cmantx: It looks like Samsung put a lot of effort in this camera. The fly in the ointment would seem to be lack of lenses. For instance it has a weather sealed alloy body, 15 fps, and good low light performance. All those are good qualities for wildlife photography, but no lens above 300 mm. That is really limiting for bird photography. Is there an adapter? If not they better develop one soon, and it has to not degrade IQ or limit features if they hope to capture photographers that want a camera that can do everything well. This should have been mentioned in the "Not Good For" section.
I'm specifically talking about birding lenses. I usually have to get a 3rd party lens like a Tamron or Sigma. I can't afford the Sony lenses. Birding lenses need to be focal lengths of 500mm +. That's with APC, FF 600 +.
Tamron and Sigma usually only make their lenses for Nikon, Canon, and often Sony. Pentax and Olympus have more of a Lens Legacy. Samsung is just starting out and needs to play catch-up. It seems that an adapter could really open it up for users of their cameras. Until they can develop more lenses.
I'ts just this one type of photography that would be impossible at this time. By almost all accounts this is an outstanding camera. My point is Samsung needs to develop an adapter so owners or prospective owners can use the impressive 15 FPS for bird photography.
TxDad25: We've been using the SLT A57 since early 2013. We use it primarily to take photos of my son's basketball games. While we're generally happy, it does have some minor issues. That said, I'm pretty heavily invested into a-type lenses.
I'm ready (I think) to move to something more current. I'm curious if it makes sense to upgrade to something like the A77II, or to divest myself of the a mounts and move on to mirrorless. If I should upgrade in the DSLR space, is the A77II a significant enough improvement on the A57 to justify the cost? I've also considered jumping to Nikon, though I'm not sure if I'd gain anything there.
All thoughts or opinions are appreciated.
I moved from A 57, and I really liked the A 57. I have really gotten my money's worth from it.
I shoot wildlife/birds, and was interested in the more sophisticated AF modes. It is more of a learning curve from the A 57. It's a slight improvement in Low light ISO. I like that I can up ISO in many more increments than I could with the A 57. FPS is a little faster. It's a better build IMO.Of course it may depend on what type of photography you like, but for birds it's an improvement over the A 57. I think the A 77 II is a great value just as the A 57. Should you be bothered that the A 57 is a "Gold" and A 77 II a "Silver" I'd disregard that. The A 77 II is a step up.
cmantx: I don't think the .jpeg images look very good either, plus I'm getting much better low light performance with my camera than I've seen in the examples. I wouldn't recommend shooting .jpeg in low light with this camera. I always shoot RAW no matter the light.
I have to note that shooting hummingbirds it has helped me that it was noted that Lock On AF hunts, and the reviewer turned it off. That has been my experience but I wasn't sure if it was the camera or the Lens. After reading the review I went out this morning even in cloudy conditions and there is a marked improvement with obtaining focus on hummingbirds with Lock On AF off. So the review has helped me. I'm not so bothered by the "Silver Award" now.
I started out with the A 200. There has been a steady progression of improved low light performance in the cameras I had A 200-A 500-A 57-A 77 II. Shooting Raw I can push to ISO 2000 for wildlife shots. I rarely could go to ISO 800 with the A 200. I'd be hard pressed to find a ISO 800 shot I saved with the A 200.
It looks like Samsung put a lot of effort in this camera. The fly in the ointment would seem to be lack of lenses. For instance it has a weather sealed alloy body, 15 fps, and good low light performance. All those are good qualities for wildlife photography, but no lens above 300 mm. That is really limiting for bird photography. Is there an adapter? If not they better develop one soon, and it has to not degrade IQ or limit features if they hope to capture photographers that want a camera that can do everything well. This should have been mentioned in the "Not Good For" section.
I don't think the .jpeg images look very good either, plus I'm getting much better low light performance with my camera than I've seen in the examples. I wouldn't recommend shooting .jpeg in low light with this camera. I always shoot RAW no matter the light.
Great shot! This dog is hilarious. I'd be happy to pet sit him free of charge anytime. :)
Really cool shot!
Nice capture, Good job in spreading out the light evenly. The colors in the bird and the desert willow flower stand out nicely. All the hummingbird shots in the challenge received a large amount of low votes. I think a certain number of voters felt that hummingbird shots aren't the type of high speed photography they prefer. Had I realized this before I probably wouldn't have entered mine. I hope you can use your shot in another challenge.
cmantx: Is there going to be a Sony vs. Pentax vs. Olympus vs. Fuji vs. Samsung.....
Don't bother, it was sarcasm.
That's an amazing shot, and looks like it took much effort to set up.
Great Capture. Getting a Butterfly-In-Flight shot this sharp is very difficult and you really nailed it.
I suspect there was a mix of voters that were sandbagging and others that felt this challenge was more suited to droplets or things exploding at moment of impact. That's OK I just hope that the great high speed nature shots in the challenge can be used again for a different challenge.
Is there going to be a Sony vs. Pentax vs. Olympus vs. Fuji vs. Samsung.....
MichaelIsGreat4: Strange to call it rufous when it does not look red at all! It looks more like brown or brown-orange.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture. One of my favorite birds.
Thank You. The Rufous male is one of my favorites also.
Very Nice capture. Great detail on both birds. I was kind of surprised that you used the Tamron 150-600. If I remember you use Canon prime telephoto lenses. What do you think of the Tamron?
Lassoni: Nice shot!
Great Timing, beautiful!
Michael L NYC 99: Very cool shot! Congrats.
Thank You Michael.
RC3: Absolutely a stunning photo! Guess it's a lot of work AND luck behind it. This is one of the best shots I've seen during the last 12 month, at least.. Congrats!
Thank You very much. I have been at it for some time so I've slowly improved. I hope to get 1 or 2 good ones out of one session, but that doesn't always happen.
luirod: Great shot. How is the quality of the Tamron SP 200-500mm lens?
Thank You. I think the 200-500 is very good when you have good lighting. I hardly ever used it in overcast conditions. I sold mine after buying the Tamron 150-600, but I don't see the new lens as being vastly better than the 200-500.
It looks like it is either a large coyote or possibly a "Coywolf" when a wolf mates with a coyote.