A57 - First time out
No pictures, just a few comments. This occasion was a hockey game for 7 year olds. They played on half the rink which made it easier as far as focal lengths needed; but they had 16 of 25 overhead lights turned off; so the light level was very low and uneven. Available gloom? To get any kind of shutter speed at all, I had to use at least ISO 3200. I was able to use the 18-135 lens the whole time. Plus, I was shooting through dirty and puck marked glass. As a result, nothing turned out well; but there's no surprise there. I've been shooting youth hockey for about 13 years, and poor results are common; although this was the worst lighting I've encountered. Big sister now plays on a college team.
On the positive side, I found the EVF perfectly fine for action shots. The latency is small enough that I could easily catch the peak of the action - virtually lag free. I also found that the EVF was plenty bright enough; better than a DSLR's OVF would have been in the gloom. Plus, I could see the effects of auto white balance struggling with the crappy lighting, and the resulting color shifts. Although, after a few shots I forgot it was an EVF.
Handling is very good. I am glad I got the larger body because I have large hands, and because you need some size and weight to balance larger lenses. I'm still familiarizing myself with the menu system, and I'm still finding things. I also bought a used Sony HVL-F36AM flash, a Sony 55-300 mm lens, and the IR remote. I'm particularly happy with the lack of mirror slap and the quietness of the camera. Makes it a lot easier to get candids.
Speaking of candids, after the hockey game, we went to a prep area and I got a number of good shots of the family as the 7 year old was taking off some of her gear. Sorry, I don't post family shots. I don't think she realized I was taking pictures because the camera is quiet and the area noisy.
I have a lot more testing and familiarizing to do; but so far, the news is good.
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