Sony? Really? Robert Evans on shooting with a Sony Alpha Camera (a99 and a77)

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Robert Evans is amazing – we interviewed him in December 2010 and you can see that post here – but Robert has posted a new report (warning, some images are NSFW) on shooting with the Sony Alpha a99 and Sony a77.

Who is Robert Evans anyway?

Robert has photographed some of the most amazing weddings in modern history – Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Trent Reznor and many more. Here's one sample he's posted on his blog… “The Exclusive Photographs Inside The Celebrity Wedding of 90210 Star Ian Ziering” – so you can see, his results speak for themselves.

Tho that doesn't make him unreachable and in fact, he's doing a ton to give back to the photography and wedding communities. He is the exclusive photography expert for giving advice and support to wedding couples. Robert is also Vice President of Education with – a site designed to give support to photographers from beginner to pro.


Sony a99 using 135mm 1.8 Zeiss lens lens 60/2.0 1600 ISO – copyright Robert Evans

Robert Evans on the Sony Alpha a99

I have been shooting the Sony Alpha line of cameras and lenses for the last three months now and I have really enjoyed shooting with them. The a77 was my introduction to Sony cameras, and now for the last month I have been shooting the new a99.

What great products! I love my cameras and the Sony and Zeiss lenses that I have been using. I have the Sony Zeiss 85 2.0, the Sony Zeiss 70-200 2.8, the Sony Zeiss 24-70 2.8 and the Sony Zeiss 16-35 2.8.

Below you will find many different images that I have shot with Sony over the past three months. I will include the camera info and a little story behind each image. The standouts about these cameras for me are the amazing color the sensors produce and how well it handles the shadow and highlight detail. Much like with film, you can expose for the shadow and let the highlights fall. In my experience so far it doesn't blow out the highlights. Also notable about the Sony products is the absolute sharpness of the lenses. They really are premium with truly beautiful glass.

For me shooting the Zeiss lenses made for Sony brings me back to my film days of shooting Hasselblad.

Sony a99 using 24mm lens 40/2.0 800 IS0


A small snippet of Robert's summary:

I could go on and on but my suggestion is that you rent a Sony body and lens and see for yourself. Sony will change your mind about photography and it will make you a better photographer. Shooting a Sony camera has brought a new sense of excitement to me and I am loving photography more than ever.

Sony a77 using 24-70mm lens 60/2.8 1600 IS0

via Shooting with a Sony Alpha Camera.

What do you think?

Are you a Sony a99 or a77 shooter? What do you think of Sony vs the other brands.

[source: @wolfsnap]

(cover photo credit: snap from Robert's post)


  1. I like what I’ve seen from the A99 and it actually looks more suitable for video than the Canon 5DII or 5DIII. My big problem with it, however, is the mount. Are there adapters available? In addition to the 5DII, I have a Sony FS100 and with adapters I can use about any lens made, and I routinely use my EOS, Zeiss and Nikkor lenses. I would not want to be stuck with nothing but having to buy new Sony lenses for the A99. If there are any adapters out there, I’d like to know about it.

  2. It could possibly be the fact that this posting is about the Sony and automatically puts me into an odd opinion about it… but looking at Mr. Evan’s post and photos just validates how I feel about how Sony Camera’s produce images. It could be that the images are very much compressed/processed for web but the only shots that were eye-candy for me was the bride on the bench and also the bride in front of the sequenced image.
    All other shots look like they are from point and shoot cameras. They’re missing the sharpness that bot Nikon and Canon cameras produce. They also lack vibrancy and richness. How’ever the case, Mr. Evan’s compositions are very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your not serious, some of these shots are terrible !!! seriously look at them, the group shot there is a ton of movement in it and also in the last night shot……

  4. Bogus comments from Canon fanboys is a bore. Seems Canon employs these numbnutz goofs to put down every comment on every site. As a Biz tactic…very shabby & underhanded.

  5. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know
    a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why
    but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

  6. I’m just on process of buying Sony.
    10 years ago, I was Minolta Photographer,
    then I jumped to Nikon, but now I going back with A99 and I’m happy!!!

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