Hello folks, today the weather is horrible here so I
have decided to put the Sony Alpha A700 to the test on one of the most
photographed subjects of all time, the common housecat.
This is one of the toughest tasks you can ask a camera
to perform...capture a black cat with minimal illumination. This task is not
easily done well by very many cameras so let's go ahead and see what happens with the A700:
Minolta 135 2.8 at 1/50 f3.2 ISO2000 Camera JPG, Natural Light Only,
Handheld, No NR.
Here are the 100% Unsharpened Crops:
Well folks, for people that don't like flashing it appears that ISO2000 may
work fine for web work and some print tasks. Clearly noise reduction artifacts
are visible, and smearing of low contrast details is also apparent. All-in-all though,
not too horrible of a performance at ISO2000 on the black cat test, I don't
think. ISO2000 was not available on the Sony A100 or the Konica Minolta 5D so
even if the ISO2000 quality is not up to your personal standards, it will be a
welcome addition for many A-Mount lowlight shooters.
-Sonolta 10-19-2007 2:13PM CST