Manual or Autofocus

Started Jan 22, 2014 | Discussions thread
Calico Jack Senior Member • Posts: 2,306
Re: Manual or Autofocus

AF is the 'normal' focus method, though whether your AF focus modes are in C or A will depend on the subject matter.  For example, if you were shooting fast action, such as aviation or motorsport, you'd set the AF dial to C (constant AF) as you need to retain focus lock whilst panning and zooming.  If the subject is slow or static, then set the focus mode dial to A so that when the shutter button is half depressed, you get the focus lock beep sound and then fully depress the shutter, though if it's a slow moving subject you need to pan and keep half-pressing the shutter button to ensure focus lock, but that's why you have the CAF option though A-AF mode would be best for say portrait or other static subjects.

Manual mode is best and recommended for macro work as you then take full control of your focal point, aperture and shutter speed settings.  Other settings such as WB, ISO, image format etc is already pre-set by you, though NEVER use AUTO mode for anything, nor set any in-camera noise reduction, red-eye removal, ISO or WB and unless you already do it, take images in RAW mode or at least RAW + JPEG Fine as you can then do PP work on the RAW image and get the best final results and save to JPEG.

Sony ought to include lossless TIFF and DNG file formats, but that's a personal thing.

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