Originally Posted by Ron Evans
One can set shutter speed, then gain limit and use AE shift on the dial with zebra to set the exposure. Not quite full manual but close. The camera will use the shutter speed set and choose the best combination of iris and gain subject to the AE shift ( which is realtime control on the dial ) to get what one needs. This maximizes the performance of the lens and sensor.
Excellent explanation, Ron! I'd add that I can set a max level of the gain on the AX33, too. For example, when I want to work with a fixed 180 degree shutter I, set the shutter, then the camera calculates the iris, since the gain is maximized, and with the AE shift practically I have total control on the iris (shutter set, gain maximized). I simply cannot imagine a situation where, the AX33 wouldn't give me total control of the exposure. I think the Sony engineers made an excellently elegant and simple exposure system here, the only job for us is to experiment with it.
Thank you, Miki