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Below is a link from "one of the best" sport shooters...... He shares his experience (and settings) about using his 1Dx.. And, believe me... He is one of THE best..
I hope others will share their 1Dx settings as well...
I don't doubt that he is one of the best sports shooters out there but a lot of that info in the article is just quoting the manual or sort of wrong. He even admits in the opening paragraph that he really hadn't even looked into all the menus...that guy is good because he has the "eye" but not someone I would take advice from for setting up my 1DX.
He mentions the Auto AF pt sel:EOS iTR AF but makes no mention that that feature only works in All-61 pt mode and Zone mode. I have a feeling he isn't using either of those modes for sports shooting in fact he says that in the next paragraph. Actually, most of the info that seems questionable in the article is the stuff he says "Jerry said"....that stuff is really off base for the most part.
I don't shoot sports, but do shoot BIF. I will give you my settings below and explain some of them to try and get you thinking about how it would work in your individual cases:
AF(1): I use Case 2 and have it custom set to -2, -1, 0 for the 3 settings...this is very specific to lock on when I tell it to with the back button focus technique and not let go. This prevents background jumping, jumping to other birds etc but if you do lose it or need to focus on something else you have to pump that back button to get a new focus to acquire.
AF(2):AIServo 1st and 2nd priority I just leave in the middle setting
AF(3):No relevance, defaults for me, one shot is on focus priority for me
AF(4): ON, ON, Selectable AF point (all 61 but I have it set to flash just the x-points), I limit my modes to not include Zone and All point 61 modes as they only focus on the closest subject. I use top scroll wheel as my AF area selection method.
CF(1): Spot meter linked to AF point I have set to on but I mostly work in manual mode so doesn't really affect me too much.
CF(2): Safety shift ISO, this is useful if in AV or TV mode, less useful now with FW 2.0 and EC being available in M and Auto-ISO mode.
CF(3): I restrict my speed to 12FPS in high and 10FPS in low, I restrict drive modes to not use H 14fps jpeg as I shoot only RAW
CF(5):Custom Control: this is the big game changer in the 1DX and even better now in FW2.0
I have shutter button to Metering start, AF-On to meter/focus, * to meter/focus with custom settings available only in FW 2.0 and now this switches the camera to use One-shot focus!!!!!! best thing I've ever seen added to a camera, M-fn: cycles my C1 and C2 modes, M-Fn2 switches AF modes to a different set and spot metering/focusing, Set button does ISO so I can hold the set and scroll the index finger wheel to change ISO quickly. Multi controller is set to change AF pints.
CF(6): FW 2.0 gave us Same Exposure for new aperture and I set it to ISO. This means that when I switch TCs or switch in or out the internal TC in the 200-400 that as long as the camera remains powered on the camera will switch my ISO to keep my previous exposure at the same level......AWESOME!!!
That is about it....the AF(1) settings are where you have to experiment the most. Case 1 will get the job done most of the time but you can fine tune any of them to what you want. Case 5 and 6 only work in expansion modes as they are designed to hand off AF to surrounding points with different degrees of readiness.
Hope this helps.