Lack of focus bracketing in Sony is getting noticed..

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lattesweden Veteran Member • Posts: 4,643
Re: Lack of focus bracketing in Sony is getting noticed..

TN Args wrote:

Mike Fewster wrote:

and it is starting to cost Sony. C'mon Sony, fix this.

Just as a matter of interest, do you currently have a Camranger2 on your Sony? Been using it for years, I suppose? How’s it going?

Or, are you sitting on the sidelines, doing whiteboard exercises?

Let’s face it: focus bracketing is a tripod exercise, so popping a Camranger2 on the hot shoe is a relatively trivial matter in the scheme of the focus bracketing exercise, and anyone who really cares about this and really uses the feature will already have been using one for years.

And those people probably don’t care that much about it, any more than they care about built in flash.

If there is a small external (max 100 grams) option that can do 20 fps focus bracketing on my A9 I'd like to buy it if it has a reasonable price (max 100 USD).

So maybe a Camranger2 would be for me then? Or? Let's check on their webpage:

Bummer, no Focus Stacking on my A9.
Same problem on my A7RII no stacking support.
So no go there on those two bodys.

Well, I have an A7III as well. So maybe that one then? Camranger2 claims to be able to do "Classic Focus Stacking" with the A7III and they group it together function wise with the A7RIII and the A7SIII. They use the A7RIII in this video to demonstrate what they can do with Sony and their Classic Focus Stacking (which really is bracketing and not stacking). They start the "stacking" (which really is bracketing) at 7:45 and as you will see doing 10 frames takes forever and a day.

So no go there either.

You can say that I have old hardware. The A7RIV, A9II and the A1 are also listed as compatible with "Classic Focus Stacking". And the A7C is listed as no Focus Stacking Support but the link oddly goes to the group: "Sony A7 II, A7R II, A7S II" which is the wrong generation, so maybe it also can do the Classic Focus Stacking.

I also have looked into Helios Focus and it can via their smartphone app do Focus Bracketing with my A7III and I have tried it. It did max 1 fps = also useless.

Even my A7RII with the OpenMemories Focus Bracketing app does better but the buffer fills quickly (max 23 RAW files in the buffer) on that body and after that it goes dead slow when it needs to write an image before doing the next one. So not really useful either.

Typically a focus bracketing batch for me is 35+ images and they need to burst at max fps the body just can make to avoid movement problems.

The Camranger2 is $349.99 – $438.96 according to their website. For that lousy performance on Sony I say: No thanks.

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