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Canon EOS R6 : "Face Select: Off"

musicmaiden
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With the R6, when in Face Tracking AF and pushing the "SET" button, "Face Select: Off" appears on screen.  I would like to know why or when I should use this feature and what the box that then appears is now looking for and how I can utilitze it.  Thanks for any help! 

Karin

 

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Close but slightly different. When you aim the camera at the subject it starts looking for focus and before focus locks and the AF point turns green, it may move the position if the detected face moves. In effect it is tracking the location of the face before you lock the AF. With face select OFF, then the tracking doesn't move the AF point with the face, it stays where the face was initially found. 

You can see this for yourself even on a single face. Aim the camera at the face and press the shutter to initiate focus if the AF point turns green release the shutter button and now if you move the camera the af point moves to track the face that had been found, so that when you press the shutter again the AF point is already on the face even if it has moved. With face select OFF this tracking of the face initially found doesn't happen. 

In my own experience I actually stopped using one shot AF with my EOS R6 for portraits and simply used servo AF., and there is no setting for face select OFF in servo. Servo AF will still find the face or eye and tracks it around the frame if the subject moves, while also adjusting focus if you or the subject change the distance between you even slightly. For me this give me more accurate AF even with very fast lenses.


Brian
EOS specialist trainer, photographer and author

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musicmaiden
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Thanks, Brian! I watched some YT videos on BBF and there is mention of conflicts if you leave Focusing on the Shutter Button but no details.  So for right now, I think I will leave it and see if there are any issues coming up.  

Possibly the conflict is down to the way some people use BBF to switch between SERVO and ONE SHOT AF. 

With BBF if you leave the camera in SERVO then press and hold the AF-ON button you have tracking, but if you press the AF-ON,wait for the camera to focus then release the AF-ON button the focus will stay where it is a bit like ONE SHOT. The problem/conflict arises when you have not removed the AF ability from the shutter button half-press, because as soon as you press the shutter the focus restarts in SERVO breaking the locked focus you wanted.


Brian
EOS specialist trainer, photographer and author
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