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| p.1 #2 · Need 1Ds3 AF advice for fast moving subject |
on the 1Ds3 with it's limited buffer (if you're shooting RAW), first & foremost you'll need a top notch telephoto with fast AF acquisition, you won't have enough frames in your buffer to just hold down the shutter & spray+pray and hope a slower lens gets it right.. i'd say change the custom function for AF acquisition to fast but not the fastest option (usually it's in the middle - move it one more notch over to the right).. personally, i always shoot RAW & for this job i'd esp recommend it simply because exposure settings change very quickly as you're pointing your camera up into the sky.. good to leave some room for error or surprise.
you'll have to keep tapping the back-button AF-on focus as the plane's still far away & approaching (to be safe) and get a sense of the timing before hitting the shutter button as the plane enters your desired "frame" whatever that shot may be - again, the buffer is slightly limiting relative to the non "s" 1-series cams, but you should be able to squeeze out enough key frames if you aren't just holding down the button the whole time.. shooting some birds-in-flight would actually be somewhat decent practice if you aren't familiar with shooting this kinda action..
i'm using my experiences with shooting the Hondy Indy with my 1Ds3 as a basis for these suggestions, btw.. up-close, both the cars + the general action was as fast-paced and as challenging as any assignment i've covered, shooting with the slower 1Ds3..
also i'm not the best person at explaining things haha, so maybe someone else can do a better job of explaining the backbutton-focus technique i'm describing.. but i've found the 1Ds3 to be pretty reliable with fast moving targets approaching you dead on if you use it the right way..
good luck + happy shooting! challenging/new/diff assignments are the best part of being a pro photographer IMO =)
Edited on May 30, 2012 at 06:40 PM · View previous versions