SONY A77: Get a grip!1/27/2012 04:29:00 PM
I've been using a vertical grip on my cameras for years. Some photographers hate them. They prefer to keep the camera body light and sma...
I've been using a vertical grip on my cameras for years. Some photographers hate them. They prefer to keep the camera body light and small. I understand this feeling, but I like the vertical grip anyway, for several reasons.
- I'm a portrait photographer. I take a lot of photos in portrait orientation, that is, with the camera turned "sideways". Now, I could of course just turn the camera without moving my right hand, so my right hand ends up on "top." But the grip allows me to, um, take hold of (as in "grip") the camera on what is now the side, and to hold it more comfortably and securely while I shoot. I like to shoot with the elbows of both arms firmly against the sides of my chest. Can't do that if my right hand is "up".
- I'm an event photographer, shooting weddings and other events that often last for hours. The vertical grip holds an extra battery, so I can keep shooting twice as long without having to worry about running out of power.
|Sony A77 + VG-C77AM vertical grip|
The vertical grip (model VC-C77AM) for the Sony A77
The SONY A77 has a new grip that is, in several ways, an improvement over the grip for the A550/A580.
For starters, to use the grip on the A580, you had to remove the battery bay cover from the bottom of the camera body. There was a niche in the grip where you could store that cover piece. It was a pain to take off, a pain to store in the niche (like changing a roll of toilet paper), and a pain again to reverse the process when you took the grip off. Well, good news: The grip for the A77 makes this fuss unnecessary. There's a slot in the grip for the battery bay cover. You just open the battery bay and the cover slides nicely into that slot, without having to be removed.
The A77 is bigger than the A580, and the grip for the A77 is bigger than the grip for the A580. Here they are side by side (A580 on the left, A77 on the right):