Problems with a7 that need firmware update

Started Feb 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Dustinash Contributing Member • Posts: 667
Re: Problems with a7 that need firmware update

Chad Hardy wrote:

Dustinash wrote:

-the autofocus assist DOES NOT work with flashes, when you mount a sony flash and are using standard FE-mount lenses, the camera will still try and use its awful orange light instead of the much subtler red grid from the flash. AF assist light will not work at all with alpha glass.


-the back screen needs to be able to shut off rather then go black but still be powered. This is a waste of battery life and is just dumb. increase wake up speed and add in a faster sleep and the camera would almost be as efficient as a standard dslr with battery consumption.

anything to save battery I am all for.

-low light af is not good.

With peaking you just don't need it. Give it a shot in MF mode for a few weeks. You will be surprised just how good you do. Put peaking on low, yellow. You can also set the effects to black and white and use peaking. Then your screen shows in B&W, and as long as you are shooting RAW your images come out in color!

Makes it really easy to see what surfaces peaking hits and are therefore in focus. I use this with back focus as well.

Please comment or add

I like what you say here, however I do shoot a lot Manually, and some of my glass is solely manual focus.  But I am a wedding shooter which means i need fast autofocus to snap something that is moving and only exists for a second (i.e. a special moment).

Often I will capture in manual but it simply is not as quick and especially when the subject is moving. I am then more focused on focusing then watching the scene and the shots therefore have lesser quality because of imprecise timing.

Focus peaking is not reliable enough yet.  It gives false positives and sometimes doesn't show up at all.  That said I am using a combo of shooting techniques with this cam because both systems are solid but neither is perfect.

Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow