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    Posted: 17 November 2018 at 21:33
Today, after few weeks of gray skies, Helsinki finally got little sunshine. This allowed me finally to testdrive my Sony RX10 IV in bird photography (so yes, this will be my occasional non-A/E-mount photo posting). After a shortish stop in a camera shop which had some promotional event with representatives of various brands promoting their products (sadly Sony stand didn't really have anything new like the FE 1.4/24), I headed to Lauttasaari in western Helsinki, as there had been sightings of some owls in recent days. Sadly boreal owl(s) (Aegolius funereus) were either too well hidden or gone elsewhere, but luckily there was still a very active northern hawk-owl (Surnia ulula) around...

1. Stern look at the photographers


2. On the ground


3. What was that!


4. Take-off


5. Another stern look


6. Light snack


7. Flying off
(in reality not far away)
 



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Number 3 for me. The composition and the background are the most appealing in that shot. Tfs
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Have to agree #3 is the pick for me, lovely shot.

I feel that #1, #4 and #5 would all benefit from a closer crop.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2018 at 19:25
Beautiful bird, though I prefer the flight shots, even with the wings clipped in #4 the movement and the light on the eye adds a bit of drama. #7 is just plain menacing, super shot.
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Great bird, nice shots. Focus is well on the eyes. Does this camera has eye AF?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2018 at 19:14
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Great bird, nice shots. Focus is well on the eyes. Does this camera has eye AF?
Actually yes, but I don't think it does yet work with animal eyes, although Sony has already announced that they are developing eye AF that works with animal eyes for future camera models. If I am not mistaken RX10 IV has very similar AF capabilities as α9. On the other hand, for most part, this birding session was pretty easy for AF as the owl spent fairly long periods of time in one place and then moved to another and most often there was clear line of sight to the bird. Although I returned home with 920 pictures and deleted few unlucky shots already on the field, surprisingly I had to delete only 20 shots which were either out of focus (usually some tree branch/bush in front of the bird) or missed the bird after it had taken off. Sure, I was still left with dozens of very similar shots and I guess it wouldn't hurt to cull some of these even if technically these are ok pictures.

And in general I'm starting to like this camera quite a lot, in fairly compact and 1 kg weighting package you have 2.4-4/8.8-220 mm (~24-600 mm in 35 mm film/sensor terms) lens with excellent AF and good image quality. Sure, the fly-by-wire zoom and some other controls are not as tactile as I would like and 1" sensor can't offer as good low light noise capabilities and similar depth of field control as larger sensors, but in general this is great tool for those times when you don't feel like hauling ton of camera equipment. But I think I won't yet start selling my ILCs and lenses as I can think few use cases where these are still superior.
 



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