Testing the tracking with the A6000 and 16-70

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LSF Contributing Member • Posts: 595
Testing the tracking with the A6000 and 16-70
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figured I would try the tracking capabilities for my dogs today, have to say pretty pleased.  I used S mode-1/500, AFC and zone focusing.  Still need to work a bit on my technique but the capability is there with the camera at least

focus was on the dog with the ball

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Nice. The dogs look like they are having a blast and focus looks good to me.

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LSF wrote:

figured I would try the tracking capabilities for my dogs today, have to say pretty pleased. I used S mode-1/500, AFC and zone focusing. Still need to work a bit on my technique but the capability is there with the camera at least

focus was on the dog with the ball

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Excellent Lisa! Thanks for sharing your settings and images-----looks like your dogs had a lot of fun!

cheers,

José

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miro3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,414
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How did you keep the focus on the dog with the ball?

LSF OP Contributing Member • Posts: 595
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miro3 wrote:

How did you keep the focus on the dog with the ball?

I was a good distance away so I aimed at her and focus locked on her and with AFC it followed her..these were cropped as well to highlight the subject and tracking

Thanks everyone else luckily yes they have fun when I am using them for crash test doggies LOL.  I did find that as alot of user have reported the 16-70 really is not that much better than the kit lens, it just does not have the same wow factor sharpness and contrast so it is going back.

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40daystogo Regular Member • Posts: 267
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LSF wrote:

How did you keep the focus on the dog with the ball?

I was a good distance away so I aimed at her and focus locked on her and with AFC it followed her.

How do you lock the focus on a subject? I was playing with the A6000 in a store, and during AF-C there is no central spot appearing on the screen, so I'm not sure how you indicate to the camera that is the intended main subject? Sure, with one subject there's no issue, but when there are multiple subjects even initially close together - as the dogs were at the start - just how do you indicate to the A6000 what is the main subject?

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40daystogo wrote:

LSF wrote:

How did you keep the focus on the dog with the ball?

I was a good distance away so I aimed at her and focus locked on her and with AFC it followed her.

How do you lock the focus on a subject? I was playing with the A6000 in a store, and during AF-C there is no central spot appearing on the screen, so I'm not sure how you indicate to the camera that is the intended main subject? Sure, with one subject there's no issue, but when there are multiple subjects even initially close together - as the dogs were at the start - just how do you indicate to the A6000 what is the main subject?

I focused on her before they all started running and the camera kept the focus on her, except when they are all in the same focus plane then they too were in focus

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dquangt Senior Member • Posts: 1,730
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LSF wrote:

How did you keep the focus on the dog with the ball?

I was a good distance away so I aimed at her and focus locked on her and with AFC it followed her.

How do you lock the focus on a subject? I was playing with the A6000 in a store, and during AF-C there is no central spot appearing on the screen, so I'm not sure how you indicate to the camera that is the intended main subject? Sure, with one subject there's no issue, but when there are multiple subjects even initially close together - as the dogs were at the start - just how do you indicate to the A6000 what is the main subject?

There are multiple settings you can set for the focus field. The default I believe is wide which doesn't show a focus box. Personally I usually use flexible spot, medium.

Timbukto Senior Member • Posts: 4,722
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2nd shot is out of focus.

One thing you should really try to take advantage of mirrorless is to shoot extremely low, place the camera low and tilt the LCD up, etc. It will make it so the contrasty grass does not confuse the camera *and* likely make your shots far more interesting as a picture full of contrasty grass is pretty boring too.

This is an advantage you don't get with DSLR unless you lay prone in the grass btw.

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LSF OP Contributing Member • Posts: 595
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Timbukto wrote:

2nd shot is out of focus.

One thing you should really try to take advantage of mirrorless is to shoot extremely low, place the camera low and tilt the LCD up, etc. It will make it so the contrasty grass does not confuse the camera *and* likely make your shots far more interesting as a picture full of contrasty grass is pretty boring too.

This is an advantage you don't get with DSLR unless you lay prone in the grass btw.

thanks for the tips I will try that!

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jpr2 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,710
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Timbukto wrote:

2nd shot is out of focus.

One thing you should really try to take advantage of mirrorless is to shoot extremely low, place the camera low and tilt the LCD up, etc. It will make it so the contrasty grass does not confuse the camera *and* likely make your shots far more interesting as a picture full of contrasty grass is pretty boring too.

This is an advantage you don't get with DSLR unless you lay prone in the grass btw.

plenty of DSLRs have fully articulated LCDs now - no need to be so overtly biased !!

jpr2

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Maybe Sony should sell tracking Sony badges, necklaces and caps, and add a special tracking mode that allows to recognize them.

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Timbukto Senior Member • Posts: 4,722
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jpr2 wrote:

Timbukto wrote:

2nd shot is out of focus.

One thing you should really try to take advantage of mirrorless is to shoot extremely low, place the camera low and tilt the LCD up, etc. It will make it so the contrasty grass does not confuse the camera *and* likely make your shots far more interesting as a picture full of contrasty grass is pretty boring too.

This is an advantage you don't get with DSLR unless you lay prone in the grass btw.

plenty of DSLRs have fully articulated LCDs now - no need to be so overtly biased !!

jpr2

Only the Sony DSLT's will perform PDAF well in this situation and maybe the 70D *might* get a sharp shot or two.  The rest you need to lay prone and keep your eyes on the viewfinder to utilize PDAF.

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I'm sorry. I have a Boston. I just cannot look at these without laughing.

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From time to time, I point my camera at the right things. This is generally when I forget everything I've learned.

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Re: Testing the tracking with the A6000 and 16-70

LSF wrote:

How did you keep the focus on the dog with the ball?

I was a good distance away so I aimed at her and focus locked on her and with AFC it followed her.

How do you lock the focus on a subject? I was playing with the A6000 in a store, and during AF-C there is no central spot appearing on the screen, so I'm not sure how you indicate to the camera that is the intended main subject? Sure, with one subject there's no issue, but when there are multiple subjects even initially close together - as the dogs were at the start - just how do you indicate to the A6000 what is the main subject?

Loom for Lock On setting, assign to a button and when you have the subject in focus, using lock on will try to maintain focus on that subject.

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Timbukto wrote:

2nd shot is out of focus.

One thing you should really try to take advantage of mirrorless is to shoot extremely low, place the camera low and tilt the LCD up, etc. It will make it so the contrasty grass does not confuse the camera *and* likely make your shots far more interesting as a picture full of contrasty grass is pretty boring too.

This is an advantage you don't get with DSLR unless you lay prone in the grass btw.

plenty of DSLRs have fully articulated LCDs now - no need to be so overtly biased !!

jpr2

And they will take an eternity to acquire focus in that mode, much less track... only SLTs can. This is a fact, not a biased opinion.

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I'm sorry. I have a Boston. I just cannot look at these without laughing.

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From time to time, I point my camera at the right things. This is generally when I forget everything I've learned.

When I saw tracking in the subject line and then the first image, the first thing that came to my mind with three of them in the frame: now that is a stress test.

Cute little fellas.

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