Sony A1 vs Nikon D6

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Ken Miracle

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Reading all the back and forth on AF I think there's a point missing - AF areas aren't binary where one works for a given subject and the other simply doesn't. With the AF systems of any camera, there is a lot of overlap between AF areas and what you can capture. It's completely possible that you could have one person with Auto, one set to single, one to dynamic and one to group taking the same flying bird and they all get sharp eyeballs. There are times one AF area holds an advantage and is a better choice over another for a given scenario of course, but the overlap is always there. IMO the best bet is to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each so you can make those granular decisions in the field.

In addition, there is a vast difference in skill sets between different photographers and each photographer sort of gravitates towards AF areas that seem to work for the way they are wired. For Nikon, I usually favor Group AF for BIF work and seldom miss when I use it, although I will switch to dynamic or single for slower birds sometimes. Others, like Wes, like Auto. Still others go for Dynamic or even single point. Just depends on how you're wired and there really aren't any wrong answers as long as you're getting sharp pics :)
Yup and that is why I love your books they have helped me explore a lot of options and program a lot of fast access to features buttons :) Of course now as you say the Sony A1 and quite possibly the coming Z9 are changing the game again ... for now I am busy enjoying my D6 now that it back from repair :) And the D850 and D500 still have their place along with the 500pf etc. in my tool box.
 

James May

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It funny - I literally am doing ISO tests for my review today and the D6 is included. When I downsample the a1 file to the same resolution as the D6 file, ISO performance at 6400 (the only one I've looked at so far) still favors the D6 - but not my much, maybe a half stop. It's basically like comparing a D850 / Z7 to the D6. Looking at comparative output, the D6 has a slight edge but nothing crazy. What really surprised me was that the color from the a1 was more vibrant at higher ISOs than any of the other cameras I tested (d6, Z7, a9ii, and R5). However, at the same time I find when the color is off, the a1 is tougher to wrangle in.

Keep an eye out, if all goes as planned I'm hoping to have the review out in the next week and a half.

Edit: Sorry, when I saw your post I had ISOs on the brain and thought that was what you were after :) I'll also be talking about the AF etc but I'll tell you this much. Take the difference between the D6 and the D850 and multiply it by like 5 to get the difference between the D6 and the a1. To me, although there is a difference between the D850 and D6, it's not nearly the chasm of difference than between the a1 and the D6.
Hi, I bought the Nikon D6 before I went to Africa. The shots were great and the sunset photos were great. Great camera for wildlife.
 

AstroEd

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OH I wish I were brave and rich enough to travel to places like Africa and New Zealand and such to see new animals to image. I know I am just learning but sometimes the same Ducks over and over is boring LOL, But sadly just have my VA disability income and a house payment so I will have to settle for dreams.
 

Ken Miracle

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OH I wish I were brave and rich enough to travel to places like Africa and New Zealand and such to see new animals to image. I know I am just learning but sometimes the same Ducks over and over is boring LOL, But sadly just have my VA disability income and a house payment so I will have to settle for dreams.
I have traveled to Africa, Alaska and other places ... not rich but wife had a medical scare and wanted to go so we bit the bullet spent a lot of savings and went. I still love seeing and photographing my local ducks in different plumages, activities, seasons, light etc.. Even though I have traveled my photography and fun in the field are just as cool here near home. There are also a lot of other birds hanging around where the ducks are and that got me into birding and bird photography. While looking for birds here within 10 miles of home I have photographed Bobcats, Coyotes, Deer, Elk, River Otter, Beaver, Muskrats, Bumble Bees, Dragonfles, Butterflies, Spiders, Snakes and more. So enjoy what you have near you and learn about all those amazing creatures.
 

AstroEd

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I have traveled to Africa, Alaska and other places ... not rich but wife had a medical scare and wanted to go so we bit the bullet spent a lot of savings and went. I still love seeing and photographing my local ducks in different plumages, activities, seasons, light etc.. Even though I have traveled my photography and fun in the field are just as cool here near home. There are also a lot of other birds hanging around where the ducks are and that got me into birding and bird photography. While looking for birds here within 10 miles of home I have photographed Bobcats, Coyotes, Deer, Elk, River Otter, Beaver, Muskrats, Bumble Bees, Dragonfles, Butterflies, Spiders, Snakes and more. So enjoy what you have near you and learn about all those amazing creatures.
I am finding a lot of joy trying to image small song birds, dream of imaging birds of prey, bears, wolves, foxes and such someday.
 
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