The Sony A7s - Birders' dream camera?

Started Jun 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
ottonis Contributing Member • Posts: 765
Re: The Sony A7s - Birders' dream camera?

Alex P Scorsch wrote:

I think the Sony A7s would be the wildlife and bird photographer's dream camera. When the birds and animals are active it's usually about 6:00 am and relatively dark, especially in the rainforest were I often shoot. With the high ISO capabilities and the small apertures of long telephoto lenses this might be a great choice. One only has to decide if one wants to live with the relatively low pixel count. I think it would be worthwhile, even if adapters are in order for the "big guns".

The guys from "The Camera Store" have recently posted a great video comparing the A6000 with its main contenders (Fuji Tx1, Oly EM-1, Panasonig GH4) with regards to continuous and single focus autofocus performance. They took pictures of racing dirt-bikes, and the A6000 + SEL70-200 G f4 performed extremely well compared to the other cameras (the GH4 being the only camera with consistently better AF speed and accuracy). 
So, yes, considering AF performance and croppability, the A6000 is perfectly suitable for birding, the ONLY question being the zoom range, which maxes out at 200mm for native e-mount lenses. This could be a bit short for some shooting scenarios, and in that case you would need to resort to non-e-mount lenses via adapter (which would eat away all the autofocus benefits of the A6000).

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