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5d3 (and 1dX) motorsport autofocus case settings?

 
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Jun 01, 2015 05:22 |  #1

Hi after a long time with the 5d3 I still wonder which case setting is best?

Eg car coming towards you through corner and suddenly hitting the kerb and going up onto 2wheels?

Eg panning side on?

I tend to use case 6, but am I better off with another setting?

Eager to learn from other motorsport shooters

Many thanks in advance

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Jun 06, 2015 07:55 |  #2

Any views / advice / expertise ??

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Jun 08, 2015 16:38 |  #3

Not a Motorsports photographer but I was at Pembrey Circuit on Sunday having a go!
I mainly shoot wildlife, birds etc and I basically use case 5 (with focus priority on frames 1 and 2) for everything (including landscapes) on my 1DX. It just works. Well for me anyway!


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Jun 08, 2015 18:06 |  #4

I shoot with a 7d, but AFAIK the settings are the same between the cameras....

Focus setting: AI Servo pretty much all the time with automatic AF point selection. Sometimes I pick the center focus points if I am shooting multiple moving things and want to nail the one in the middle of the viewfinder. I also turn on high speed continuous.

There's more to it though....
In daytime shoots I use ISO 100.
I shoot the action shots (moving) in shutter priority mode (Tv).

Shutter speed: panning I can get good keepers as low as 1/60 - 1/80. Sometimes slower.
Start at maybe 1/200 or 1/250, work down from there.
Sometimes takes a lot of practice.

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Jun 08, 2015 23:59 |  #5

Jethr0 wrote in post #17589362 (external link)
I shoot with a 7d, but AFAIK the settings are the same between the cameras....

Focus setting: AI Servo pretty much all the time with automatic AF point selection. Sometimes I pick the center focus points if I am shooting multiple moving things and want to nail the one in the middle of the viewfinder. I also turn on high speed continuous.

There's more to it though....
In daytime shoots I use ISO 100.
I shoot the action shots (moving) in shutter priority mode (Tv).

Shutter speed: panning I can get good keepers as low as 1/60 - 1/80. Sometimes slower.
Start at maybe 1/200 or 1/250, work down from there.
Sometimes takes a lot of practice.

HTH.

Thanks for the reply, but the 7d doesn't have the autofocus settings that I am asking about.




  
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Jun 09, 2015 00:00 |  #6

johnf3f wrote in post #17589281 (external link)
Not a Motorsports photographer but I was at Pembrey Circuit on Sunday having a go!
I mainly shoot wildlife, birds etc and I basically use case 5 (with focus priority on frames 1 and 2) for everything (including landscapes) on my 1DX. It just works. Well for me anyway!

Thanks for your reply
Pretty much the same as I already use then.
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Jun 10, 2015 21:13 |  #7

colintf wrote in post #17589721 (external link)
Thanks for the reply, but the 7d doesn't have the autofocus settings that I am asking about.

I was curious about the differences so I read up on it a bit more. AI Servo is present in your camera and is what I recommended. Beyond that, "case 1" replicates what I would use for Motorsports.


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Jun 12, 2015 06:54 |  #8

I usually use case 4 for drag racing. Always center spot focus so focus point switching isn't much of a concern for me


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Jun 12, 2015 09:46 |  #9

Many thanks :-)




  
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Jun 14, 2015 04:48 |  #10

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Jun 17, 2015 00:47 |  #11

For my shooting style (and maybe not for yours) I use case 6 but with tracking sensitivity turned all the way down. Sounds counterintuitive but for situations where the subject contrast is not too high it helps me stay on the subject once locked. It will still track the subject despite sudden acceleration or lateral motion.


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Jun 17, 2015 05:45 |  #12

GregDunn wrote in post #17600140 (external link)
For my shooting style (and maybe not for yours) I use case 6 but with tracking sensitivity turned all the way down. Sounds counterintuitive but for situations where the subject contrast is not too high it helps me stay on the subject once locked. It will still track the subject despite sudden acceleration or lateral motion.


Many thanks for that, I will try it :-)




  
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Jun 08, 2016 15:40 |  #13

I picked up a 7d mkii which shares the auto focus with the 1dx.
After experimenting with all of the different cases I have settled on Case 4 @ the default settings.

This case seems to do the best job when panning cars as they approach and accelerate thru corners.

Case 1 is good for Panning cars on the track between corners.


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