5 Focus Methods for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras – Beginner Tips & Tricks

by Staff March 16, 2017 at 1:55 pm

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  1. Some time ago I watched your video on Back Button Focus. I have a T5i
    and switched it over to BBF. Love it. Much better than half pressing the
    shutter button. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I use Canon 700D (T5i) and love back button focus. It is great for fast movement as you can hold back button down and it will keep re-focussing as you ate taking burst shots. When i do any kind of macro though I always use live view and magnification in combination with manual focusing. I do also had a rail for christmas but I haven't had opportunity to test it yet.

  3. Good summary on the subject. You may have mentioned 2 additional peaces of info (from the top of my head):
    1.) (on dslr only) You can check or circumvent back or front focus by using live view focus. Caz usually this is contrast based focus. NOt going through the mirror and using the focus points on the sensor.
    2.) When struggling to get focus in low light, consider switching to the lowest aperture the lens has (e.g. F2.8). Then focus; lock focus and switch back to what ever Aperture you need.

    Also sometimes the focusing mode (single, multiple points, continues etc) will have impact.
    Hey, sorry, but you ask if you forgot something.

  4. I agree. I'm almost lost when I pick up someone's camera that doesn't have back button focus set up. it's just so much more functional. just as bad is a camera that doesn't have a Fn button where your thumb naturally falls. I love Canon for this.

  5. Good video. Still cannot believe Canon does not include peaking without using third-party firmware.

    One idea for cameras that have custom profiles is to leave one of them dedicated for people who are not used to back button focus, ergo my wife :-).

    I keep my C3 custom profile set up in program mode with normal shutter button focus.

  6. I got my first DSLR about 3 years ago and had it about 3 weeks when I happened to see a video about back button focus (Tony Northrup I think). I tried it and never looked back. I'm a bit too shaky to focus moving the camera back and forth hand held. I have to use a monopod which helps a lot.

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