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Is Focus/Recompose the only way to focus on something on the edge of frame (5D MkII)

 
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Jul 11, 2012 07:40 |  #1

As the title states, If I want to shoot a portrait or object using rule of thirds (say focus on eye at the upper right intersection) with my 5D Mk II, I find there is no way to do this without focusing and then recomposing. Is that the accepted/standard way of doing that (apart from MF)? Sorry if this is a common question. Did a quick search.


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Jul 11, 2012 07:52 |  #2

Well, if you are using AF, then you have to put the focus point over the eye. That means either using the nearest AF point, leave it over the eye and crop slightly, or focus recompose using either the nearest point (for less movement during recomposition) or centre point if in tricky lighting and wanting the best AF (the 5DII being a bit dodgy with the outer points sometimes in low light).

There is no other way of using AF, other than putting a point where you want to focus. If you want to fill the frame you may have to recompose a little, otherwise just shoot a little looser and crop slightly. It all depends on the situation, how much the subject may move whilst recomposing for example and how fast an aperture you are using.




  
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Jul 11, 2012 07:57 |  #3

Live view will let you focus a lot closer to the edge. It's not right to the edge, but it's a lot closer, and you can move that 'focus box' anywhere you want (aside from the edge).


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Jul 11, 2012 08:14 |  #4

SMP_Homer wrote in post #14701123 (external link)
Live view will let you focus a lot closer to the edge. It's not right to the edge, but it's a lot closer, and you can move that 'focus box' anywhere you want (aside from the edge).

AF is pretty useless in live view isn't it? It doesn't really work for me. I only use live view for landscape stuff to focus manually.


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Jul 11, 2012 08:26 |  #5

The af points should get you close enough.


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Jul 11, 2012 10:05 |  #6

pstyle1 wrote in post #14701177 (external link)
AF is pretty useless in live view isn't it? It doesn't really work for me. I only use live view for landscape stuff to focus manually.

There are a few AF options in the menu for live view - its far from useless too!


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Jul 11, 2012 10:27 |  #7

pstyle1 wrote in post #14701064 (external link)
As the title states, If I want to shoot a portrait or object using rule of thirds (say focus on eye at the upper right intersection) with my 5D Mk II, I find there is no way to do this without focusing and then recomposing. Is that the accepted/standard way of doing that (apart from MF)? Sorry if this is a common question. Did a quick search.

Very good advice so far and this link will not help your situation now, because the technology is not currently available, but when you have the time please check out this thread:

http://http …/showthread.php​?t=1195887 (external link)

And keep in mind for future reference.

This technology has been very valuable to me in your exact situation in the past and provided that the demand is high enough, will be valuable again in the near future.


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Jul 11, 2012 10:35 |  #8

I use the outer focus points. I don't often find the need to focus on something on the edge of a frame, and if I do I'll just use manual focus.


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