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POLL: "Do you use Back Button Auto Focus on your DSLR?"
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May 20, 2012 23:11 |  #31

umphotography wrote in post #14460806 (external link)
Ive tried it. Tried to make myself do it. but for some reason, i always go back to the button. I have my cameras set for BB. But i keep going back old school. Go figure. I like the beep and i like my finger on the trigger:lol:

I guess what i dont get is even with BB, you still have to hit the shutter. So for my simple mind, BB was an extra step. If BB would lock and fire the shutter maybe for me.

As above. Have tried it but just can't remember to use it when shooting. I figure using one button which focuses and takes the photo makes it more simple.


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May 21, 2012 11:19 |  #32

umphotography wrote in post #14460806 (external link)
I have my cameras set for BB. But i keep going back old school. Go figure. I like the beep and i like my finger on the trigger:lol:

The beep - really? Do you have your beep going off during ceremonies?


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May 21, 2012 11:29 |  #33

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The beep - really? Do you have your beep going off during ceremonies?

Sure. Why wouldnt I ?? Nobody can hear it. I photograph a lot of weddings and no one has said a word to me about the beep. I have had a priest say that he could hear the shutter click. I like the beep because i know my exposure is locked. Promise you, anyone 2 ft from me wont hear it.


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May 21, 2012 19:58 |  #34

Hmmm, over 150 weddings shot and I've never heard of BBF. Guess I'll have to read my 5D2 manual for the first time (after using them for all of last year's weddings). Does it help with low-light focus?
As for the camera making a beeping noise, I turned that off years ago after a bride's mother told me she'd heard it going off the entire ceremony!


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May 21, 2012 20:08 |  #35

Just read this article from Canon (external link), talking all about BBF, and I can't see any reason I'd switch.


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May 22, 2012 07:37 |  #36

The problem with using the BB to focus, especially if you're doing it with group photos is when the lens misfocuses.

I'm going through a collection of images from last week's wedding and the camera incorrectly focused a few times. Thank goodness I refocus each time so that it's just the odd photo here and there and I'm not facing the tradgedy of an entire sequence being OOF.


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May 22, 2012 09:47 |  #37

I've converted. I also am growing accustomed to the AE lock feature as well.


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May 22, 2012 12:09 |  #38

No BB here. I like having one button, one finger. I try to keep it simple.




  
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May 22, 2012 12:48 |  #39

umphotography wrote in post #14463393 (external link)
Sure. Why wouldnt I ?? Nobody can hear it. I photograph a lot of weddings and no one has said a word to me about the beep. I have had a priest say that he could hear the shutter click. I like the beep because i know my exposure is locked. Promise you, anyone 2 ft from me wont hear it.

I always hear it when a photographer uses it, and to me I think it's unprofessional to have it goin off. The shutter sound is unavoidable, but I always turn off the AF beep. On AI servo, it doesn't beep anyways.




  
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May 22, 2012 13:40 as a reply to  @ jkim05's post |  #40

The first year I was shooting weddings, I arrived so early at a church one weekend that the earlier wedding was still in progress. It was really hot outside, so I stepped inside the church and sat in the back row to stay cool. I could hear the photographer's beep all the way in the back of the church. (Also, he was shooting on a tripod on wheels!)


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May 23, 2012 08:55 |  #41

Yeah, this is a huge thread jacking, and I don't mean to pile on you here Mike, but I can't believe you would leave the beep on!

but on topic, i use back button focus when i shoot derby sometimes. i want to like it, but honestly my hit rate is so much better when i don't use it. so i never use it for weddings. certainly I have never "needed" to.


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May 23, 2012 09:00 |  #42

[QUOTE=bigarchi;144730​26]Yeah, this is a huge thread jacking, and I don't mean to pile on you here Mike, but I can't believe you would leave the beep on! quote]



Quiet churches, no wind outside etc, yes you might be able to hear the beep.

Outside in a garden, on or near a beach, theres so much ambient noise that you wouldn't even hear the bride if she broke wind.:oops::lol:


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May 23, 2012 10:29 as a reply to  @ highway0691's post |  #43

YES, ambient noise levels definitely make a huge difference, I agree.

it's not just ceremonies though, I wouldn't want people hearing my beep during a speech or something either.

I've been in churches that had what felt like zero ambient noise, and everything echoed so loud. it was not typical, but man was it awful.


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May 23, 2012 10:42 |  #44

Peacefield wrote in post #14467757 (external link)
The problem with using the BB to focus, especially if you're doing it with group photos is when the lens misfocuses.

I'm going through a collection of images from last week's wedding and the camera incorrectly focused a few times. Thank goodness I refocus each time so that it's just the odd photo here and there and I'm not facing the tradgedy of an entire sequence being OOF.

I also refocus each time when I do group photos even with BBF. I also turn the beep off.


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May 30, 2012 06:58 |  #45

just started to use - and must say i quite like the way it works


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