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Singapore F1 Grand Prix & Sony A77 DSLR Review – Part 3


Sony A77 with 70-200mm - 1/320 sec @f5.6

Now to complete the last part of my three part report from the Sony Singapore Test Trip

Here is the rest of the images I shot from Turn 5, the spot allowed you to shoot the head on and three quarter images, like I showed you in part 2 and the one above.

Sony A77 with 70-200mm - 1/100 sec @f2.8

The spot also allowed you to shoot a nice pan shot of the cars as they came out of the corner.

Cars are moving very fast through here and it was a short window of opportunity but when you got it right they came out so well.

Sony A77 with 70-200mm - 1/30 @f3.2

There were some really big lanterns on the other side of the track that made for a great background blur in some of the shots.

Sony A77 with 70-200mm - 1/100 sec @f2.8

There was so much light being pumped out at the track that all of these image were shot at around 100 iso, great to work with for a night event, but no challenge for the Sony which has great iso all the way through its range.

Even the F1 Photographers thought the spot was good

Sony A77 with 70-200mm - 1/400 sec @f5.6

Sony A77 with 70-200mm - 1/800 @f2.8

At the other end of the scale, with a fast enough shutter speed you could actually capture some good close up’s of the driver in the car.

At the end of the race and after the podium presentation we managed to get on to the track to have a quick walk around and to take the obligatory photo standing on the track.

Crowds out on track after race

Me standing on the main straight after the race

Crowds walk down the main straight after the race

Close up of the track surface

For the final day there was a few more sights to see to test the camera on.

First stop was the Equinox Restaurant at the Swissotel, which had an awesome view back out over Singapore.

View from Equinox Restaurant at the Swissotel

View from Equinox Restaurant at the Swissotel

Boat on the Singapore River shot using miniature mode

Boats on the Singapore River shot with toy camera effect

I also used this situation to test out all of the different picture effect’s built into the camera, which you can see in the video below.

Final stop on our last night was the Marina Bay Sands Casino Complex where we can try the camera at dusk and at night.

Inside the Marina Bay Casino Shopping Area

The Marina Bay Sands even has its own little canal

Outside looking back across to Singapore skyline

Sweep panorama of the skyline

A bride and groom walk along the outside boardwalk

The Marina Bay Sands Sky Park Bar

The Marina Bay Sky Park Bar

The view of the Singapore skyline from the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park

The view of the Singapore skyline from the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park

Looking back down at the Singapore Flyer and behind that the F1 GP Pit Area

Sweep Panorama at night from Marina Bay Sands Sky Deck

Miniature mode shot looking down at foot bridge below

This was the end of our trip as the next day we flew back to Australia.

There are more shots from trip in a gallery here, as I haven’t posted them all up in my blog.

So to finish up and complete my review of the camera.

It is an awesome camera, with fantastic features, a huge sensor, really good battery life and really high quality video. (I will post up my video shot with this camera when I have finished the edit, keep an eye of for that post)

For someone that is wanting to get into Motorsport Photography, this camera is perfect.

With the high frame rate, autofocus and focus tracking. And when fitted with either the 70-200mm f2.8 or the 70-400mm F4-5.6 and used with the smart teleconverter it is a powerful kit to use at the track.

For the Landscape/Travel photographer the A77 is an extremely good value for money camera as I don’t know many other camera’s that are under $2k that have a 24mpx sensor and these sort of features and is so easy to travel with.

Also the files that come of the camera, even the JPG’s,  are so good that the images need very little work in photoshop and are virtually read to go out of camera.

The only area where I didn’t really get to try the camera was working with skin tones and portraits, hopefully I may be able to get another unit to try from Sony.

Finally thanks must go to Sony Australia for allowing me to be part of this fantastic trip and to be able to have this opportunity to test this camera ahead of its Australian release, and in particular to Jamie Wong for being a great host to us all whilst in Singapore.

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  1. Pingback: Singapore F1 Grand Prix & Sony A77 DSLR Review – Part 2 « Joel Strickland's Automotive & Photography Blog

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