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Multiple Focus Points #39534
02/21/13 10:32 AM
02/21/13 10:32 AM
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Jim Garvie Offline OP
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Maybe this is just me and the way I shoot, but I don't quite get the value of all the new cameras with a "kazillion" focus points. OK, that's an exaggeration but can someone tell me the value of having 45 or 51 or 61 focus points.

To put it in context, I use a Canon 7D for most of my shooting both professional and personal. It has 19 focus points all cross-hair. Swell. I use the center focus point for 95% of my shooting and will occasionally use the expanded center point for action/tracking. I have never used the full-frame focus point selection. Why? Because even when I'm shooting landscapes, I know the place I want to have in critical focus even if it's not in the center of the frame. I'm actually smarter than the camera smile.

When I track action like birds in flight, I put the center point on the bird and track it. In AIServo, it stays in focus. When I shoot dogs moving in the ring, I put the center focus point on them and track them the same way.

Like I said, maybe it's just me and the way I shoot but I don't get the value -- to me at least -- of having all those peripheral focus points at least for what I shoot and the way I shoot it. So, I'd appreciate some information for those of you that actually use all the focus points. What do you shoot and what is the advantage of using all of them?

Thanks,

Jim


Jim Garvie
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Re: Multiple Focus Points [Re: Jim Garvie] #39535
02/22/13 04:52 PM
02/22/13 04:52 PM
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Hey Jim,

I pretty much agree with you. Instead of using the entire swath of focus points on my 5d iii, I typically make the focus areas larger and bounce between zones. For AF tracking for BIF, etc, I will switch to the larger spread...but that is the exception to the rule. Generally, I like to pre-focus when shooting any moving object. I find I get better results by predicting where I think the object is going - rather than the camera doing it. Of course, LOL, that does not always work...

James

Re: Multiple Focus Points [Re: James Morrissey] #39537
02/23/13 09:56 AM
02/23/13 09:56 AM
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James,
for your moving shots, are you shooting hand-held or on a tripod or monopod?

Jim


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Re: Multiple Focus Points [Re: Jim Garvie] #39539
02/25/13 02:49 PM
02/25/13 02:49 PM
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Hey Jim,

My camera pretty much universally stands on a tripod...certainly with the big lenses on that. Having said that, I have been know to take the 120-300 OS in hand. I don't bother with monopods anymore as I don't see them as being a useful compromise between hand held and a tripod (I know I will get flamed on that. This is just my personal experience).

James

Re: Multiple Focus Points [Re: James Morrissey] #39540
02/26/13 10:45 AM
02/26/13 10:45 AM
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James,
I don't use a tripod or monopod for my wildlife shooting or my dog sports or action shots so it's a lot easier for me to control where I put the center point when I'm in AI Servo. I do use a tripod for Show Formals but that's it. When I shoot landscapes, I also use a tripod mainly because it slows me down which I think is useful for me when doing that type of photography.

As for monopods, I've used them and I don't really like them. For the same reasons you mentioned -- if I'm going to hand-hold rather than use a tripod, that's what I'll do. The monopod only hinders my ability to get high or low when I need to in order to track what I'm shooting.

Take care,

Jim


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Re: Multiple Focus Points [Re: Jim Garvie] #39612
04/02/13 11:37 PM
04/02/13 11:37 PM
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I agree with you both. As long as I can choose which focus point I want highlighted I don't need more. I can't recall the last time my camera (7D) was set to anything else.


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