Last week I did a dedicated video on the Sony Alpha 1’s 30 Frames Per Second (FPS) feature (link). This week I wanted to share my first thoughts on the bird eye auto focus feature.

NOTE: Link to download the sample files is down below the video

One thing I keep getting asked about is how the Bird Eye Focus does with birds in flight. I didn’t talk much about it in this video but I’ll probably do another separate post on it. To me, in flight is actually the last of all bird photos where I need bird eye auto focus. Most modern cameras can do a good job of tracking a bird in flight and in most cases, the bird is never close enough to you that focus on the eye or wing matters much (not all, but most). Basically, where ever it focussed at these distanced and f-stops, it’ll be in focus. Anyway, when I want bird eye auto focus is when they’re perched and I used to need to quickly change from my flight focus to something to capture them perched in a tree (because continuous auto focus wasn’t always the best option, especially if I was able to get close to a perched bird). Again, stay tuned for more on this topic and I’ll be able to demonstrate it better. Thanks!

Want to Pixel Peep?

If I know anything about most of you reading this, you LOVE to pixel peep (well… I do to!). So here’s a few photos in a ZIP file. Quick note… the uncompressed raw photos are 50mb, and it would crush me in extra bandwidth charges to let thousands of you download a bunch of them. So, I’m giving you one raw file (with a good amount of dynamic range to play with) and several other SOOC (straight out of camera) JPG photos. These are exactly the same resolution as the raw file, but I saved them as JPGs. No sharpening or noise reduction has been done.

Files included:

  • Raw Eagle Photo – sorry, you get the wing cropped version – full wing span version is mine 🙂 This is a good one though, as it’s got some dynamic range to it. So you can play with shadows and highlights too. This photo is taken from a moving boat. (Eagle and Osprey boat tours at
  • Osprey in flight and an osprey perched. Flight photo taken from my kayak. Perched photo taken hand held while standing.
  • Egret and Heron – both taken while standing on beach.
  • All photos are hand held. Open any photo in Photoshop and go to File > File Info to see settings and lens choice.

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