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Best AF for Canon Cameras
Ken Lanese, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 9:13 PM on 09.11.18
->> I'm wanting to take sharper pics more consistently for my sports shooting. I look at some of my stuff and have to toss it because it's just not sharp enough. My question is for the Canon shooters. What AF do you use? I had been using the 9 point zone AF but some of the local shooters for the newspapers suggested single point AF. I haven't had the chance to shoot a game on single point but thought I'd ask here first.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer, Photo Editor
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 10:19 PM on 09.11.18
->> Depends on the sport.

For football I typically use the center point with "AF point expansion (Manual selection)" on the long lens but usually "Automatic Selection AF" on my around-the-neck camera.

Page 91-92 in the manual:
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/2/0300023012/04/eos1dx-mk2-im4-en.pdf
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Michael Okoniewski, Photographer
Syracuse | NY | USA | Posted: 11:45 PM on 09.14.18
->> Single point.
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Keith Lucas, Photographer
Deltaville | VA | USA | Posted: 12:14 PM on 09.15.18
->> Single-point Spot AF
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Andy Bao, Student/Intern
Vancouver | WA | USA | Posted: 8:59 PM on 09.15.18
->> Also single-point spot AF. Sometimes the five-point expansion.
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Joey LoMonaco, Photographer, Photo Editor
Morgantown | WV | United States | Posted: 7:13 AM on 09.18.18
->> Hey Ken, sometimes autofocus issues go beyond point selection. AF mode is crucial for sports. With some exceptions, you'll want "AI Servo," which is Canon's tracking mode. Other modes lock focus at the tap of shutter button/back button, so if a player is running at/away you, he will likely be OoF when the frame is taken.

And I always use single point, to minimize ways in which the camera can get fooled. But that's largely personal preference. Hope this helps.
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Simon Wheeler, Photographer, Photo Editor
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 9:09 PM on 09.18.18
->> Ken,

What camera body are you using? I have found some success using multiple points and subject tracking for simple stuff like off center runners. Plus there is single spot and precision single spot in the 1Dx II. I suspect precision single spot might not be the best.

I do have to admit I'm not shooting sports much these days.
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