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09-12-2016, 12:28 AM   #16
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I've always done the pre-focus technique for shooting HiF, but that's because until K-1, AF was just not up to the task. I have experimented with it and it seems pretty usable now (in good light). Might give it a go again at another show this weekend.

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QuoteOriginally posted by beholder3 Quote
AF.C; hold=strong; Extended area S (1+8 fields); 1st AF.C image: auto; other AF.C images: auto.
Thank you.
Do you mean AF.C hold-high? I've not used that setting at all keeping it off.
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Thank you.
Do you mean AF.C hold-high? I've not used that setting at all keeping it off.
Yes. The setting protects you from a situation where the AF refocuses quickly on an obstacle when the horse briefly is behind it. The "hold" ignores obstacles for a brief time. And that is required here.
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Yes. The setting protects you from a situation where the AF refocuses quickly on an obstacle when the horse briefly is behind it. The "hold" ignores obstacles for a brief time. And that is required here.
The same problem on rodeo. Busy, moving, fast action, close to the subject back and foreground, AF goes everywhere, it's hard to control.

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I have recently received my DFA 70-200 (irresistible with the massive discount from 1900 to 1550 EUR) and had to find something to try it out.
Nice shots. That lens seems certainly fine optically.

Where did the irresistible discount come from?
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Nice shots. That lens seems certainly fine optically.

Where did the irresistible discount come from?
Thanks.

SRS in the UK offered these major discounts end of August, similar to what they did with the DFA 150-450 some weeks before (which also ended up at around 1600 EUR).

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Thanks and no, it was my first show jumping event (actually two events on the same day). I had no idea the two venues were so close by where I live and also had no idea what to expect. It was a rather interesting experience. Probably I'll do that again.
Yes, that is why I shot all images wide open. The background in many images is rather distracting, so a lot of blur helps.



It's a very valid approach, but would need a lot of training and exercise as well. The moment when everything is right doesnt last so long...
The two extra challenges here in favour of me going with AF were:
a) I wanted to take multiple shots of the same rider at different obstacles. If I were going to use prefocussing I'd have had to finetune that via focus peaking and LV and that takes too long to change around all the time.
b) in full res 36 MPx it does make a difference where exactly the horse jumps in relation to the obstacle width and that is not predictable. So you'd loose sharpness in some images.



AF.C; hold=strong; Extended area S (1+8 fields); 1st AF.C image: auto; other AF.C images: auto.

Here are two at 45 degrees:





And two from the side:


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Beautiful shots Beholder3. Now that's showing them what aK-1 can do!
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Great shooting. Thank you for the examples.

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And more from the side:
More beautiful shots. Thank you.
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Is this guy kissing his horse in public?



Tell them to rent a room.
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Is this guy kissing his horse in public?
He aimed his kiss badly, though, and did not even touch the neck.

Here are the last three of the events:





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