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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Sony A77: A Wildlife Photography Game Changer?

 
 

 

 

Sony announced many products today, and without going into too many details the A77 is a product that may do quite well in the wildlife photography world. Why? Here are some quick specs to tease you:

  • 24.3MP sensor (1.5x crop)
  • 19 points AF sensor with 11 cross sensors
  • ISO 100-16000, with expandeable ISO 50 option
  • 1920 x 1080 60p/24p AVCHD 2.0
  • P/A/S/M manual controls while recording video
  • 12 fps
  • TrueBlack 921k 3-way tilt LCD
  • 3 million dot OLED viewfinder
  • Smart teleconverter function with 1.4x and 2.0x option
  • Built-in flash
  • Built-in GPS

 

 

What do you think about having a 12fps camera that also shoots high quality video for under $1500? Pretty cool, actually. Add in built in GPS, a moisture and dust resistant magnesium construction and it sounds like a great wildlife camera. I look forward to hearing reviews on it. Remember that Sony purchased Konica Minolta back in 2006, and they have a very nice set of lenses. Sony struck a deal with Zeiss shortly after their acquisition, and now they have a full range of lenses at different price points. The big question is regarding their 500mm f/4 lens that they have been showing at trade shows for the past couple of years?

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Reader Comments (6)

I agree that this looks really good Andy. However, no long glass = no sale. I cant find a single piece of <f4 glass over 200mm.

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Andrews

Keith, they actually sell a 300mm f/2.8 which is super sharp (like Canon and Nikon).

August 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

Looks like Sony is going to give Canon & Nikon some competition....which is good. Hopefully the prices of the high end NIkon & Canon SLR's will come down. 5K is a lot of money for a Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s.

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDean

Andy, a UK rep actually spoke about the 500 F/4 yesterday during a live online Q&A for the new products. He said that due to the disaster in Japan, they were forced to prioritize lens production to meet demand with the new cameras they're releasing this fall. He indicated that the 500 F/4 should arrive Q1 2012.

My dream kit for my first Andy Biggs safari is the 500 F/4 on a Sony A77 and my Zeiss glass on the next Sony A99 for landscapes. That'll do just fine, I think!

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaadi Faris

Hello Andy,
Have you shot with Sony products in the past? The specs look pretty good and so does the price. At the moment BH is selling the body only for $1300.00. Would you personally stack this camera against Nikon and/or Canon? Not sure what it woukld comapre to in the Canon range but I am seeing reference to the Nikon D700.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDick Berry

I have shot with the A900 camera and most of their lenses, and I was quite happy with the system. We shall see if the A77 will be a game changer or not in due time.

September 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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