7 thoughts on “20JUN2018 – Photo of the Day

  • June 20, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    BTW: Have you installed the April firmware update to your A7III? The A7III had eye auto focus built in before but you had to assign it to one of your programmable buttons and hold it down while halfway depressing the shutter release. A big PIA. Now it can be permanently activated in that if there is an eye in your frame as you prepare to shoot, the camera will draw a green box around the eye, it will be the focus point. The feature can be deactivated. And the camera will track that eye whether it is moving or you are moving the camera. The “hit” rate, the number of times the camera will hit PERFECT focus on that eye exceeds 90%, even with moving subjects. And there is a first for Sony, or any camera brand, there is also animal auto focus. I’ve been playing with it and the feature is a stunning advance.

    I learned photography quite a while ago, in the analogue era. Focus back then was work, my Canon cameras of the time had “split image” prisms and you had to carefully compose a shot with cross reference to your f stop for depth of field. Now, it’s flipping automatic, just push the button.. You still have to compose the image though. Not enough light? Hah! One of the shots below was taken in very low light but the A7III just kicked up to an ISO of 12800! No noise reduction was necessary. My Sony A850 started to become unusable at ISO 1600 and had completed the journey by ISO 3200. What an increase in capability!

    Two cat pictures below, taken in animal eye autofocus mode. Look at the crystalline clarity of the eye. These were taken at f5.6 with a relatively narrow depth of field. Almost all of the shots that I took were equivalent.

    The new Sony cameras are as close to magic as I’ve experienced.

    BTW: These shots were made with a Sony 24-105 f4.0 G lens, which I highly recommend. I’ve also got a Sony 24-70 f2.8 G Master lens, which costs almost twice as much as the 24-105. The 24-105 is capable of this level of clarity across it’s range, I don’t know what else you could ask of a lens.

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    • June 20, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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      Tom:

      I haven’t updated yet but now you’ve caught my attention. Animal eye-focus would be great for birds in flight. Are there any downsides to the update?

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      • June 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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        Typically, major brand camera software is pretty well thought out prior to publication. + it would be all over the net by now if there were problems.

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        • June 20, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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          Good. I’ll install it before the 4th of July. I’m going to rent the Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM and try it on some bird life that week.

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  • June 22, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    I’ve seen some incredible bird work using a A7III.

    Going anyplace interesting to find the birds?

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    • June 22, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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      Just local. There are turkey buzzards and even a few bald eagles around but I’ll settle for an egret or a Great Blue Heron.

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