Moderate overcast skies provided a good chance to do extensive shooting on known targets to see if switching back to metering the whole frame would rescue the ISO situation on the a6400.
The good news is that it appears to have worked like a charm. The bad is obvious: that it shouldn’t have! What’s next? Having to switch from M mode back to aperture priority in order to get Steady Shot to work better? Oh, the eternal problem with Sony…
That’s right. With the 1.4X attached, lousy stabilization appears to be an issue on about 20% of shots, with AF missing a bit on low-contrast subject matter. I could go on, but it’s easier to ditch the camera for a full-frame body with IBIS—very likely exactly the kind of nudge Sony was hoping to create with this post-shortage batch a6400 bodies. This one certainly does NOT work the same as my previous copy. Even WB gives me fits.
The good news of the day is that not only is there no issue with the optics of the lens/TC combo, it’s just the opposite: really, really good IQ.
In which case, maybe FF is the solution. If not, my fuse for Sony problems is gonna be kinda short this go ’round, especially with the R5 to fall back on.