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Old 8th of September 2011 (Thu)   #1
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Default Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

I'm new to the 7D - and photography. I was shooting a family friends football game, and was struggling with what focus squares to use on the 7D?

Aside from that - any tips and pointers (settings, comp, etc) for a newbie 7D user shooting sports?

Thanks for your time - much appreciated!
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Old 8th of September 2011 (Thu)   #2
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

There could be a whole book written about this but for the focus points in sports I almost always use Single Point, and rarely Single Point Expansion. I would stay away from Auto Select and Zone. In those modes the camera will pick the closest object to you within the focus points and in football there are so many players and refs out there that it may not focus on your intended subject. Also, put the camera in AI Servo so it will continuously focus. For sports I use back button focus instead of the shutter half-press. That way you can keep the camera continuously focusing and it's much easier than trying to keep the shutter halfway down. There are a lot more experienced shooters that can offer more advice but that's my two cents to get you started in the right direction.
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Old 8th of September 2011 (Thu)   #3
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

For sports, I've been successful with using expansion points
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

I've been using these settings on the 7D and it's worked out rather well.
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Old 8th of September 2011 (Thu)   #5
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

I use single point. Occasionally I will use expansion. You might want to look into back button focus as well. I was hesitant when I first tried it and now I can't live without it.
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Old 8th of September 2011 (Thu)   #6
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

i second that. and i use single center spot focus point
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Old 8th of September 2011 (Thu)   #7
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I use single point. Occasionally I will use expansion. You might want to look into back button focus as well. I was hesitant when I first tried it and now I can't live without it.
I think this was one of the best customizations I did to my 7D
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Old 9th of September 2011 (Fri)   #8
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

7D Sports Settings
.OK, I cannot take credit for the 7D setting


Picture Style - Standard (but sharpness upped to 4) You may even what to go higher. I use one click under max with my Mark III and Mark II N

C.Fn III: Autofocus Drive

1 - AI Servo tracking Sensitivity: Set to -1

2 - AI Servo 1st/2nd img priority - Set to 0 - AF priority/Tracking Priority

3 - AI Servo Tracking Method - Set to 0 - Main Focus point priority (that way the camera focuses on what you want, not what it wants)

4 - Lens Drive when AF impossible - Set to 0

5 - AF Microadjustment - Set to 0 (Most people have said this is ineffective. Even the manual says it needs to be done on location where you are shooting to do any good.)

6 - AF area select mode - I have single point w/expansion selected and single point. Been shooting mostly on single point w/expansion for sports.

7 - AF Manual pt. selection pattern - Set to 1 (Continuous)

8 - VF display illumination - set to 1 (Enable)

9 - Display all AF points - Set to 0

10 - Focus Display in AI Servo/MF - Set to 0

11 - AF-assist beam firing - set to 2 (Enable to external flash only)

12 - Orientation linked AF point - Set to 0

13 - Mirror lockup - Set to 0 (Disable)

C.FN IV: Operations/Others

Shutter button is set to Meter only

AF-ON button is turned OFF (too easy to hit accidentally)

AE lock button (*) is set for metering and AF Start
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Old 9th of September 2011 (Fri)   #9
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

I have been successful with sports, with the following

when shooting an individual, single point or expanded

when shooting a race car or race boat, if it occupies a large part of the frame, then zone
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Old 9th of September 2011 (Fri)   #10
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

What is the benefit to having the back button focus?

I must be missing something!

Thanks again for your time folks.
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

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What is the benefit to having the back button focus?

I must be missing something!

Thanks again for your time folks.
For me it is easier to use the back button than try to keep the shutter half-pressed. Since AI Servo constantly focuses you can keep the back button down to track your subject and then just click the shutter for the shot. When you are moving the camera around a lot this prevents errant shots since you don't have to keep just the right amount of tension on the shutter to keep it halfway down. Give it a try and you will see the benefit. At first though it will take getting used to but stick with it for a while. It also comes in handy if you want to focus and recompose in One Shot. If you have the AF start assigned to the shutter then you will have to keep the shutter half-pressed while you recompose but if you use the back button then you simply achieve focus, let go of the button and move the camera without worrying about the focus moving. If it's assigned to the shutter and you accidentally move your finger then you will have to focus all over again because the next time you push the shutter the camera will focus on wherever it's now pointing.
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Old 9th of September 2011 (Fri)   #12
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Great explanation ydiw - really appreciate that!
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Old 9th of September 2011 (Fri)   #13
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Focus points depends on the sport for me and how much the objects are filling the frame. For the most part I use single point w/ expansion.
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

When in high school I shot nearly all of the football games. One tip I was given was to keep both eyes open. I almost was run over once
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Default Re: Canon 7D Sports Photo Settings

I used those very settings Friday night (last night) and thought my pics improved. Not great, but better.

Thanks for posting that link, it is very helpful to me.

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