A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

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Henry Curric Junior Member • Posts: 48
A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

I love my A77 but I was shocked to learn that there is no tethering support. NONE.

No software in the box for even meagre tethering support. There is a company that sells a lightroom plugin that allows super fast flawless tethering with the A700, A900 and A850. But they can't support the A77 because the camera itself doesn't have any tethering support in the firmware.

This seems like a pretty massive oversight on the part of Sony. They fixed the live view problem with shooting studio strobes - so clearly they are paying some attention to a studio setting with this camera. Why not tethering?

Please Sony - fix this, and thank you.

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Archer66 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,592
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

Lightroom does not (directly) support any Sony for tethering so maybe Sony thinks its waste of time for A77 to have tethering without Lightroom support.

Another question is why Lightroom does not have suppor for Sony, lack of support from Sony or lack of interest from Adobe.

Does other software (DxO or Aperture ) support Sony tethering ?

Gary Kirkpatrick Regular Member • Posts: 257
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

Hey, thanks for putting this thread up. I have been seriously looking to move to Sony and away from Nikon. Never thought to look specifically to tethering issue, just assumed it would. Just checked Capture One 6 Pro and it just says Preliminary support for Sony. So unless tethering is in the A99 firmware, Sony is a dead issue. I have been waiting to see if the A99 is announced at CES. If it is and there is no tethering I have to wait for the Canon 5D mk III or stay with Nikon. Sad.
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snowshovel 1 Regular Member • Posts: 207
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

wow I did not know that ---not good

OldClicker Senior Member • Posts: 2,322
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

No Sony with Live View has tethering. And without a preview, is it really tethering? - TF

goetz48 Senior Member • Posts: 2,607
But my good old KM A2 has it.

Crazy that they cannot remember what the Minolta crew developed 10 years ago.

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OldClicker Senior Member • Posts: 2,322
Re: But my good old KM A2 has it.

goetz48 wrote:

Crazy that they cannot remember what the Minolta crew developed 10 years ago.

Yes - though there is Minolta baggage I would like to see them forget, this isn't one of them. - TF

SETI
SETI Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

Oh yes! How could all that people from the past shoot without tethering? Not good, bad Sony!

But of course, I think it can help somebody to shoot better...

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tbcass
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Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

Interesting. While it isn't something I care about it seems stupid for Sony to omit it since it wouldn't cost anything. Start a write in campaign of complaints to Sony to have it implemented on all Sony Cameras through firmware.
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Dickerson Forum Member • Posts: 64
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

Perhaps Sony want you to buy their CLM-V55 external screen!?
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Prognathous Veteran Member • Posts: 9,017
Possible workaround...

Henry Curric wrote:

I love my A77 but I was shocked to learn that there is no tethering support. NONE.

Perhaps the following can serve as a workaround:

  • Use an HDMI cable to connect the camera to an external screen (or a PC, via a video capture card) - do this for manual focus (in live-view) and composition

  • Use a cable-release to trip the shutter

  • Use an Eye-Fi SD card to immediately access the pictures on card - from the PC

Would that work for you? If not, what specific functionality is missing?

Prog.
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Ralf B
Ralf B Veteran Member • Posts: 8,097
Re: Possible workaround...

Prognathous wrote:

(snip) If not, what specific functionality is missing?

Remote control of the camera settings, like possible for the a700 and a900/850 via Sony's Remote Control software for PC and Mac, is missing in that workaround.
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Prognathous Veteran Member • Posts: 9,017
Re: Possible workaround...

Ralf Bliesener wrote:

Remote control of the camera settings, like possible for the a700 and a900/850 via Sony's Remote Control software for PC and Mac, is missing in that workaround.

I see. Can you explain how and when is this lack of control significant?

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Chimere
Chimere Senior Member • Posts: 1,583
Re: Possible workaround...

Can somebody of take time and explain what "tethering" is, and what the typical work environment would be to request such control ? Have searched for the term, but much of what is posted does not answer basic questions.

Chimere

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barreto_co Forum Member • Posts: 61
Re: Possible workaround...

Chimere wrote:

Can somebody of take time and explain what "tethering" is, and what the typical work environment would be to request such control ?

Tethering is when the camera is connected to a computer for shutter release and for image capturing and storing. The camera and the computer is connected via a USB or firewire cord.

There are various software applications that allow you to do this such as Adobe Lightroom and for the professional, Phase One Capture One.

That means that you can sit in the computer, click a button the the screen and the camera will fire, capture the image, send it to the computer, show a large preview on screen and store the RAW file in the computer or external hard drive.

It makes working in the studio with the client a great deal easier. It also helps when testing the light.

I am also gutted that the A77 does not have tethered shooting. I do hope that the upcoming FF cameras have that in them as I can imagined that the A900 replacement wouldn't.

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I have one of those; it's pretty good. (nt)

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Chimere Senior Member • Posts: 1,583
Re: Possible workaround...

Thanks for the education. It appears to me that tetheroing than to be a feature a professional would use. The A77 does not typically adress the realm of a professional environment.

Chimere

gspam1 Regular Member • Posts: 168
Re: A77 - how did I miss this? No tether support.

Yes, I had asked about this prior to the A77 shipping and was also quite disappointed in the lack of tethering. I think Sony could easily add this to the firmware, so the more people complaining the better. I suspect they want to save this feature, along with more robust flash control, for the A99.

Ralf B
Ralf B Veteran Member • Posts: 8,097
Re: Possible workaround...

Prognathous wrote:

Ralf Bliesener wrote:

Remote control of the camera settings, like possible for the a700 and a900/850 via Sony's Remote Control software for PC and Mac, is missing in that workaround.

I see. Can you explain how and when is this lack of control significant?

Some points given above already. Add as examples (list is non-conclusive, just some initial ideas):

  • camera is in remote distance so changing exposure parameters is simply not possible for the cam operator

  • camera is close to something shy (wildlife) and you want to control more than just the shutter release, but approaching the camera kills the picture opportunity.

I am bummed that Sony skipped the possible killer app of life view including exposure effects and maybe even DOF control in tethered shooting on their enthusiast APS-C model. They have the opportunity with a powerful remote control SW to "outsource" the EVF and user control to the user's computer, to make it even more useful than on the a700. a850 and a900 which all lack the life view.

It is a unique opportunity. Not as great a miss as leaving out MLU in their bread and butter DSRL, but a missed opportunity for something like.no.other nevertheless.
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LowRyter Contributing Member • Posts: 796
Re: Possible workaround...

barreto_co wrote:

Chimere wrote:

Can somebody of take time and explain what "tethering" is, and what the typical work environment would be to request such control ?

Tethering is when the camera is connected to a computer for shutter release and for image capturing and storing. The camera and the computer is connected via a USB or firewire cord.

There are various software applications that allow you to do this such as Adobe Lightroom and for the professional, Phase One Capture One.

That means that you can sit in the computer, click a button the the screen and the camera will fire, capture the image, send it to the computer, show a large preview on screen and store the RAW file in the computer or external hard drive.

It makes working in the studio with the client a great deal easier. It also helps when testing the light.

I am also gutted that the A77 does not have tethered shooting. I do hope that the upcoming FF cameras have that in them as I can imagined that the A900 replacement wouldn't.

my a100 does this?

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