deactivate it - accidentally shooting video is too easy ! ) but I cannot argue with the fantastic results, the lovely prints ( sharp, clear and colourful ) and the ease the camera has in switching between video and stills.

I hope you enjoy it as much as our family do.

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In reply to banky, Jun 2, 2012

Besides the spare battery which is essential I also recommend that you have a fast memory card in the A77 too. Enjoy the camera, I am sure you will.

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In reply to topstuff, Jun 2, 2012

While I'm not saying that having an extra battery is bad, I don't understand this idea that the A77 has a bad battery or you can't take a lot of pictures with it.

I once took over 1200 (I believe it was 1255 to be exact) shots in a single day before the battery died. Mainly EVF with a lot of LCD for reviewing. I have the GPS, smile shutter, face detection and all the in-camera corrections turned off.

I do plan to get a spare battery at some time. But, this whole 4-500 shots battery dead thing is a little exaggerated in my view.

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kg56 wrote:

I also recommend that you have a fast memory card in the A77 too. Enjoy the camera, I am sure you will.

Yes. Either this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/824139-REG/SanDisk_SDSDXPA_016G_A75_Extreme_Pro_16_GB.html

or the 32gig equivalent.
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A Tip on the battery... Make sure that the battery stays " ON charge" for one hour after the charge light goes out. You will see a 30 % increase in batteries life cycle between charges. This comes directly from Sony on THEIR Genuine Batteries. I can get 800 to 900 shots from a single charge. You can not overcharge a genuine Sony battery when used with a genuine Sony charger.

Read the back All of it,,, ( note the very bottom of the charger ) of this Sony charger, it came with my A700 . I called Sony on this, and they told me that they do not know why its not printed on the New charger for my A77, but the information is correct, charging for an hour after the light goes out backs the battery . He said even though the battery will show 100% charge, it really isn't. adding the extra hour will give you extended life...he also told me that you can not over charge a Sony battery with a \Sony charger... which is not the case with cheaper chargers which may not have a protective over charge circuit... also read what Sony says about non lithium ion batteries.

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In reply to Dultimate, Jun 2, 2012

Everyone is a little different but I'm not really interested in limiting how I use the camera to conserve battery. The live view implementation and the articulating screen are two of the main reasons I bought the A77. I don't however use face detection, smile shutter, etc. When using it the way I like to there is no way I'll ever get anywhere close to 1200 shots (doubt I'll get to 600 shots).

I don't think the battery life is bad as in you can't get by with a single battery, however, when compared to DSLRs I've had it doesn't come close (for obvious reasons). I am certainly much more aware of the battery life on the A77 because I do get so much closer to running it out than I would have on my other DSLRs. In most cases I could make it with one battery but it would be too close for comfort for me.

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In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Jun 2, 2012

The battery is fine (as is the camera, don't be intimidated by nonsense from the basher) but some people prefer better save then sorry and carry a spare battery, probably never really needing one.

Enjoy the camera and as said, buy the Friedmans book, you will read most in 1 day and use it often as a reference.

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I am within a hairs breadth of buying one as well.
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