A couple from last year while in Arizona at Monument Valley and Canyon De Chelly.
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Center point and recompose is certainly faster and easier...and if I'm shooting at f/5.6 with a reasonably distant subject, it's fine because the deeper DoF will mask the backfocus.
But if you're shooting with a fast prime wide open, focus-recompose is a surefire way to get a backfocused shot. Some relevant reading: Why Focus-Recompose Sucks.
Personally, I move the AF point around as needed. I have the default points set off center, and I use orientation-linked AF point to speed things up. The only time I use an automatic selection mode is in AI Servo for face tracking, where I've already manually selected the starting AF point.
Get a SX40 or SX50: 12mp, 10+ fps, wicked huge zoom, IQ will be on par with kit lens and a lot less money for a beginner. My buddy keeps upgrading his SX and he really only uses it for wildlife (he is an animal keeper at a wildlife preserve). He gets some awesome shots and even though he is jealous of my DSLR in many respects, he keeps pointing out that he spends $350 a year on photography and has such a stupid large zoom that I could not afford to get the equivalent focal length for anything less than 10x what he pays. Dont bash me too much for recommending a non-DSLR camera
No bashing. I was also going to suggest the OP consider a PowerShot SX50 HS.
Hello there folks! This is my first post so go easy on me, okay I'm heading to S.India at the end of Jan for six weeks and was just wondering if you think a 16-35mm f2.8 II and 50mm f1.4 are enough to capture most scenes(street, portraits, landscape etc...) Traveling light is a priority so can't really take a big tele and to be honest I don't really shoot over 100mm that often(not yet anyway). Also should 3 batteries get my 5D mkii through a whole day or two of heavy shooting as I'll be away from charging points quite often? Thanking you all kindly and happy to be here! Merry Christmas
This is for 25, so if you want to use the 50, multiply distance X 2