What do I lose with the A37?

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jack scholl
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What do I lose with the A37?
Jun 27, 2013

Decided to try a STL for use with any SAL lens we have with our NEX kit (7/EA2/SEL1018, SEL24F18, SAL1680Z, SAL500F80, SAL70300G).  Primary purpose is for 500mm Reflex use in northern climates.  IS makes the f8 limitation of the 500 far less limiting . . . in Florida light, not much of a problem, but up north, no so.

Size/weight is the reason we sold the D7000 kit and have been very happy since.  Two days into the A37 test and all seems good.  What am I missing compared to the A57, A58, A65 or A77?

Specs say the 37, 57, 58 and 65 are similar.  77 is different, but is back to the D7000 in size/weight and is probably does not fit our criteria.  Any increase in size/weight to the A37 needs to have big ROI to justify the increases.

So what is the downside to keeping the A37 for "special use" shooting and is there a better choice?  Our current assessment is the G is better on the Nex body as it is fast enough to stay on the EA2 for our shooting and still keep shutter speeds high enough to work out fine.

Any experience is appreciated.  Thanks in advance for any constructive assistance . . . .

Jack

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In reply to jack scholl, Jun 28, 2013

The A37 is significantly smaller than the A57/58/65, has the same sensor as the A57 (and D7000), smaller battery, no electronic level, no 1080/60p video. Same low-res LCD as the A58, EVF is LCD type like the A57, while A58 and A65 have the OLED EVF. A58 has the new hotshoe.

The same: IQ, AF module. All in all it's a great little body.

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In reply to jack scholl, Jun 28, 2013

1) smaller battery. For me the standard NP-FM500H is much more economical and compatible to virtually all other Sony DSLR/SLT.

2) LCD screen is really low res, hard for checking focus.

3) for video shooter lack of 1080 60p might be a turn off.

If you can live with these A37 is a terrific little camera for the money and size.

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In reply to Amateur Sony Shooter, Jun 28, 2013

I'm sure a quick check on DPR's review section will give all the tech details but from my experience with the A57 which has a better rear LCD - I find that I'm doing virtually everything in the viewfinder (same one as A37) so have it turned into the camera, off ! I've had no trouble checking focus with this & the various zoom options so don't worry about your screen.

In fact don't worry about anything as you've now got the camera - just get out there & take more pictures, it's the only way to learn what it can & can't do & get better !!

Good luck

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In reply to jack scholl, Jun 28, 2013

allthough the battery in the a58 is bigger ( and better ) as allready noted , the battery in the a37 is the same as your NEX 7 . this is a benefit to you as it cut's down on how many batteries and chargers you need to carry when out and about .

one in the NEX 7 with a general zoom lens on , eg and 18-55mm , one in the a37 with the 500mm on . and a couple of spares in your pocket .

the a37 is a nice camera and is very capable . I've bought one earlier on in the year to convert to infrared . I also bought the ownuser grip to add bulk to the camera plus an extra shutter release . the extra size will help you hold the camera more stable with the 500mm on .

it also holds two batteries , which will help you .

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In reply to jack scholl, Jun 28, 2013

To all,

Thanks very much for the responses.  Our initial impressions has been very positive and it certainly helps the 500 Reflex in low light.  Looks like we added a body!

Thanks again for taking the time to respond,

Jack

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In reply to jack scholl, Jun 28, 2013

It's a great little camera, with a crappy little screen. It's really low res, like an old compact, and to me it really bordered on useless. Lovely little camera and excellent IQ, but the screen killed it for me. Totally depends on your own needs and requirements though.

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Does A37 have focus peaking?  Which of the Sony SLT camera do have this feature?

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In reply to Marla2008, Jun 28, 2013

Marla2008 wrote:

It's a great little camera, with a crappy little screen. It's really low res, like an old compact, and to me it really bordered on useless. Lovely little camera and excellent IQ, but the screen killed it for me. Totally depends on your own needs and requirements though.

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I am a VF only fellow and the resolution seems fine for how we shoot.  But thanks for the comment.

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