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Jun 23, 2017 11:51 |  #1

I have been a photographer for a while but have never tried my hand at capturing motorcycle races. Prior to attending this event on 17 June at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I read many of the very helpful posts in this forum and tried to employ as many of the tips as I was able. However, this is my first attempt so I still need practice panning and, especially, establishing a stable focus.

The images were taken with a Canon 5DMIII using the Case 4 AF config, 1st & 2nd image priority on "focus" and the "Surround" AF area. While I work on my panning, I was wondering if any other 5DMIII photogs have advice on camera settings. I'm trying to get the most out of the frame rate of the 5DMIII as I won't even entertain the move to a 1D model until I am more practiced at the basics.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Theo

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Jun 23, 2017 12:16 |  #2

Nice job ! Particularly for your first time out. No suggestions from me, just keep at it ! :-)


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Jun 24, 2017 17:58 as a reply to TustinMike's post |  #3

Thanks for the kind words, TustinMike! I plan to go to as many auto and bike vents this summer as I can. Perhaps I'll figure out the AF settings as I go.

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Jun 25, 2017 06:14 |  #4

twmatthias wrote in post #18385132 (external link)
... I'm trying to get the most out of the frame rate of the 5DMIII as I won't even entertain the move to a 1D model until I am more practiced at the basics...

FPS is mostly irrelevant, the timing of the shot is far more important. A bike traveling at 100mph will move 15 feet 8 inches in one tenth of a second.


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Jun 25, 2017 06:21 |  #5

Nicely done!

I think the AF settings on the 5dmk3 are similar to the ones on my 7d mk2.
I use case 4 for cars and sometimes case 5 for bikes (smaller moving target).

Also...back button focus is handy to lock focus on a subject so you can be more choosy about when to hit the shutter button.

How much have you cropped these?


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Jun 25, 2017 10:29 as a reply to Jethr0's post |  #6

Most all of them are cropped by about 50% of the frame. I'm only shooting with a 24-105mm so there is a need for cropping.

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Jun 26, 2017 13:46 |  #7

Great panning shots particularly with that AF setting. Bikes, like most sports I find its best to minimise the number of active focal points to give you more control. If you give the camera too many options it'll choose wherever it wants occasionally not the subject that you want. I generally use single point or group of four surrounding centre point. Back button AF is generally the norm, again as it gives you greater control.
On the 1DX I've used AF Case 4 for soccer mostly and tried it for bikes, but because of inconsistent shots in bright sun, I've recently moved to Case 2 and its been much more consistent in terms of tracking and AF accuracy.


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Jun 26, 2017 15:04 as a reply to Red Dog's post |  #8

Thanks for the suggestions, Red Dog! I've come from shooting with a 60D to the 5DMIII and appreciate all the help I can get with shooting motorsports. The 5DMIII is only weeks old (to me) so I am still getting it set up. I used back button AF on the 60D and found it to be a terrific aid in achieving more "keepers", so I will be making the change on the 5DIII for next weekend.

The day I shot the bikes had a bright but overcast sky. Perhaps Case 4 would not have worked as well in full sun. I'll do some fiddling with the Case setups as well as the other changes.

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