A6000 - losing touch

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Re: A6000 - losing touch
In reply to mrmpal, 5 months ago

mrmpal wrote:

Thank you for bringing this up--it's gratifying to read that others miss the touchscreen, too.

One of the reasons I switched to mirror less is because I was sick of AF errors on my 40D and 1D MkII N. I knew there would be compromises, but since the image is being focused on the sensor, at least the subject would be in focus when the camera said it was.

I haven't used an a6000, but I've owned a 5N, 5R, 6, and a Fuji X-E1. As others have pointed out, it isn't necessarily the touchscreen (or lack thereof) that's the issue, but rather that Sony has a very sub-par method for changing focus point. A touchscreen makes up for this shortcoming, and allows you to take advantage of the excellent face- detection (and metering!) while enabling you to instantly override and choose someone's eye, etc. with touch. Take away the touchscreen, and it falls apart. Any modern DSLR lets you pick focus point by tapping a d-pad. The X-E1 required a down press first, but I was okay with that after some practice. Sony's method makes muscle memory impossible--I've read that the A7 has a better implementation, but the NEX / axxxx series simply requires too much fiddling to be useful. And you can't even quickly center the AF point!

So I agree with you--Sony's lack of meaningful firmware updates ensures that this won't be fixed on their crop-sensor bodies (at any price point), which is maddening, as I love the sel50f18 and Sony's excellent video capabilities.

I haven't used an A6000 either and wouldn't use one due to lack of touch screen and the electronic level.

Sony is very good at innovation but not so good at maintaining their customer base when they drop useful features from new models.

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