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Sony A1 powerhouse

algrove

Well-known member
Not convinced for street and the occsassional landscape shooting it is worth it for me. I would seldom shoot flying birds and running animals.

Comments please. Thanks.
 
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doug

Active member
A couple more very fast fidgety birds from this morning. Sometimes the a1's Bird Eye AF can't find the bird if it's heavily obscured by twigs and leaves and in deep shade but IMHO that's an extreme case. The vast majority of the time it locks onto the bird and if the eye isn't obscured it locks onto the eye & won't let go. I'm very impressed.
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both: a1, FE 600mm GM, carbon fiber tripod. Yup, all that hardware to photograph little bits of fluff.
 

SrMphoto

Active member
DPR has published a review of a1.

Here are some relevant points:
  • Electronic shutter readout is 1/260 sec (a9 II: 1/160sec). "... the e-shutter is just as fast as many mechanical shutters"
  • The mechanical shutter is always with EFC. Use electronic shutter when shooting wide apertures and at a fast shutter speed (avoid bokeh issues)
  • Lossless compressed Raw offered for the first time on a Sony ILC
  • Better weather sealing than a7 and a9 series
  • The most responsive Sony camera (e.g., no more waiting on front dial action).
  • Truly excellent viewfinder. Resolution drops while focusing (e.g., AF-C).
  • Much better low light focusing when compared to a9II and a7rIV
Sony is slowly getting there ;-).
 

k-hawinkler

Well-known member
DPR has published a review of a1.

Here are some relevant points:
  • Electronic shutter readout is 1/260 sec (a9 II: 1/160sec). "... the e-shutter is just as fast as many mechanical shutters"
  • The mechanical shutter is always with EFC. Use electronic shutter when shooting wide apertures and at a fast shutter speed (avoid bokeh issues)
  • Lossless compressed Raw offered for the first time on a Sony ILC
  • Better weather sealing than a7 and a9 series
  • The most responsive Sony camera (e.g., no more waiting on front dial action).
  • Truly excellent viewfinder. Resolution drops while focusing (e.g., AF-C).
  • Much better low light focusing when compared to a9II and a7rIV
Sony is slowly getting there ;-).
Thanks. Slowly but surely. Great camera!
 

iiiNelson

Active member
If anyone is looking for an A1 (or multiple ones) then Murphy’s Camera in Lexington, KY had 2 or 3 of them earlier this week. Tried one out and it’s impressive but still the same form factor as the other bodies of this generation which means a “pass” for my purposes.
 

Knorp

Well-known member
Not speaking for Tre here, but the consensus is that the cameras are basically too small/too low, your pinkie goes nowhere, to provide a comfortable grip especially with large and/or heavy lenses attached.
I've have overcome that flaw partly by using the Sony grip extension.
Of course the battery grip is the ultimate solution, but that makes the package rather bulky (and heavy).
 

Jorgen Udvang

Subscriber Member
What form factor would you rather it have? Thanks.
This is apparently a matter of taste. There are good reasons why the Z9 and R3 come with integrated vertical grips. Still, high end Sonys seem to be selling well. There's room for different animals in this zoo. Personally, I prefer something chunkier, and all the cameras that I use regularly are larger than they would need to be when considering what is inside.
 

pegelli

Well-known member
This is apparently a matter of taste.
Absolutely, Tre seems to like bigger grips with more room between the grip and "fat" lenses, Bart likes the grip extension so his pinky is on a grip right below his other fingers, for me I much prefer 2 fingers on the grip and my pinky curled a bit further to support the bottom of the camera. That's why you need to test and hold a camera before you can decide what's best for you and internet advice on form factor and ergonomics is generally useless.
 
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