I would wait and see what the retailer says before jumping to any conclusions here. I assume the staff are well versed on the equipment they sell?
Embeeous wrote: I use a Sony a6100 with a G Master 70-200 lens, for kids and sports but primarily to shoot wildlife, mostly stationary and moving birds in natural settings like lakes and refuges. I have tried every possible combination of auto focus modes and areas available but just cannot get this camera/lens combo to consistently produce focused images. It just doesn’t seem to lock on to what I focus on, whether I use center, wide, zone, expandable spot, etc. I think that I have back button focus set up correctly, whatever zone I choose will light up to show in focus and it looks good on the viewfinder but the end result is blurry or focused on anything and everything but the intended subject. I’m bringing the camera and lens into the retailer this week, to double check that there isn’t a hardware or firmware issue, or one or more of my settings are off. Barring user error, I’m kind of at my wit’s end after tons of reading, prep, setup and practice in the field. I just finished up back to back shoots of about 1000 pictures using every possible setting, and maybe 5% are in focus and/or focused on the intended subject. Is it possible that the G Master lens just doesn’t play well with an a6100 and I should be looking into a a7 or the like? Either I get this all sorted out and soon or I am seriously considering going back to a Nikon (thinking about D500), never had auto focus issues with Nikon. Help. Any input is welcome.
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Embeeous wrote: Thank you for the quick response. I love my a6100 and the last thing that I want to do is move to Nikon, but accurate and consistent focus capabilities are very important. I'm hopeful and somewhat confident that the retailer will be able to troubleshoot what's going on. And yes, they are probably the biggest and most technically adept retailer with a fleet of technical support in my area.
No question but that the less cropping, the better. If you cannot get close enough with what you have, the only alternatives are a longer lens, more megapixels, or crop. I suggest that you photograph a detailed subject under the same lighting at various apertures with the camera in a fixed position, preferably on a tripod with flash and/or a remote release. Then experiment with cropping and see the results. This will tell you what the camera is capable of and eliminate any user-input that may affect the image.
Embeeous wrote: So I’m still using an A7IV with GM 70-200 to shoot birds. I’m a week away from purchasing the GM 200-600 but for now that’s my setup. No matter what shutter speed, aperture, focus mode, focus area or any other setting I use (I keep ISO on auto and capped at like [url=tel:2000-2500]2000-2500[/url]), the pictures look great on the camera’s monitor, even when I zoom in to check out sharpness and details. But as soon as I go to share to my iPhone via Imaging Edge, or the big culprit - cropping to bring the bird more into view and prominence in the shot - I wind up with a blurry, noisy bird. Pretty much every time. I’m guessing that I am simply not using enough lens to shoot birds. No one that I know shoots birds with less than 300mm. I’m guessing that a 200-600 will help me crop a lot less and result in clearer images post processing but I’d like to be sure before making the investment. Thank you in advance for any additional input that you can provide.
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