My Review for Nikon Z Eye AF

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My Review for Nikon Z Eye AF

Before Christmas we had a professional sports photographer in with us at our camera club give a talk and showing us his (superb) images. He had recently changed to Sony mirrorless and was being sponsored by Sony and one of the large camera shops so everyone knew that he was there to plug Sony cameras.

Up to that point I didn't know a whole lot about mirrorless cameras apart from the basics but he showed a particular image which really blew my mind and got me thinking about upgrading.

The image in question was shot using Sonys Eye AF and it was taken a an English Premier league match featuring Liverpool FC. It was a series of pictures of Sadio Mane in full flight shot through one of the many holes in a Goal net and every single one of them was Pin sharp due to the use of the eye AF. This was a professional footballer running at full speed and yet the eye AF ensured that it was able to AF fast enough and track the movements of the athlete running towards you and continually shoot perfectly in-focus images.

These images were one of the reasons I saved up and invested in the Nikon Z6 (which I love) as I had heard that although at the time of purchase there was no eye AF, there would be a firmware upgrade coming along which introduced this in a couple of months.

My 14 year old son plays Gaelic football and hurling and I have become the unofficial team photographer for the parents over the last number of years so I was looking forward to trying out the eye AF in these situations.

I upgraded the firmware last week and last Sunday I went along and shot the entire match with the Auto eye AF on.

I have to say I was somewhat underwhelmed. There were quite a number of shots OOF although when it did lock on it worked fine. But overall I found that it had difficulty tracking fast moving targets and in some cases could did not switch from eye to face detect fast enough and subsequently I was missing the shot.

I get better results from using Small area AF for shooting these matches.

So in closing I would say that its probably great for model shoots or situations where the subject is not moving quickly but it will need a lot of improvement for sports photography.

I always use my 70-200-f2.8 for these shoots

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