Even though this was made for the a7S, it applies to the a7R II and S II as well. Here’s my quick guide to manually focusing your camera:
Note: I’ll publish an additional video on focus peaking soon.
Note: When I mention focus peaking doesn’t work well in low contrast scenes, the example I’m showing isn’t the right one.
Here’s a quick summary of my manual focus settings:
|Focus Mode||Manual Focus|
|MF Assist||Irrelevant, only for stills|
|Focus Magnif. Time||No Limit|
|Peaking Level||Mid (For very bright sunlit scenes, Low works better when zoomed in)|
|C1 and C2/C3*||Focus Magnification – C1 for top position when I’m standing near the camera and C2/C3 for when I’m standing back|
*On the a7S, it’s C2. On the a7R II and SII it’s C3. It’s the exact same button, just different names!