A6000 quick AF test with dogs

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koylez
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A6000 quick AF test with dogs
9 months ago

I know there have been some people asking for AF test with dogs, so here's mine:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5522221024

The weather finally cleared enough for me to take these yesterday afternoon after 5:30. The light was falling so I let the camera decide ISO. A lot of them appear to be ISO 1600 and above, so the results are a bit muddy. I also had to use a faster shutter speed to avoid motion blur.

I'm not sure if it's as good as my old Nikon D300, but it's at the stage where I don't really have to worry about the focus system. My NEX 7 could not take these.

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re: since EXIFs seem to be stripped...
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jpr2 wrote:

...what lens[es] was it?

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It was the FE 55mm 1.8. The only other lens I've got is the 24mm, which is a bit wide to test with. I notice the 24mm doesn't support AF-A. Not sure if I can get the firmware updated to support it? The 55 does seem to focus quicker.

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Thank u very much for taking the effort to do the 'running dog AF test "

I felt that the images 2837  and 2838 have the area of best focus a little behind the subject ....

[just my opinion ]:)

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Thanks! I was one of those asking. ours arrives tomorrow!!

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koylez wrote:

I know there have been some people asking for AF test with dogs, so here's mine:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5522221024

The weather finally cleared enough for me to take these yesterday afternoon after 5:30. The light was falling so I let the camera decide ISO. A lot of them appear to be ISO 1600 and above, so the results are a bit muddy. I also had to use a faster shutter speed to avoid motion blur.

I'm not sure if it's as good as my old Nikon D300, but it's at the stage where I don't really have to worry about the focus system. My NEX 7 could not take these.

Thank you very much! Very informative - and very enqouraging.

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I know there have been some people asking for AF test with dogs, so here's mine:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5522221024

The weather finally cleared enough for me to take these yesterday afternoon after 5:30. The light was falling so I let the camera decide ISO. A lot of them appear to be ISO 1600 and above, so the results are a bit muddy. I also had to use a faster shutter speed to avoid motion blur.

I'm not sure if it's as good as my old Nikon D300, but it's at the stage where I don't really have to worry about the focus system. My NEX 7 could not take these.

if you're not sure if d300 is better or not, then it means that a6000 has top notche focusing performance...d300 af is simply stunning and if a6000 is head to head with d300, then a6000 af is a killer one!...

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koylez wrote:

I know there have been some people asking for AF test with dogs, so here's mine:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5522221024

The weather finally cleared enough for me to take these yesterday afternoon after 5:30. The light was falling so I let the camera decide ISO. A lot of them appear to be ISO 1600 and above, so the results are a bit muddy. I also had to use a faster shutter speed to avoid motion blur.

I'm not sure if it's as good as my old Nikon D300, but it's at the stage where I don't really have to worry about the focus system. My NEX 7 could not take these.

thanks a lot for doing this test. It looks very, very promising. Just curious, what aperture did you shoot this with?

Best regards,

José

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I know there have been some people asking for AF test with dogs, so here's mine:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5522221024

The weather finally cleared enough for me to take these yesterday afternoon after 5:30. The light was falling so I let the camera decide ISO. A lot of them appear to be ISO 1600 and above, so the results are a bit muddy. I also had to use a faster shutter speed to avoid motion blur.

I'm not sure if it's as good as my old Nikon D300, but it's at the stage where I don't really have to worry about the focus system. My NEX 7 could not take these.

Thank you SO much! This is one of the best real life tests I've seen... a very valuable data point. Even at ISO3200 & f5.6 there is definitely enough detail and shallow enough DOF to see where the area of critical focus is... the grass really helps in that regard.

Can I ask about your settings, if you remember? Your drive mode was single frame, not continuous, right? Were you in AF-C? What was your AF area, wide?

If you're feeling magnanimous and are are up for another test, I'd love to see a test in similar lighting where you're in A mode, forcing the aperture to f1.8, using AF-C/tracking & wide AF area. Using continuous shooting mode and shooting a burst after calling the dog to you would be way cool.

Provided the lighting is similar, that should get you a high shutter speed AND a lower ISO... depth of field would be way shallower, too. If it chooses a shutter speed under 1/1000 you can dial in a higher ISO to boost it.

Thanks so much!

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I'd like to see that too, and I'll bet you already have plans to try it. I think single point AF, or at most 9 point AF, will work better than wide area (the narrower the focal area, the faster the focus - probably).

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