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Oct 26, 2011 09:14 |  #1

I'm still battling with myself if it's my technique or the t2i that is just lacking in shooting moving subjects. I used AI-SERVO the other day at the cider mill when taking pics of my running toddler. I begin focusing when he was still on his face, and then he started running towards me fast. I tracked him and fired the shutter when I wanted to take the shot. I continued to track and follow through even after my last shot for 2 seconds.

These arn't horrible photos...but clearly the focusing is missed in many occasions. I hear the 7d just does better with this, and I've debating the body upgrade for awhile. Anyone have any thoughts or input on this?

Maybe I just need more practice if the t2i is capable...not sure. BTW, no post work has been done to these photos...


85mm, 1/100th, 2.5, ISO 400 ONE-SHOT

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85mm, 1/320th, 2.5, ISO 800 AI-SERVO

IMAGE: http://www.thecentralword.com/misc/t2i/85/dom2.jpg


85mm, 1/320th, 2.5, ISO 800 AI-SERVO

IMAGE: http://www.thecentralword.com/misc/t2i/85/dom3.jpg


85mm, 1/125th, 2.5, ISO 400 ONE-SHOT

IMAGE: http://www.thecentralword.com/misc/t2i/85/dom4.jpg


85mm, 1/100th, 2.5, ISO 400 ONE-SHOT - This is the only shot I'm pretty happy with.

IMAGE: http://www.thecentralword.com/misc/t2i/85/dom5.jpg

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Oct 26, 2011 09:38 |  #2

85mm at 1/100 is borderline for shooting handheld with a crop camera like the T2i. I think with the right shutter speeds and practice you will be quite pleased with the results that you can get from your camera. Upgrading a camera without investing in practice is not going to help you very much....

But I would work on my whitebalance issues as well as these images look way too cool.

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Oct 26, 2011 09:47 |  #3

Watch the slow shutter speeds, also wide open has a very shallow depth of fieldso the focal plane could be his nose but ears out of focus. Try higher shutter when hand-held and subject is moving and increase your aperature. The more you practice the more it will come together, the T2i is very capable.


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Oct 26, 2011 09:49 |  #4

I'm one of the few that just can't stand AI servo. I prefer one shot and have used it from standard portrait sessions to bikes on the track going 130+mph with little to no issues. Try that and see how that does.


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Oct 26, 2011 09:51 |  #5

None of them are in fact at 1/100, the majority are 1/320 and the last is 1/125 (which is still borderline for hand-holding at that focal length). And for moving subjects a faster shutter speed is always more desirable anyway if you are wanting to freeze the action. I agree on the white balance issue though.

Practice more before making a decision, it could just be technique.


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Oct 26, 2011 09:57 as a reply to  @ Mike's post |  #6

Practice using back button focus. It's all I use now.




  
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Oct 26, 2011 10:03 |  #7

I was using back button focusing btw...it's all I use for AI-SERVO mode. 1/100th is unacceptable..it was a careless mistake I didn't even realize in the moment. I figured 1/320th was good enough...but maybe not? Lighting was an issue it was 30 min before sunset, so I didn't wanna go beyond 800iso.

WB I know, I can fix in post, but again I was just posting these outta the box with no post so you guys could critique. Thanks everyone


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Oct 26, 2011 10:32 |  #8

I think that shooting at f/2.5 is really asking a lot. Stopping down a bit would be a lot less demanding on the camera. The way I think of it is just that the thinner the DoF, the lower the keeper rate. I would think the 7d would do better, but it doesn't change the rules.




  
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Oct 26, 2011 10:46 |  #9

I figured 1/320th was good enough...but maybe not?

You can go as low as 1/250 to freeze people that are running.


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Oct 26, 2011 11:01 |  #10

A smaller aperture would help. 2.5 is way too much to ask for this type of photos.


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Oct 26, 2011 11:32 as a reply to  @ Zigot's post |  #11

When using servo mode I tend to try and predict where I want to take the picture and steady up my shot a split second before they get there. Are you trying to take the picture while your body is in motion?


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Oct 26, 2011 11:48 |  #12

Is that the Paint Creek Trail?


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Oct 26, 2011 13:22 |  #13

Stir Fry A Lot wrote in post #13309756 (external link)
When using servo mode I tend to try and predict where I want to take the picture and steady up my shot a split second before they get there. Are you trying to take the picture while your body is in motion?

Yes?

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Is that the Paint Creek Trail?

? nope..


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Oct 26, 2011 14:53 |  #14

I mean are you sweeping the shot quickly thinking that 1/320 will be fast enough? Normally the servo mode is for panning parallel to the subject or for when it is coming directly at you. It will be fast enough to freeze a moving subject assuming you are stationary.


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Oct 26, 2011 15:23 |  #15

Well the once time he was coming at me, so I wasn't moving the camera much, maybe just slightly to the left or right. The other time I was following him more or less at me and then parallel to me. I figured both would be fine when working in SERVO mode?


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