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Using AI Servo on a 6D

 
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Dec 26, 2014 16:43 |  #1

Can someone please explain to me how to use AI servo properly on a Canon 6D? I've looked all over the forum, but it seems the more I read, the more confused I become. Help would be greatly appreciated, especially menu settings, etc. Thanks everyone!




  
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Dec 26, 2014 17:08 |  #2

The best moment to use AI servo when you are shooting a fast movement object
Other than that better use one shot ,
AI servo track any movement object it will combine with high fps and burst mode .




  
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I've had my 6D for about a year now. If I need to use AI-Servo to track moving objects, I gently set the 6D aside and grab my 60D. I think the 60D does a better job of it.


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Dec 27, 2014 06:57 as a reply to  @ GeoKras1989's post |  #4

Updating your 6D firmware to 1.1.6 should solve most AI Servo problems you've been experiencing...unless they're user induced.


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Dec 27, 2014 07:14 |  #5

Never having used a 6D I can't throw any light on that particular camera but all I can do is explain how I use it on a 7D ,a 5Dmk2 and previously on a 40D so I assume the 6D is similar
Firstly I put the camera to back button focus ( on mine is on the AF button), you can also set the metering to start on a full shutter press i.e when you take the shot.
That is useful if you have something moving from light to dark.
Having put the focus on the back button I simply switch to AI servo , hold down the appropriate button and track the subject. It also has the advantage of being 'one shot' if you press and release the back button


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Dec 27, 2014 10:49 |  #6

There are several great youtube videos on theory and use of AI servo. Back button focus is the way to go.

If this is your first Canon DSLR I highly recommend a book that goes over all of the settings and teaches you the ins and outs. Your confidence will soar. With my 7D purchase a few years ago this was the best advice I followed. David Busch's guides are quite good, at least for the 7D there was a full chapter on AF methods.

Good luck.




  
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Dec 28, 2014 02:18 |  #7

check this out

https://www.youtube.co​m …lpage&v=EkAa6Sf​VJ7Q#t=119 (external link)


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Dec 28, 2014 05:34 |  #8

Aim the AF point at the target, keep the button at half-press (or hold AF-ON; usually easier), take pictures when you feel the moment is right.


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Dec 28, 2014 05:43 |  #9

GeoKras1989 wrote in post #17352285 (external link)
I've had my 6D for about a year now. If I need to use AI-Servo to track moving objects, I gently set the 6D aside and grab my 60D. I think the 60D does a better job of it.

I've found the opposite. I find the 6D brilliant for tracking moving subjects. Better than my 550D by some margin, both using center point servo. It will easily track moving subjects up to 160 km/hr, with near 100% accuracy I've found. And even small very fast, erratically moving subjects. Like my mates sons RC cars, at close quarters.

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I'd happily use the 6D for shooting motorsport, but I don't shoot it enough, & so can't be bothered investing in, & lugging around a 400 mm odd lens. But that's just me.
No special secrets, bang her into servo AF, pick center AF point, point camera at subject, press shutter button. I don't even bother with continuous drive. It's quite accurate & confident enough just to pick off shots in single shot mode. Hope this helps



  
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