The New Sony a1

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  • Kevin Raber
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    on: January 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    The Sony a1

    OK, Sony has done it again.  Just when you thought it was Ok to go back out and shoot photos again, Sony releases a new super camera game changer. It’s also a wallet breakers coming in at $6500 USD.

    Does it live up to the price tag? Check the article out HERE

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    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
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    Re: The New Sony a1
    Reply #1 on: January 26, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    https://www.dpreview.com/news/2049627329/sony-reveals-alpha-1-50mp-full-frame-camera-capable-of-30fps-and-8k

    The new Sony Alpha 1 is an announcement, but also in terms of price.

    Oliver

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    Louis Foubare
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    Re: The New Sony a1
    Reply #2 on: January 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I would have hoped it had a GPS for this high price, especially for landscape/location post processing. Other than that no blackout is a first with a 9+ EVF. Sweet.

    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Reply #3 on: January 26, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    A lot to like there, but yes, GPS would be nice. $8500 in Canada. More here: https://blog.thecamerastore.com/the-new-era-of-imaging-sony-alpha-1/

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    Mark D Segal
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    Reply #4 on: January 27, 2021 at 11:12 am

    There’s a very substantial price difference between this new model and the A7rIV, which latter has 10 more MP, but of course less advanced feature-wise. Assuming both cameras remain current for some time to come, one big question for reviewers to address, Kevin, will be that of for who it makes sense to put the extra bucks into this new model.

    Another point about some of these Sony cameras and lenses that came home to me with a vengeance last Sunday is how well-built they are. I was doing a photoshoot of another Toronto mural outdoors in the freezing cold – the mural is about 200 feet long and the artist wanted a pano of the whole thing, so I had the camera (a Sony a6300 with a Sony/Zeiss 16-55mm lens) on a tripod, but the ball head was a piece of garbage manufactured by Manfrotto that has a flimsy levered assembly for gripping the camera. My cold hand must have brushed against this badly designed lever mechanism, it flipped open and the camera went smashing to the ground. I thought that was the end of the photoshoot, but much to my amazement both the camera and lens emerged unscathed and I just carried on. I keep looking at these photos 1:1 on my high-res display and printed some from my high-res printer and see absolutely nothing wrong with them. Kudos to Sony. Closer to when I need it I’ll buy an upgraded model with confidence that based on build quality alone it’s money well-spent. The Manfrotto ballhead is banished and I replaced it with my RRS, which is much heavier but totally reliable.

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    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
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    Re: The New Sony a1
    Reply #5 on: January 27, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    In Germany, the body costs EUR 7300, which is the equivalent of USD 8837. That’s hefty.

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    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #6 on: January 27, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I made the decision to go to the a1 based on frame rate and AF speed.  The eye AF on birds is another reason.  After trialing the 200-600mm lens I will be ordering it also.  The combo should prove to be worthy of high-speed wildlife photos.  I look forward to giving this new camera a run for its money.  I bet you will see a lot of these at sporting events etc.

    Fuji also made some big announcements today too.  The GFX100s looks amazing for the price.  I am also in the middle of testing the Phase One XT 150mp.  A totally different camera for a whole different kind of group of photographers.  Image Quality is something to behold.

    Fun times.

    Kevin Raber
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    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
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    Re: The New Sony a1
    Reply #7 on: January 28, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Hi Kevin,

    in any case, impressive specs that hardly miss anything. The flash performance is also worth seeing.

    Only Focus Bracketing is missing (or has it now?) and yes a GPS should have been included at the price.

    I think you’ll have a lot of fun with the camera and I’m looking forward to your practical report.

    Oliver

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    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: The New Sony a1
    Reply #8 on: January 30, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Sony’s official announcement on YouTube (25 minutes)

    Mike.

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    Greg Scott
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    Reply #9 on: February 14, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    After doing a fair amount of research, I placed an order for the A1.  Most of my next 4-5 trips are heavily geared toward wildlife and the improved autofocus, burst shooting and low light performance will be an improvement over my existing gear.  When the dust settles, my main cameras will be the A1 and an A7R IV.  I also expect to realize some benefits from the Sony G Master lenses I have.  Looking forward to some decent weather (less rain) and getting out and doing some shooting.

    On the road less traveled....

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #10 on: February 15, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Good choice Greg.  I saw the camera on Saturday and have no regrets.  With the lenses I already have I feel I am set to go.  The new menu system is a big step towards doing things right.  The AF looked amazing.  I’ll do a report on it when I get it.  I believe it is March 4th.  I’ll show it off here the day I get t.  Hope you are staying safe and well.  I got my first shot last week.  I hope by June we are moving a lot more freely.

    Kevin Raber
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