More questiona about the a77 and a99

Started Apr 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
waitformee Regular Member • Posts: 231
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?
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,


I believe it has nothing very much to do with a77 or a99. If sensitivity is the only concern then you should be looking at camera that can shot at 200,000 ISO.

Anyway, I can see that you are trying to challenge a super low light situation.

If you are a sony fan, and you cannot move around during the event, then I think you can consider the following.

nex 7 with hyperprime 50mm f0.95.

In all low light situation, you can forget about how sharp is the lens that you are having. Even with G lens, once your ISO goes up and it will totally destroy your photos. Since, you cannot move and if there is not so much of a action on the stage, you may use manual focus lens to take your shot. (anyway pdaf will not work that well if the sensor cannot even see anything).

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