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  1. Part of the joy of going mirrorless. I found the same when I started using Olympus alongside my Nikon FF (FX) system. With the dSLR's I would focus before attaching strong ND filters, either with the AF or manually, lock the focus, attach the Lee filter holder which blacked out the viewfinder, then take the photo. With the mirrorless, Olympus and now Sony, I can attach the strong ND filter and shoot away using the AF and Live View Display - ON.
  2. I have the same issue when using a combination of my A7Rii, AF-C, a small aperture ie f/11 and my Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens. The camera captures focus for a second, then it starts the rapid hunting. No hunting with my other lenses, FE 35mm f/1.8, 24-105mm f/4 G or 100-400mm GM. Neither does the FE 85mm f/1.8 lens hunt when using AF-C and small apertures on my A9. My solution is to use AF-S when I need small apertures with the A7Rii/FE 85mm f/1.8 combination.
  3. A useful thread, thank you. I'm also after a small light but reasonably fast prime lens in the 35-50mm area. I was thinking about the FE 50mm f/1.8 but now I'll wait for the FE 35mm f/1.8.
  4. I very much agree with PHDX's comment above. With the 100-400mm I get good separation between subject and background for head shots or head & shoulders portraits outdoors. I use it for wildlife including insects in their environment as well as landscape and outdoor portraits. For portraits I prefer to use my 85mm prime of course but for candid and unplanned portraits the 100-400mm is fine. I chose the 100-400mm over my previous 70-200mm f/2.8 for its versatility, especially when combined with my 24-105mm. I can carry two bodies with these two lenses and cover most eventualities without a bag full of lenses and associated lens swapping.
  5. You also have to factor in technique. The high MP bodies of any brand will show up minor faults in technique, such as camera shake/movement, poor focus such as focus-recompose with wide apertures, in addition to the potential resolution of the lens.
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