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Toddlers and manual focus

 
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Nov 11, 2016 19:20 |  #1

I have an active toddler and I'd like to see if anyone has tips on nailing her as the focus point while moving using MF. Due to budget constraints, AF just isn't an option right now.

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Nov 11, 2016 19:32 |  #2

Knowing the equipment you are using is vital to giving good advice.

Light conditions would help too.


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Nov 12, 2016 01:05 |  #3

Modern cameras aren't really made for fast and accurate manual focus. Do you no longer own any of the fine AF lenses in your signature? If not, I'd scrape up the dough for a used 50/1.8.




  
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Nov 12, 2016 01:48 |  #4

My only suggestion would be to read up on zone focusing and see if that helps


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Nov 12, 2016 04:44 |  #5

Randi wrote in post #18182092 (external link)
I have an active toddler and I'd like to see if anyone has tips on nailing her as the focus point while moving using MF. Due to budget constraints, AF just isn't an option right now.

Thanks for reading!

Heya,

I do this often, with 85mm F1.4 (at F1.4) and 58mm F2 (at F2). I also do this at 17mm F8 and don't even bother focusing (full depth of field, no need for focus, subject is always in focus in the depth of field). I use an old 5D with a super precision matte screen, and it focuses via depth of field. I don't find it that hard to focus on my daughter from birth to 3 years old running around and being active. A lot of it is predictive focusing and paying attention to where my depth of field is, rather than just trying to "see" the subject sharp and in focus on a tiny view finder or anything like that. If it's really hard to nail focus at wide aperture, simply stop down, you'll get way more keepers with eyes in focus.

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Dec 08, 2016 15:57 |  #6

I quit from Zeiss 50 1.4 ZE due to kids photography with MF. It was OK with older ones at some distance, but not with small children and close.
I purchased 50L and 100L for newborn and toddler age. Both are sold now, I'm back to MF with elder kids, but AF is still better option, IMO.

Do you still have: EF 40mm f/2.8 | EF 100mm f/2.8 L | EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8? They are good enough for it. 100L was really great because of IS.
If not, even plastic 18-55 will do as long as it is model with IS. They should be available used under 100$.


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