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Old Mar 8, 2004, 9:56 PM   #1
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Default 10D / 300D owners. How often do you use the center AF point?

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What AF mode do you use most often? Do you use the center AF point only, and re-compose if necessary? Or do you rely on the 7 AF points to do the work for you?

Myself I almost always use the center AF point, and re-compose. But then I'm not often shooting moving subjects that I want to track. Maybe that is a good use for all 7 AF points and AI-servo mode?

Would love to hear your experiences and what works for you!

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Old Mar 8, 2004, 10:02 PM   #2
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Center Point in Manual mode 75% of the time....... Unless I am as you mentioned tracking swift moving subjects ...
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Old Mar 8, 2004, 10:23 PM   #3
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I am using the center AF point on my 10D 90%+ of the time. I dont know about anyone else, but sometimes the camera just picking an arbitrary point out of the 7 is damn annoying!
As with what seems to be the norm, I only let the camera pick the Af point when I am on servo focus and tracking moving subjects.
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Old Mar 8, 2004, 11:14 PM   #4
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I use the center point almost exclusively, mainly because I think it's just a habit going back to when that was the only option with my F4, and further back because for the 20+ years prior to that, the center point was where the main focus aid was in my manual cameras.

I am trying to get into the habit of manually changing to the point I want, mainly for flash exposures, so I don't have to use the FE lock and expose the subject to the pre-flash burst.
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 1:05 AM   #5
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Usually the center point, but will sometimes choose one of the other points....NEVER use all 7!!!!
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 2:43 AM   #6
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Center mode 90% of the time.
5% manual and 5% other points.

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Old Mar 9, 2004, 6:21 AM   #7
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Center Point Focus always except as noted above around faster moving subjects. :lol:
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Old Mar 9, 2004, 8:47 AM   #8
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I always use the center point. I recompose as necessary.

I don't change which AF point it set when I'm tracking a moving object. Once the AF locks on in AI Servro, it continues tracking with all AF points (I believe... at least it seems to work that way.)

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Old Mar 9, 2004, 9:57 AM   #9
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Hi Eric,

Are you saying that even if you have only the center AF point selected, that the camera will switch to all 7 in AI servo mode? That I didn't know.

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I'm still growing accustomed to my first dSLR, but it seems to me that the AF wants to focus on the closest object that falls under one of the 7 points. This is OK if you're shooting family gatherings, etc. but bad if you're trying to pick someone out of a crowd or (my example) shooting a performer on stage with the audience between you and the subject.

So I suspect I'll be using single-point or manual for 95% of my shots as well. I'm not yet comfortable with changing back and forth between MF and AF though; that tiny slide switch still requires conscious effort while I'm composing a shot...
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