About to Buy -- What do you think ?

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
joejack951 Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: Takes a licking and keeps on ticking

123Mike wrote:

The Canikoners are refusing to acknowledge that the Sony provides more value for the same, and that it is a better choice for most newcomers looking to buy a consumer digital SLR camera.

I just pointed out the mistake in your listing of features and how it's absence might lead someone to falsely conclude that the camera could do something that it couldn't.

I have actually never claimed that the A57 is better than the 7D for sports photography. I have fended off false claims how the A57 is supposed to be no good or inferior for sports photography. The A57 is great for sports photography. Of course, the Canikoners want to see this differently, and they hinge on a silly incorrect evaluation on DPR. It said that 10 and 12 fps has some compromises and that therefore it's no good. I say those compromises are manageable. Where it's not manageable, there is still 8 fps where there are no compromises. The 7D does 8fps which is impressive. But it's got mirror slap, possibly causing a lower percentage of shots succeeding in difficult lighting conditions. So, is the 7D better for sports? Not for shooting speed it wouldn't be!

The DPR review states that the viewfinder lag is there at 8 fps too. I'm not sure at what frame rate it goes away. DSLRs have their viewfinder issues at high frame rates (blackout from the flipping mirror) but at least what you do see is a live feed. For fast moving subjects, that's a huge advantage. Of course, the ideal would be live feed with no blackout.

As far as mirror slap is concerned, I've only seen effects using very high MP cameras or doing very close-up work and mostly when using tripods. Handheld, there are enough other things contributing to blur and shutter speeds are typically high enough to reduce the effects of most of them down to nothing that the mirror slap is a non-issue.

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