The wonder of the A6000 . . .

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jack scholl
jack scholl Veteran Member • Posts: 3,896
The wonder of the A6000 . . .
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The following is a 9 shot burst (we had 12 but didn't want to violate the 10 shot rule) with the A6000/SEL18200.

The osprey is coming right at us and fast.

The first 9 shots are OOC with no PP other than crop.  The last is a simple standard LR preset of the last shot.  We have shot BIF with Canon, Nikon and now Sony . . . this is a very good AF system in our opinion.

Thanks for looking . . .

Jack

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maxuci Contributing Member • Posts: 735
Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Great this is what we want to see! Are these cropped? Did you change zoom during the burst?

Digital Nigel Veteran Member • Posts: 5,843
Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

maxuci wrote:

Great this is what we want to see! Are these cropped? Did you change zoom during the burst?

The OP mentioned that they were cropped OOC, and you can see that all are at 200mm.

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miro3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,871
Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Good stuff!

maxuci Contributing Member • Posts: 735
Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Great this is what we want to see! Are these cropped? Did you change zoom during the burst?

Thanks missed that comment. On my phone, can't see exif

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Outstanding!

What was your AF setup?

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sergerez Regular Member • Posts: 219
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Jack,

This is absolutely fantastic... can't find enough words. It's on par with Danny's magic manual setup and skills. So, hopefully, more people will be able to get closer to his and yours remarkable results.

Many thanks for posting them,

Serge

jack scholl wrote:

The following is a 9 shot burst (we had 12 but didn't want to violate the 10 shot rule) with the A6000/SEL18200.

The osprey is coming right at us and fast.

The first 9 shots are OOC with no PP other than crop. The last is a simple standard LR preset of the last shot. We have shot BIF with Canon, Nikon and now Sony . . . this is a very good AF system in our opinion.

Thanks for looking . . .

Jack

soupnazi81 Regular Member • Posts: 168
Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Great pix. Wondering what settings you used for  focus mode/focus area/lock on tracking?
Eg. AF-C, wide area, lock tracking enabled

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captura Forum Pro • Posts: 23,887
Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Well done, Jack!

Steve

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

miro3 wrote:

Good stuff!

miro3,

Thank you.

Jack

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

abdoozy wrote:

Outstanding!

What was your AF setup?

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abdoozy,

Thanks!

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53531598

Jack

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

sergerez wrote:

Jack,

This is absolutely fantastic... can't find enough words. It's on par with Danny's magic manual setup and skills. So, hopefully, more people will be able to get closer to his and yours remarkable results.

Many thanks for posting them,

Serge

Serge,

Those are very kind words and really high praise.  Thank you very much.

Take care,

Jack

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

soupnazi81 wrote:

Great pix. Wondering what settings you used for focus mode/focus area/lock on tracking?
Eg. AF-C, wide area, lock tracking enabled

soupnazi81,

We just started using the A6000, but so far these seem to be doing OK.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53531598

Enjoy . . .

Jack

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

captura wrote:

Well done, Jack!

Steve

Thank you Steve.

Jack

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Re: The wonder of the A6000 . . .

Well done, you nailed it.
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davect01,

Thanks . . . it is fun to use for sure.  Haven't tried any lens other than the SEL18200 as yet.  It sure performs well on the A6000.

Jack

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Jack: the Lock-on AF=On ?

Jack,

what exactly is the functionality of this setting (S's naming conventions seem to be truly confusing sometimes)??

These ospreys are to be fully appreciated only at full res. (or at least seeing them "Large"), the reduced size even on a good monitor doesn't do them any justice .

And while we know that the diffs. between 200mm and the next possible one, the 300mm aren't all that crucial in terms of reach - have you tried your 70-300 yet?

best, Quercy

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Re: Jack: the Lock-on AF=On ?
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Jack,

what exactly is the functionality of this setting (S's naming conventions seem to be truly confusing sometimes)??

These ospreys are to be fully appreciated only at full res. (or at least seeing them "Large"), the reduced size even on a good monitor doesn't do them any justice .

And while we know that the diffs. between 200mm and the next possible one, the 300mm aren't all that crucial in terms of reach - have you tried your 70-300 yet?

best, Quercy

Lock on AF let's you press a button (or half shutter) to put a box around the object you are trying to track. The box will move and adjust size/shape as the object does and tries to keep it in focus. It gives a more positive indication of what is being tracked then the dancing squares. It also works for focus recompose pretty well.

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Re: Jack: the Lock-on AF=On ?

jpr2 wrote:

Jack,

what exactly is the functionality of this setting (S's naming conventions seem to be truly confusing sometimes)??

Haven't had time to test with/without . . . can't help.

These ospreys are to be fully appreciated only at full res. (or at least seeing them "Large"), the reduced size even on a good monitor doesn't do them any justice .

These are close to 100% crops . . .

And while we know that the diffs. between 200mm and the next possible one, the 300mm aren't all that crucial in terms of reach - have you tried your 70-300 yet?

Haven't had time to do that either.  I have been surprise how well the 200mm actually worked for the shooting we did . . . the 24MP sensor is very forgiving.

Jack

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It overrides proximity focus...

In my experience with lock-on AF with my RX10, compared to normal continuous focus, the lock-on AF function allows you to set via button press or half-shutter, then while focusing and firing, the camera attempts to maintain focus only on the subject that was originall locked, based on shape/contrast/etc.  This way it tends to hold with the subject even as it passes behind something that might pass through the frame - the standard PDAF focus system will attempt to prioritize the most contrasty/obvious subject closest to the frame, so if a bird passes behind a tree, the tree will often temporarily 'steal' the focus away, then the camera has to hunt back for the bird.  Lock-on AF should help it stay with the bird, ignore the tree, and also ignore busy backgrounds as the subject flies across them...as long as it can still recognize the shape/color/contrast of that original locked subject, it will stay with it, or if it loses it, will reacquire it again for as long as the lock-on AF stays engaged.

I played with this feature on the RX10, which of course is contrast detect only, but it definitely worked in keeping a flying cormorant under the focus square even as it passed by trees and fence posts.  You know it has acquired and locked because of the square that stays lit and 'morphs' with the subject's shape and size...interesting to watch when it's a bird in flight, because the focus 'square' will stretch to a long rectangle when wings are outstretched, and compact to the torso when wings are in...it follows the morphing shape of the subject.

I expect the A6000's version will work even better than the RX10's version, given the faster PDAF focusing.

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