EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16700058
Yes, they were great shots, and yes they could absolutely be pulled off with a 6D. Note that the DOF isn't all that narrow, there's a lot more in focus than just the players eyes, which is what makes it a great shot. You seem to always talk about how important it is to focus on a subjects eyes... if only his eyes were in focus the photo would be severely lacking.
As I've stated before, I've had no issues using MF to track tumbling gymnasts at wide aperture. If I were doing it professionally, sure I'd opt for a more advanced focus system, but it's not necessary for the occasional sports shoot.
So you are able to use the outermost AF point on the 6D to track a player while the other players mill around him, and then when he goes up for the shot, you can keep him in focus when you hit the shutter? That is great news!
DOF has nothing to do with this job, the AF, with the way I have it all configured, stayed on Ron the entire time he brought the ball down and then went up for the shot, even though other players tried to steal the ball and block him. If you are gauging the DOF based on the other player blocking, he actually came in at an angle to Ron, and was almost exactly in the same plane. Remember too that I am at floor level, not up in the stands. This means all 9 other players are getting in front of me at any time. and even worse, the officials (those great black/white shirts really help AF get off track). I have the AF acquisition slider set to slow, but have the other sliders set a bit more aggressively. The other thing I do is that during a fast break, I will pull up the camera and instantly lock on the action, so I am not actually following the player to the end of the play. The 7D did quite well at that, and I am pleased to see that the 5D3 does as well.
If the 6D could do all that great, but I want to make sure almost all my shots are keepers, and I don't have to work for it, or worry about it. I have about a 90% keeper rate, there were several where the camera decided to switch back to the fans, or on another player, most likely because I didn't do my part in keeping the AF point where it needed to be. For the same reasons, some shoot OOC JPG with the newer bodies to save time and make life generally easier during their photographic journey, the same answer applies to me regarding AF. No muss, no fuss, no worrrying, and a higher rate of keepers...