Focus tracking; sounds too good to be true....how does it perform?

Discussion in 'Sony' started by rpavich, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. rpavich

    rpavich Veteran

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    Jul 10, 2013
    I was reading about focus tracking. The way I understand it...you can focus on (for example) someone's eye, and then hit the center button (mode dial?) and then it will track that spot when you recompose or the subject moves.

    Do i understand it and does it work well or is it a gimmick that just doesn't cut it in the real world?
     
  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    It works pretty well. I don't know if its good enough to nail someone's eye, but you can use it to set focus on an object and recompose with the subject anywhere in the frame and it will maintain focus on that target. It's also not something I'd necessarily use for fast moving subjects, but it's worked well given the relatively non-demanding way I've used it. Works very well for keeping the subject in focus on very narrow DOF shots.

    -Ray
     
  3. klaptastic

    klaptastic Regular

    44
    Jun 13, 2013
    I didn't even know about this. Gonna put it through the paces at a hip hop concert tonight. Hopefully it will work well!