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Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Indoor Portrait with 100% Cropped

September 12, 2008

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Indoor Portrait with 100% Cropped

Sony released a 24 Megapixel full frame digital single lens reflex beating Canon 1Ds Mark III in megapixel counts and declaring a price war with Nikon D700 and the upcoming Canon EOS 7D. Retailing at USD $3000, the Alpha DSLR-A900 is currently the highest megapixel count full frame digital SLR for grab.

 

Now, facts aside and judge yourself how this full frame digital SLR performs while photographing an indoor portrait. 100% cropped of the sample photos are included too. Due to the a900’s large resolution, several 100% crops are included for easier viewing. Image is captured using Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM.

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Sony Alpha a900 and 16-30mm F2.8 Spotted
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Sony Alpha a900 and 16-35mm F2.8 Spotted?

It is spotted on the field, the new Sony full frame a900 and a 16-35mm F2.8 lens. If this is not a900, this must be another model. Looking at the photos, the size of the 16-35mm F2.8 lens is similar to Nikon and Canon’s 16-35mm F2.8.

Sony Alpha a900 and 16-30mm F2.8 Spotted
Sony Alpha a900 and 16-30mm F2.8 Spotted

 

Sony Alpha a900 and 16-30mm F2.8 Spotted
Sony Alpha a900 and 16-30mm F2.8 Spotted

 

You may be interested with Sony’s Super Steady Shot Demonstration:

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Sony Alpha a900 Full Frame Confirmed on 10 September 2008

 

The long awaited Sony Alpha a900, the company’s highest range digital full frame which boosts 24.6 Megapixels with built in image stabilization, is due to made public next week on 10 September 2008. The company initially showcased the prototype of a900 in various events including the PIE2008 earlier this year.

During March 2008 there is already confirmation that the a900 shall be announced in either August or September during Photokina. It is reported that Sony will be making an announcement of a new member of their Alpha camera next week. There are also sources that some parties have received invites for a Sony event in Toronto.

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Several updated information are floating around the internet these few days with one news detailed than the other about the Sony’s pioneer full frame beast. However, there is nothing much spectacular than what is anticipated.

Sony Alpha DSLR Ads

A Denmark magazine revealed the Sony DSLR-A900 advertisement showing the front body. The a900 features dual BIONIZ image processer, similar to Canon’s top range camera with dual DIGIC image processor. As expected, it has is able to shoot at the speed of five frame per seconds (5fps), 9 point dual cross autofocus (F2.8) with wide area 10 point assist.

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Sources stated advertisement from National Geographic revealed some specification as follow:

  •     24.6 Megapixel Specification
  •     100% viewfinder @ 0.74x magnification
  •     3.0″  VGA LCD
  •     5.0 Frame per Second
  •     100% coverage viewfinder @ 0.74x magnification
  •     9 point dual cross AF (with f2.8 sensor and wide area 10 point assist)
  •     Super Steady Shot
  •     Weather Sealed Body

There is no pop up flash for the a900 like the Nikon D700 and battery grip is available for additional needs.  The a900 is said to be price at the sub usd$3000 and shall be a direct competitor of the just released Nikon D700 full frame and the upcoming Canon 5D replacement.

Detailed specification and a900 sample photos will be published once received, stay tuned.

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Sony SAL70300G Lens Review and Sample Photos

Sony announced the SAL70300G SSM lens during PMA 08 together with Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 SSM earlier this year. It is now up for delivery at the retail price tag of USD799.99. As compared with Sony’s competitor, Canon has EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM selling at USD538 while Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR is selling at USD479. For a lower priced alternative to this lens, Sony has 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens and Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Telephoto Zoom.

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Sony SAL70300G 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 SSM
Sony SAL70300G 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 SSM Packaging (Credit:HonhKongHooey)
At 800g, the SAL70-700G looks long when added with the supplied petal hood. The lens hood supplied is deep and shall be able to do the job. Along with the lens, Sony generously bundles a pouch for the lens so that you can store it in your backpack without the need to buy a lens case. This lens uses 62mm filter and has a distance scale on it.The Sony G-Series 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens is a brilliant performer for a wide range of medium-distance and long shots, with SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) design for fast, silent auto-focus, ED glass to virtually eliminate chromatic aberration, focus hold button and more. Minimum focusing distance of about 4 feet (1.2m) lets you move in close to your subject—and even at full zoom extension it captures sharp, clear images thanks to the benefit of Super SteadyShot image stabilization built into every Sony Alpha system DSLR. (35mm equivalent: 105-450mm).

Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Sample Photos

Here are some sample photos taken at various settings. The contrast and sharpness of this lens is good. With SSS on, Sony’s Image Stabilization
Technology, photos taken handheld are sharp. Photos are taken using Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 in JPEG format.
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PIE2008: Sony Showcased Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

Photo Imaging Exo 2008: Sony showcased there latest flashgrip, the codenamed Sony Alpha DSLR-A900. No, thery have yet to release the camera, they plan to officially release the camera during August or September during IFA or Photokina, according to Sony’s spokeperson. We notice that there is a new external flash and battery grip.

 Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 with the Battery Grip