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Thanks AI Focus (& high iso performance)

If all you shoot is static subjects then you're unlikely to use AI Servo. But most action shots you see whether they be action sports or a bride walking down the aisle, you can be pretty sure AI Servo helped deliver the goods.
Quite likely true about AI Servo. But...AI Servo is not the same as AI Focus.  Pros using 1-series bodies aren't using AI Focus - they can't, because it's not an option.

Hah! True, I owe Rat an apology. Sorry Mr Rat. As I have primarily used 1-Series bodies and just recently got a 5D3, AI FOCUS has been completely off my radar. It's quite likely off most photographers radar. I just read AI focus as AI Servo. I'm sure there are shooters who value the function, but like you I can barely see the point.

It's absence from 1-Series bodies speaks volumes. It looks like an invention from the marketing department who wanted more boxes to tick for consumer sales.


BTW: does anyone EVER use AI Focus? :P

Errm... Rat, so you're just saying that you don't use AI Focus.

Sometime last century when I was a junior staff photographer on a metropolitan daily newspaper, I sometimes processed and printed the films sent back from major football games shot by a genius photographer who had an uncanny and rare ability to track focus almost 100% accurately with his manual focus Nikon 600 f/4. His unique sports shots consistently won national awards.

Fast forward to 2012. Now mere mortals can deliver consistent sharp images from action sports once they learn the strengths and weaknesses of their AI Focus function. Skilled action shooters can deliver shots that previously could barely even be contemplated. Look back at award winning sports images from 25 years ago. Today they'd barely make the cut. Thanks AI Focus (& high iso performance)

If all you shoot is static subjects then you're unlikely to use AI Servo. But most action shots you see whether they be action sports or a bride walking down the aisle, you can be pretty sure AI Servo helped deliver the goods.



this would be the perfect color cuz there arent so many situations where u get a color similar to it :D
...which is why I use this as my grid colour in Photoshop. Not sure about this colour as a focus point though.
Red is perfectly fine, proven and not as visually jarring like the bright aqua blue.


I dunno what everyone is complaining about I just use the force to work out where the AF point is, doesn't everyone?
If only we were all as tuned into the Force as you. What an incredible ability!
Can somebody explain to me as I'm confused.  I'm seeing comments that the AF points still glow up red?
I have a 5D Mark II at the moment and want a 5D Mark III.  When I move focus around the points glow red.  When I focus on a point, it glows red before snapping the photo. What's changed?

Your selected 5D3 viewfinder AF point in AI Servo mode shows as black, unlike 5D2, 1D Mk4 etc which show your selected AF Point in easy to track illuminated RED. Photographers are having unexpected and unappreciated difficulty keeping their selected AF point on the subject in certain dark conditions or if the AF point is on a black suit for example. So Brian Squibb's comment that the solution to the black AF point issue is a 1D Mk4 is a completely authentic one. I'm on the lookout for a good, low mileage 1D4 as a buddy/twin for my 1D4.

Certainly it's a non-issue for some photographers, but still a very real, valid negative experience for plenty of others who don't appreciate the functionality downgrade.


I'm another voice waiting for a solution to the black AF points.

While I value and love the power and flexibility of the 5D3 AF, I'm amazed Canon gutted its functionality with the black AF points. I almost sent mine back too for precisely this reason.


Lenses / Re: Which L lens will be the first mark III?
« on: July 10, 2012, 04:05:25 AM »
My money is on the 16-35 f/2.8  for the III treatment.


Lenses / Re: Advice for trip to Hawaii
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:36:56 PM »
...and most important, rent a convertible.   8)


Lenses / Re: Patent - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:35:19 PM »
So they will make an overpriced V2 and then have plans for a IS version. Why didn't they just make the V2 have IS?
It is quite simple really. Canon will first launch the overpriced 24-70L II, and then they will launch the 24-70L II IS at an ever higher price!
The pricetag of the IS version will then make the non IS version look like a bargain!

This strategy seems to have worked with both the 70-200 f/2.8 & f4. The IS versions makes the non-IS versions look like a bargain....and they probably are!


EOS Bodies / Re: Any actual photographers out there?
« on: July 08, 2012, 06:08:50 PM »
Isn't a definition of an expert "someone who knows just a bit more than the next person..."?  Like my last car mechanic.

This list is populated with photographers with abilities that range from beginner, to some slightly out-of-reality equipment enthusiasts, to often startlingly perceptive hobbyists, and plenty of very accomplished amateurs to deeply experienced professionals in an age range that spans decades. And we all have something valid to offer each other.

To the OP, you'll find that this is largely an inclusive and accommodating list that respects and  salutes the different ability level that each poster is presently at. If you are an advanced photographer yourself, then there inevitably was a time that you were a wide eyed novice who valued creative, positive and nurturing responses to your images and ability level.


Video & Movie / Re: Happy 4th all
« on: July 05, 2012, 08:09:08 PM »
We don't celebrate the 4th July here in England, just like you guys in America don't celebrate the fall of Hanoi...

Just to keep history correct, Hanoi never fell. The Fall of Saigon (or Liberation of Saigon depending on your viewpoint) was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People's Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front on April 30, 1975. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam. Saigon is now formally known as Ho Chi Minh City.

BTW, Hanoi is now a brilliant travel destination, and a great place to shoot.


Video & Movie / Re: Happy 4th all
« on: July 05, 2012, 09:09:54 AM »
Happy 4th what? I don't get it.
Independence Day for the Home of the Brave, Land of the Free - they call it America.
Ahh, my apologies. I looked it up. No mention of 4 July here on the other side of the planet.
Happy 4th to everyone in the US.


Video & Movie / Re: Happy 4th all
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:19:50 PM »
Happy 4th what? I don't get it.


Lenses / Re: Climbing Mt Fuji in August
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:45:58 PM »
Everything I shot on the Mt Fuji summit was wide. At the time that was a 24 f/1.4 on FF. But I'd certainly take the 70-200 with you as well, particularly if you are a strong hiker. A lot of the walk is on a crumbly cinder track, some sections can be almost as tiring as walking through soft sand-dunes. But the summit is a treat. Good luck for a clear morning.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 redefining lens choices?
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:38:30 PM »
Hi do you like 40mm shorty with 5D III so fall?
So far so good. I'm not expecting $1500 L performance from it. But it's centre sharpness at f/2.8 makes it highly usable at that aperture. It kills my 24-70 f/2.8 at f/2.8 but that would not be hard. Corners can get a little mushy at f/2.8, but this is not an issue for most subjects I shoot. There is noticeable vignetting at f/2.8 but this is quickly fixable in LR4. Soon the fix will be automatic when LR4.x is released with updated lens profiles. I have an LR default set up for automatic lens correction on Import. Stopping down to f/4 ramps the IQ right up with f/5.6 delivering excellent results right across the frame.

Let's not forget the indisputable fun factor of such a tiny lens. And I just leave it on the body as a functional bodycap!



Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:53:53 PM »
That's a first! Good to see some AFL images on CR. For those who may not be aware of the fact, AFL is the greatest sport on the planet. If you want to promote the great game, I would have left out the punch-ups.

They're nice shots, but personally I would not have gone quite so heavy on the vignetting and would have cropped a lot tighter on the action. 5D3 files shot at a mere 800 iso will take cropping with no problems.


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