>Great references! Thanks! > >The following are the camera settings that I plan to figure >out with the D800e for BIF while shooting with David Hemmings >Monday and Tuesday: > > AF Area: 9-points, 21-points, 51 points or 3D tracking > AF-C Priority Selection: Release or Release+Focus > Focus tracking with lock-on: Short or Long > AF activation: Shutter/AF-ON or AF-ON only > Metering: Matrix or spot > Shutter speed: Minimum for motion > ISO: Maximum for noise removal in post > 200-400mm lens: VR on or off > TC 1.4X: on or off > >I have come to some early conclusions based on your reference >articles and my own shooting for the past week, but I want to >compare them with David since he does this kind of shooting >all the time.
Very interested in what you find out from David, Larry. Would be interested in clarification on a couple of points, if they coincide with your interests
#A3 Focus tracking with Lock-on. After reading Thom Hogan and Digital Darrell's books on this control there are subtleties I don't understand. This control concerns an intervening object that may cause AF to break track on your intended subject. I've set this to the default normal 'time-out' (Digital Darrell's term) and never changed it. From Thom's discussion (Pg 434) this setting may also show up as an 'inability to focus' during Continuous Release, if there are large changes in the subject's position between shots, e.g., if the subject is rapidly coming towards you.
#A1 AF-C options. My preference is Release (default), but Release + Focus is also available. Thom's book (pg 557) says this option will slow the camera down between continuous release shots (more mirror down time). This option may be helpful for low light/contrast conditions during continuous (even non-continuous) release modes. Something to try.