Sony A77 vs A99 for Concert Photography

Started Mar 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
Alan_S Senior Member • Posts: 1,831
Re: Sony A77 vs A99 for Concert Photography

Hey guys! I'm new to this forum, but I am not a new forumer, nor am I a "new" (new) photographer I started just around a year ago, but quickly moved up from an A57 to an A77, and my skills have been rapidly improving ever since. I have now gotten into concert photography, and after shooting a couple concerts with my A77, I have started to see some problems with it. It's a great camera, but the high ISO noise is pretty high, even with some post production (of course I shoot in RAW! ). I have been thinking about getting an A99 even before I got the A77, but didn't have the money at the time. I am now working harder and am seriously thinking about getting the A99 and selling the A77 to get that rich, low high ISO noise.

So I have come to question you about this endeavor. Should I get the A99 and sell the A77? Is it really that worth it? I can get one used for around $1200, which would mean I would have to sell the A77 and some other stuff (I'm guessing all the gear I am selling should cost around $1000-$1200), and take out a "loan" from my parents (by the way, I'm 16). I have done a ton of research, but what do you guys think about having an A99 over an A77? Thanks!

And here's a shot of a concert I was at (Dystopia @Toad's Place, CT) at ISO 2500, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/200th shutter speed to show how much the noise is visible, even with post noise reduction. (Any tips on noise reduction would be great too!)

EDIT: By the way, the image looks a little better on my computer in Lightroom, so try clicking on the image to get better quality)

I've got both bodies. You'll see a 2-stop improvement with the a99 in real life shooting (plus improved dynamic range that will allow more detail pulled from shadows). So expect that ISO 2500 shot, taken with the a99 would exhibit about the noise level that you see at (a77's) ISO 640. Whether that's "worth" the investment is your call. It is for me... am not so much into dark scenes but to keep the shutter speed up for telephoto wildlife/sports in less than optimum light, especially if cropping, the difference can make/break the shot.
- AlanS

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