With the world’s fastest autofocus system (A6000)

Started Feb 12, 2014 | Discussions thread
jpr2 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,412
re: few questions on practical aspects of the a6k

sean lancaster wrote:

jpr2 wrote:

sean lancaster wrote:

dpreview has their first look at the A6000 here.

  • as there is no AEL/AFL - AF/MF switch on the back of a6k;
  • IS THERE any other way on N6 type bodies - to take-off AF from half-press of the shutter, and assign it to some other location at the back of a6k??

I never shot fully manual on my NEX 5N because it required going into the on screen menus and I was too ignorant about M at the time. Now I only shoot M on my Canon 6D. jpr2's items above got me thinking . . . how difficult is it to shoot in M mode on the A6000? I see one dial (e.g., aperture), but what about shutter speed? I can have my 6D do auto ISO and set the maximum at 12,800 or 6,400 so that I can focus on aperture and shutter speed with my dials. Can the A6000 do the same? I seem to recall my 5N stopping at ISO 3,200 for auto ISO (and correct me if I am wrong). I suspect Exposure compensation requires on-screen tinkering? Default shutter speed is probably still 1/60 like on my 5N, so I'll be interested to see what it really is and how configurable it can be.

Sean, I'm very much affraid that nothing did change in this respect on the move from N6 to a6k:

  • e.g. the flash sync is still rather lowly 1/160 sec;
  • and the 1/60 sec default is one of the most annoying nuisances already on my N7;
  • forcing me to switch from A-priority to S-priority much more too often that I wish (easy to do with MF legacy, but not otherwise);
  • in the meantime (since posting my questions here 6 hours ago) I've learned that there is probably no way at all to get AF off from the shutter 1/2-press and to assign it to some configurable button at the back of a6k (at least there isn't on N6);


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