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Bird photography focus settings for A7R V


rrutnam

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Hey guys,

My friend and I go often on birding escapades and we both shoot on the Sony 200-600mm G OSS but I have the newer Sony A7R V and he has the older A7R III. We both shoot handheld and we are often without a stabiliser in any sort.
But for some reason, his shots are more crisp and detailed and mine tend to be blurred a bit. We tried using the same settings in terms of ISO, f stop, Shutter speed and also stabilising on the lens but no prevail. I also took the extra measure of handing my camera and getting him to take a couple of shots but it is still not as detailed and crisp than the photos from his older A7R III

I am guessing, it has something to do with the focus settings and the new AI feature.

Does anyone have a similar issue and a workaround or tips to help me get over it?


Thank you in advance 🙏🏼

Best,
Raoul Rutnam
 

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I shoot w/ the same set up and a few things that might help:
- update firmware as mentioned above

- check what stabilization modes you're using on the lens (mode 1 - stationary, mode 2 - panning, mode 3 - moving/sporadically

- using auto ISO so i can focus on the right shutter speed or aperture. have been able to recover a lot of high ISO shots in editing these days 

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On 7/2/2024 at 1:38 PM, ST said:

Are you running the latest firmware update for the lens?
https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/lenses-e-mount-lenses/sel200600g/downloads

I can't find the documentation, but going by memory, in the previous firmware revision (2.0), there were fixes for compatibility with the A7 RV. These would also be included in the latest version of the firmware.

 

I have updated, almost months ago but no avail 

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On 7/6/2024 at 7:54 PM, aquabluedreams.com said:

Just starting to play with the A7R5, so no real world experience with birds.  Did come across this video.

 

Hey! Thank you for your reply.
I have checked this video previously but haven't found a working resolution unfortunately

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On 7/15/2024 at 9:31 PM, JeffRVT said:

I shoot w/ the same set up and a few things that might help:
- update firmware as mentioned above

- check what stabilization modes you're using on the lens (mode 1 - stationary, mode 2 - panning, mode 3 - moving/sporadically

- using auto ISO so i can focus on the right shutter speed or aperture. have been able to recover a lot of high ISO shots in editing these days 

Oh! I might try that Auto ISO mode next time and see for sure! Thank you

 

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