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Old 05-24-2017, 06:49 AM #1
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Noobie Paintball Photog question

So I've been shooting for a few years but never really shot Paintball. My question is how do you guys look through the viewfinder and manually focus with goggles on? Any idea or suggestions? Looking forward to seeing how you guys handle this.
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:32 AM #2
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My question is how do you guys look through the viewfinder
Practice, you get used to it eventually.

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and manually focus with goggles on? Any idea or suggestions
Use autofocus
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Get a mirrorless camera with a really bright screen. You can also get an LCD screen to sit on top of your camera onto a hot shoe, a company called "SmallHD" makes super bright 800nit screens that sit on the hot shoe: https://www.smallhd.com/

You'll need a camera with good live-view focus like the sony A6XXX series or A7x series or especially the A9 which is made for sports shooting. Or the Canon Dual Pixel sensor camera's. Sorry but Nikon live view focus is contrast detect only for the most part.
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Old 10-11-2021, 04:20 PM #4
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Any opinion on a good entry level camera since the last post a few years ago? Is the a6000 still a good pick?
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There are quite a few good cameras now, especially in the used markets. Sony really shook things up in the camera industry and all the players are trying to keep up, putting out newer, cheaper and more exciting options in mirrorless cameras.

Sony A6000 is still a decent choice, but newer cameras can do 4K.

Full frame cameras have really come down in price, now they're pushing to below $1000, which was unheard of a few years ago.

The A6100 APS-C replaces the A6000 with adding 4k video.

I prefer sony mirrorless because Canon EF-M lenses have an uncertain future now with the introduction of EOS-R lenses. I wouldn't invest in such a chaotic lens system at the moment. Whereas with Sony, any E-Mount lens will fit any sony camera. APS-C sensors will be naturally cropped and full frame cameras have a crop mode(you will lost megapixels) but at least it all works. Sony has also been doing mirrorless longer, so they have the largest lens selection for mirrorless. If you do buy a canon camera, their Dual Pixel CMOS is still the best for focusing in video. It's quicker and more accurate than sony or nikon. If getting a canon right now, I'd stick with their traditional non-mirrorless cameras that can do 4k and has Dual Pixel AF for video and uses their EF lens mount. STM lenses are better for video because they use a stepper motor which focuses smoother. If buying a canon right now, I'd get the SL3 or T8i. They can use EF and EF-S lenses which are easy to find because they've been making them for decades. Though, the STM lenses are newer to the lineup, but they introduced cheaper STM lenses for videographers that work really well.

Nikon is newer to the mirrorless game but I like they they use a singular Z mount for their mirrorless cameras like Sony does. However, the lens selection is still low and expensive. Their traditional DX and FX cameras work well for photography, but their autofocus is contrast detection only, which makes them poor for focusing in video.
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Thank you^^ this is very helpful.
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