Sony SLT-A55V 18-55mm, 30mm f2.8 Macro, 85mm f2.8

 Sony SLT-A55V 18-55mm 30mm f2.8 Macro 85mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V 18-55mm, 30mm f2.8 Macro, 85mm f2.8 lenses


Sony SLT-A55V 18-55mm 30mm f2.8 Macro 85mm f2.8

The two lenses I ordered for the A55 arrived yesterday. They are both small, light and cheap and made out of plastic. Quality is excellent. Both are a little bit soft with CA and fringing wide open but get pretty good by f5.6, when they can show off this amazing sensor at its best.


I say amazing sensor because of its quality and high ISO performance. I tried out the multi-frame high ISO function yesterday, which adds ISO 25600. It takes 6 very quick shots and blends them together. You can use this hand-held which I did for the following two shots taken with the 30mm f2.8 macro lens.


Sony SLT-A55V  30mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V 30mm f2.8 Macro Lens ISO 25600


Sony SLT-A55V  30mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V 30mm f2.8 Macro Lens ISO 25600


This is incredible. These are amazingly "clean" and sharp for this high an ISO. This camera really is a low-light marvel. Both of these shots were processed in Photoshop CS5 ACR Camera Raw and I've added a little luminance noise reduction. There is very little colour noise in the images and they are among the best high ISO images I've ever seen. Better than any of my Canons, better than the Nikon D3 and D700 I had. Really very impressive indeed.


Sony have been working on their lens range and they have a wide choice now. There are the expensive Zeiss lenses and also a series of cheaper primes, including the two shown above. In addition there are 35mm and 50mm f1.8 lenses, which are also inexpensive. The two I bought are very plastic indeed, but pretty impressive in terms of results. 


Sony SLT-A55V  85mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V  85mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V 85mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V  30mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V  30mm f2.8


Sony SLT-A55V 30mm f2.8 Macro


To say that I'm pleased with this camera plus the lenses I've bought is something of an understatement. This really is a wonder of a camera. It produces top quality results. I took some time yesterday to compare the images from it with images from other cameras and they stand up really well. In many cases substantially better than camera / lens combinations from much more expensive cameras, including the Sony A900, which were soft and dull by comparison.


The Sony A77, a "full-size" DSLR with the A55's technology, is coming out next year and I think a lot of photographers, including professionals, will be looking at this very seriously. I know I will. With this kind of high ISO performance and the incredible 10fps it will be interesting to lots of photographers, though Sony do need to cut the cameras recovery time after its high-speed burst. We could be on the verge of seeing the first "serious" DSLR with an EVF with the A77, and as far as I'm concerned not before time. There really is no virtue in "tunnel-vision" APS-C optical viewfinders. Even when shooting in low-light I find the A55 EVF very useful, because it constantly shows you what the final image will look like. This is something that Panasonic need to address because their EVF's don't.


I'll shoot some video with the A55 soon and check out the overheating problem which has been mentioned.


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