Sony a7 Focus Point Selection

Hey guys,

I was thinking about buying a Sony a7, soon. However, now that I actually tried one for more than a couple of minutes, I had a problem with the auto focus which looks like it might be a deal breaker for me. I was wondering if any of you guys has some experience to share here.

With my Nikon D5200 I always work with AF-C and change the auto focus point from shot to shot, to reframe the image. With the selectors and joysticks on the Nikon DSLRs this is particularly convenient and intuitive. I know that many experienced Nikon photographers work like this.

It seems that the Sonys are not really made for this type of framing, are they? Shifting the focus point requires at least one additional button being pressed, am I right? Did anybody of you Nikon and Sony user stumble across the same problem; and how did you deal with it, eventually?

Cheers Felix
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  • haroldpharoldp Posts: 984Member
    I only use my A7II with manual focus lenses. Sony's manual focus aids such as peaking and magnification are way beyond anything Nikon has.

    Where I need fast autofocus, I use Nikon.
    D810, D3x, 14-24/2.8, 50/1.4D, 24-70/2.8, 24-120/4 VR, 70-200/2.8 VR1, 80-400 G, 200-400/4 VR1, 400/2.8 ED VR G, 105/2 DC, 17-55/2.8.
    Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.

  • QuantalQuetzalQuantalQuetzal Posts: 2Member
    I see, I have not been shooting with manual focus at all, yet. Is it really that convenient and fast with an a7 that you would consider manual focusing for casual photos, like for the family album?
  • PapermanPaperman Posts: 468Member
    Believe me, nothing can be convenient about manual focusing on any camera ...
  • haroldpharoldp Posts: 984Member
    On subjects that do not move, like landscapes or architecturals, I find manual focusing to be easier than either focus point selection or locking focus with AF.
    Not however with Nikon as their manual focus aids are MIA.

    For anything that moves, I will go for autofocus.
    D810, D3x, 14-24/2.8, 50/1.4D, 24-70/2.8, 24-120/4 VR, 70-200/2.8 VR1, 80-400 G, 200-400/4 VR1, 400/2.8 ED VR G, 105/2 DC, 17-55/2.8.
    Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.

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