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RX100 for action shots

Discussion in 'Sony RX100 Forum' started by Chris2500dk, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    The more I get to know my RX100 the more it impresses me.

    On a recent trip to Tenerife we visited their large and very impressive zoo, Loro Parque (means Parrot Park). In addition to a lot of parrots they also have dolphin, orca and sea lion shows, and I had a go at doing some action shots during the dolphin show.

    Basicly I set the shutter speed as desired (S mode, 1/800), left ISO on Auto, zoomed in to the pool area, prefocused and hit the centre button which I set up for AF/MF toggle. This locks focus, and with focus peeking I can instantly tell if my target is drifting out of focus. With the sensor size and aperture at the tele end the focus zone was comfortably big enough for me not having to worry about focus or AF speed and I could just concentrate on pressing the shutter at the right moment while having the framing correctly.

    Personally I think it worked really well, probably even better than my D5100 would have done. I brought the DSLR on our trip there last year, but this year it was just the RX100.

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    Of course there were some misses, but that was mostly due to me not being fast enough to click the shutter. I didn't think to enable the 10 fps continous mode, it would have been great since focusing was locked anyway. Something to try next time :)
     
  2. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    I agree... your findings match mine regarding the RX100, and your tip some weeks ago about toggling AF/MF on the centre button works really well! Thanks again!
     
  3. deckitout

    deckitout SC Regular

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    May 19, 2013
    That's an interesting way to use focus peaking, hadn't though of that.
     
  4. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    Until you posted that I'd never had much time for focus peeking.
    I tried the technique yesterday and coupled with continuous shooting it makes action shots rather easy.
    Thanks for the idea.