Birds A6400+200-600 and focus issues

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zackiedawg Forum Pro • Posts: 33,262

Lovely series - I especially like the nice, low angle you can get to the birds on the water - and the lovely light on those.  Great selection of birds you have - and some lovely raptor closeups.

I haven't really experienced issues focusing on birds on branches with any of my lenses (on my A6600)...I believe the focus points are not cross-type points, though I just haven't found in any real-life situation where it has affected me, I guess because I've never really tried to focus on a very thin, perfectly horizontal branch with nothing on it - as long as there's a bird, bug, or something on the branch, there's bound to be some opposing lines and contrast that the focus system seems to find perfectly well.  Again - note I shoot almost all my non-flying birds and bugs and such in AF-S mode, with flex-spot focus point, so I'm not relying on the whole focus area trying to pick up that small object - I'm pointing my focus point right on my subject.  I've always shot this way by habit, and years of just being used to shooting that way, so I don't bother with all the eye-AF and detection type systems for that.  I use the tracking in BIF shooting, but for still animals I stick to what's worked for me for decades and I'm so familiar with shooting that way.

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