Pro shooting digital since 92: How is this useful for anything other than a single person without touch screen? Help me out here. I'd buy Sony if they had touch screens.
Comments on here really make me laugh!
Dan Vincent: Looking at the end of that video you could still choose single flexible spot or center only AF, although it would only be a single point and not multiples like Expandable flexi spot.
Curious as to why Zone AF was not selectable, though, as in Wide mode it's clearly using multiple points. I chalk this up to firmware more than anything.
I agree and Metabones may be able to update their adapter to behave more like a native lens.
Henrikw: In the first video only one shot at 0:44 seem to be accurately focused on the eyes. I wonder why it's so keen on the tip of the nose. Hopefully this problem will be ironed out eventually. Great progress in any case
DSLR lenses are not designed for CDAF, which is why they have been hideously slow with live view since the beginning. If you want pinpoint AF use a small focus point, this is tracking AF and with non native lenses is a bit limited in options for how and what it decides to focus on.
Just a Photographer: Not to be crude but eye-focus in the newly 4.0 firmware of the Fuji X-T1 and the X-T10 is much better implemented and always correct.
This Sony knock off sort of works but has a lot of misses looking at the video.
Eye AF has been available since the original A7. Sorry to sound crude.
munro harrap: Whilst having so many sensors there is great, not being able to switch them off and get a much smaller central pattern as other cameras have, would be disastrous, as you will lose many many shots if you cannot reduce that area when you actually need to.
THe FZ1000 and the a6000 series etc have large areas like this, but the Panasonic can be reconfigured without even going into the menues, such that you have a very narrow central area at work. Essential for sports and wildlife photography.
I just hope that manual focus applied to native Sony lenses and other brands works as well as it does on a Nex7 for example, as nobody can cope with all those sensors active all of the time.
You can select a small focussing area, with or without native lenses. It is some of the tracking modes that are not available.
nandbytes: Thanks Rishi for posting this quickly with detailed videos. interesting to see some AF options are not available with canon lenses. I wonder if this applies to a-mount and LA-EA3/4 too?
Also recently I come across someone claimed fotodiox adapter focussed faster than metabones with canon lenses - http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/new-canon-ef-lens-tests-on-the-a7rii-fotodiox-adapter-focuses-faster-than-metabones/
Would be interesting to see if you/your team can confirm this?
Keep in mind that adapters may need to be optimised to work at their best with this new focussing system, so there may very well be firmware updates from the adapter manufacturers that may increase focus speed but may also enable other focus modes to be used.
Rooru S: Rishi, you totally neglected the fact that E-mount cameras aren't compatible with A-mount teleconverters when using G-series lenses (top of the Sony lineup) and LA-EA adapters.
You mean have I used them with the A7R II, you know, the one being discussed in the article.
I do use them with TCs, just not Sony ones.
infiniti029: Hasn't Olympus (and some others?) already been doing eye detect AF for a while now?
So have the Sony's, but this adds continuous tracking to the mix.
Of which you have done extensive testing on the A7R II of course?
Stephan Def: I am trying to understand what the compelling argument for Fujifilm is, scratching my head. Megapixels matter, if its just only for the cropping capability alone. 16MP seems not to be cutting edge stuff anymore, except if they are on smartphone camera.
I used to think what matters is what the image looks like that comes out of the Camera. Strangely for me, so many here are going on about if the Camera itself is nice looking or not. And so on.
'With Fuji lenses like the 56 1.2, you get DOF control equivalent to a FF with an 85mm 1.8 at a fraction of the size and heft. No other mirorless system can claim that. The new 16 f/1.4 is the same thing: get the performance of a 24 1.8 ff lens but in a far more compact package.'
Or you could go an Sony FF and similar FF lenses at a similar size. 85mm f1.8's are not exactly big lenses. 25mm f2 isn't huge either.
abortabort: Medium format will become affordable in the not very distant future, in fact it has already started and SOON medium format will be compact, affordable and take the same glass we already own.
"Uh, sure, abortabort. Maybe you need to do a little more research on this particular topic."
Oh please, enlighten me?
Rishi Sanyal: To everyone wondering what the advantages of the improved sensors (mainly faster sensor readout) are - aside from the obvious: 4K and high fps stills and video - please wait for a sneak peak at this camera's AF tracking capabilities in continuous AF. We'll publish a quick look that I think may turn some heads.
This is really interesting Rishi, do you look at the RX10 as well, where this is probably more important?
Just design a teleconverter and you are done.
The 'advantage' of MF is a larger pixel pitch for the number of pixels.
'Because this imminent, nebulous, affordable MF camera certainly won't use 35mm-format lenses.'
Of course they will.
Medium format will become affordable in the not very distant future, in fact it has already started and SOON medium format will be compact, affordable and take the same glass we already own.
Michael Ma: Wow....by far the best 4K ILC camera for the buck.
Panasonic doesn't do line skipping either.
rurikw: I was going to buy a Samyang 14mm for my M4/3 Kipon shift adapter. This costs approx same takes filters and weighs less. The Kipon gives 2x the amount of shift though. What do I do now?
And 2x the amount of light. Personally I am interested in this though for the ability to (easily) take filters.
Phototaker41: So far Sony A7RII look very good in comparison with Sony A7R but I am not convincing until I see low light , high ISO pictures . ISO about 6400. If they are usable, less noise, I will buy it and and switch to Sony. Otherwise I continue love my Canon 6D
I find my A7S to be both better at noise handling and AF in low light compared to my previous 6D.
Tharaphita: Lets wait and see how that on sensor PDAF works, specially not in good light.
And what about Nikon lenses support with power aperture and on sensor PDAF?
It appears the 'fix' is basically enabling PDAF regardless of lens attached (remember when PDAF would only work with certain lenses early on). So in theory it should work with any electronically connected lens and may even have some benefits for MF such as the PDAF points lighting up, which 'could' be another unsung benefit.
I am extremely interested in what this means for Contax G lenses.