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Canon 1D Mark III for hockey

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Nov 23, 2014 15:57 |  #1

Hey everyone, have a few questions regarding the C.Fn settings on the 1D III for shooting ice hockey.
I have the exposure and white balance down no problem and just wondering about C.Fn. III-2,3,4 and 5. I have C.Fn III-8 set to 1

I have read conflicting articles regarding these settings ( depends on what you're shooting I guess )
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Nov 24, 2014 14:16 |  #2

Following as I literally just purchased a 1D3 for hockey and sports in hopes that it's as sharp as my 6D

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Dec 02, 2014 17:43 as a reply to  @ xarik's post |  #3

Hey xarik, wonder why nobody wants to offer any suggestions for our " antique" ID III's ? Maybe I might have better luck posting in the "1D III" forum.

Anyways, I shot 3 hockey games since my original post and I find I am having great success with C.Fn III-2 set in the middle, III-3 set to 0, III-4 set to 1 and III-5 set to 1. I have also changed III-8 to 2. I also make sure I am focusing for a least 1 second in AI Servo on the subject that I want to photograph using back button focus.

I am using the 70-200 f 2.8 II L and like I said it really is working well. Give these settings a try and see how you make out.

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Dec 02, 2014 18:22 |  #4

Give the thread a little time with the new update it may take a while for people to find this. There are a ton of 1D3 users on here it may be old but it is still an amazing camera especially for sports. I'll do my best answering these questions

I haven't had my 1D3 for real long but it has really changed my photography and not only my sports photos.

C.fn iii -2 I keep at the 2nd slowest so if players skate in front of who you are focusing on this will let the camera maintain focus without jumping to the player (s) cutting across in front of you. Don't be afraid to go slower.

C.fn iii -3 This I have set on 0 this is similar to the last this helps keeps the subject in focus.

C.fn iii -4 I have this set on 0 from what I've been told this keeps the camera focusing on the AF point and not jumping from one AF point to the next AF point.

C.fn iii -5 I have this set to 1 when you lose focus this keeps the camera from cycling through the focus.

I have C.fn iii -8 set to 0 this setting kind of goes with the other settings I gave you. If you can keep the AF point on your subject keep these settings, but I've found with C.fn iii -2 on the slower settings you camera will maintain focus even if you can't keep the AF point on the subject.

Good luck

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Dec 03, 2014 21:54 as a reply to  @ Gary Wiant's post |  #5


Im new to the 1d3 myself and its a upgrade from my 50d. I have my C.fn setting similar to Gary Wiant and it helps while focusing. It takes a second to pick up focus but stays on there and doesn't jump around when someone else enters the frame. I shoot high school basketball so lighting is horrible on a good day. Wish it could do better in low light but better then my 50d for sure.

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Jan 21, 2015 22:05 |  #6

I have had my 1D III for a few years now and use similar settings as outlined by Gary. I shoot hockey and lacrosse indoors and have had great results with this setup. I've been tempted to move from this camera but can't see a good replacement for the money.

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Jan 25, 2015 15:40 |  #7

I remember seeing a article by Peter Reed Miller on his settings for the 1d 3 but I can't seem to find it. I have my camera set to his settings. Ill keep looking for it and if I find it ill post it

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Jan 25, 2015 21:39 |  #8

This for the MKIV

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