Field Review: Sony a580 (Day 4)

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Thailand is known for its animals almost as much as its food. You might find yourself on a sidewalk with monkeys crossing to your side. You might be driving down a stretch of road and have to stop because there are a massive amount of ducks crossing. Or you might find yourself surrounded by elephants. The a580 performed excellently no matter what the situation was.

Jailbreak; Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7, taken at f/3.2 at 1/160 sec.

It was the third day of the trip when I found myself in close proximity to some of Thailand’s creatures. Knowing this, I naturally brought along my gear. The main lens used was the 50mm. The 28mm and 70-210mm played supporting roles, but for this post, the shots, unless otherwise specified, were taken with the 50mm.

The a580handled rather well in the heat. The sun was out in full force that day, as it was most days. A nice change from the frosty winter weather back home in New York. Despite the sweat, I did not experience any fear that the a580 would slip.

Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7; taken at f/2.2 at 1/80 sec.

I moved from Single Shot Advantage to Speed Priority Continuous. The elephant in the above shot has a rider who dismounted so that he could get some photos of my friend and I as we sat on top. After my friend translated how the camera works, the rider experienced a photographic high. He was enamored with the a580‘s peak performance at 7fps. There were moments when he forgot we were there as he started taking photos of the scenery.

Eventually, his fervor petered out, and he handed the camera back to me as he remounted his companion. The a580‘s images were crisp, if a little unsaturated, but that’s no worry.

It should be noted that the a580‘s battery life is amazing. I brought along a second battery, and switched only once. Through all of the shots and videos recorded, the battery drained slowly. I felt safe knowing that I wouldn’t chance running out of battery power before I laid down to sleep.

Dichromatic; Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4; taken at 210mm at f/4 at 1/13 sec.

In the next installment, I’ll take a look at the a580‘s video mode.

For now, here are some ducks.


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