Little Fish wrote in post #2016986
Volleyball is tough on the focus because of the lighting and because I find myself chasing the action around and maybe not giving the camera the split second it needs to focus.
Your question has been answered before here's my reply. I have a Canon 20D and the info you want on the focus point is in my manual under "AF Point" in the index. I shoot just about everything using just the center point as my focus point--it works pretty good when I keep the center point on my subject.
An additional unsolicited bit of advice that has helped me considerably--continue to go back and read your manual multiple times. Every time I go back and look through the sections I find something that is helpful, usually something that I didn't need initially but something that is now useful information. I think a lot of people get a camera and learn the basics but they fail to work at utilizing the full potential of the top-notch models.
By the way, I just received a 85mm 1.8 for volleyball since the best setting I can get with a 2.8 lens is ISO 3200 and 1/200 shutter speed. The added speed will be great but I am anxious to see how my focusing will be at f1.8.
I've read the manual once, and skimmed it a few more times, and each time I've picked up something new, just like you said. I've tried setting the focus point to the center and either I didn't do it right, or just didn't save it correctly. I'll give it a try for tonights games. If I can get that figured out, I should be able to get some boost in quality in my volleyball pictures. My girlfriend plays for a local college and I get to see them play 2-3 times a week so I really have a feel for what they are going to do, so I don't really find myself "chasing" so much as my younger brother's soccer games.
Volleyball is pretty basic to understand how to shoot: There's usually 1-2 setters on the floor who will get the ball on every play. The people on the back line will be digging/passing to the setter, and the taller plays will be reciving the set for the kill. So if I can master setting up the camera to the center focal point, anticipating where to focus is very easy.
Let me know how that 85mm f/1.8 works out for you, I'm thinking about renting one to try it before I buy, but I need to get my focusing sorted out first or else I will still be getting pictures that are out of focus, or focused just off of the center causing the action to be slightly blured.
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