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Old 21-09-2007, 18:53   #1 (permalink)
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Taking some action shots tomorrow of car racing. just have a few quick questions to make sure i have everything in order. I have the camera set on evaluative metering,have the af point set to the center and im using Ai servo. Just want to get it right tomorrow. does that sound rigt for the basic set up. Also i see in exif detalis Metering Mode - ''Multi Segment'' does that mean evaluative, partial or center. Sorry for all the questions.
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Re: few quick questions

I'd suggest that you switch off the auto focus and pre-focus where you think the car will be, when you press the release. Also, I'd preset the aperture to the minimum opening that will give you the depth of field you need and set the metering to aperture priority. That should force your shutter speed up and also give you a tiny bonus on shutter lag (the body can alter the shutter speed on the fly and the aperture is set on first pressure).

I'm basing this on my Canon Eos cameras, all of which behave like this.

One other thing you may want to try is setting a relatively low shutter speed and panning with the car - that will give you a real feeling of speed if you get the car sharp and the background (and even better, the foreground) blurred.

Hope this is a help.
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Re: few quick questions

Evaluative = multi-segment. That should be OK for exposure.

Focusing - well, AI Servo may be OK but its predictive focus can be a bit iffy. The best way may be to follow focus manually or focus on a point on the track and press the button just before the car gets there.

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Re: few quick questions

Thanks for the help. Ive gotten the hang of panning nearly. i usally start at 250 and work my way down.

Quote ''Also, I'd preset the aperture to the minimum opening that will give you the depth of field you need and set the metering to aperture priority. That should force your shutter speed up and also give you a tiny bonus on shutter lag''

Kind of lost me on that one. I will try the manual focus. My camera is a 350d canon and a 70 -300 sigma lense

I was going to use ''tv '' mode and start at 1/500 but maybe 1/1000 - 1/1600
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