sury wrote:I fully agree with the practice aspect. I did take it for a "test drive" with 70-400 and came home disappointed.
1) The lighting was poor for BIF to start with...
2) The EVF display lag threw me off
3) I struggled with focusing because (I believe) the settings are not right
4) I was overwhelmed with the #focus points and I lost track of where camera
is focusing. Again, it is a matter of not used to large # of focus points.
My feedback is egocentric since it is I that needs training and the camera does not seem to lack anything.
As for shooting, I do not have a particular style or preference or type of shooting. I am amateur hobbyist
who wishes his skills (of photography) are half as much a match for his passion (for photography).
Aha! First time out the A77II and 70-400 G CAN be intimidating for sure. But have no fear; you will soon get the hang of things. A couple of pointers for you sir:
For BIF, the suggestion to use the center point is spot on! But be sure you have the camera set to AF-C. THEN press your Function button. (Fn). Move to Focus Area, press the joy stick center button, then scroll down past Center focus, to the very bottom choice. Scroll right until you get to the last choice, Lock-on AF: Expand Flexible Spot.
Now, you are ready. To fine tune your ability to track the subject, press the menu button--> Camera 4 --> AF Drive Speed. (FAST for BIF)
Camera 4--> AF Track Duration (High for BIF)
you have enough light to shoot using the reciprocal rule, turn the Stead Shot off! ESPECIALLY if you will be panning. I have found the images MUCH sharper with SS off when using the A77II on a pan. Just remember; when you do the calculation to take into account the crop factor. So at 400mm you SHOULD be shooting at least 1/600 sec. But You probably shoot your BIF at 1/1000 anyhow... so if that is the case, leave the SS off.}
Play around with the Track Duration until you find the right combination for what you are shooting. Short track duration (1 or 2) means the AF system will shift quickly to something else after you have locked on and the subject (or camera) moves. Long duration (4 or 5) means the AF system will hang onto the subject you have locked on with the tenacity of a bulldog!
Second suggestion; if you haven't done so already, check to see that you have the latest firmware for the A77II. It includes some fine tuning of the AF algorithms and response times are MUCH improved all around. Go to Suitcase 6--> Version and check it you have Ver. 2.0
If not, the do the update... but BEWARE; use a PC. If you run a Mac, borrow a friends PC. DO NOT TRY THE UPDATE USING A MAC!!!