Autofocus Lock Techniques how what and when

Vipmediastar_JZVipmediastar_JZ Posts: 1,708Member
edited May 2014 in General Discussions
I have pretty much kept my autofocus lock in the middle setting. Yesterday I changed it to Long for capturing bikes in motion after reading that it works great for BIF.
I believe this has improved a bit. From off to long what are some scenarios to use them for. For example for baseball, soccer what would you set it to.

While the manual gives explanations to me they are generic and I can understand them better with actual photos like in BIF thread.

For the following photo I my settings AF/ON AF-C 9 point normally I pick single point but I was trying different things.



  • dissentdissent Posts: 1,268Member
    I need to look into this. I shot a couple of horse races last year and the results were miserable failures.
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  • CoastalconnCoastalconn Posts: 527Member
    Guess my secret is out of the bag, lol.. Glad it is working out for you!
  • Vipmediastar_JZVipmediastar_JZ Posts: 1,708Member
    I found a great article that explains it well
    Here it is Focus Tracking with Lock on

    I tried this again. This time a biker went thru the legs of the Flamingo statue in chicago.

    I took 3 pics and 2/3 came out focused. I just need to improve my tracking. I had moved the camera to the spot where I beleive he would emerge after he cleared one of the legs. Once I can I will upload pics to flickr.

  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,605Member
    Excellent article, thanks Vipmediastar.
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