ABETTERDJANDPHOTOGRAPHER

ABETTERDJANDPHOTOGRAPHER

Lives in United States COCOA, AK, United States
Works as a concert/band photos, Wedding DJ-PHOTOGRAPHER-VIDEO
Has a website at WWW.ABETTERDJ.net
Joined on Apr 28, 2011
About me:

A lot of Canikon users say "no pros shoot with Sony". In 2012 we personally shot over 250,000 excellent concert and wedding photos with our Sony cameras. Our plan for 2013 is to shoot even more!

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We have the 35mm 1.8 and it is wonderful for low light video on our Sony SLT-A77

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2012 at 07:57 UTC as 1st comment
On Sony Alpha SLT-A99 preview (326 comments in total)

My wife and I have taken over 100,000 photos of weddings and concerts with our A77s. I just saw my first 24 sample images from the A99 and unless I'm missing something I can't see any difference in photo quality. We have our ISO topped off at 800 and shoot with 2.8 and 1.8 lenses so noise has never been an issue,

We love our 3 A77s and have been shooting with them for 2 months before they came out in the US. I'm intrigued by the A99 but we are going to wait this time for firmware releases... maybe even wait for the rumored FF 36MP.

We edit photos from hundreds of photographers and had a batch from the new Nikon 36MP come in. The quality was just like our A77s and way better than what we usually get from Nikon shooters. The sensor mus work great and I hope Sony announces it soon in one of their own.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 03:59 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: In-depth Sony SLT-A77 review article (225 comments in total)

We just finished a 4 day gig as the official photographers on the Rock Legends Cruise. We shot over 9,000 excellent concert photographs and a few videos with our 2 SONY SLT-A77s and were very impressed with the results! We shot about 7,000 photos with no flash and had maybe 100 photos with a little visible noise. We had already taken over 15,000 excellent photos with our A77s so the photo quality was not a surprise.

What really surprised me was the quality of the video sound.

I wasn't planning on shooting any video so I left my external mic at home. I ended up shooting 2 concert videos from 10-15 feet away from one of the main speaker piles and was expecting the on-board mic to be totally clipped through both videos. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the sound was excellent even though the source volume was blasting!

To see our review of the performance of the cameras and the photos and videos go to http://www.abetterdj.net and click on the RLC PHOTOS tab.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:00 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: In-depth Sony SLT-A77 review article (225 comments in total)

Great review!

We've shot about 7,000 photos (4 weddings and 3 engagement sessions) with our A77s and the quality of the photos we are producing is nothing short of amazing. We are running about a 98% keeper rate. We shoot mostly in auto JPEG with external flashes and have no need for high ISO shots.

We have hands on reviews of the SONY SLT-A77 and the SONY 16-50MM 2.8 lens with photo samples under the SONY|MINOLTA tab on our site http://www.abetterdj.net

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2011 at 17:15 UTC as 8th comment
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)
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Bilal Fotos: Is anyone can told about the shutter noise is controlable in A77, because highly alergic of a55 shutter noise, its shutter noise has been ruined my many pictures of peoples and wildlife ...........!

There is only 1 slot for SD or Memory stick duo. Shutter nise is not as bad as A55

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:23 UTC
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)

We shot our 3rd wedding last weekend at the beach. The OLED EVF works perfect even in the Florida beach's brightness (my wife uses the EVF exclusively).

My A77 and her 16-50 lens arrived yesterday. This combo is incredible and our test shots produced some stunning photos. Combined with the zoom/crop feature on the camera you can get a tack sharp photo from 16-100MM equivalent.

We made a new page on our site just for our test shots from this lens. Go to http://www.abetterdj.net and then the SONY|MINOLTA tab.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:22 UTC as 10th comment
On Canon EOS-1D X overview article (361 comments in total)

You should all sell your Canon gear on ebay and buy some MINOLTA lenses and that 24MP SONY A77 everybody is going nuts about. It may not be the best at high ISO but everywhere else it really rocks for only $1400.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 22:19 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply
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OntarioJohn: My a77 is on order. My camera bag has an a100, 2 Sony Lenses, A minola lens, and a Tamaron. So I have 28 to ? the lens sold with the a100 a 70 300 Minolta Zoom, a 500 mm lens and these older MD lenses laying about like dead soldiers. I am not interested in fighting or negativity. I recently took my camera and my old sony gps gizmo from Dover to Inverness, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Saltzburg, Switzerland, Straussburg and Paris. Everyone loves the photos and with the gps and a linux box to post the data I uploaded to Google everyday a folder of shots which you could see move with the push pin. So zoomed in on London you saw how the pin moved around, parks etc. I'm 60, badly damaged by chemo, and took a big backpack and cane and 'hiked' through much of Europe with my wife. The a100 only ran out of battery once and I had taken about 2400 shots that day. Paris, what can I say!

John,

You are going to love this camera. We've been shooting with them for 3 weeks now and they are amazing. Congratulations on a wise decision!

A couple of cheap upgrades for your lenses.

Dump the Tamron and the MINOLTA 70-300 and get a MINOLTA 100-300 APO (about $300 on ebay). With the zoom feature on the A77 the APO will give you awesome shots from 100-600MM. Your 500MM will now cover 500-1000MM! For your lower range shots the MINOLTA 28-135 is the perfect "walk around lens".

By the way we are getting about 800 shots from 2000MaH aftermarket batteries.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 19:35 UTC
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mjkerpan: Why is everyone here harping about the rather lousy high-ISO performance rather than the very good low-to-medium ISO performance. While it may not offer good image quality over ISO 800 or so, the quality at lower ISOs is simply to die for. Compare the A77 and the 5Dm2 at base ISO: they're delivering similar (high) levels of detail. While this may not be a good camera for high ISO use, it would seem to be an ideal choice for studio use and landscape shooters.

And weddings! We've shot about 5,000 great shots with our 2 a77s including 3 weddings. We shoot mostly on auto with a few tweaks now and then when needed but this camera shoots bridal magazine quality photos right out of the camera. The 16-50 lens works perfectly through the entire range and the colors are far superb to any lens we've tried :D

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 19:30 UTC
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)
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jim9756: I have a minolta maxxum 7000 from the 80's with a 70-210mm f4 lens and 50mm f1.7 lens that are both like new, does having these 2 lenses make it worth buying a sony camera or should I sell them and buy the canon 60d that I wanted before I found out I can use those old lenses on a sony, also is it worth buying the a77 over the a65 for the money difference.

Hi Jim,

Both of those lenses work great on the A77 and will compete nicely with any lenses Canon has. All you need is a wide angle and you are good to go with a new A77. There are 7 units in the US for sale here http://www.simplyelectronics.net/search.php?keyword=sony+a77&asug=&currency=usd

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 21:48 UTC
On The Sony SLT-A77V: The good, the bad and the ugly article (14 comments in total)

We have posted a link to the updated version 1.03 firmware for the SONY SLT-A77 on our site at http://www.abetterdj.net just click on the SONY/MINOLTA tab. It is really easy and supposedly fixes all of the reported bugs.

We shot about 5,000 photos including 2 weddings with the version 1.02 and experienced no issues. This camera is awesome

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 16:47 UTC as 4th comment
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)

For those of you that already have the SONY SLT-A77 with the version 1.02 firmware we have posted the download to the 1.03 version on our site at http://www.abetterdj.net

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 16:10 UTC as 11th comment
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)

We shot our 2nd wedding with our new A77 last weekend. It was a dark, dreary, rainy day and it was an outdoor wedding and reception. We were shocked at how well the camera handled the lighting and we got 99% amazing photos. We were so impressed that we decided to sell both of our A55s and get another A77 with the 16-50 lens. We will update after it comes in and we shoot next Saturday's wedding.

We have a review and samples up at http://www.abetterdj.net/SONY-SLT-A77-SAMPLES.html

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 at 05:04 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples article (226 comments in total)

We shot our first wedding last Saturday with our new A77 and a Minolta 17-35. The room the wedding a reception were in was dimly lit with yellow/orange light and the A77 handled it very well on Auto! We shot almost 700 shots and all but 2 were very useable. The camera handles well, is lightning fast, great color, and the only shot that had noise was one where the flash didn't fire. We've also shot hundreds of daylight test shots at different stops and they are stunning! We tested with MINOLTA 28-135, 70-210 MINOLTA beercan, Minolta 17-35, and a MINOLTA 100-300 APO.

To rgnewell: You obviously either haven't shot with the better Minolta lenses or had bad copies. Our 2 28-135MM Minnys shoot as nice as primes. Also try a Minny 20MM 2.8, and a 100-400 APO and tell us they are not great

We really like this camera and feel it is worth the extra money for the upgrade to our A55s. For wedding photographers this came is XLNT!

Do a google on our handle and you'll find our site with samples.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:17 UTC as 4th comment
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)

We shot our first wedding with the A77 on Saturday with a Minolta 17-35. Out of almost 700 photos taken on auto with the original battery all but 2 were useable!

The room the wedding was in was dimly lit with yellow/orange light and the A77 handled it with excellent results.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:50 UTC as 17th comment
On Preview:sonyslta65 (33 comments in total)

We just shot our 1st wedding (almost 2,000 photos)with our new A77 yesterday (Couldn't wait for the US release or risk it being pre-sold-out so we bought one from Hong Kong). Based on fantastic results we will be replacing our other 2 A55s with A65s. The A77 is absolutely awesome but we only need 1 weather sealed camera for beach weddings. We got almost 700 shots from the Sony battery using mostly flash.

We were not expecting as much photo improvement from the A55s but other than minor saturation and highlight tweaking the photos were the absolute best. The 12 frame buffer that everybody seems so worried about is just about irrelevant as we never found a second's lag time waiting on the buffer.

With all the main bells and whistles from the A77 being in the A65 you can't go wrong fore $900... but be sure to get some Minolta lenses for it!
We'll have photos up from the wedding on Wednesday 10-5 at http://www.abetterdj.net look for the link for Edrice and Hazel

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:03 UTC as 5th comment
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)

It is the SONY A77 we just got in :D

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 19:28 UTC as 18th comment
On Preview:sonyslta77 (343 comments in total)

My wife and I have a lack of patience issue... plus we didn't want to risk the initial shipment from Sony being sold out before it arrives in the US so we ordered one from a Hong Kong ebay seller Sunday night and received it this morning (Wednesday). (only $1329 delivered!)Wooohooo!

It's quite a bit bigger (than our A55s) but not too big for my wife's normal sized female hands. It's a lot heavier (than our A55s) but not too heavy for her (she's our top wedding photographer).

It looks awesome! Sony has put buttons for everything right on the body, very little need to go to the menu. The manual seems very comprehensive and since we already had 3 A55s it was easy to breeze through and just highlight the new stuff.

The 1st 25 quick photos we shot with an APO Minny 100-300 look excellent on our 42" TV! Will put a page/link together after we shoot some more :D

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 19:27 UTC as 19th comment
On Preview:sonyslta65 (33 comments in total)
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Lucas_: IMHO this camera is prone to give C & N a run for their money at the entry/mid level. Its smaller size compared to the A77 is very tempting to me ( I'd like the A77 to be smaller, something like mid-way between the A65 and A700 )! Although the A65 misses several features the A77 has, the only two that I regret it not having are the metal body and AF micro adjustment.
I'm seriously considering the A65 to eventually replace my A55 as my second camera.

We are going to sell 2 of our A55s and get 1 of each. Once we get them and shoot a few weddings we'll post hands on comparison.
IMO with proper marketing these 2 cameras are going to bury C&N. A lot of C&N users have been afraid of trying Sony cameras because they have so much $ tied up in their gear, but these new specs demand at least a look.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 03:10 UTC
On Preview:sonyslta65 (33 comments in total)
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DekHog: Looks great, and could even get me back to a D-SLR - it should be interesting to see how it manages to write 10 FPS to any SD card currently available!

Our A55 already does a decent job of 10FPS and this one is supposed to be greatly improved on the multishot AF consistency :D

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 03:04 UTC
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