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Ralph Conway: I do weddings too but have you tried to focus & recompose with a lens like 24L ? (@ 1.4)
It's one thing to focus with center point & recompose whilst using a lens such as 50mm 1.4, 85 mm 1.4, 100 f2, 135 f2 (you can still manage).... but try to focus & recompose with 24 1.4L or 35 1.4L.
If I would only shoot with lens longer than 50mm and aperture larger than f2, then I'd have no problem with focus & recompose technique (which I've been using in 90 % of my pictures).
But when wide angle lens come into play,with aperture larger than 2.0, then recomposing is very troublesome....
And why do I shoot 90 % with focus & recompose? because I've been shooting with 5D and 5D II which can focus properly ONLY with center point, that's why.
I got the 5D II especially for its low light / high iso capability.
Shooting in low light + 1.4 lens (such as 24L) doesn't quite add up.... unless you want all your subjects centered...
If I try to use the outer points in low light with the 24L i get NOTHING. ZERO.
If I try to use focus & recompose with the same lens in low light it's very hard not to shift the focal plane... (it always depends on the distance from the camera to the subject, of course)..
I've gotten used to using focus & recompose but I honestly think that if I'd own a 1D series body I would get the right picture faster by switching to the appropriate af point with the joystick,than rather using the center & recompose (like I currently do on the 5D II).
1D owners say that we shouldn't expect a 5DII to act like a 1D pro series,because there's a big 'price gap' between them.
Ok, I agree, I don't want a 1D series at a 5D II price, but how come Nikon is providing a body like the D700 (in terms of AF).
I don't want 70 AF points on the 5D, I just want 9 cross type points which I can use..
Sometimes not even in broad day light I can;t rely on the outer ones..