I am new to the whole stopmotion-subject.
I want to buy a DSLR Camera and use it with the software Dragonframe.
I really like the Sony Alpha 6400, but unfortunatelly, Dragonframe cannot control focus or provide focus check with this camera. But it can control ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc., - just not the focus (and live view magnification).
My question - is this an important issue? Will it be complicated to adjust the focus manually all the time, or is this a minor detail?
Should I rather geht a Canon EOS, where Dragonframe can also control focus?
I would really appreciate your help and insight!
Thanks in advance,
I use Canon, but with manual Nikon lenses via adapter so DragonFrame can't control focus anyway. I do the focussing manually, and set the aperture manually, and don't want the camera able to change either of those. I do use DF to set the shutter speed to suit my light level and aperture - usually around 1 to 2 seconds exposure. The ISO stays at 200 pretty much for every shot, but i do set it in DF.
I mostly check focus by taking a test shot and zooming in on the full size image. That should work with any camera. But Canon is the preferred camera to work with DF. Nikon comes second.
I don't usually change focus during a shot, because shifting focus often causes a slight zoom effect, and it's hard to do that perfectly smoothly. So it's only before I start animating that I set the focus.
Thank you very much for your input! I will try out these settings as well.
The Sony camera is a mirrorless one, and the only Canon mirrorless cameras currently supported by Dragonframe, last time I looked, were the EOS R and RS at around £1500 for the body only.
The advantage of a mirrorless camera is that the shutter cannot wear out like with the DSLRs. The cheaper Canon DSLRs have an expected lifespan of 40,000 shutter actuations, but many go a lot longer. The higher ranges have many more actuations, with the 5D expected to do around 200,000 or so.
I use a Canon 600D and also a 7D. Dragonframe 4 can control the 5X and 10X facility for aiding focusing, and I use a focus card and adjust the lens manually. I notice that this is what is lacking with the Sony a6400, but Nick's method above is just as good, only manual right through!
Just by the way, I note that 'Isle of Dogs' used the Canon 1DX (£4,000 to £6,000, but they were buying in quantity!!) and praised the stability of the chip under temperature fluctuation. Certainly back down here in the real world Canons are regarded as being more suitable because they don't overheat as much as Nikons.... but that doesn't help with your Sony question.