On the 31st of August I was at a Photocomment and Sony photowalk in Pretoria, I find these useful and educative with the added bonus of being exposed to new gear, in this case the Sony Alpha SLT-A77V.
This was not my first time in the company of Sony Alpha SLT-A77V but it was my first time with it and very little more. Being forced to use a camera one learns a lot about it’s character, the Alpha 77 is a serious camera that does not get the attention it deserves. With functions like panorama, built in GPS, 12 fps, 3 way tiltable screen, a 24.3MP APS sensor and 19 point of full time continuous focus goodness and every thing else you expect from a modern DSLR, how can it be ignored?
Additionally it is lighter than expected with excellent results in any modes, what could possibly be wrong with it? The Sony SLT software is a bit clunky, the menu could be easier to use, but this applies to the entire range of Sony cameras. The only other issue I have with it is the Electronic Viewfinder, I find it dated, it does not really represent a true refection of the final image, the Sony NEX-6 Electronic Viewfinder is far superior in my opinion.
Short of these minor issues, the camera performed well, it easily competes in the professional space with no shortage of lenses and it is well priced – I found it for about R14 000 with a Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 lens.
I enjoyed my time with it.
Sony Alpha SLT-A77V samples