R3 vs A1 for sports autofocus

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Venkatesh VT

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you are spot on. The more we use those cameras the more we find their weaknesses and they do have some. But I keep going back and forth, A1 / D850 and going to the D850 is getting harder every time.
It a blend of the responsiveness of the A1, the benefits of EVF, what I personally find a more reliable AF and much more comfortable ergonomics (again very personal). The only reasons I grab the d850 anymore is because I dont have many Sony lenses, otherwise I wouldn’t grab it at all.
But to your point, it’s very different from saying the A1 is flawless.
Same here I hardly touched D 850.How ever I had to use today D 850 with 85 mm for my sister's German shepherd indoor dog shoot since I have only 200 600 for the A1.While I got pretty good shots I did miss the Animal Eye AF of A1
 

John Navitsky

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Yah, I'm in no way suggesting the DSLRs are going to be more desirable than the top end mirrorless. Personally, I'm not even going to keep my DSLR. I just hear a lot of what sounds like misattribution and hyperbole in these Youtube videos and sometimes it rubs me the wrong way.
 

John Navitsky

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As an aside, I think Jared's EVF footage really shows the challenges some sports shooters face with lots of clutter. I think the chaos seen in his EVF at times really shows has the user interface is going to be a huge part of making a camera successful in these environments.
 

Wes Peterson

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Does anyone else think fro's EVF footage shows a lot of stuttering or dropped frames? also why does the SONY EVF feed look to be a different aspect ratio?
 

abc123brian

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Does anyone else think fro's EVF footage shows a lot of stuttering or dropped frames? also why does the SONY EVF feed look to be a different aspect ratio?
Yes, but my takeaway on it is that that it’s still better then having blackout. I also wonder if any of it is related to being a feed of the EVF. For example, the Z series has a more exagerated blackout in the EVF feed than the actual EVF. I think the aspect ratio is an appearance as with the canon the image is using the entire display area with the settings overlaying the image and the Sony has a smaller image with the settings in the black area below the image.
 

Hut2

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As an aside, I think Jared's EVF footage really shows the challenges some sports shooters face with lots of clutter. I think the chaos seen in his EVF at times really shows has the user interface is going to be a huge part of making a camera successful in these environments.
You can get rid of the clutter via the menu
 

Hut2

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Does anyone else think fro's EVF footage shows a lot of stuttering or dropped frames? also why does the SONY EVF feed look to be a different aspect ratio?
I have never shot sports with either camera but my EVF looks pretty dang steady and smooth (without blackout) shooting outdoors. The aspect ratio looks very similar to me on the image. The extra pane at the bottom looks different. I don't care if the fonts are a little bit more jagged, the image looks good.
 

Hut2

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Yes, but my takeaway on it is that that it’s still better then having blackout. I also wonder if any of it is related to being a feed of the EVF. For example, the Z series has a more exagerated blackout in the EVF feed than the actual EVF. I think the aspect ratio is an appearance as with the canon the image is using the entire display area with the settings overlaying the image and the Sony has a smaller image with the settings in the black area below the image.
Yep same here I should have kept reading before I hit reply on the last one.
 

Wes Peterson

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I have never shot sports with either camera but my EVF looks pretty dang steady and smooth (without blackout) shooting outdoors. The aspect ratio looks very similar to me on the image. The extra pane at the bottom looks different. I don't care if the fonts are a little bit more jagged, the image looks good.
I can definately see dropped frames or stuttering but im not sure if its just due to the recorder.... what im getting at with the aspect ratio is the Sony EVF only uses a majority of its pixels for the actual image.... the black bar with the settings at the bottom is full of pixels that are counted toward EVF resolution but really are being used to display info NOT the picture.
 

MartyD

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I shoot more sports than wildlife and find that every sport like every wildlife shoot is different. Like bears vs birds, football vs volleyball brings a different set of challenges, settings, and practices. I don't know if I will every own a "flagship" camera but I do believe that sports photography can be successfully captured with many of todays DSLRs and MILCs. Yes, I am sure that a Z9 might increase my keeper rate some but I just don't feel like my Z6ii is failing me in sports photography now.
 
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