EOS R3 eye-focus training: do it at least 10 times/rotation

kaihp

EOS R
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Mar 19, 2012
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I spoke to a Canon representative this Tuesday regarding a couple of questions regarding my R3 (he was at a pro dealer demonstrating RF lenses), and he told me that you need to train the eye-focus system at least 10-11 times in each orientation before it becomes really reliable :oops:

I don't recall seeing that mentioned in the user manual, so wanted to pass this info along to y'all.
I'm off to delete all the trainings and redoing them to see what if any difference it makes.
 
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R1-7D

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Jun 25, 2012
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I've done the training a bunch of times, all in different lighting situations, and I am happy to report that the Eye Control AF is very accurate for me. I'm easily able to use it for selecting between different subjects, like a bunch of birds grouped together, and I can even use it for some bird-in-flight-shots on larger more slow flying birds.

I love Eye Control AF. I will be really disappointed if Canon doesn't include this feature on future models, like the R1.
 

koenkooi

EOS 5D Mark IV
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Feb 25, 2015
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I've done the training a bunch of times, all in different lighting situations, and I am happy to report that the Eye Control AF is very accurate for me. I'm easily able to use it for selecting between different subjects, like a bunch of birds grouped together, and I can even use it for some bird-in-flight-shots on larger more slow flying birds.

I love Eye Control AF. I will be really disappointed if Canon doesn't include this feature on future models, like the R1.
I’m curious if they’ll offer it for cameras below the 1 and 3 series. If they do, I hope they’ll also offer it on their removable EVFs.
 

AlanF

Stay at home
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Aug 16, 2012
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I've done the training a bunch of times, all in different lighting situations, and I am happy to report that the Eye Control AF is very accurate for me. I'm easily able to use it for selecting between different subjects, like a bunch of birds grouped together, and I can even use it for some bird-in-flight-shots on larger more slow flying birds.

I love Eye Control AF. I will be really disappointed if Canon doesn't include this feature on future models, like the R1.
Why do you need Eye Control for slow, large flying birds? They are the easiest things to AF on any camera, and tracking on the R5 picks them up virtually instantaneously if the camera is just pointed in the right direction.
 

R1-7D

EOS RP
Jun 25, 2012
790
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Canada
Why do you need Eye Control for slow, large flying birds? They are the easiest things to AF on any camera, and tracking on the R5 picks them up virtually instantaneously if the camera is just pointed in the right direction.
If Eye Control is already on while I’m capturing stationary birds and one of them suddenly takes off, it takes too much time to toggle Eye Control off. Therefore, being able to accurately keep up with the bird is useful.
 

AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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If Eye Control is already on while I’m capturing stationary birds and one of them suddenly takes off, it takes too much time to toggle Eye Control off. Therefore, being able to accurately keep up with the bird is useful.
Is Eye Control an advantage on photographing perched large birds? I’ve no idea as I have never had the opportunity of trying it.