Animal Eye AF

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Chikubi Senior Member • Posts: 1,880
Re: Animal Eye AF

rainydiary wrote:

Chikubi wrote:

George1958 wrote:

Animal Eye AF is a preset, a bit like landscape, fireworks , portrait found on a scene dial. Its nice to have but totally unnecessary. Attention to DoF and composition will get you the same outcome, and also avoids things like just off eyes with sharp lashes.

If its useful great, but to me its just another one of those marketing gimmicks designed to capture more photographers than images of animals.

Put the other way around , the history shows that photographers have been shooting everything from wild big game to the family pet pouch for decades without any problem, and before there ever was a Sony cameras and also without animal Eye AF.

This is pretty much it in a nutshell. Not necessary at all if you take the time to actually learn how to use AF as opposed to letting the camera drive for you.

How if you taken shot during the cat running ?

Does the cat's eye in image still sharp ?

You don't need eye AF to shoot moving animals and have them in focus. As someone already mentioned earlier, at most distances, with a decent lens and a properly chosen aperture, you should have more than enough DOF to have the eyes as well as the whole animal in proper focus. Take a look at any BIF photos here or elsewhere. Birds in flight are far more demanding than cats, dogs, etc. and they have no problem getting the bird, eyes and all, in focus without using eye AF.

See for yourself:

Don't fall into the trap of thinking you need some fancy feature or a particular camera to do basic work.

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