NEX-6 and focusing on toddler??

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
blue_skies Forum Pro • Posts: 11,468
Re: NEX-6 and focusing on toddler??

Jonn Quest wrote:

I've been trying to get pictures of my 1.5 year old nephew with my NEX-6 and Kit 16-50PZ lens.  Indoors the shots are coming out really soft, nearly out of focus.  Outside they are fine.

I checked the data on the photos and inside, without flash, using P mode, I'm at ISO2500-3200 aperature usually around 4.5 and shutter speed at 1/60.

What mode should I be using so I get in focus shots?  Should I just forget the notion of no flash and use the flash in bounce mode?  Please advise as I'm ready to sell the camera and buy a small DSLR so I don't have to fight so much.  I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong though.......


It sounds like subject blur.

1/60th requires a person to sit still - try to get at least 1/160.

You can either use a flash, turn on more lights, try AMB mode or get a faster lens.

E.g. f/2.8 will get you to 1/160, and a f/2.0 lens will get you to 1/160 with ISO 1200-1600 or so.

A DSLR won't change the shutter speed - it will also measure f/4.5, i/160 and ISO 2500+. A DSLR will focus faster, if sufficient light, but it appears that the Nex-6 focuses sufficiently fast (outdoors is ok comment).

A bounce flash is your best solution.

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