Disapointed in my Df.

Started Apr 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP brianric Veteran Member • Posts: 7,911
Re: Disapointed in my Df.

David Rosser wrote:

brianric wrote:

reginalddwight wrote:

If that happened to me, I would be disappointed as well.

Your experience resonates with what the DPR reviewers observed when testing the Df. I recall they panned the Df for many things, including the AF performance. This is from the DPR review:

"Although rated down to -1EV, the performance of the Df's focus drops off significantly at even moderate indoor lighting levels. Even at an illumination level of around 4.5EV, we've found the camera has to 'hunt' to find focus, and the only reliable way of getting a shot was to use the central focus point to focus-and-recompose from a high-contrast point.

With a bit of perseverance, it will usually find focus eventually (even in genuinely low light), but the amount of work you need to put in to get it to focus is not really acceptable. Overall, the performance is not up to the standards you'd hope for from a camera costing this much money - especially one built around a sensor whose main appeal in this case is its low light performance."

I agree with you there, problem is you have people moving on a track at walking speeds, where even the central point was useless. I took a quick meter reading in the area where I wanted to shoot. F4.0 at 1/80 at ISO 3200.

That's about EV5 so your observations tie in well with DPReview conclusions quoted above.

In a well lit gymnasium the Df worked great as I had no problem at Stockton College Relay. Unfortunately for me the Rowan University Rec Center lighting is poor. I always go with a backup, so it was easy to switch cameras. Thanks for telling me what EV the lighting was.

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