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a65 vs 77 auto focus worth another 500$ plus?

Discussion in 'Sony Cameras' started by smilesyota, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. smilesyota

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    Is the auto focus worth the extra money on the a77 and what else might make it worth it? I'm a begginer and want to shoot nature, my fast moving dog and sports ie auto and otherwise. Advise would be great as I will be purchasing this week, i think.
     
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    it's not just autofocus (well I hope you mean focus points because to my knowledge there is no other difference than amount of focus points )

    for me it was size of the body, af micro adjustement, screen and the kit lens. and it was worth every penny.
     
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    The a77 kit has a much better lens.
     
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    the 65 has 15 points 3 cross type and the 77 has 19 with 9 or 11 cross type i think. Will this make a huge difference? will the 77 be much faster to focus and work better in low light? I can get a 65 for 825$ and the 77 is much more expensive!
     
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    The a77 also has the weather resistant magnesium body with twin selection dials for speed and aperture. And 12 FPS vs the 10 o the a65.

    I think those would be more important in your choice.
     
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    That is something only you can answer as it depends on your style. I for example use only one focus point to autofocus (AF area set to local ) and it is usually the central one. ( autofocus,recompose,and fine tune focus with DMF with peaking level set to mid)
     
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    I could not agree more. I can not live without 2 selection dials.
     
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    Although the a65 can control both aperture and speed with its single control dial. You just press and hold a button with your thumb and the function switches to the other mode.

    Not as straight forward as two dials, but it's still there.
     
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    Cant seem to find any A77's in stock anywhere. I think I might just get the 65 and buy another lens with the extra money. has anyone tried the 30mm 2.8 prime? or the 35mm 1.8?
     
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    With the mount of money saved, I'd aim much higher than the entry level primes. Between the two, I recommend choosing the. 35mm f1.8. This will give you a 52mm equivalent which is a very nice length to have.

    I would seriously consider getting the a65 body only and get the 16-50 f2.8 lens that comes with the a77. It is far superior to the 18-55 kit lens.
     
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    Only 12fps when shooting on auto which no one seems to point out
     
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    But can take much better IQ photos than any aps-c Canon camera which you don't like to point out. lol
     
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    Because it is not true, i could take a better shot than you with a point and shoot
     
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    We've pointed out several times how little sensor stats really mean in photography. But you don't seem to understand that.
     
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    Somehow in argies mind sensor stats top off as the single most important thing. And this just isn't true.
     

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