Loss of GPS in the NEW A77II

Started Jun 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
K E Hoffman
K E Hoffman Senior Member • Posts: 5,065
Re: Loss of GPS in the NEW A77II

AndyWilson wrote:

K E Hoffman wrote:

Nice shot.. but by the time the little red light blinked a few times and the camera locked.. I think these two would be onto something even more interesting

The AF Assist on the A77 is more or less instant

I have one.. and I if the light is exactly placed on a pretty flat plain it is fast.  When the camera needs to figure out what to Focus on.. not so much.. and in that case I might just MF with the EVF

I would love to see a REAL side by side test of the two systems.. on action and other low light shots to prove the theory that the little light is better than the new system etc.

I am not sold either way. Someone with both cameras should test this.

I just tried it shooting stationary objects in my dining room. Using spot focus and the centre focus point the A77ii is quicker to acquire focus above a certain light level below which it is unable to acquire focus at all while the A77 happily focuses with the AF light

Try it without spot focus.. IE shooting in low light where you don't remove 78 of the AF points..

I think someone else made a goodpoint that with the expanded focus area etc.. the old light really might not serve the user well and you have to build towards people with less tech understanding of the details like using spot focus for a feature that is suppose to be pretty much automatic.

also try it with the flash based focus assist.  I would think for what you shot since you already committed to flash that would have worked well.

If you have developed a low light strategy and know to spot focus and ignore all the other AF abilities.. the light is clearly a loss for you.

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K.E.H. >> Shooting between raindrops in WA<<
Don't Panic!.. these are just opinions... go take some pictures..

Just a reminder of the reason I bought up the AF Assist Light in this thread.

You will NEVER miss a shot without GPS

If you shoot in very, very low light with radio triggers and off camera flash then you WILL miss shots without the AF Assist light.

Just putting priorities into perspective.

Of course, if you spend all of your time exploring and photographing the Mojave Desert or the back streets of Brixton in reasonable light then GPS might be of more use to you - but the lack of it won't stop you taking the photos

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K.E.H. >> Shooting between raindrops in WA<<
Don't Panic!.. these are just opinions... go take some pictures..

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