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Apr 03, 2014 19:20 |  #1

When shooting sports which AF point(s) do you use?

I'm currently shooting hockey and I was only using the center point but my keeper rate is not that good. Thinking of trying a different AF point setup.

Do you use different AF points for different sports?


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Apr 03, 2014 19:39 |  #2

The 7D has a bit more AF settings then just AF point!

Check this out for an idea on settings

http://www.sportsshoot​er.com …ge_display.html​?tid=34832 (external link)

I used one point or expanded one point when I had a 7D.


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Apr 03, 2014 20:25 |  #3

Sorry I meant focus point(s).


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Apr 03, 2014 23:00 |  #4

single point w/expansion


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Apr 04, 2014 10:16 as a reply to  @ lauderdalems's post |  #5

  • Back button focus (either AF or AE lock)
  • single point with expansion
  • AI Servo Tracking Method -play with this some. Mine at -1 IIRC. at work camera not with me. This slows the amount of time until camera switches focus to new object. Usefull for hockey (esp. goalies). They always have players skating in front of them. This will kepp focus on goalie for longer until it looks for another AF lock.
  • AI Servo tracking Sensitivity: -1
  • AI Servo 1st/2nd img priority 0

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Apr 04, 2014 12:33 |  #6

I use center only, no expansion.




  
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Apr 23, 2014 23:01 |  #7

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Apr 24, 2014 08:13 |  #8

Single point expanded. Landscape orientation I have it set for the center point. In Portrait orientation I have it set to use a point further up.


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Apr 24, 2014 09:08 |  #9

I use 1D Mk IV's but what I find works well is I use a single point expanded, and move the point on the fly during the game depending on the direction of the action. I have gotten very good at changing the point location without looking, generally in Portrait it is about 1/3 from top, so it is face level on a full body, and in Landscape it is 1/3 from side where action is coming from. (A body in focus is moving into frame)


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Apr 29, 2014 15:17 |  #10

I shoot paintball, really quick movement so AF expansion has worked for me well


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