A6600 Is a Great Wildlife Shooter's APS-C Rig

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Joachim Wulfers wrote:

Hi Justin,

if you ever find some time, would you be willing to post your settings for the A6600 now that you have done your tweaking?

I've changed very little in the end from the initial settings...after experimenting with a few different NR settings, the only tweak I made from my original settings is I'm currently on High ISO NR at Normal. My first two weeks I shot it at Low. I'm still undecided which I'll stick with - I wanted to try both out in the wetlands for a few hundred shots to really get to feel how they are different. It's very minor - so I think I'm likely going to stick with Normal at this point.

Here are all my settings from the first post about it, all of which are still current (except that NR as mentioned):

I've put the Fn menu as:

Top row:

Focus Area / Focus Mode / Metering Mode / White Balance / Silent Shutter / Steady Shot On-Off

Bottom row:

ISO Min SS / Finder Frame Rate / RAW-JPG settings / Subject Detection / Eye-AF switch eye / Peaking Color



For the custom buttons, I've initially set as:

C1 – ISO (I've always mapped it here as it's better for me and more familiar)

C2 – Focus Area (so I can change focus tracking modes quickly)

C3 - Recall Custom Hold - set to my MR2 setting

C4 - DRO/HDR (I've had it here on all my cameras

AE Lock – AE Lock toggle

AF/MF – AF/MF toggle

Left button – Drive mode

Right button – Monitor/EVF setting

Down button – EV



General camera settings on some modes I can think of:

Airplane mode - ON

File Format - JPG

JPG Quality - Extra Fine

Long-Exposure NR - OFF

High ISO NR - Low (now Normal)

Priority Set in AF-S - Balanced Emphasis

Priority Set in AF-C - Release

AF Illuminator - OFF

AF w/Shutter - ON

Pre-AF - OFF

Face/Eye Priority in AF - OFF

Subject Detection - Human

Right/Left Eye - Auto

Face Detect Frame Display: OFF

Animal Eye Display - ON

Display Continuous AF Area - ON

Circ of Focus Point - Does Not Circulate

Spot Metering Point - Focus Point Link

AEL w/shutter - OFF (I prefer to lock exposure with the AEL button)

Priority Set in AWB - White

Creative Style: Vivid, with Contrast 0, Saturation -1, Sharpness -1

Picture Effect - OFF

Picture Profile - OFF

MF assist - OFF

Peaking Level - Low

Peaking Color - Red

Regis. Face Priority - OFF (I don't use registered faces)

Smile Shutter - OFF

Auto Object Framing - OFF

Self-portrait Timer - OFF

Movie Settings - I don't use movie mode, so all is default settings for me

e-Front Curtain Shutter - ON

Release w/o Lens - Enable

Release w/o Card - Disable

Zoom - Optical only

Finder Frame Rate; Standard (I switch to high in Fn menu when needed)

Zebra - OFF

Grid Line - Rule of Thirds

Exposure Set Guide - OFF

Live View Display - Setting Effect ON

Auto Review - OFF

Movie button - movie mode only

Dial/Wheel Lock - Unlock

Airplane Mode: ON

Tile Menu - OFF

Mode Dial Guide - OFF

Auto Power Off Temp - HIGH

Touch Operation - OFF



For my MR1 - it's pretty much the same as my A6300: AF-S, Focus Area - Spot (medium), Center weighted metering, Drive mode: Continuous (low), SS on, Auto ISO 100-6400, ISO Min SS (slow).

For my MR2 - I'll experiment with the following: AF-C, Focus Area: Tracking - Wide, Center weighted metering, Drive mode: Continuous (high 8fps), SS off, Auto ISO 100-6400, Min SS (standard), S Priority 1/1000 default.

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