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Posts: 69
Registered: ‎01-31-2017

Autofocus points

I have been walking around and shooting with the full grid of AF points selected, believing it best. In fact, it may be worse, as the nearest object is what ends up being in focurs, which is not always the goal.


I now select the center point when in Av or Tv. The problem is that in my camera, the T6, the AF points are hard to see, whether all are selected or just one. That, so far, is the thing I dislike most about the T6. Still, the camera has been excellent and is meeting my goal of helping me develop some skill in DSLR photography without overspending. But back to AF. Do you guys typically shoot using the whole grid or just one point? And do you have a difficult time seeing the points?

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Posts: 2,039
Registered: ‎11-14-2012

Re: Autofocus points

I haven't used a rebel much but in general use a single point for static stuff when the camera might choose the other things in the viewfinder & the full array (in AI Servo) for moving targets. If you're really good at panning & using a slower than suggested shutter speed (to get background blur etc) using a single point helps IF you're steady enough to place that point on a specific area of your target. (example being the door handle or drivers helmit of a race car or pilot of a plane in flight.)

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Posts: 4,047
Registered: ‎08-13-2015

Re: Autofocus points

Set your camera to have the center AF point manually selected in all of the Creative shooting modes.  Use "One Shot" focus mode.  The only time you should need to use AI Servo is if you are photographing a subject that is changing its' distance between you and the camera.  Forget about using AI Focus mode, BTW.  


Depending upon the scene, the AF points may be hard to see.  In time you will get used to it, especially if you always use the center AF point.  You should also be able to set your camera to light the AF point [use the center one] that locks focus, and keep it lit once focus is locked.  


Why use the center AF point?  Because in most of Canon's DSLRs, the center AF point is special.  It is the most accurate and sensitive.



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Posts: 3,716
Registered: ‎11-13-2012

Re: Autofocus points

Unless I have special conditions I use the center point for the very reasons you mention.


i don't need to see the point since I know its in the center.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

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