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by Bruce Sherman on Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:12 pm
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I am seriously considering getting one of the Sony FF cameras. I shoot birds and other wildlife 90% of the time.

It seems like Sony is coming out with a new model very frequently.

I do not need or want 60 MP images. Something in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 would suit me.

I do want something with very accurate auto-focus, maybe even something with animal eye detection. If I understand what I's reading animal eye detection is only availabe on the a9, a9II, and a7RV III. These are a little more $ than I want to spend. The a7III seems to fit my needs, but does it have animal eye detection?

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

by SantaFeJoe on Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:28 am
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It’s available:

https://www.dpreview.com/news/2543218937/sony-adds-enhanced-real-time-eye-af-animal-eye-af-and-interval-shooting-to-the-a7r-iii-a7-iii

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by mikeojohnson on Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:48 am
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If you shoot a lot of birds in flight, my experience is the 9 series is noticeably better at tracking than the 7. 7 is good, but the 9 is the best I have ever had.
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by scorless on Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:37 am
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My experience is the same as Mike's. Maybe consider a used a9 to reduce the cost.
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by Jeff Pearl on Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:25 pm
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I have Sony A7-III w FE 4/24-105 lens, and I never had much luck getting decent BIF shots. I am still running Version 1.0. I'm selling that camera now. I think A9 would be better choice, but others know better than me. Maybe you should rent first for comparison before buying.
 

by DChan on Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:26 pm
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Unless your animal photos have always been out of focus, you have been incapable of taking a photo without eye focus AF, I'd say why limit your camera choice to those with animal eye AF?
 

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:56 pm
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For wildlife, your best bet is an a9, you don't need an a9 II.
 

by Phil Shaw on Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:25 pm
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Shooting birds in flight with the A9 and a Sony GM lens is like cheating.  If you decide to go that route, also budget for the battery grip.  Be prepared to re-learn how to shoot and you will avoid initial frustrations.  Don't expect the Eye-AF to work reliably on birds, it does sometimes if you are close enough and/or the bird's eye is large and 'owl-like'.
 

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