We have helped hundreds of professional photographers make the switch to Sony/Minolta.

 The biggest fear that most photographers have of switching brands is that they will lose money on the investment that they have already made in bodies and lenses. With the pricing structure of Sony lenses and legendary Minolta lenses most people can make the switch and either break even or come out a little bit ahead. After being dedicated Pentax users for over 20 years we switched to SONY with the introduction of the SONY A33 and SONY A55. When we made the switch ourselves we actually made a small profit after replacing all of our gear with Sony & Minolta.We currently shoot with 3 SONY A77s . Our favorite lenses are the MINOLTA 80-200MM 2.8 and the Sony 16-50 2.8! We also use Sony 35MM 1.8, Sony 50MM 1.8, and the Sony 18-135 3.5-5.6!

 We shoot over 500,000 photos a year, mostly weddings, parties, engagement photos, and nature. We planted beautiful flowers all over and around our yard so that we will always have wonderful photos to shoot every day year round. We also photograph concerts and bands as Rock Legends Photographers

 First off, we are not camera techies, pixel peepers, or lab testers. We are simply professional photographers that personally shoot over 200,000 PHOTOS a year. We shoot WEDDINGS, CONCERTS, BANDS, PARTIES, and nature PHOTOS. We own PROBABLY the largest DJ and PHOTOGRAPHY company in the US.

We were dedicated PENTAX users for over 20 years but were enticed into using SONY by the “camera of the year” designation given by so many to the SONY A55 in 2010 and decided to try one. We were very impressed by all the new technology “bells and whistles” but at first we were not that impressed with the PHOTOS. Then we discovered that the legendary MINOLTA LENSES worked on the SONY cameras… what a difference! We immediately bought 2 more, sold all of our Pentax gear, and loaded up on some great MINOLTA LENSES.

 We were torn between the new SONY A65 or the SONY A77 and were having a hard time justifying spending the extra $500 for the latter. We read every REVIEW we could find and went back and forth several times until I ran across a listing for the SONY A77 on ebay that was $71 cheaper than the US price. Adding in the 20 some ebay bucks I received it brought our net price down to $1300 vs $989 for the A65 so it became a sort of a no-brainer.

 We were so excited about the new SONY cameras that we could not wait for the US release and ordered 1 from Hong Kong on Sunday 9-25 and actually received it on Wednesday morning 9-28.

 (with the release delays at least 6 weeks before the US release)

 I won’t go into all the technical data about the SONY A65 vs. the SONY A77, there are hundreds of websites doing that already, I’ll just simply list what made us finally decide to go the extra money. I think if we had to go the full $500 difference we would have gone with the SONY SLT-A65. We don’t keep our cameras past 30,000 clicks anyway.

 · Double the shutter speed
 · 3 way twist and tilt (in our business the 3rd twist might just be the one that lets us get the shot!)
 · 150,000 shutter click life (resale value)
 · Weather sealing (we had that on our Pentax K20Ds and they did end up in the sand a few times)
 · Metal body (you just never know what could happen during an active shoot)
 · A bit larger (the SLT-A55 fit my wife’s hand nicely but is a tad small for my larger hands)
 For those of you upgrading from a SONY SLT-A55 we didn't expect a huge difference in PHOTO quality (we were wrong), but those of you going from a 10/12MP SONY or coming from another manufacturer will see a huge difference. Do yourself a big favor… sell the 18-55 kit lens if you get one as brand new on ebay and get yourself some awesome MINOLTA LENSES or the SONY 16-50 2.8. IMO there is nothing worse than having a fabulous camera with tons of bells and whistles and having your “walk around lens” be a “kit lens” or a 3rd party big range zoom LENS. You are not even close to realizing the potential of your camera! Sell those and get some great glass.

 We've now shot 2 WEDDINGS with the SONY A77 and are absolutely thrilled with the resulting PHOTOS and no camera issues. The A77 did a fabulous job in dealing with much less than ideal lighting situations.

 The 1st WEDDING we did the lighting was a dim yellow/orange color and we were able to shoot just over 700 beautiful PHOTOS with the factory battery that came with it. The PHOTOS here are from our SONY A77 with a MINOLTA 17-35MM 2.8-4 and our SONY A55 with a MINOLTA 28-135 4-4.5.

 The 2nd WEDDING we did was a real eye opener. It was an outdoor WEDDING and RECEPTION and the weather was dark, gray, dreary, and rainy. Again the SONY A77 came through with excellent PHOTOS and we were able to take about 1500 PHOTOS with 1 1/2 aftermarket (2000 MAH batteries and external flash). Some of the PHOTOS are so outstanding that the background scenery looks like it was a back-drop. We shot this WEDDING exclusively with our SONY A77 and our MINOLTA 17-35MM. My wife was able to edit all 1500 photos in 5-6 hours and we are so please with the results that we decided to sell our last 2 SONY A55s and order a 2nd SONY A77 and try out the new SONY 16-50 2.8 lens.

Updated 10-16-11

 OK, so we've now completed shooting our 3rd WEDDING with our new SONY A77 and all I can say is WOW! We finally had the opportunity to shoot a WEDDING with our new SONY A77 in good lighting. Again all I can say is wow! RINA MARIE was lead WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER and she shot with her new SONY SLT-A77 with a MINOLTA 17-35 2.8-4 mounted. I shot as second shooter with our SONY SLT-A55 with a MINOLTA 28-135 4-4.5 (a much better LENS).

 When we got home we downloaded the 2,000 plus WEDDING PHOTOS we took and we were amazed at how much better the PHOTOS were from the SONY A77 even though I shot with a better lens on the SONY A55. The colors were so vibrant that they popped like they had been PHOTO shopped and the sharpness was superb. The 19 point AF really does a great job at bringing everything in focus. The 12FPS does a wonderful job on things like a bouquet toss.


 The CAMERA is much larger than the SONY A55, but not too big for my wife's normal sized female hands. It is more of a natural fit for her and she's actually more comfortable with it than she was with the A55.

 It is much heavier than the A55 but it is not too heavy to be uncomfortable for a 7 hour shoot. It is actually a bit lighter than the PENTAX K20D with battery grip we used to shoot with.

 The construction of the CAMERA is impressive. It feels like if you drop it it won't break. The flash housing seems solid and the new 3 way tilt swivel screen mechanism feels like it was built to last, much stronger than the A55's tilt/swivel which feels like you have to kinda be careful with it. The weather/dust seals give us new confidence to shoot in rain or at the beach closer to the water. I would definitely compare the build of the SONY SLT-A77 to that of the PENTAX K20Ds we used to have.

 The 3" LCD screen is large and bright and I love the way you can tilt/swivel to get any angle you want to shoot. I especially like being able to fold the screen almost flat on the top of the camera and being able to shoot low laying flowers straight on without having to actually get on the ground.

The new OLED EVF is incredible. There have been many posts from people saying it won't perform well in bright light and they are very wrong! It doesn't get much brighter than a Florida beach on a sunny day. RINA MARIE uses the EVF 100% of the time and she's very happy with it.

 The many buttons and dials take a couple of days to get used to. At first impression it looks a bit overwhelming because there are so many of them. There are buttons for almost every feature. After a few days you not only get used to them, you even start thinking that SONY knew what they were doing when they placed them. Every button seems easy to reach and with all the functions available you rarely need to access the menu. As far as the menu, if you are already familiar with SONY's menu system you will notice lots of new goodies have been added. If you are coming over from another camera manufacturer you will appreciate the thought SONY has put into their menu layout.

 The speed of the CAMERA is amazing. The AF is fast and true. The continuous shooting is like a machine gun, and so far we haven't had any issues of missing shots while the buffer unloads. This camera processes so fast that the photo is already showing on the screen before your subject has finished saying "cheese"! We haven't had an opportunity to shoot video yet but I'm confident it will be excellent.

The PHOTOS that come out of this CAMERA are nothing short of stunning. The speed, sharpness, and colors are phenomenal! Granted we use great LENSES but that should be a given with a high end CAMERA. If you buy one of these please don't insult your CAMERA by mounting an 18-55 kit lens or a 3rd party lens like Tamron or Sigma to save a few bucks. Buy some excellent glass (see our MINOLTA LENS page) so you can take full advantage of the professional quality PHOTOS this CAMERA can produce. Remember a crop from a great lens will be sharper than the zoom on a lousy lens!

 SUMMARY We are not SONY fanboys (again, we shot Pentax for over 20 years), but we are very well product educated professional consumers that have found a great thing. I highly recommend this CAMERA to anyone who is thinking about buying one, or just wanting a big upgrade to their CAMERA. With great glass I feel that this CAMERA will blow away any CAMERA in its class. At first we were hesitant on shelling out $1400 when we already had 3 SONY A55s that cost us less than $700 each. Now that we have experienced the wonders of this CAMERA we feel justified in selling all of our A55s and buying a 2nd SONY SLT-A77. I can't wait until it comes in so I can run tests on the new SONY 16-50MM 2.8 LENS!

 Update 10-23-11

 We now have our 2nd SONY SLT-A77 (my copy) as well as the new SONY 16-50MM 2.8 LENS (REVIEW and SAMPLES link below). This one arrived with version 1.03 already installed. The new lens quickly was mounted on my wife's SONY SLT-A77 (we got it for her, she's the primary shooter) and I mounted my legendary MINOLTA 28-135 on mine. I then immediately headed out to the yard to shoot some flowers and the neighborhood. I did 6 short video clips and they are amazing. The video looks just like watching HD cable. I do recommend getting an external mic if you are shooting video with a screw type lens as the AF sound comes through in the video. The SSM motor in the 16-50 is silent in videos! I'm glad we had the foresight to buy lots of batteries, chargers, and high speed 32GB cards... these PHOTOS are huge! We are getting about 800 PHOTOS per battery but we use a SONY external flash.

 The more you use these CAMERAS the more excited you get about another opportunity to shoot again!

 Update 11-26-11

 We've now had our 2 SONY SLT-A77s for 2 months and 1 month respectively and taken over 15,000 excellent PHOTOS! We still are convinced that this is the best CAMERA in this price range by far! We absolutely love shooting with these cameras.

 Rina Marie shoots with the new SONY 16-50MM 2.8 LENS and I shoot with the MINOLTA 28-135MM 1:4-4.5 "secret handshake" LENS. Our PHOTOS have consistently been sharp, bright, and have excellent colors. The auto focus is amazing, we've even been able to take PHOTOS at a reception in total darkness. The only issues we've had with our SONY SLT-A77s is a very rare lock up which is quickly and easily fixed by removing and reinserting the battery. We hope the firmware version 1.04 that we downloaded yesterday has addressed that 1 issue.

 I shot my first WEDDING VIDEO with the SONY SLT-A77 at a wedding reception last week. Although I have very little VIDEO experience and it was my 1st attempt at editing the raw footage. The 23 minute highlight MOVIE I made turned out excellent! The constant auto focus is a great help. I strongly recommend using an external mic with a wind screen if you plan on shooting VIDEO outside. The on-board mic is excellent in a controlled environment and the sound is very clear. The VIDEO from this camera is definitely good enough to put you right into the WEDDING VIDEO business!

 2 weeks ago we had one of our WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS be second shooter at a WEDDING we did. She shoots with a Nikon 700D so we got the opportunity to compare the 2 CAMERAS taking the same shots. The NIKON 700D takes very sharp PHOTOS, but the color is just not right, especially with skin tones. The SONY SLT-A77 PHOTOS had much better color with equal sharpness. As I've always said all of the CAMERA manufacturers have their strong points... but I believe the SONY SLT-A77 has the whole package!

 UPDATE 12-11-11

 We just returned from our gig as official PHOTOGRAPHERS on the ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE. We took over 9,000 excellent photos and 4 videos with our 2 SONY SLT-A77s over a 4 day period. My wife's camera performed flawlessly and mine did excellent but I did have to reboot it 3 times while taking 5,000 photos. Neither camera over-heated and we never missed a shot because of the small buffer. To see the photos follow the links here

 Update 3-11-12

 We've now been enjoying our SONY SLT-A77s for a bit over 5 months. Without checking I would guess that we have shot over 50,000 photos (we are in prime wedding season now). The more we use these cameras the more we like them. Our wedding photos keep getting better and better as we get more used to the camera's features and settings. We are running about a 99% keeper ratio. We shoot mostly on program and adjust the EV as needed but we do switch to A,M, and S as needed for those special shots. The cameras are quick to respond to the changes and the EVF is invaluable for seeing changes you've made before you take the shot.

 Although we have tried several other lenses we are still settled in with the Sony 16-50 2.8, the Minolta 28-135 4:4.5, and the Minolta 100-300 APO lens which is more for fun long distance shots. My wife's camera has experienced zero problems and I only have to reboot mine if I'm really doing a lot of shots. Since I'm 2nd shooter at weddings I've never had to reboot or missed a shot.

 One discovery that we did make is that Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries are excellent but do get hot and need to be rotated in and out if you are doing a lot of flash photography with an external flash.

 Update 4-27-12

 Everything is still wonderful with our 2 Sony A77s but after thousands of comparisons we decided as much as we liked the Sony 16-50MM 2.8 lens we preferred the photos and the extended range from our Minolta 28-135. We have resold the 16-50 and purchased another Minolta 28-135MM and a Minolta 20MM 2.8 to handle our wide angle and extreme close-up shots. This is our 3rd Minolta 20MM so it must be really good because we keep going back to it! The Minolta 28-135MM lenses are now the main lenses that stay on both cameras and we have the Minolta 20MM and the Minolta 100-300MM APO lenses in the bag.

 We've recently shot 2 Marshall Tucker concerts in both stills and amazing video. The video from the A77 is nothing short of fantastic and the sound from the on-board mic continues to impress us. I shot the entire 2nd concert on video LINK. We have another shoot with Molly Hatchet coming up in May.

 We also just ordered a Winer 2 DSLR camera bag from China on eBay LINK... it has excellent ratings and is about 1/4 the cost or comparable bags. It should both of all of our cameras with lenses attached, extra lenses, flashes, as well as all of our other gear in 1 bag. It will eliminate the need for us to bring a tub into gigs. It also has room for a laptop but we already have a great bag that holds both of the laptops that we bring. I will update if the quality is as good as the reviews as soon as it comes in.

 One thing I forgot to mention in my earlier posts is that you may need to upgrade your computer to handle the file size that comes from shooting at 24MP. My wife's computer only had 4GB of RAM and it wouldn't even download a card. We added 4 more gigs of RAM and now she can download the photos but it's not as fast as my puter at 16GB RAM. She also can not play the video straight off the card with Windows Vista.

We are still 100% satisfied with our cameras and still rate them a 10 after extensive usage!



 Step up to an incredible shooting experience with this α77 DSLR camera and included 16-50mm zoom lens. Featuring Sony's top-of-the-line Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 12 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. Capture amazingly-detailed images that make for gorgeous enlargements thanks to an impressive 24.3-megapixel sensor. The world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p movie modes all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, you can capture incredible, high quality AVCHD or MP4 videos of all your memorable moments (records in 29-minute segments). A Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder offers remarkable resolution and high contrast for outstanding depth, plus allows you to view setting adjustments in real time for the best possible picture.

 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design

 Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system. It directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.

 World’s first OLED viewfinder2

 There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.

 Full-time Phase Detection AF

 You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode—even HD Movie and Live View—thanks to Sony’s exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. While Contrast Detection Auto Focus often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it. Rugged, magnesium alloy body

 The SLT-A77 is built for the real world with a magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Ports, doors and controls are also weather-resistant for smooth operation under adverse conditions. Three-way tilt/swivel LCD screen

 Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel over the camera for self-portraits. You can even tilt it up and down when you hold the camera in vertical mode! Finally, the monitor folds flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.

 6-image layering

 Leverages the fast BIONZ® processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.

 Auto HDR built into camera

 Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)

 Built-in GPS

 An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.6 Main Sensor Quick AF Live View

 Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony® Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.

 Graphic Display

 Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results. 1200-Zone exposure metering

 Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations

. Up to 530 Shots of battery life9

 Take up to 530 shots on a single charge with Sony® Stamina™ battery power.9 Sony's InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

 Built-in Flash (GN12)

 To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately). Sony® Exmor™ technology

 Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor™ sensor provides more than 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 12 frames per second.

 Smile Shutter™ technology

 Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter™ mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.

 World’s fastest up to 12 fps continuous2

 The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 12 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame). This is the world’s fastest shooting speed for interchangeable lens APS-C cameras, as of August, 2011.

 HD movies with full manual control4

 Now you don’t need to surrender control when you shoot HD movies.4 Enjoy the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual (P/A/S/M) control in HD movie mode.

 World’s shortest release time lag3

 Helps ensure that the image you want is the image you get. Once auto focus occurs, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony A77 boasts the world’s shortest release time lag at only 0.05 seconds.3 19-point Auto Focus

 To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. 19 sensors with 11 cross sensors maximize precision for both vertical and horizontal subjects.

 Top mounted LCD

 In addition to status displays on the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder, Sony offers a top-mounted LCD with exposure information.

 Handheld Twilight mode

 Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)

 Sweep Panorama™ Mode

 Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.

 921K dot TruBlack™ LCD screen

 Sony's 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD™ monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack™ screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further.

 AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode

 Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode.

 Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)

 Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.

 HDMI® output for HD viewing7

 Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV.7 The camera includes an HDMI® output. In addition, the BRAVIA® Sync system works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote8.

 Advanced Anti-Dust Technology

 Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.

 APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor

 With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

 Face Detection and Registration

 The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of people. Can prioritize children or adults. Face Registration can remember friends and family members and prioritize them.

 24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution2

 You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to a 24.3 megapixel sensor. It’s the highest resolution among APS-C DSLRs, as of August 2011.

 HD Movies4 at 60p, 60i, or 24p

 Capture spectacular HD Movies4. This is the world’s first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.

 Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF

 You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.

 Object Tracking AF

 Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus.

 Dual control dials

 Perfect for experienced shooters, dual control dials provide direct, hands-on access to two settings at a time.

 Multi-frame NR

 Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 16000. (Recommended for still subjects.)

 3D Sweep Panorama™ Mode

 Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television1. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.

 Shot Result Preview

 See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range.

 ISO 16000 sensitivity

 Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor™ APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ® image processor.

 Upgraded BIONZ® image processor

 The brain of the camera is a Sony’s BIONZ® image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography. Chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000. Also enables fast processing for up to 12 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 24.3 MP images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama™ modes and 6-image layering.

 SteadyShot INSIDE™ stabilization

 Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every A Mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.

 P/A/S/M exposure modes

 The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

 Slot for two media types

 For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended, sold separately). 11 Picture Effect modes

Discover innovative ways to make your images and videos pop. These include Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature. Product Specifications


 Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card

 Color Space : sRGB, AdobeRGB

 Still Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG

 Still Image Size 16:9 : L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)

 Still Image Size 3:2 : L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)

 Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)

 Video Format : AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))

 Video Mode : AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps

 Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards

 Audio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC

 Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Stereo Microphone

 Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)

 LCD Display

 LCD Type : 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology

 Angle Adjustment : Tilt angle: Up: 150 degrees; Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.

 Brightness Control : Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)

 Coverage : 100%

 Live View : Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)

 Real-time image adjustment display : Yes(On/Off)

 Histogram : Yes (On/off)

 Grid Display : Yes (Rule of thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)

 Customization : Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback

 Drive System

 Burst Buffer : JPEG Standard (17 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) JPEG Extra Fine (13 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)

 Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (12fps)

 Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)

 Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
 Shutter Speeds : 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb

 Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter


 Accessory Shoe : Yes (Alpha)

 BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV

 DVDirect : Yes, via USB

 HD Output : HDMI® (TypeC mini)

 Memory Card Slot : Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card

 PhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable

 USB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)


 Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2

 Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-?10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.


 Lens Compatibility : Sony A-mount lens

 Camera Type : Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera

 Focus Control

 Focus System : TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors) Focus Points : 19 points (11 points cross type) AF Modes : Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus

 Focus Area : Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable

 Focus Sensitivity : EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)

 Focus Features : Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF

 AF Illuminator : Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 21' (1m-7m)


 Flash Compensation : ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)

 Flash Coverage : FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)

 Recycling Time : Approx. 3 sec.

 Flash Bracketing : 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV : only 3 frames) selectable

 Flash Metering System : ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash

 Flash Modes : Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off

 Flash Type : Built-in, Pop-up Auto

 Guide Number : 12 (in meters at ISO100)

 Weights and Measurements

 Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 5-3/4 × 4-1/8 × 3-1/4" (142.6 x 104 x 80.9mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions

 Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 1 lb 7 oz (653g) (excl battery, lens & media) Approx. 1 lb 9.8 oz (732g) (w/battery & media)

 Service and Warranty Information

 Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor

 Imaging Sensor

 Imaging Sensor : Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)

 Processor : BIONZ™ image processor

 Anti Dust : Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism

 Pixel Gross : Approx. 24.7 megapixels

 Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 24.3 megapixels

 Focal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5x

 Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters

 Type : 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)

 Diopter Adjustment : -4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1

 Field of View : 100%

 Magnification : 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )

 Exposure System

 Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering

 Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot Metering Sensitivity : -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)

 Exposure Compensation : +/-5.0 EV(1/3EV,1/2EV steps selectable)

 Exposure Settings : AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (12fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)

 Scene Mode

(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight

 Picture Effect(s) : 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature

 D-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)

 Auto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock button)

 Color Temperature : 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each

Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)

 Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))

 Exposure Bracketing : Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectable

 ISO : Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit ); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range)

 Noise Reduction : Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)

 White Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom

 Advanced Features

 Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)

 Embedded GPS : Yes

 Sweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama

 Face Detection : On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off

 Smile Shutter™ technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)

 Image Stabilization : SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-body image stabilization


 Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)

 Number of Still Images : Approx. 470 images with viewfinder, 530 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)


 Fortunately our wedding and concert photography businesses have grown so much we have not been able to maintain our lens business.

 Minolta lenses were built much better, take sharper pictures, and are legendary for their fabulous true color reproduction. SONY bought MINOLTA'S camera divison to get their legendary AF camera and LENS technology, and then started making all of their newly designed CAMERAS with LENS backwards capability so that you can use these fabulous MINOLTA classics. So if you have a SONY DSLR… great news! These LENSES are fully compatible with your SONY CAMERA including the incredible SONY A55|A33 models and the 2011 released CAMERA world changing SONY A65 and SONY A77 models . (borrowed from the SONY website)

 If you bought a new SONY CAMERA with all that fabulous new technology and you have been using an “18-55 or 18-70MM kit” LENS that came with it or a secondary manufacturer LENS , you are not even close to realizing the full potential of the beautiful pictures you could be taking. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my time with some of the new plastic LENSES and gone with MINOLTA LENSES in the 1st place. You can’t match the quality per dollar of MINOLTA against any other brand including a lot of SONY'S own LENSES! MINOLTA 28-135MM LENS the "secret handshake"

 In summary, If you are not shooting with 1 of these fabulous LENSES, buy 1! Resell your current LENS(ES) on ebay to offset your cost. If the 28-135MM LENS that usually goes for only $250-350 is too much for your budget, definitely put the MINOLTA 28-135 LENS or Sony 18-135 on your wish list, and as soon as you can afford 1 it will be the best walk around LENS you will ever own! Give me a call and I'll help you pick the right lenses for your needs and budget!



 We own Florida’s and possibly the U.S.'s largest WEDDING DJ, video, WEDDING AND CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY company. We personally shoot over 500,000 photos a year! We were loyal PENTAX users until 2010 when 1 of the eBay sellers we bought a PENTAX CAMERA from didn’t ship after 2 weeks… and right at the point in time all of our WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY magazines were talking about the new SONY A-55 being the 2010 CAMERA of the year.

 After reading the articles, reviews, and checking out the online info we decided to get a refund and buy 1 and check it out. Within a month of receiving it we sold all of our PENTAX gear and replaced it all with SONY'S new technology. Several of our other WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS followed suit, so all of the sudden we had a huge demand for great LENSES.

 We got started selling MINOLTA LENSES sort of by accident because of the results our extensive search for the best LENSES for our SONY ALPHA CAMERAS yielded some great sources. We chose MINOLTA LENSES because of their legendary sharpness, fantastic color reproduction, and solid build. They also outperformed all of the other LENSES we tested them against.

 Our favorite LENS to sell WAS the MINOLTA 28-135 1:4 LENS, the same LENS we used exclusively on two of our primary CAMERAS. In a head to head test against primes in its range it was equal to or better than them as far as photo sharpness and color. SONY LENSES that yield the same type of photo quality and sharpness as the MINOLTA 28-135MM LENSES we sell are called the “G” series. They start at $800 and go as high as thousands! These 28-135 MINOLTA LENSES are also comparable to famous Carl Zeiss LENSES! We also loved selling our 2 LENS kit which gave you the opportunity to get high quality photos for about the same price or less than after market LENSES that will not! Update 2012- we have now replaced out Minolta 28-135 lenses with a Sony 18-135 (see our review http://www.abetterdj.net/SONY-18-135-Minolta-28-135.html

 We personally tested every MINOLTA LENS we sold on our own SONY A77s. We have 10 exact shots that we shoot consistently to get a true comparison example. The LENSES are carefully inspected and any that appear to have minor scratches or dust are put through my “blue sky” test. We lock on a cloud and then shoot 4 shots of the blue sky, then load them into the computer to check for flaws. Any flaws in the photos will be noted in the description. After testing them we thoroughly cleaned the glass and any dirt or dust from the LENS body.

 WHY SONY DSLRS? Another reason SONY bought MINOLTA'S CAMERA division was to break into the digital SLR market. Of course you already know that MINOLTA is legendary among PHOTOGRAPHY buffs and was the pioneer of a lot of today’s DIGITAL CAMERA technology.

 After being devoted PENTAX users for over 20 years and working our way up to their top rated DSLRs for our wedding photography division, you know it would take something really special to make us change our loyalties. So we decided to try the new SONY SLTs out.

 WOW! The 1st one that came in rocked my world! I couldn’t believe how many features the A33 had that our PENTAX CAMERAS did not, and how much easier it was to master SONY'S simple menus. We decided to buy another one and sell my wife’s PENTAX, keeping 1 last PENTAX for back-up.

She really missed her PENTAX because she was so used to it and shortly that after we re-sold her SONY A33 and she went back to PENTAX. Then I bought our 1st Minolta lens, a 28-135MM “secret handshake” lens for my SONY A33. The photos were phenomenal!

 About 3 weddings later she was editing a WEDDING that we shot together… my pictures were perfect and hers needed a lot of work. (By the way she is one of the top WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS in Florida) We decided to get her a SONY A55 with the same MINOLTA 28-135MM that I shoot with. I loved her SONY A55 so much I got myself one, and soon after another one as our back-up camera that we used strictly with a wide angle prime 17-35MM 2.8 MINOLTA LENS for big group shots and extreme close-ups. Now she wouldn’t part with her SONY A55/Minolta 28-135 combo for anything! (yeah, until the SONY A65/A77s came in LOL) As of 6-1-12 we now have 3 SONY A77s... it wasn't too hard to get her to let go of her SONY A55 once she saw the photos from the SONY A77!

 After sharing our photo results with many of our WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS (we have over 1,000) a lot of them have given up their Canon, Nikon, PENTAX, and other brands and switched over to SONY CAMERAS with MINOLTA and SONY LENSES. All of the sudden we had a huge demand for great MINOLTA LENSES.

 In my searches for MINOLTA LENSES for their CAMERAS I came up with some great sources and started a MINOLTA LENS business on the side, selling on eBay. In my search for LENSES I also found some great sources for SONY CAMERAS… and there you have it! I have been impressed with every SONY DSLR I have tested and we are proud of every item we sell. I know that you will be proud to own one of them!


 When you purchase a refurbished item it doesn't mean it was defective and repaired, usually quite the opposite.

 Have you ever purchased and item, used it for a little while, decided you didn't want it and returned it to the store? Those items get returned to the manufacturer.

 The manufacturer runs more complete tests on it than they did when it was new, put a refurbished sticker on it, repackage it, and it's sold as a refurbished item at a discount. WE REFURBISHED EVERY ITEM WE Sold

 As far as LENSES we have a series of test shots we put them through, clean them, and make sure that they have at least rear caps. We personally test every MINOLTA LENS we sell on our own SONY A77s. We have 10 exact shots that we shoot consistently to get a true comparison example. We make sure if there are any minute scratches or "cleaning marks" on the front element that they do not show up in any photos. Any that appear to have minor scratches or dust are put through my “blue sky” test. We lock on a cloud and then shoot 4 shots of the blue sky, then load them into the computer to check for flaws. Any flaws in the lenses or test photos will be noted in the description. After testing them we thoroughly clean the glass and clean any dirt or dust from the camera body. All of our lenses come with a 3 day satisfaction guarantee… shoot with them and if you are not thrilled with the results simply return them for a refund.

 As far as CAMERAS we have a series of test shots we put them through to make sure every feature works correctly, clean them, make sure they have the basics as far as straps, batteries, and chargers, and upgrade the lenses from the kit lens that usually comes with them. We clean the CAMERA body and store it with our lenses in a smoke free room.

Call for help choosing your lens 321-412-3878

 Our most recommended Sony Lenses

 35MM 1.8
 50MM 1.8
 16-50 2.8
 Our most recommended Minolta lenses
 20MM 2.8
 24MM 2.8
 35-70MM metal version
 50MM 1.7
 50MM 1.4
 70-210 beercan
 70-201 3.5
 80-200 APO 2.8
 100-300 APO
 500MM AF
 Current Minolta stock

 Our DJ, photographer, and video business has grow so much that unfortunately we no longer have time to shop for and re-sell lenses. We may from time to time help people get new cameras at below retail prices. Call 321-412-3878 if you are looking for a new Sony A77!

 Our personal armory now contains:

 3 Sony A77s
 SONY 16-50 2.8 (awesome low end zoom, great for video)
 Sony 18-135 (great walk around lens, great outdoor photos)
 Sony 35MM 1.8 (great low light and video)
 Sony 50MM 1.8 (great low light and video)
 Minolta 80-200 2.8 (my favorite lens)
 With the telephoto button on the A77 we are covered from 16MM to 400MM!
 To see some of the photos we have taken with our gear visit

UPDATE 6-29-12
Ya'll are going to think we are nuts after this one! I stumbled into a great deal on a brand new A77 with 16-50 lens for $300 below retail and thought I'd separate them and roll them over for a bit of profit.

Naturally when it arrived I had to test the camera and lens and make sure they worked properly before reselling them. Lo and behold the new lens is way sharper than the 1st one we had!!! So I'm thinking to myself that now I've got to run some new head to head tests and consider keeping this one.

Here's the results from 11 identical photos taken with 2 A77s at exactly the same settings:

Sony 16-50 vs Minolta 20MM 2.8
2 pictures sharper with 16-50, 9 identical, color identical

Sony 16-50 vs Minolta 24MM 2.8 same results as above but 16-50 had better color on 2 shots

Sony 16-50 vs Sony 35MM 1.8 (shot at f2.8) same sharpness and color but the 35MM was a bit brighter

Sony 16-50 2.8 (both shot at f3.5) vs Tokina 20-35 3.5-4.5
after 2 shots I saw that there was no reason to even download the card. The Tokina color rivals Minolta/Sony but the 16-50 was obviously sharper.

So now we are back on the 16-50 bandwagon... we are keeping it and it's going to be the featured lens on one of our A77s (we have 3 of them now). The 24MM, 20MM, and the Tokina are up on eBay but we are keeping the 35MM for lower light and concert videos.

Currently we have mounted a Minolta 28-135, 2 Sony 16-50 2.8, and the Sony 35MM 1.8 (excellent lens). We also have a Minny APO 100-300 in the bag. Since I did a 3 for 1 switch-out I now have 2 empty spaces in the lens compartment of our awesome Winer bag... hmmmm, what to try next?

Update 8-25-12

OK so we updated again! We now have the Sony 16-50 2.8, Sony 35MM 1.8, Sony 18-135, Minolta 80-200 2.8, Minolta 500MM AF, and the Minolta 100-300 APO is going on eBay soon.

We helped one of our photographers upgrade her camera and purchased her a Sony A65 that came as a kit with the new 18-135 lens. Our intention was to resell the lens to help reduce the cost on her camera but I got tempted to try a few shots with it and I was amazed. I put it in a 20 shot shootout against our Minolta 28-135 and had 2 photographers judge the side by side shots. The results were 7 shots better for the 28-135, 6 shots better for the 18-135, and 6 ties. These were outdoor daylight shots so adding in the extra range, size, weight, and better communication with the camera it was a no brainer to give up my favorite lens. We got the 80-200 2.8 lens later and that one is now my favorite :D

Update 3-17-13 Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!
So now we have 2 Sony 16-50s. They are so good for video with the silent AF, color, and sharpness that we had to have one for each camera. We shoot a lot of concert video and wedding video and this lens is perfect for both!

If you already have, or are getting a Sony 16-50 you are probably are or will be disappointed at how stiff or sticky the zoom ring is. We have bought and sold about 15 of these and every single one was very stiff to zoom. Some people have even thought it was locked because it was so hard to turn. For important video it is not acceptable to have it jump when you zoom so most of the time I set it at the MM I wanted and didn't zoom. I thought that eventually the lens would loosen up but after 6 months it was as tight as the day we got it.

Thanks to Google and a kind poster, I have the solution to share with you! The Sony 16-50 sells for $600-$800 right? Would you believe that all that stiffness is caused by a 49 cent rubber zoom ring? Yup, it is, so here's what you do:
If you look closely at the front end of the zoom ring you'll see that it sits in a channel. Carefully take a credit card and stick the corner in that track, then wiggle it to get under the rubber zoom ring. Once you have it well under the ring press on the ring with a finger and move that part of the rubber ring forward. Now press the ring with a finger from your other hand to hold it in place, slide the card out, and repeat the process farther down the ring a few times. Once you have the ring totally out of the track carefully slide it off the lens. Next turn it inside out, then put it back where it came from. You will be amazed at the difference! I wish I hadn't waited so long to search this, I could have shot much better videos in the past. I did this with both of our 16-50s and they both now zoom like any of our other lenses. My wife is so excited, this is her favorite lens and now she is going to love it even more :D

Sony 18-135MM vs Minolta 28-135MM First off I must say that the 28-135 Minolta lens was one of my favorites for a very long time.
 Up until recently I wasn’t very impressed with Sony lenses except the “G” and Carl Zeiss lenses. I was very surprised at the results that I got from the head to head test I did.

 I mounted each lens on one of our Sony A77s with exactly the same settings and as usual took the exact same shots without moving my feet at all. I shot at 28MM, 50MM, 85MM, 100MM, and 135MM. I took 20 identical shots with each camera and went inside and downloaded them. I was already impressed at the speed of the auto focus with the 18-135 and also that it was able to focus on a couple of low contrast shots that the 28-135 struggled with. I put the photos from each in separate folders then opened them side by side for comparison.

 The photos were so surprisingly close in sharpness and color quality that rather than making a decision I waited until my wife came home to see if she agreed with my thinking. I showed her the photos 1 at a time side by side and had her pick the winner. I made a little chart and by the time we had gone through the 20 photos she had picked the Minolta 12 times and the Sony 8 times. Then I had one of our top photographers over and he picked the Sony 7 times, the Minolta 7 times, and 6 ties.

 I still feel that the Minolta yields slightly better photos over-all but not by enough to sacrifice the extra benefits of the modern day Sony features:

 Better communication with the camera
 Better communication with the flash
 Silent focusing (much better for video)
 Somewhat smaller
 Definitely lighter
 Uses SAM instead of screw type focusing Sony told me that the new A77/A65s will wear out the old screw type lenses very quickly as they were not made for the super fast focusing that today’s cameras drive.
 Easy access to the AF/MF switch without taking your eye off the shot
 Much closer minimum focus distance MFD (18" vs almost 6')
 Works with the camera’s in-camera adjustment software

 In summary

the new Sony 18-135MM lens is far above the old standard 18-70 and 18-55 “kit” lenses and is worth considering as an excellent walk around lens for your Sony camera. The range covers wide angle to pretty decent zoom and if your Sony camera has the built in tele-converter it will get you up to 270MM for bigger zoom photos. The Minolta 28-135 still beat it by a bit on 60% of the shots but they were close enough to justify keeping this lens and letting go of my beloved 28-135. I’m quite amazed at the lenses that Sony has recently released, the 35MM 1.8, the 16-50MM 2.8, and now the 18-135MM have impressed us enough to earn a home either on one of our 3 Sony A77 cameras or in our primary bag! If you shoot daylight video there is absolutely no doubt that the 18-135 is the way to go!

 Normally I would post photo comparisons but there is really no point in posting the side by side photos I took because they are honestly so close in sharpness and color that they would look identical when re-sized for the web! I kinda wonder if some of the same Minolta team that designed the 28-135 helped with the Sony 18-135?

 Update 8-25-12

 We've now shot 2 weddings with the new 18-135 and we don't miss the 28-135 at all. The 18-135 has much better communication with the camera for indoor flash shoots and focuses much faster in low light.

 Update 3-16-13

 We've now taken tens of thousands of concert and wedding photos. For outdoor shots or with flash indoors this lens is fantastic. It has become my wife's favorite lens! The only thing that could have made this lens better for our purposes is if it was a 2.8 through the range so we could shoot indoor concerts with no flash. For that we use the Sony 16-50 2.8 lens. If you like classic rock check out our excellent photos on the RLC pages and the pages under the Band photography tab.

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