More questiona about the a77 and a99

Started Apr 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Edward Sargent
Edward Sargent Veteran Member • Posts: 4,691
Re: More questiona about the a77 and a99

RoxanneY wrote:

Hi all!

I have a 550alpha SAM1855/SAM55200 and decided that I'd upgrade my camera to get better quality images. I received my a77 on Friday and so far have been happy with the outdoor/indoor pics w/flash that I've taken.  I can definitely see an improvement in my photos!  Still I have my doubts that this is sensitive enough for the chorus (dark theater with lit stage) type shots. We are not allowed to use a flash during the performance. I've been debating whether or not to return the a77 and get the a99 instead ..thinking an investment now will mean no upgrading in the future.

Is the a99 really that more sensitive than the a77?


I took an okay picture without flash from the 3rd row with my 550alpha a few weeks back, but it looked much better with flash.  Is the lens quality of the Sony 70-200 F2.8 such that this same shot have the same image quality if I took it from the back of the room  instead?  Or could I get a better image from the 3rd row with a 16-50 F2.8 or similar?  Or would it be much improved if I were using these lenses with an a99?  I'd really appreciate you sharing your insights/experiences.

I would also like to figure out how much of an investment each will be.  Here's what I was thinking of in terms of lenses for the a77: kit lenses (18-135 4.5-6 and 70-300 F4.5-6), Sony 16-50 F 2.8, and Sony 70-200 F2.8 (later).  And for the a99: kit lens Sony 2.8-75 F.2.8/Zeiss 24-70 F2.8 and Sony 70-200 F2.8

Does this sound about right?

Yes, I'm using Sony 28-75 and 70-300 G, Sigma 70-200 with 2X TC. My A77 is now devoted to fish-eye and long telephotos to reduce lens changing. I have not used my A700 since I got the A77

I am mainly using my camera to take portraits, school events, hula, and chorus pics (some in a dark church and some in a dark theater with good stage lights).

Thanks for your help,


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