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Old Jan 14, 2010, 8:30 AM   #1
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Default Ordered Canon 50mm 1.8, need a little help for indoor shoot

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I just ordered the Canon 50mm 1.8..going to use it for sons bball indoors. I am a newbie, and my first try I was going to put rebel xt on AV, set Apt to 1.8, ISO 1600,my question is in the focus settings. Which one would I use? Can someone explain them to me. thanks
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 8:58 AM   #2
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Congratulations.

Use only the centre focus point and continuous AF.

I would take a few test shots to see what gives a good exposure for skin tones (this is important) and then use manual exposure at the same as the camera gave. Check it looks OK then shoot and have fun. This will mean that you don't get shots either under or over exposed by the colour of kits or backgrounds. Be sure not to under expose (it is tempting to get the shutter speed higher) otherwise you will have hard job to fix them in PP as the noise will be terrible.

Let us know how you get on!!
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I'd suggest that you use manual exposure versus Aperture Priority for more consistent results, perhaps using something like f/2, 1/400 and ISO 1600 as a starting point, as suggested in the thread you started yesterday. Then, tweak as needed from there.

You'll see a post from JohnG pointing out how to set your Autofocus and Drive mode in that same thread:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...ml#post1038956
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I see that Mark beat me to it. :-)
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 9:27 AM   #5
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Thanks, I am looking at the settings for focus, do I use one shot, AI focus, or AI Servo? any what is the difference?
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Again, I would go by what JohnG suggested in the thread you started yesterday (I just posted a link his post discussing AF settings to use earlier in this thread). He shoots sports with a Canon, and has experience with what works best with one.

Here it is again:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...ml#post1038956

Here's the pertinent part from that post:

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Make sure your camera is in manual exposure, make sure focus mode is set to AI-Servo, only center focus point is selected and you have it set on continuous shooting.

Shoot in portrait orientation
Acquire your subject in viewfinder and half-press shutter button and track player for a second before taking your shot. You need to give the camera time to focus.
If you want the camera to track a moving subject, you'll want to use AI Servo. Although you probably could use AI Focus instead, I think it's designed so that you have to get a lock first before it can fire and continue tracking (and I'm sure Canon shooters will probably correct me if that's wrong). One shot isn't gong to track a moving subject at all.

I'd go by what JohnG suggested for best results. ;-)
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Got it, thanks. I will post some photo's next week after I get the lens, my son has a few games, so I can try it out. Thank to all for your help.
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I see that Mark beat me to it. :-)
I'm doing well at that today Jim, I managed to get John with the same LOL.
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