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p.1 #1 · Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?


Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?

In both the NEX and Olympus OM-D.

With the OM-D its definitely a lot faster to AF with something like a MMF-3 and Oly 14-54mm Mk2 to lock focus with a set AF box. I also think it's faster when using other lenses as well.

I tried this again with my NEX-7 and C3 (much harder to do because both lack touch screens. I used my ZA 24mm and Sigma 19mm.

Is it in my head or does anyone else notice the same thing?

I manually racked focus to one extreme when I refocused.



Oct 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #2 · Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?


Hmmm, I'd think so, but I'm not sure. I've never actually used anything other than a set AF point with my mirrorless cameras.


Oct 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #3 · Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?


douglasf13 wrote:
Hmmm, I'd think so, but I'm not sure. I've never actually used anything other than a set AF point with my mirrorless cameras.


Same here. It makes sense to me that it would be faster, but I always do it that way anyway....



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p.1 #4 · Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?


In my head, I would assume there is some speed gain on the processor side since it only has to scan a much smaller area for highest contrast and it also doesn't have to sort of guess where you wanted the AF point.

However, if it guessed racking the lens the wrong direction, wouldn't it still go through the full range of the lens so essentially it becomes limited by lens speed? But on top of that, perhaps the algorithm is smart enough to realize it's going the wrong way before switching direction?



Oct 08, 2012 at 07:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?


Yes, I've noticed it's faster. It makes sense to me. I've assumed the faster speed is because the processor doesn't first need to apply an algorithim to the data to determine which focus point to automatically select.


Oct 08, 2012 at 07:01 PM
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p.1 #6 · Anyone notice Contrast Detect AF works better with a set point?


I've also noticed this as well. It's kind of why I wished the Nex 6 had a touchscreen to select a set point faster.


Oct 09, 2012 at 07:45 AM





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