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Do I need 9 cross-type AF points for portaits?

 
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Mar 10, 2012 11:17 |  #16

windpig wrote in post #14061616 (external link)
MF was all fine and dandy when I was younger with better eyes and split prism view finder. I may get a focus screen for my 5DII, but other wise, I'm a AF kinda guy.

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I find it difficult to MF without a split prism. My film cameras had them and I miss it while using my DSLR.

+1

In portraits, you want a sharp focus on the eye nearest to the camera. If you need shallow Depth of Field, you need to focus with an outer point. (Unless you want to compose with that eye in the center of the frame...:lol:)

If you are using strobes and can't afford a lot of ambient light in your shot (to focus before the flash) , then you NEED the cross type Outer Points.

And even then, sometimes they 're not (competent) enough.

A 60D is fine, if you can swing it, so is the EF 1.8 MKII at around $100.


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Mar 10, 2012 11:31 as a reply to  @ MakisM1's post |  #17

'Need' no, nice to have, definitely IMO.

However, even though I only have one lens that needs MFA, I wouldn't personally get a camera without it now if using fast primes. So unless you need the flip-out screen for video, I personally would go for the 50D.

I find the outer points on the T1i and 5DII acceptable for portraits, but X-type would be nice, even for studio portraits. I would say my hit rate is more like 80% than 95% with the center point. I take multiple shots focusing at slightly different places around the eye, especially with the outer points but of course the 'just right' pose is occasionally one that just missed focus slightly.

For me, being mostly into landscapes, this is not enough of an issue to need to change.


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Mar 10, 2012 11:42 |  #18

Why did only one camera in the xxD series have MFA? Isn't the 50D the only one with micro focus adjustment? Then it went away with the 60D. Does Canon not see it as that important?


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Mar 10, 2012 12:00 |  #19

cameraperson wrote in post #14062236 (external link)
Why did only one camera in the xxD series have MFA? Isn't the 50D the only one with micro focus adjustment? Then it went away with the 60D. Does Canon not see it as that important?

Yup. Maybe they thought it was confusing for the 'type' of person who most commonly buys a xxD? If used improperly or if you mess with is when it doesn't need it, you could definitely do more harm than good.

Does the 'average' (not average POTN member) even own a tripod? No way you can do MFA without one. Possibly, but it does need careful analysis to not be abused.

My guess is this is their reasoning, even though it sucks for most of the people here.


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Mar 11, 2012 11:33 |  #20

cameraperson wrote in post #14059793 (external link)
If I only want to take portraits, good portraits, outdoor or a studio, does the 9 cross-type AF points of the xxD models give any advantage over single center cross-type AF point of the xxxD models? No sports, just portaits. Say with 50 1.4 and 85 1.8.

I am looking at the xsi and the 40d. Exclude ergonomics in this comparison.

Thanks.

It makes life easier in general, but isn't a necessity especially when you have control over your subject. In fact at larger apertures, I find manual focusing (coupled with focusing screens) do a better job. Of course portraits of active kids are a different story :)


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